Friday, August 31, 2012
I recently discovered this interesting office building located in the heart of a historic neighborhood in Central Phoenix. It houses a Law firm specializing in personal injury and medical malpractice. I wonder who gets that round office.
It's actually two buildings joined in the center by this lovely covered walkway. The buildings fit into the neighborhood perfectly.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
I just returned from a fabulous long weekend in California so I thought I'd sneak in one shot of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. This is one of many amazing views from a park in Laguna Beach. Ahhhh....it was a great break from the desert heat.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Wrigley Mansion sits atop a 100 foot (30m) knoll with spectacular views of the city and the mountains. It was built by the chewing-gum magnate, William Wrigley Jr. between 1929 and 1931 and was the smallest of many homes owned by Wrigley. At 16,000 square feet (1500m), just imagine how big those other home must be. These days, the mansion is now the Wrigley Mansion Club a restaurant, bar, and party facility. If you would like to see what the inside looks like, check out their website. There is a great video showing the inside rooms and talking about the great food served here. I've had the brunch and it truly is a feast for the eyes and the palate.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
About a year ago, I told you about a book I had called "Midcentury Marvels" about commercial architecture of Phoenix between 1945 and 1975. I posted my favorite 'marvel' here, a bank building that was one of many bank buildings inspired by Walter Bimson, the visionary President of the Valley National Bank. The bank has of course, been gobbled up by bigger banks but many of those original branch buildings still remain. This is one of them.
The architects were Fred Weaver and Dick Drover and they used stone and glass to create a building that blends well with the outdoors.
It's not a bank building any longer. The last I checked, a design firm was using the building.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Last Sunday I told you I had gone to the Farmers Market. This is one of many reasons why I go. There is a couple there who have a business called the Arizona Bread Company and they make the most interesting and tasty breads. The chili cheese bread is a favorite of mine. It makes fantastic sandwiches and is equally good just as toast.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
There was a rather ugly block building located in an industrial area of town that recently found new tenants, an architectural design firm. That ugly building is now a very stylish business facility. I noticed that the entrance to the building was painted a brilliant red and this loan palm is decorating the area. I like it!
Friday, August 24, 2012
It looks like this vine is learning to climb this decorative frame. It's going to be very pretty when all those wires are covered with green.
I'm away for a few days so I might not be able to comment regularly. Hope you are having a great weekend.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Since the unbelievably hot weather had eased up a little bit, I took the opportunity to take a much needed walk in my favorite walking spot, The Desert Botanical Garden. I took this shot of the giant sundial and noticed that the shadow was almost touching the number nine. I looked at my watch and sure enough, it was ten to nine. That's a pretty darn accurate sundial.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Saturday morning I went to the Farmers Market and while there took I photo of some beautiful flowers in vibrant colors. When I loaded the photos on my computer, I was so disappointed that the photo wasn't focused properly. I was about to hit the delete button when it occurred to me that I might be able to manipulate it into something much better than the original. Here is the result. Well, it's one of many results actually. I had so much fun manipulating this photo that I ended up with 15 different versions of it! It was hard picking one to show you. A bad photo is saved by technology. There's a story in there somewhere.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
The recent Arizona heat has made me a little short on photos so I decided to see what I had in the archives that hadn't been posted. We had a little bit of a weather reprieve the last two days so I'm hoping I can get out and get some new shots this weekend.
Back in December of 2010, there was a display of these fantastic Bio-Mythic Masks at the Desert Botanical Garden. I posted one of them here. I decided this one was post-worthy too! The artist who created the masks is Gwynn Popovac and you can see more of her work by clicking here. Her work is not limited to masks.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Wednesday evening I had dinner at a new restaurant that just opened in my neighborhood. It's called Sochu House and it serves what they call "Neo Asian" food. You can order small bites "tapas" style or entrees. As you can see from the photo I snapped, it's a very hip place.
I'll be back again and bring a few friends to try more of those "tapas" plates.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
I was invited to attend an American Action Forum about the "U.S. Housing Recovery, Lessons from Arizona" Wednesday afternoon. It was very interesting and ended with a short keynote address by Senator John McCain. While I was sitting there listening, I suddenly thought "wow this might make a good Phoenix Daily Photo" so I whipped out my iPhone and snapped a shot of the senator as he spoke. So here you have the senior senator from Arizona and figure most likely very well known to all Americans, Senator John McCain.
Notice how I gracefully stayed out of any political references at all? The event was very non-partisan so I decided to keep it that way.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The glow of the evening sun was lighting up the Phoenix Financial Center building a few nights ago so I stopped to see if I could capture it. This building is curved in a "C" shape so it's not always easy to capture especially from this side with the stripes created by those brassy beams.
I posted photos of this building way back in 2008. You can see those photos here and here.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
A two day work meeting last Thursday and Friday took me to the Arizona Grand Resort on the Southern edge of Phoenix where I was greeted by this rather grand fountain located in the center of the resort complex.
At night it's beautifully lit so you can't miss it.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
This fellow seemed somewhat unsure about having his picture taken. He does appear to be cautioning me with his eyes. This is another sculpture I found along Main Street in Scottsdale. I couldn't find an artists name.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
This rather large sculpture is located in front of the Gebert Contemporary Art Gallery in Scottsdale. It is quite striking. I photographed it from various angles and even used one of the shots I took in one of my art pieces for my "Art Challenge" group.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Back in 2010 I posted a photo of this lot with construction starting on this house. Last week I took another drive up on the north side of Camelback Mountain and found the same house completed. Click on the link to see the original post.
Monday, August 6, 2012
I discovered a new mural in downtown Phoenix. This building is going through some renovations right now but, I'm guessing it might be a future gallery. It's just a guess based on the lovely mural and that tree sculpture that wraps around from the front.
June 1 of 2010.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Sunday afternoon I was out running errands when I noticed these huge clouds building up in the east. Since I was close to the Biltmore Fashion Park shopping center, I pulled in and went to the top of the parking structure to snap a few pictures. Here's two for your enjoyment.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Long before "Numbers" became a theme day challenge, I started collecting photos of the various ways address numbers were displayed on buildings. I found it interesting how creatively people could make the numbers of their address look. So, when I learned the theme for August, I was prepared with my folder full of numbers. Here is a sampling of the numbers I've collected.
To see more representations of numbers, click here!