The water in Tempe Town Lake was sparkling like diamonds the day I was there.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
The overflow water from Tempe Town Lake creates a sort of marsh land at the west end of the lake. It's perfect environment for all kinds of birds. Tomorrow I'll show you one of the birds I saw there.
There were lots of questions yesterday about the inflatable dam that creates the lake. The lake is located in a dry river bed. The river is dry most of the time but if we have wet weather in the mountains that surround Phoenix, the river can run and has on many occasions. Anything built in the river bed or on the shores of the river has to take into account flooding from time to time. The dam was built so that it can be deflated in flood times in order to allow the river to flow its natural course.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
One more shot from Grady Gammage Auditorium. I snapped this one a couple of weeks ago when I was leaving the theatre after a performance. It's hand held with my little point and shoot camera and it turned out way better than I thought it would. You can see how those round lights are lit up at night.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Grady Gammage Auditorium is located on the campus of Arizona State University and is a building well known to anyone who studies architecture. It is a Frank Lloyd Wright design that he originally envisioned to be built in Baghdad, Iraq. It surely wouldn't be standing today if it had been built there. In 1957, the president of ASU, Grady Gammage had a mission to create a distinct university auditorium. He contacted his close friend, architect Frank Lloyd Wright who revised his Baghdad plans to accommodate a perfect spot on the ASU campus. Neither Gammage or Wright lived to see the building built. Both died in 1959. Construction began in 1962 with Grady Gammage, Jr. turning the first shovel. The design was described as having outstretched arms welcoming all to ASU.
The light fixtures I featured yesterday line the flying buttresses on either side of the auditorium. They light the walkways that lead to the upper levels of the auditorium.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I was at the Tovrea Castle most of the day yesterday working on the docent training program when someone in our group spotted this Cooper's Hawk sitting on top of the power pole and surveying the property. He was patient enough to let me snap a few shots before he flew off toward the castle. I like the effect of that thin cloud streaking the sky behind him.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
It rained again last Saturday night and most of Sunday morning. Since we don't get to see much rain, I decided to drive around and enjoy the moist atmosphere. While roaming around in the warehouse district south of downtown, I spotted these unusual stairs leading to a rather weather-beaten door.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
One morning on my way to work I was waiting at a traffic light and noticed this young lady approaching the crosswalk. I thought her attire was such an interesting combination. Fortunately my camera was handy for a quick shot through the windshield. I'm probably just jealous because there is no way I could wear those shorts.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
On Saturday I went to street market at Vincent's on Camelback instead of my usual Farmer's Market. Vincent's is a fine French Restaurant that I've featured on this blog before. This was the first time I had experienced Vincent's market and it was a special treat. Along with vegetables, breads, and jams there were areas to get all kinds of food. I especially like this brick oven pizza with the brick oven in a moveable trailer. Take this trailer with you and you can have pizza almost anywhere.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
We finally had some rain on Friday night washing all the dust out of the air that had been stirred up by the winds earlier in the day. It has been so dry here that when the winds kicked up on Friday afternoon, the air immediately filled with dust and dirt.
Saturday morning I spent a couple of hours going over the plans for tours of the Tovrea Castle (I've told you about Tovrea Castle here and here) and that's where I saw the castle reflection in the puddle of water.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
One night last week I stopped on the way home from work to pick up a pizza. While I waited, I noticed the light on the high rise buildings and decided to take a few snaps. I liked this one the best with the cars heading toward me and the lower windows of the buildings lit from the setting sun.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
I was waiting outside the door of the Hillstone Restaurant for a friend to arrive and watching the koi in the pond by the door. I wondered if I could get a photo since it was dark out side and the pond was lit from below. I whipped out the little point and shoot camera and gave it a try and was amazed at the result. I could even see the stones in the bottom.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Last Saturday night my good friend David treated me to a wonderful event called the Hero Awards. The event is a benefit for the Friends of Animal Care & Control and they honor animals who have been rescued from shelters and gone on to live amazing and loving lives. The stories were very inspiring and what made the event even more fun were the many dogs and cats that joined the guests in the Grand Ballroom of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. The hotel chef prepared a meal full of surprises right down to this clever dessert plate. Topping each table with a round of astro-turf was an inspired addition to the decor. All in all, it was a fantastic event and a great opportunity for this group to continue their good work to provide spay/neuter assistance and to rescue unwanted animals and get them to loving homes. Ruff Ruff Meow Meow!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I found this attractive fence in an area of Phoenix where a lot of equipment companies are located. The fence goes around an area where heavy equipment is stored. I think it's a rather attractive fence for such an industrial purpose.
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