Monday, August 31, 2020
I recently found this mural on the side of Mia's Flower Shop near 16th Street an McDowell roads. There was no signature on it but I did a little internet search and I found it was painted by a group of graffiti artists from Phoenix who go by the name "Graffaholeks". The name of the mural is "Cultura". She's a very pretty lady framed by those red roses.
Taking part in Monday Murals.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
My art challenge group met on Friday night and you might remember that the challenge for August was "Curiosity". Here is my piece on the subject. I enjoy abstract art and wanted to learn some new techniques so I've been watching a lot of online videos and learning new tricks. I got out the paints and tried some new things. This was the end result. I call it "Curiously Abstract".
Most of my challenge entries end up being work with photos because that's where I'm most comfortable. But every now and then I wander off into something else. It's fun!
Our challenge for our September meeting is "About 67%". I'm thinking of some ideas already.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. I'm exploring those old slides I discovered. This time I'm visiting Cologne Germany.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
I don't think I ever mentioned that the Desert Botanical Garden is located very close to the Arizona National Guard military facility. Consequently, I've seen National Guard helicopters fly over the park on many, many occasions. Every once in a while, I snap a photo of one of them as they pass overhead.
A few days ago, a friend asked if she could get a copy of a photo of mine that I took at the Desert Botanical Garden and that prompted me to search through my photos to find the one she wanted. That's when I found these three shots of these serious looking flying machines.
This one appears to be a medical unit. The top photo I think is the best of the three. I took it in 2010. The middle one was taken in 2012 and this medical helicopter was taken in 2016. These might be the only photos I have of them but, I see one or two fly over almost every time I go to the garden. It's a very busy National Guard facility.
Friday, August 28, 2020
Early Wednesday morning I was on my way to an appointment when I turned east and noticed how strange the rising sun was looking. I later learned that the smoke from the fires burning in California and northern Arizona was creating some high level air pollution. We couldn't smell any smoke but there was a strange level of gray in the sky for most of the day. In fact, it's been gray an hazy for the past two days.
This almost looks like one of those sun filters people use to view an eclipse.
Thursday, August 27, 2020
I took this photo back at the beginning of July when I went to Scottsdale and wandered around the outside of the Museum of the West. I saw these condos about a block away from the museum and kind of hidden between commercial buildings on either side. I had to do some digging to discover that the name of this little complex is Loloma 5. I was able to see that one or two of them are currently for sale at around $550,000. I like the angular look of them and they are certainly in a prime location right in the heart of old town Scottsdale.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
The photo is scanned and is pretty faded. The sand really was a lovely pink color.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
I just had to get out of the house last Sunday so I took a drive around town to see if I could see anything new. I didn't stay in downtown Phoenix very long because it seemed like every street was under construction in some way. However I was there long enough to see this great sculpture on the corner of 1st Avenue and Monroe.
It's a robot sitting on a park bench and reading a book. The artist is Doug Boyd and he said the piece was part of an inspiration he got while hiking on the John Muir Trail in California. He was about 130 miles into the hike when he realized after checking his phone how connected he was in that great outdoors. He got to thinking that we will all be rather robot-like with our connections to one another all the time.
He has the robot reading a book because that is something you normally wouldn't see a robot doing. Robots are full of data storage so reading a book is something that a robot might never have experienced. The robot has a solar panel on it so that it stores electricity and lights up at night. I'll have to go back and see that for myself.
Monday, August 24, 2020
Last Monday I posted a mural (you can see it peeking over the top of this building) that was on the opposite side of the building with Teddy Roosevelt on it. This week I have a post on the opposite side of the garage with the colorful peacock on it. I posted that one back in February.
Taking part in Monday Murals.
Sunday, August 23, 2020
The storm we had last Thursday night caused little patches of damage around town. Fortunately, it was nothing like the folks on the east coast experienced. Many of our native trees are prone to losing branches when the wind whips up. That's what happened here where I live. A big branch came crashing down on the carport cover. The groundskeepers were out on Saturday to clean up the mess.
I noticed this rather confusing traffic light yesterday when I made a trip to the grocery store. I'm not sure if the wind did this or if vandals twisted that traffic light around. Whatever happened, it makes you think twice before entering the intersection. There were several parts of town that had their electricity down for parts of the night but luckily, mine stayed on.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. I'm going back in time again, this time to Germany.
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Friday, August 21, 2020
Herb Drinkwater was the mayor of Scottsdale for 16 years (from 1980 to 1996) and before that, served on the City Council for 8. He was a bit of a character who was a friend to everyone and a sort of one man Chamber of Commerce. He liked to dress in western clothes because after all, he was the mayor of "the west's most western" town. He was often seen around town with his dog Sadie by his side so it was only natural that she should also be immortalized in the sculpture.
The sculpture was created by Clyde "Ross" Morgan and place in the park in 2003.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
I'm mixing it up a bit for today's post. Just a few things I've observed around town when I've been out running errands. This fine looking Volkswagen bus caught my eye. It has an "antique auto" license plate on it and whoever owns it has restored it beautifully. Just look at that shine.
The police were after me again. Just kidding. I'm not sure what they were doing but they were making a big circle over my neighborhood. When they approached the mountains to the north of me, I could hear them talking on the loud speaker but I couldn't make out what they were saying.
featured back in February. I don't know sign language but I did look this up and what I get is SFSG. Which might stand for Special Forces Support Group or maybe it's something else. Any ideas?
This last one is a mailbox I saw. I bet the people who live here like dogs!
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
I promise I won't bore you with the same view every day this week but I just had to share this sunrise photo from yesterday morning. The day after a monsoon storm usually fills the sky with scattered clouds and I had a feeling there might be a nice sunrise.
After enjoying the sunrise, I took a short walk. I took the photo to the left because of the sunlight shining on the top of the palm trees and the white clouds behind them. All in all, a very nice morning!
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Sunday night a dust storm rolled into the valley. I went outside to see if I could get any interesting photos. Above is the view to the north from my place. I posted this view back in May when the air was clear, the sky was blue and those mountains were crystal clear.
Then I walked to the west view to see if I could see my great view of Camelback Mountain. You can barely see the outline of the mountain. The air was full of dust so I scooted back inside.
Monday, August 17, 2020
Remember that mural of Theodore Roosevelt that I posted back in June? This new mural is on the other side of that glass building. It was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. One of the co-owners of the building Jason Harvey, found himself out on the sidewalk in front of the building handing out bottled water to the demonstrators who passed by. He noticed that this side of the building was literally a blank canvas and he decided to do something that would make people think.
Cauly painted a 5 foot painting of the author and then it was converted into screened images that would cover the whole side of the building. Around Mr. Baldwin's head is one of his quotes: "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."
A great quote, perfect for this time we are living in.
Taking part in Monday Murals.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
I didn't expect to see so much construction going on in the downtown area. I could see construction cranes in every direction. This one to the left really fascinated me. Look how high it is. That makes me wonder just how tall that building is going to be.
I zoomed in on the crane operator cabin. Just imagine working from way up there in a box hanging off the side that steel tower. That is not a job for me! With employment at an all-time low and the economy in a free-fall, it seemed strange to see all this construction going on.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. Remember all those slides I found recently and scanned? My post today is about Bruges Belgium a place I'd love to return to some day. I'm so glad I found those photos!
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Not far from the castle-like condos I posted yesterday, was this house nearly hidden by these magnificent trees. What wonderful and huge threes they are. The house faces west but I'm certain that not one ray of hot, western sunlight hits any of those windows. I bet the birds love those trees.
Friday, August 14, 2020
I stumbled on this set of condominiums yesterday when I went out to get a sandwich for lunch. It looks like the builder has decided that buyers might like the feel of castle living in their condo. Some of the units have turrets. I'd love to see inside one of these. I imagine maybe a space for reading or an office for working from home. It would be interesting to see how that round space has been set up.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
When I was at the Phoenix Public Library last February, I wandered around admiring the various art works that are scattered about the building. This one is called "Ranch in the Hills" and it was painted by Howard Post, a well known Arizona artist. Mr. Post was born and raised on a ranch near Tucson. He graduated from the University of Arizona and taught art there for two years before becoming a commercial artist. In 1980, he decided to start painting what he knew best, Arizona ranching life. You can find his paintings in museums and galleries all over the country.
Both of these art works were gifts to the Phoenix Public Library from patrons who contributed them so they would become part of the permanent collection.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Monday morning brought a sky full of wispy clouds but there was no rain in sight. The "Valley of the Sun" is living up to its name, sunshine and blue skies.....and heat!
When I went outside to get these photos, I felt like doing a little rain dance to see if I could encourage these clouds to meld together and burst open. No such luck. I just heard on the news that there is no rain in sight for the rest of this week. We could use a good thunderstorm to break up the monotony.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
On Sunday I posted about the strange metal framework that had been installed around the old Park Central mall. I mentioned that I thought it was pretty useless. That is unless you happen to be a photographer looking for some interesting shots. I decided to see if I could use it to frame some photos.
Probably the most puzzling is this 'covered' walk leading in and out of the center. Shade is a very desirable element here in the desert. Since this center houses a variety of restaurants it would make sense to provide some shade so the people working in those buildings across the street could walk over for lunch out of the sun. As you can see from the top photo and this last one, this cover only provides shade in uneven stripes.
Monday, August 10, 2020
Obviously, this mural has been on this wall for a very long time but for some reason I just recently saw it. It is on the side wall of a Middle Eastern Bakery that I've never been in before but I have heard very good things about it. Someone recently told me they find all kinds of unusual spices there. It looks like parts of the original mural have been painted over for some reason. The guy on the flying carpet is a nice touch.
I need to stop in here one day and see what exotic delights they have for sale.
Taking part in Monday Murals.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
When I first moved to Phoenix, Park Central was a midtown shopping center with a lot of nice shops, restaurants and department stores. I bought many clothes at the stores located here. As the area became more and more of business hub and less residential, the shopping center started dying out. For the past 15 or more years, the buildings have been converted into training centers, offices and clinics. In this view across the parking lot and to the south we can see the bank building (with the reflection) and the towers of the Phoenix Plaza. This photo was taken in 2009.
Last year, I started seeing some unusual changes to this center in the form of all the metal screening and covers that have been added to the front of the center. I say "unusual" because I don't think it's especially attractive or functional. I think it makes the entire place look like it's still under construction. As you can see in the photo above, the view across the parking lot was much the same.
This was that same view last Friday. In one year's time, a whole new building has been built and it now blocks the previous view and covered the entire parking area. I had recently read a call-to-artists" for a mural to be painted here and that's what prompted me to see where this mural might go. It looks like it might run along the ground floor facade of this building but on the street side. I'll keep my eyes open to see how it turns out. I know one thing for certain, I still don't care for that strange metal framework. It just looks like a some kind of metal scaffolding thrown together haphazardly.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. It's about a discovery I made while in Milan.