Monday, December 16, 2019

The Seasonal Flower & More

Poinsettias are the flower of the season.  But here in Arizona, thanks to our climate, there is so much more.

The roses are blooming at Steele Indian School Park.

And the chilies are bright red an plump.  Imagine that for your front door wreath.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Yosemite Depicted on an iPad

There is a new exhibit at the Heard Museum called David Hockney's Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry.  I was intrigued by the combination of these two vastly different types of artistic expression.  The museum explains how Yosemite has been inspiring to Hockney since his very first visit back in the 1980's.  Native Americans have been inspired by the same place for centuries.

The basket I picture here was created in the 1930's by Tina Charlie using a quail plume design.  It is truly exquisite.

The Hockney prints surprised me.  I didn't know when I went to the exhibit that they were all created on an iPad.  Hockney worked on these iPad drawings in 2010 and 2011.

They were all printed on four sheets of paper and then mounted together.

They are beautifully done and certainly bring to life my memories of visiting this incredible place.

The colors are so vivid, they just seem to glow in the gallery.

It was an interesting juxtaposition of two totally different technologies.  The hand weaving technology and the digital technology.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  It visiting red rock country.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Christmas Browsing

Last weekend I stopped at Berridge Nurseries just to see their collection of decorated Christmas trees.  I stop there every year to see the most recent designs.  They have a professional decorator prepare several trees and they are all so interesting to see.  They also sell ornaments and other eye-catching decorator things like this pewter nativity set.

The trees are hard to photograph because they are so full of ornaments and so close together.  When I download the photos, they always look like a big blob of color.

Imagine trying to decorate a tree with all those bobs and bits on it. What a job!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Interesting Architecture

I recently saw this new building on the campus of Gateway Community College in Phoenix.  It certainly has a distinctive look.  In fact, it reminds me of some of the buildings on the downtown campus of ASU.

It's an interesting combination of rounded lines and angular lines.  I like the contrast.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Holiday Decorations

It always fun to drive around and see the different ways people decorate for the Holidays.  This one was one of my favorites.  Isn't that the cutest little dog in a Santa suit?

This picture doesn't do justice to this little train in the window of this house.  It was so sparkly that the light glinting off it caught my eye.  I wonder if it lights up at night.

Last is this chubby Santa taking a breather on this lovely bench with its cozy cushions.  

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Stormy Monday

This last Monday was quite wild and crazy around Phoenix and I missed most of it.  My friend Julie was working from her home in Paradise Valley and she sent me these photos via text message as they were happening.

First up were these really wild cloud formations.  They certainly make a very dramatic photograph.

After the big clouds, the dark clouds rolled in and it started to rain.

And then suddenly, the rain turned into hail and the ice started piling up around the cactus in Julie's yard.

Look at the size of those ice pellets.  They are pretty big and as you can see they were pounding on the plants and stripping off the leaves.

Between my office and home, all I ran into was rain; heavy rain at times.  Also some lightening and big crashes of thunder.  But since Julie's house is up higher on the side of Camelback Mountain, she got ice.  Quite a lot of ice as you can see.

It was crazy weather.  The heavy rain and hail only lasted about 30 to 40 minutes.  After that it drizzled on and off for a few hours.  By morning, the sun was back and we warmed up to a nice 68 degrees by midday yesterday.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019


Last June when I went to the Desert Botanical Garden one last time before the summer heat set in, I found this patch all covered with plastic and this sign to explain what was going on.  It's called "Soloarizing" and it's a natural way to kill weeds.  And quite frankly, I had noticed that the wildflower beds were getting a bit weedy.

See what I mean.

When I went back to the garden in September, the ground had been uncovered and sure enough there were no weeds at all.

When I went this last weekend, it had been planted once again and I must say it's looking quite nice.  They have placed the different wildflowers in groups that I assume will grow and spread out to cover the area.

I like the way it's looking!

Monday, December 9, 2019

When Pigs Fly

I found this mural a while ago but since it has no signature on it I always wondered who the artist was.  Recently I stumbled on to a website with photos of murals that looked similar so I followed the path to the web site of Tato Caraveo.  His style is very much like this so it just might be one of his murals.  Regardless of who painted it, I do like those flying pigs.

Linked to Monday Murals.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

A Walk in the Garden

I took a long walk at the Desert Botanical Garden yesterday and there was quite a lot to see.  I found this new plant called butterfly mist that was simply full of butterflies.  These two queen butterflies were enjoying the blooms but there were lots of others feasting on this plant too.

Not far away, this plant called Fireworks was also attracting a group of butterflies.  This painted lady was enjoying these pink blooms.

This curve-billed thrasher was giving me the eye.  He looks a bit perturbed that I was pointing my camera his way.  It's a good thing I caught him when I did because he flew away after I snapped the shutter.

I sat down to eat my lunch and this cute little cactus wren was keeping an eye on me.  He probably wanted me to toss a few crumbs his way but I obeyed the rules to not feed the wildlife.

There were a lot blooms on the different trails.  I think this one is called scarlet bee blossom but I'm not positive.

But, the golden columbine was easy to recognize.  It was a great day for a walk.  70 degree temperatures and partly cloudy skies.  Perfect for walking and for taking photos.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  Three nights in an Italian Villa!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

December Scenes

This type of scene is what we all will be seeing as the month of December rolls by.  The malls are decorated to the maximum.

Gated homes are decorated with festive ribbons and baubles.

But sometimes simple is just better.  A simple gold bow to let let you know the season has begun.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Ready For Picking

After last night's rain, we had nothing but blue skies and perfect weather on Thursday.  And that was a good thing because we had our holiday party for work yesterday.  It was at the home of our boss who had this wonderful grapefruit tree just bursting with fruit.  But, that wasn't all.  There was an orange tree, an apricot tree, a fig tree and lots more smaller plants.  She certainly has the magic "green thumb" touch!  It was a simply perfect afternoon to be out doors eating and visiting.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Storm Rolling In

I took these two shots yesterday around 4:30 in the afternoon after I saw the clouds as they started to roll in.  We are predicted to have some rain starting around 10:00 PM.

This would be the third rain we've had in the last two weeks.  That would be a good thing!  We can certainly use it!  The more rain we get this winter, the more wildflowers and cactus blooms we will have in the spring.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Playful Signs

Here are a couple of signs I've seen recently that gave me a chuckle or two.  The first was outside Tarbell's Wine Store.  Makes sense to me.

This one was inside a new cookie store at Scottsdale Fashion Square.  At first I thought it was clever but then I got to thinking, when I'm stressed I do tend to go for the dessert first.  Either that or the wine!  😀

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Season is Upon Us

I've been saving this shot because I decided not to show any Christmas related images until December. I found these silly fellows in a shop window on November 3rd.  Way too early for Christmas decor in my humble opinion.

On November 17th, I went shopping with a friend at the Scottsdale Quarter and decorations were up in every direction and inside all the stores.  I guess when it comes to merchandising, everyone wants to be first.

Monday, December 2, 2019

All the Things You Can Learn

I found this new mural on the side of one of the buildings at Gateway Community College.  I think it's pretty clear that it is showing all the you can learn about in college and all the career choices there are available.  It's signed "Jeremie backpac"  and was just painted sometime this year.
Linking to Monday Murals.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns.  It's about a rustic mansion in timber country.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Theme Day: Rainbow

And, not just one rainbow but a double rainbow!
After a year of colorful theme days, we begin December with a rainbow of colors.  I really thought I was going to have to improvise with this theme and maybe find a rainbow flag or a bouquet of brightly colored flowers but one evening almost two weeks ago, I attended an event with friends and my friend Diane said she happened to catch a cell phone shot of a rainbow earlier that day.  I asked if I could use it for my theme day post and she kindly sent it to me.  So with all the things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week, I can add sharing friends to the list.  Thanks Diane.

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Getting an Early Start

Our trees don't start to turn to fall colors until December so I thought this one was getting a head start.  However, I guess December is just a few days away so this one is not unreasonably early.  Last year I didn't find very many that turned red in color.  Most just turned yellow and brown.  Maybe this is a sign that there will be little more color in the trees that shed their leaves this year.  I hope so.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Giving Thanks

I had a lovely Thanksgiving yesterday eating, visiting with friends and eating some more.  I saw this in the yard of a home not far from me and it made me laugh.  I had to stop and get a photo.  It's a humorous message for this Thanksgiving holiday!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving here in the U. S. of A. and pretty much everyone will be enjoying a special dinner with friends and family.  I'm going to my friend David's house for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the trimmings.  The photo above is at my house with the table set for a dinner a while ago.  I chose the photo because I've had many, many Thanksgiving dinners on this china.  You see, it was my grandmother's china so it has a long history in my family.  We had many dinners at her house and on holidays she always set the table with this china.  And here it is, still being used at my house.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

House on Fire...., it's just the sun reflecting off the glass.
I happened to be standing in the right place to catch a shot of the sun reflecting off of a house on the hillside in the distance.  I zoomed in and snapped the shot and when I downloaded it, I thought it looked like that house was on fire.  Fortunately for everyone, it wasn't.