Monday, August 21, 2017

Walk of Fame

In yesterday's post, I featured the old San Carlos Hotel in downtown Phoenix and I mentioned that a lot of famous people have stayed there.

On the sidewalk in front of the hotel, we have our very own "walk of fame" with gold stars naming some of those famous guests.  Here's Spencer Tracy.

Carol Lombard

Mae West.

And, Jean Harlow.
There are more but, these are the only one's I photographed.  For a while, Phoenix became a little desert escape from the busy life in Hollywood.  Many stars came over here for a little relaxation and according to legend a few came for a little assignation or two.  If those walls could talk!  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pointing the Camera at an Angle

On Friday I had the camera pointing up and Saturday I had the camera pointing down so today I'm tilting it for a few photos.  This one of an office building I've had on the site before.  I like those stripes and decided to see if I could get them going in a different direction.

Across the street from the top photo is the Camby Hotel.  This used to be the Ritz Carlton but has changed to this new place, a Marriott Boutique Hotel.

Sorry for the spots and glare on this shot.  I took it through the windshield early on Saturday.  More and more I'm seeing these full size ads covering the sides of some of the downtown's sleek, glass skyscrapers.

This last one is the old San Carlos Hotel on a corner in downtown.  This hotel has been around for a very long time and has had some very famous guests in the past.  Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable are just a few of the notables who've stayed here.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm visiting a National Monument with a funny name.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Pointing the Camera Down

It is way too early here in the southwest to see falling leaves.  This one didn't get the message.  It certainly has developed a "fall" color!

When I saw this shadow in a parking lot, I thought maybe Mickey Mouse was behind me.  Micky.... you've lost way too much weight.

I waited patiently while it crossed the path.  Even thought it's a rather harmless Kingsnake, I gave it all the room it needed to move along away from me.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Pointing the Camera Up

Sometimes when I walk around downtown Phoenix, I point my camera toward the sky and capture the tops of some of the high-rise buildings.  This one isn't very tall but, it's been downtown for a very long time.

This one with the balconies is much newer and is an apartment building.  It was built to be condos but, when it opened in the middle of the housing crisis there wasn't a market for new houses so it switched to apartment living.

These two of course, are your standard office buildings.  It's fun to look up at the tops of these buildings.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Avoiding the Train Wreck

I've been trying to avoid the train wreck that is going on here in the good old U. S. of A.  It's pretty much impossible at the moment.  So rather than lamenting the lack of moral fiber of the current occupant of the white house, I thought I'd check out my photos from my last visit to the Desert Botanical Garden and sooth my outraged mind with the profound beauty of mother nature.

Just keeping up with the breaking news is exhausting.  I'll stop for just a moment and smell the flowers and listen to the birds.  I'm sure it will do wonders for my disposition.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Water Lilies

I'm sneaking in a couple of photos from California here because I just thought these water lilies were pretty  spectacular.

We don't see water lilies in Arizona very often.  I'm sure it's too hot for them to do well so, when I see such pretty ones I just can't resist a few shots.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Monsoon Clouds from Above

When I was flying in Sunday evening I got to see some of those big monsoon clouds from up above.

These clouds actually look quite friendly.  When we landed, the skies were blue so my only opportunity to see them was this view as they floated off to the west.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Southwestern Expressions

Old Town Scottsdale is full of shops designed to lure in the tourists as they stroll the streets.  Part of the charm is all the southwestern touches in and around the area.  Like this sun-bleached skull hanging high up on a gallery wall.

Or this line up of Kachina dolls peeking out of a window that is also high up at that very same gallery.

And, this little niche with some potted plants makes another appealing distraction.  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Very Unique Restaurant

Los Olivos Mexican Restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale is a bit of landmark in the city.  The restaurant has been in operation for many years and is still a thriving business today.  The inside of the restaurant is quite unique with this one room with the oddly shaped skylights.  It makes me feel like I'm under water for some reason.

I have memories of going here on dates when I was a twenty-something and had first moved to Arizona.  The bar had (and may still have) a retractable roof so we could dance under the stars at night.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm taking a slow train that has a lot of history attached.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Skysong is Growing

I recently took a stroll through Skysong again and I was impressed by how much it's grown.  You might recall that Skysong is part of Arizona State University and is technology and innovation research facility.  There are at least four new buildings on the site and a whole set of nice looking apartments too.

I'm always drawn to the bright white sails that soar over the center of the facility and can be seen from some distance away.  I can see them from the Desert Botanical Garden when I walk there.

There are plenty of outdoor spaces for employees and students and researchers to relax.

And, there is plenty for me to photograph whenever i walk around the area.  

Friday, August 11, 2017

Not My Cup of Tea

There is a new place at the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall called Boba Tea Company.  They serve all kinds of tea blends but, it's teas blended with other things, not blends of teas.

I do love a good iced tea but, apparently I don't care for teas blended with other things.  I gave it a try and although I ordered an unsweetened variety pictured here, it was so sweet tasting that I couldn't finish it.

I guess I'm a bit of a purest when it comes to tea.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Man in White

About two weeks ago, I was driving around in Tempe exploring an area of town that I used to live in a long time ago when I spotted this fellow standing in front of an older apartment complex.

The apartments were all single level and the place was full a tall trees for shade.

I didn't see a name for the complex or any sign as to what this sculpture was all about.  It looks like he might be a lover of all things windy surrounded by all those whirly-gigs.  

It's certainly a unique greeting from the main street.

I'm off to California for a few days so I might not be able to stop by your sites.  I'll be back to normal on Monday.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


There is something about poppies that just makes me smile.  I found a couple blooming along the side of a building recently.

They looked like they just volunteered to grow there!  How sweet of them!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Graffiti Murals

I caught a glimpse of some murals in an alley near downtown Phoenix so I made a turn into the alley to get a closer look.  The walls all along this alley were covered in that combination of graffiti and art work.

This looks more like graffiti to me but, that's probably just my opinion.

This section is a little more artistic.

And a nicely done portrait appears in this section.  

Monday, August 7, 2017

Ghost Signs and Art

About four years ago, I did a post about attending an open house event in a new Arizona State University Art Space in downtown Phoenix.  They had acquired an old warehouse and created some innovative artist spaces inside.  The outside of the old warehouse building has a number of ghosts signs on it.  At the very top I can make out the word "Southwest" but, I'm not sure about the rest of that line.  It might say "Cotton".  The sign below it about Machinery Repair looks like it might be new but, that phone number proves that wrong.  There haven't been phone numbers like that in many, many years.

At ground level is this piece of art that looks a bit scary.  It's been on the side of the building for many years, long before any of the recent ASU students arrived.  Someone told me that it's called "Decompression" and depicts how the skull might be opened to relieve pressure on the brain after a traumatic brain injury.  There is no sign to give further explanation or to identify an artist.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Recently Added Memorial

Wesley Bolin Plaza is a park area that sits in front of the Arizona State Capitol.  It's named for Arizona's 15th Governor who served from 1977 to 1978.

Recently when I was walking around the area, I spotted a new memorial (2015) that I hadn't seen before.  This archway is dedicated to Ernest W. McFarland, Arizona's 10th Governor who also served as a U. S. Senator from Arizona as well as Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.

MacFarland was a man of many achievements, not least of which was to secure the interests of the Central Arizona Project protecting Arizona's rights to water in the Colorado River.

It's a beautiful memorial to one of Arizona's accomplished men.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  Stop by and see Arizona's oldest hotel.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Thursday's Weather

Around 3:30 Thursday afternoon, I was headed to Scottsdale for a hair appointment and I was noticing all the white puffy clouds in the sky.  When I got to the salon, I snapped a photo and thought to myself that I might get some more pretty cloud shots when I was done.

However, about 45 minutes later when I exited the salon, the sky was dark grey and by the time I got to my car, it was raining.  It rained very hard for about 30 to 45 minutes and there was a lot of wind to go with it.

When it stopped raining, there were rainbows.

Beautiful rainbows!
Perfect monsoon weather for here in the desert southwest.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Symphony in Red

Earlier this week I saw a huge hibiscus bush growing in a planter at a local shopping center.  It was full of bright red blooms and I just couldn't resist taking some photos.

I don't think I had ever seen a bush with so many blooms at once and they all seemed so perfectly shaped.

Hibiscus is another flower that has a short life span so I immortalized these by recording them for all of you to see.

Obviously, these particular flowers are long gone but their beauty is living on through the magic of photography and blogging!