Saturday, December 31, 2016
Friday, December 30, 2016
It's been a week full of dinner parties and great friends and there are still more dinners to come. This dinner party took place Wednesday night and the friends around the table are (from left) Glenda (Julie's mom), Dave, Doug, Julie, and Kim. Kim and Doug were the hosts and I bet many of you recognize Julie and Dave from their former blogs.
No wonder January is the month that everyone starts dieting.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
On Christmas Day, I had a wonderful holiday dinner at Julie and Dave's house. We ate in their newly remodeled dining area which now has a full view of the rock formation on Camelback Mountain called "the praying monk". While we were eating we noticed some activity at the very top of the "monk's" head.
Dave and I grabbed our cameras and zoomed in on the top of the rock. Sure enough there were quite a few people up there for such a small space. If you look closely, you can see one climbing up and about to reach the top.
The group stayed up there throughout our meal leading us to wonder if they were performing a ceremony of some sort up there.
Then gradually the group started thinning out. The only way up there is to rock climb and the only way down is by repelling. I was lucky to catch this guy throwing his rope over the side.
And then, down he came. So, I not only had a fabulous dinner with great friends but, I also got a show to go with it. You can't beat that for a Christmas bonus.
Monday, December 26, 2016
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all that celebrate today!
A face from my Christmas tree.
And, a present sitting under it.
I've had the "doggie" wrapping paper for many years now (it is a big roll) and every year I find at least one present to wrap in it.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. Let's go Christmas shopping in London.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016
This Santa seems to be a bit confused as to how to ride that bicycle! I was tempted to turn him around when I saw him.
But, then I heard the angels singing so I headed off in another direction. There are so many things to see during this time of year!
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
These galloping horses are found in the middle of a fountain in front of the Scottsdale Doubletree Resort. I was driving past and noticed that they were decked out in some holiday attire so I decided to stop for a photo.
It looks like they are in a big hurry to get away from the paparazzi!
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Giant, inflatable Christmas Tree!
I realized when I saw this place that it was the first Christmas Tree lot I had seen this season. The sale of live trees must be getting lower and lower every year. That big inflatable Christmas tree was hard to miss.
Monday, December 19, 2016
I made a trip to Paradise Valley Mall last weekend and I found this very large dog standing in front of the Doggie District Pet Resort. Poor guy, he must be too big for the kennels inside so he has to stand outside holding up the Christmas lights.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
These lovely ladies were dressed for the season at last Thursday night's Phoenix Suns game. I thought they looked so festive that I decided to ask if they minded posing for a photo. They didn't!
They certainly know how to get into the spirit of the season.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. A little taste of Paris nightlife.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Recently two older apartment complexes near where I live have had a make-over. This complex called Capri on Camelback has been around for over 40 years and recently was updated with a tan, white and turquoise paint job that looks much better than it's old brown look.
In a different direction, this complex called Biltmore Pointe was looking a little shabby but recently went through an update with these crazy, gray and maroon zig-zag stripes. This one has also been around for over 40 years. Now, this is just my opinion but, those zig-zag lines just might have made this place look worse than before.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Monday, December 12, 2016
This little fellow was eyeing me very carefully the last time I was at the Desert Botanical Garden.
But once he decided that I wasn't going to toss him a morsel, off he went. The roadrunners at the garden have figured out that the best place to get a hand out is to hang around the patio cafe. They can usually find at least one person who doesn't read the "Do Not Feed the Wildlife" sign.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
I paid a visit to my favorite nursery, Berridge and spent some time in their Christmas wonderland. They have at least a dozen beautifully decorated trees on display along with a plethora of ornaments and Holiday themed decor items.
It is genuinely a fun time of year to visit places like this!
However, since I already have way more Christmas ornaments that I can ever use on one tree, I decided not to buy this cute little Jack-in-the-box bauble. I was tempted though!
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. I'm visiting an inspirational place in Paris!
Saturday, December 10, 2016
I have one more post from my visit to the Phoenix Art Museum last Friday evening. I found one room that isn't open often that contains artworks created by employees of the museum. What a great idea! I loved this watercolor by Jessica Hanna called The Sunflower. That would look great in my house if I had the space for it.
I liked this one too. It's a series of six tiny paintings by Henry Bellavia. They were all oil on masonite and each one was a brilliant little work of art.
Friday, December 9, 2016
The second exhibition that I stopped to see at the Phoenix Art Museum last Friday was all about photo books. One of the support groups for the museum, INFOCUS invited photographers to submit their self-published photo books for a juried exhibition. That resulted in 111 books being selected from photographers from all over the world. The room they were displayed in was set up with sofas and chairs and guest were encouraged to pick up a book or two, relax and enjoy them. When I was there, quite a few people were doing just that.
This book with photos turned to Kaleidoscopes caught my attention because I happen to love making kaleidoscopes from photos I've taken. I use mostly my nature photos to do it but I have a few really good ones that I've done from architectural photos. This gave me an idea for making my own photo book of kaleidoscopes images.
This was another book that I admired. It contained photos of people in their youth beside photos of them at much older ages. Many of them were nudes. Not provocative nudes, just casual nudes that in spite of the aging bodies, possessed a natural beauty.
It was another interesting exhibit that I'll have to visit again before it leaves. There are a few more of those books I need to look at.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Yesterday was the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the ship the USS Arizona. Sometime around 1:30 in the afternoon, I happened to see a photo taken at the USS Arizona memorial and it was surrounded with flowers and wreaths. I decided that I should drive down there and snap a photo so I headed that way. I was surprised when I got there that there were no flowers or wreaths. I have no idea what happened to them. I can't imagine why they would be taken away but, apparently they were. So here is the memorial sans flowers.
I guess there was a memorial service sometime in the morning but all evidence of it had been taken away by the time I arrived.
Near the memorial was this plaque describing the ship.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
When I was at the Phoenix Art Museum last Friday evening, I checked out a couple of new exhibits I hadn't seen before. I found this one quite interesting. It is the work of an Argentinian artist named Horacio Zabala. He is recognized as one of the most important conceptual artists from Argentina.
Zabala was educated as an architect but became active as an artist in the late 1960's. He has a fascination of space and "the means by which space is defined".
He is quoted as saying: "My intention, and my attention, are not only oriented toward what is effectively seen, but also what is thought about what is being seen."
Personally, there was something very appealing to me about these pieces. I love the use of solid colors and precise shapes and I like the mathematical look of the way they are presented.