Monday, March 19, 2018
I took a drive out to the far northern reaches of Scottsdale yesterday to see if the desert was showing an spring color yet. There wasn't a lot of blooming activity yet. Just a few hints of what will come can be seen in the yellow tint to those bushes in the foreground and that tiny spec of red to the left. That was from an ocotillo that was just beginning to bloom.
There was also a tiny bit of red showing here from the Baja Fairy Duster plants. They were attracting a few bees who I suppose were also on a quest to find some spring blooms.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
I love a big pot overflowing with plants like this one above. It was sitting on a wall at a home with an exquisite garden.
While another home had an equally pretty pot of plants in shades of green this time.
And even a cactus can be pretty when potted artistically like this South African Snowflake cactus. It takes a special talent to put these plants together so they look just perfect.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. Winter travel can bring unexpected pleasures.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
Another assortment of things I've observed along the way. This chair in the window of a shop stopped me in my tracks. I love all those patterns together however, I'm not sure I'd want it in my living room.
A wooden folding screen was placed behind a restaurant dining booth making it look like the sun was setting and the moon was rising.
I parked next to this car and when I got out I noticed the rather menacing looking wheels on the car. I bet he paid a lot of money for those fancy wheels.
I tried to figure out what "Moo-ber" Rides and Photos was all about but with no luck at all. I did look in the back of the truck to see several wooden cows carefully lined up in a sort of holding frame. I wonder if "Moo-ber" is some kind of play on "Uber", the international ride sharing company. That still doesn't explain what it's all about.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Scottsdale Fashion Square, the largest shopping center in the Phoenix area is undergoing some major renovations at the moment. Right now when you shop at the mall, the ceiling looks like this and the floors have been scraped down to the concrete in many locations.
The changes won't be complete until the fall of this year, but it supposedly will expand the retail and restaurant space by 45,000 square feet. The mall owners said that the new mall will have more of a "resort" feel to it. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Yesterday I mentioned that standing on the sidewalk during a fire drill prompted me to notice a row of businesses across the street from the building where I work. It's a group of offices that I hadn't paid much attention to. This one is a Medical Marijuana clinic.
This one is the exception to that statement I made about not paying attention to these businesses. This one I've actually photographed before. I always enjoy seeing those brightly colored doors and the assortment of Mexican art pieces they have sitting out front. When they close this shop, they take all of those things back inside including the row of lizards that are decorating the wall above the doors.
Here we have Dog Town, a dog grooming business. It's funny that I've never noticed any dogs coming or going from here.
This last one is a Tech Repair shop. It looks like they specialize in fixing cell phones. I can't really imagine there would be a lot of call for service on cell phones. Obviously there is.
That's the last of this set of businesses. I'm guessing that Phoenix is brimming with places like this. I need to make a point of finding another row of them to photograph.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Every now and then we have a fire drill where I work and everyone in the building has to exit to the sidewalk and wait for the all clear signal. At one such fire drill, I took note of a row of buildings directly across the street that I hadn't paid much attention to before. So I decided I'd grab my camera and photograph the whole row. This one appears to be a church or a church office maybe.
This one looks empty but there is no sign to rent or lease it so maybe it's being used for storage. Just a guess.
This one on the other hand, does have a rent sign hanging from it. It appears to be advertised as a live/work space.
This one is obvious. It's a tax preparation outfit. Judging from the Spanish signs, I'm guessing they have a bilingual staff. Tomorrow I'll show you four more of the buildings along this street.
Monday, March 12, 2018
I spotted a new mural on the route I take when I drive to the Desert Botanical Garden. The trouble is, it's in a very awkward spot to photograph.
It's located on a narrow alley that runs along side a wide irrigation canal. If I take the photos from the alley, they are at an angle. If I take them from across the canal, the mural is too far away. So, these shots will have to do. As you can see from all the shadows, the canal is lined with large scale power lines, adding to the difficulties. I did find a signature on this one. It's by Jake Early. Check his sight, I bet you will recognize some of his other work. He has done a lot of National Park paintings.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
There is a house not far from where I live that flies two flags on a flagpole out front. The top one is of course a U.S. flag and below it the flag of Denmark. The home is not an embassy or a consulate. Maybe there is some Danish ancestry being honored here. It's just a guess.
What is even more interesting to me is the train "caboose" that I see in the home's back yard. Maybe there is a little railroad history in the family too.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. I'm in the Oregon Wine country.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
A couple of weeks ago, I met a friend at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel for a drink and I snapped a few photos while I was there. The one above shows the elaborately designed carpet in an area leading to ballrooms.
This photo shows a table and plant decorating a long hallway between the meeting rooms and the hotel lobby. I love that Frank Lloyd Wright designed wall.
And this last photo shows a chaise (or a sofa) near the lobby where one can sit and relax and enjoy the view out toward the garden. I enjoy visiting this place because the design details are so wonderful. I really should get there more often. It's so close I could walk there.
Friday, March 9, 2018
Yesterday I told you about the fashion exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum featuring designs by Iris van Herpen. Today I have a selection of shoes that were in the exhibit. These were all made by a 3-D Printer.
It was an interesting show that I enjoyed seeing. It's important to think of the pieces as art and try not to think of them as something to be worn.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
At the end of February, I went to the Phoenix Art Museum for the opening of a new exhibit called "Transforming Fashion". It featured designs exclusively by Dutch designer, Iris van Herpen.
The show featured 45 ensembles created between 2008 and 2015.
Obviously, these designs are not meant to be worn by fashion-minded women. I believe the only time they were worn by a real model was when they were first shown at a fashion show.
Even at those fashion shows, I'm betting that wearing these designs was a bit of a trial for the model.
There was a video playing in the gallery of models actually wearing these pieces. They had to do it very carefully.
There were so many truly outrageous designs in the show but I think I'll end with this one.
I do believe wearing this outfit would destroy any hope of getting a dance partner and I'd be very, very careful bending over to pick something up.
Many of the clothes in this collection were made with a 3-D printer instead of cloth and needle and thread.
What do you think?
Tomorrow I'll show you some of the shoes in the collection!
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Yesterday I told you about the "Devour" event at the Desert Botanical Garden. Today I thought I'd show you a few of the tasty treats we tried. Above is a house made brioche stuffed with a shrimp remoulade. Delicious!
From the same booth operated by the Restaurant called Beckett's Table was this dessert. It's a flourless chocolate cake topped with a peanut butter mousse. Of all the desserts I tasted, I think this one was my favorite.
These next three tastes came from Kai Restaurant, Arizona's only Five Star restaurant. I haven't eaten there yet mostly because it is so far away from home. The restaurant is located at the Wild Horse Pass Resort which is on the very southern edge of Phoenix. Above is a cucumber and cactus caviar cocktail. Don't ask me what "cactus caviar" is, I have no idea but this was a deliciously refreshing drink.
This little taste was of some smoked trout sitting on a little pancake-like patty made of locally grown tepary beans.
We finished this tasting with a little cake made from locally grown squash. I believe it was called a tarahumara squash. Whatever it was called , these little morsels were delicious.
In addition to the the mysterious ladies I featured yesterday, there was all kinds of musical entertainment going on in the garden too. All the way from a full band in one spot to this one-man band in another spot. Check out those bells on his shoes.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
I ran into these mysterious ladies at another event at the Desert Botanical Garden. My friend Julie called Sunday morning to see if I could go with her because she had an extra ticket. So off I went to the Devour event. I've gone to this event before when it was hosted by the Phoenix Art Museum but, over the last two years, it has gotten so crowded in the courtyard of the art museum that I quit going. This year they moved it to the garden with all of the garden as space for the food booths. Devour is an event that features local food and local wine with booths sponsored by lots of local restaurants and wine distributors. We had a great time tasting great food and wine. These ladies were found roaming the garden and posing for photos. Don't you just love those hair styles? The eye make-up was pretty cool too!
Monday, March 5, 2018
The last two weekends have been the annual Canal Convergence art event on the Scottsdale Waterfront. They have lots of activities in the evenings of the weekend but, I wasn't able to attend the evening events so I went during the day to see what art pieces they had up for the event.
This piece was just mesmerizing. It was a very long strand of streamers that were stretched from one bridge over the canal all the way to the next bridge. They said is was the length of three football fields.
At the other end, the streamers were thicker and this patch of silver ones were undulating in the wind. It was so beautiful to watch. I stood under it for a long time just enjoying the movement.
Sunday, March 4, 2018
When I was at the Shemer Art Museum last weekend for the tiny homes show, I was told that the museum had a ceramics exhibit up so I went inside to check it out. I fell in love with this piece. I might even have purchased it but, it already had a red dot on it so I knew it was already sold. There is just something really whimsical about this one by a sculptor Sam Hodges. It's called "Potheads". Perfect.
Obviously, the patterns of this one caught my eye. It's called "Freefall" by Carlos Kessler. It does have a sort of "twilight zone" look to it.
This totem pole was also an eye-catcher. This one is called "Art Deco Totem" by artist April Watt.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. I have a variety of New York scenes.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
I have a new assortment of odd shots to share today. First is the sculpture in downtown Phoenix called "Her Secret is Patience" by the artist Janet Echelman. I haven't featured this art piece in ages. My night shot of it is still my favorite.
I big pile of black tubes (probably culverts) that I found with a tree growing behind them. Something about the scene caught my eye.
Shadow, sunlight and blue sky drew my attention to this opening in wall at the Heard Museum one day.
And, I found my old Mickey Mouse watch in a drawer a few days ago. I haven't worn that watch in ages and I used to wear it every day.