Thursday, April 25, 2024

Change of Scenery


I'm heading down to Tucson today and will be there through Saturday.  It's just a little spring break trip that will include a few museums and some relaxing time at one of my favorite resorts, the Arizona Inn.  I'm looking forward to a change in scenery and a taste of Tucson.  

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Odd Assortment of Images


I have another one of my assortments of odd photos taken over the past few weeks and all snapped with my iPhone.

I happened to stop at a very upscale supermarket in Scottsdale a few weeks ago.  I was totally impressed by the very neatly arranged produce section.

On March 28th, I posted a photo of a flower from my friend Glenda's garden.  I learned that the flower is called a Lady Banks Rose.  I snapped this photo of my champagne glass with those roses behind it.

I had dinner with friends two weeks ago at a tiny little restaurant.  We needed to wait a bit for our table but since the place is so small, they've made an arrangement with a bar next door to handle the people waiting for tables.  It was a great place with all kinds of games lining the bar and I loved this "no dogs" sign.

This photo was taken from a moving car and through a window.  That explains the light glares.  I wanted to capture these great looking light fixtures on this street in Tempe.  I'm not sure when I'll get back there to take some better photos so this will do for now.

I told you these were going to be ODD shots!  😳

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The Only Child


Those parking lot geese were raising quite a ruckus Sunday morning so I went out to see what all the noise was about.  I think they were announcing the arrival of this years babies.  Only there was only one this time.  

Even though there was only one little gosling, they were still proudly marching it around all the pathways in the complex.  

They seemed to be very proud of this little guy!

Monday, April 22, 2024

Earth Day Bounty


I've posted photos of blooms at public gardens, I thought on this Earth Day I'd post some blooms from right here at home.  There are a lot of blooming plants around this complex.

The bright red hibiscus blooms are always a favorite of mine.  

There are some new bougainvillea plants around with huge clusters of blooms on them.  

There are also a few of these plants scattered around.  I think this might be something called Texas sage.  Whatever it is, purple blooms always catch my eye.

The exotic looking African iris are also blooming.  

The landscapers have filled the place with red an white geraniums.  They are one of the first things I see when I arrive home.

There is a lot of Earth Day bounty right out my front door.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

That Bottle Brush Tree


I drove past that bottle brush tree that I like to photograph every year and was happy to find it full of those wonderful brush-like blooms.  

I took all these photos with the telephoto lens from across the street so I was surprised to see that I had captured a bee on that one bloom.

However, the tree was looking a bit shaggy these days.  It looks like it might have lost some branches toward the top.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns.  Have you ever heard of the Fourth Plinth?

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Tribute to a Great Artist


When I was at the Wrigley Mansion last Saturday, I spotted this gorgeous Arizona sunset painting by Ed Mell in one of the dining rooms.  I mentioned Ed Mell in a post on March 6th, just days after he passed away.  There wasn't any sign and I didn't ask, but I'm pretty sure that candle was placed in front of the painting to pay tribute to a great artist and great man.  

In another room I found another Ed Mell painting.

There were two tributes to Ed published in the Arizona Highways magazine however, the one above was a personal tribute from the magazine's editor.  I've seen many such tributes over the past few weeks.  Ed was much loved in the Valley of Sun and around the world.

I'll make this post my own little tribute to a man whose art work I have greatly admired.  

Friday, April 19, 2024

The Wrigley Mansion


I was with friends at a birthday celebration at the Wrigley Mansion last Saturday night and was able to tour around the building once again.  The last time I was there I posted photos of the grand staircase.  This time I have some photos of other rooms.  At one time, the room above was a bedroom for the Wrigley family.  Today it is a special meeting and dining room.

The room above was the families main dining room.

The room to the left was another bedroom.

It's always fun to wander around in this majestic place.  I always seem to learn something new on every visit.

You can see more photos from this place here, here and here.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

The Other Flowers


The iris and the baby ducks weren't the only beautiful things that caught my eye at the Japanese Friendship Garden.  There were several shrubs in full bloom with these dainty pink flowers.

On the water were several very gorgeous water lilies.  

Scattered among the bed of iris plants were these two-tone blooms.

And, these pretty lavender flowers were also popping up here and there.  There were a lot of spring flowers to enjoy.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

And Then There Were Eight


The flowers weren't the only thing I enjoyed seeing at the Japanese Friendship Garden last weekend.  I spotted a very proud momma duck showing off her tiny brood of ducklings.  Here she is teaching them a bit of rock climbing.  I see six little ones in this shot.

After climbing the rocks, she shows them how to cool off in the grass.  Now I could see seven little babies gathering around momma in the cool spot.  

Finally she decides to cross the path and head toward the water.  Now I can clearly see that she had eight little ducklings following her lead.  

This little encounter with the duck family was just an added bonus to a sunny walk at the Japanese Friendship Garden.  

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Spring at the Japanese Garden


I made a trip to the Japanese Friendship Garden over the last weekend to see how spring was looking in that environment.  As it turns out, it was looking very good.

I was hoping I'd find some flowers that I don't usually see and I wasn't disappointed.  

The iris patch was full of beautiful blooms.

The blooms were impossible to resist.

I must have taken a dozen photos of these delicate blooms.   

The trip to Japanese Friendship Garden was a colorful success.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Barrio Murals


I snapped this photo the same evening I had dinner at the Barrio Cafe that I mentioned a couple of days ago.  This mural is in the alley behind the restaurant which is a space full murals.  In fact, I've posted photos of other murals in this alley before but it's been a while ago.  This isn't the best photo.  As you can see, I was shooting into the sun.  Not always the best idea.

Taking part in Monday Murals.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Orchid Tree


I saw this orchid tree as I was driving past and decided to stop and snap a few photos.  I love these trees especially when they are blooming and full of their beautiful flowers.

Spring has been making a colorful showing this year in the desert southwest.  I'll keep my eyes open for more flowering signs of spring.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  Public art is abundant in London.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Birds at the Garden


I did take the time to capture a few birds with my camera when I was at the garden last weekend.  Here is a favorite, a Gambel's Quail perched on a rock.

This fellow was examining the tables and chairs near the little cafe.  I checked my bird guide and I think this might be an Abert's Towhee.  

This female Gila Woodpecker was busy poking her head in and out of the hole in the cactus.  She might have been feeding some young in there.  Either that or she was looking for a new nesting spot.

Friday, April 12, 2024

Saying Goodbye to a Tasty Friend


Last Saturday night I had dinner with close friends at Barrio Cafe, a restaurant that has been in business over twenty years and has become well known across the country.  Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza has earned the respect of everyone she meets and her food is loved by all.  She is a James Beard nominated chef who has brought real Mexican food to the city while becoming a vocal community leader and activist.  

Chef Slivana will be closing at the end of May so we wanted to make sure we had dined there one more time before it closes.  Chef Silvana will be missed on the local restaurant scene.  I wish her a comfortable retirement.  

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Violas and Other Garden Flowers


These tiny little flowers caught my eye at the Desert Botanical Garden.  I've seen these flowers before but this striped variety was new to me.  I always thought they were tiny pansies but I learned that they are actually called violas.  They are so pretty.

I'm not sure what the tiny little blue flowers are called.  There were several little clusters of them scattered around.

I found these unusual black petunias mixed in with the other flowers at the garden.

The flowers are abundant right now.  

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

A Rainbow of Cactus Blooms


There were a variety of cactus blooms to admire last Sunday when I was at the Desert Botanical Garden.  I'll share just a few today.  The colors were so vivid.  

Such a pretty shade of pink!

An orange bloom!

They came in all shapes and sizes.

Even a short little cactus can push out a pretty bloom.

Pretty blooms on the claret cup cactus. It was a feast for the eyes.