Thursday, October 18, 2018

Frontier Town

Cave Creek Arizona is located right next door to Carefree (featured yesterday) in the far north of the valley.  It's quite a tourist location with a Frontier Town shopping center located at it's heart.

Here you can shop around for all kinds of interesting items most of which would remind you of your days in the desert southwest.

I kind of like this rustic furniture but, I didn't take any home with me.  

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Balanced Among the Rocks

Carefree Arizona is part of what is called the Phoenix Metro Area.  It's located north of Scottsdale.  The landscape in the area is full of huge boulders and many of the houses in Carefree are nestled between or on top of the rocks.

There are a lot of big homes out this way and the surrounding rocks make them very attractive.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Up, Up and Away

I'm flying off to New York today and will be gone for one week.  I'll be enjoying all the wonderful things the the great city of New York has to offer.  I might not be around to comment while I'm gone but I have posts up for the week.  I'll be posting about some of the cities that surround Phoenix.  Have a great week everyone!

Monday, October 15, 2018


Along a section of 16th Street in Phoenix is a variety of murals painted by a selection of artists with roots in Mexico or Central America.  The murals are part of a project called "Calle 16", a project that is designed to bring the neighborhood (or barrio) closer together. This particular mural is called Bienvenidos a Arizona and it was painted by Gennaro Garcia and an artist called DOSE.  The artist Garcia grew up in Mexico and now lives in Phoenix.  He is known for his ceramics.

You can view more murals from around the world by clicking here.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Wet Weather

This was my view of Camelback Mountain yesterday morning.  You can barely see it.  It was raining pretty steadily all morning long.  We've had some very unusual weather for this time of year.  We went from 106 degrees down to 80 degrees in one week and then we've had several torrential rain falls.  As I'm typing this, the temperature is 65 degrees (18C).  Normal for this time of year is right around 90 degrees (32C).  The weather everywhere is just getting a bit crazy.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I found a great place to stay while in Seattle.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Bone China

Is this what you call "bone china"?  Sorry, I just couldn't resist that little pun.

I spotted these dishes at my local Williams-Sonoma store.  Seeing these very specific items  always makes me wonder who buys these things and then has to store them for a year before using again?

By the way, I bet you could shake up a pretty deadly martini with the shaker on the left.  😉

Friday, October 12, 2018

Desert Rain God

This is one of my all-time favorite paintings at the Phoenix Art Museum.  It's called Desert Rain God by Louisa McElwain.  I didn't know much about the artist so I did some research for this post and I was sad to learn that McElwain passed away in 2013 at the young age of 59.  She was a very talented artist who loved plein-air painting in her adopted home of New Mexico.  She is said to have loved the summer storms and the way the clouds formed over the New Mexico landscape.  If you are interested, you can see a few more of her paintings at this gallery link.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Just Call it Art

Remember that restaurant I like so much called AZ 88?  It's the one with the wall behind the bar that is dedicated to changing art.  The last couple of times I had photos was when the "beating heart" was on this wall or the time the "eyes" followed you everywhere.  The latest project is above.

I had to take a photo from the side so you could see what it is.  Saw blades imbedded into the wall.  I have no explanation.  It's just another artistic expression.  So, even if I don't get this one, I still love that they create these artistic exploits on a regular basis.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Desert Rose, Two Exposures

When I was at the Desert Botanical Garden last weekend, I saw this cluster of pale pink desert rose blooms from a distance as I walked up the path.  I used the telephoto lens to zoom in on them.

When I got up close to the plant, I took another shot this time with the macro lens.  I can't decide which I like best but I'm leaning toward the first one.  I like the light better and I like the way the background is blurred more.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Meet Tucker

My friend Glenda is "dog-sitting" for the most adorable little 9 month-old beagle you've ever seen.  His name is Tucker and he's a sweetheart.  How could anyone resist those big brown eyes!

I spent all day Saturday At Glenda's house snapping photos and playing with him.  I literally carried my camera everywhere I went because I was afraid I'd miss the perfect shot if I sat it down.  What a cute little guy.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Open Arms

I've admired this mural on the side of the Roosevelt Community Church for a long time now and I finally got a photo (well, two actually) of it.  An article in a local business journal attributes it to three people in collaboration, Bishop Ortega, Larry Valencia and Anthony Vasquez.  I don't know the meaning behind it but since the church is a non-denominational church open to all, I would guess it is saying welcome no matter what your skin looks like or what you believe.  I'm just guessing!

I added this photo because someone was walking by and I thought it would give a good perspective of the size of the mural.

If you like seeing murals, click here to visit Monday Murals!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Very Prickly Place

Here's another photo from my visit to the Desert Botanical Garden last Friday.  I zoomed in on the front garden that has paths around different species of cactus. I wanted to flatten it out so it looks like a jungle of very prickly plants.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm paying a visit to the creatures who live by the sea.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Oodles of Butterflies

I went to the Desert Botanical Garden yesterday to see the butterflies.  They opened the butterfly pavilion last week and since I hadn't been to the garden since May, I was way overdue for a visit.  The fall butterfly exhibit is supposed to feature the monarch but for the past three years, they've mixed in other butterflies native to the area.  There were lots of Pipevine Swallowtails like above.

The pipevine swallowtails are just as pretty from the underside as they are from the top.

There were literally hundreds (if not thousands) of White Peacock butterflies and they LOVED whatever this plant is.  They all seemed to be clustered around these little purple flowers.

There were also lots of Gulf Fritillary butterflies and they were attracted to the orange colored flowers.  Maybe because they blend in so well with that color.

And there were a few monarchs around also.  Not as many as the other species but they were there.  I'll have to go back for one more visit before they close the pavilion for the winter.

Back when the fall exhibit was all monarchs, I got some pretty amazing photos of them like this one that I posted back in 2011.  I have that photo beautifully matted and framed and hanging in my living room.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Pretty Posies

I found these pretty little flowers growing in small patch next to city hall in downtown Phoenix and I thought they were so cute.  There is a small garden area next to city hall and these flowers are a nice decorative addition.

I have no idea what kind of flower they are but, maybe one of you will recognize them and enlighten me.  

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Back to Normal

The sun was shining brightly yesterday so it appears we are back to normal.  I stopped at Trader Joe's on my way home and snapped this photo of the pretty fountain at Town & Country Shopping Center. It seems as though the storm knocked our temperatures out of the triple digit area and back into the wonderful 80's.  We are on the road to fall weather in the desert!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Waiting in the Rain

It was a very rainy day yesterday as evidenced by these people waiting for the light rail and taking shelter as best they can.  It rained almost all of Monday night and well into Tuesday morning letting up a little around 10:00 AM and then rained on an off all day long.  My drive to work took me through several flooded streets.  It doesn't take much rain to fill up the streets here in Phoenix and when it rains all night, you can expect the morning commute will take a lot longer.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

It's Raining!

Tropical storm Rosa rolled into the area Sunday evening and brought with it lots of rain and lower temperatures.  We can certainly use both.

Monday was gray all day long and then started to rain again as evening approached.  We've been experiencing unusually high temperatures for this time of year so this change is very welcome. And, it's expected to last through Wednesday!  What a nice change.  If it had happened one day sooner it would have been perfect for yesterday's Theme Day.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Theme Day: Change

I'm betting the person who thought of this theme was thinking about how things change this time of year.  The seasons change, the leaves change colors and the temperatures start to dip or rise depending on which side of the equator you reside.  Well, in Phoenix Arizona that type of change seems to take a month or two longer.  We are still seeing triple digit temperatures so the only change we see is that sun sets a little earlier each night and rises a little later each morning.  So, I took this subject in a different direction.

Instead of natures changes, I offer some man-made woman-made change.  I took a photo of a chenille plant that I featured way back on 10.13.16 and changed it into a kaleidoscope of pastel colors and repeating patterns.  It's all done through the magic of photo editing tools!  (I've got a whole file-folder full of these kaleidoscopic photos I've made.  Call me quirky but, I just love the way they look.)

If you would like to see how other City Daily Photo Bloggers represented "Change", click here.