Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Famous and the Flashy


I mentioned on Sunday's post that I'd show you a few people I caught on camera at Friday's Phoenix Suns game.  First up is Michael Phelps the most decorated Olympian of all time.  He holds a total of 28 medals, 23 of which are gold.


Next was Bubba Watson.  I'm betting you golfers out there will know who he is.  I'm not a golfer but, I do remember seeing the video of him whacking a ball out of the sand trap and straight into the hole.


I don't know who this guy is but his flashy and sparkly jacket was a real eye catcher.  He did attract a lot of attention but I'm not sure if he is someone famous or if that jacket was the draw.


These shots don't do that jacket justice.  It sparkled like an ice skaters tutu!


Monday, January 15, 2018

Hidden Tribute


Speaking of the Phoenix Suns (as I did yesterday), I found this mural on the back side of a little restaurant called Pocho's on 24th Street near McDowell Road.  You can't see it from the street.  You have to be in the parking lot to see it.  The artist is unknown on this one but I'm guessing the restaurant owners are fans.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Celebrating 50 Years


The Phoenix Suns have been celebrating their Fiftieth Season this year with all kinds of events.  My friend Janet took me to one on Friday night to honor the 92-93 season when we came a hairs breath from winning the championship for that year.  They had a sort of "meet-and-great" event at a local hotel.  I took the above shot before the room filled up simply because I like their Fifty emblem and way I caught it reflected in the mirror.


This is the group of players who were at this event for a little question and answer segment.  From left to right, the first guy is the moderator, next is Wesley Person, in red is Richard Dumas, in white is Oliver Miller and on the end is Paul Westphal the coach during that season.  I really enjoyed listening to these guys.  They had a spirited and humorous conversation going.  After this event was over we headed over to the arena for the game.  I'll show you some of the people spotted at that game in another post.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  The Italian Alps play a role.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Phoenix Bird


I haven't posted a Phoenix bird in quite awhile because I had captured all the ones that I knew about.  However, recently I found this one at the entrance to housing area that is attached to the Phoenician Resort.  He looked pretty good against that  cloud spattered sky.


His partner was on the other side of the entrance with a large tree behind it.  I'll keep my eyes open for more. I never know where I'll find one.

Friday, January 12, 2018

For Your Amusement


Whenever I'm out with my camera I will run across some odd things that aren't necessarily scenic or indicative of my city but, they just beg to be photographed nonetheless.  Today I have a assortment of such photos.  Above is a jar of mayonnaise left at a bus stop.  I've seen clothes left a bus stops before but never a jar of mayonnaise.


These two green bikes caught my eye.  They aren't the exact same shade of green but they are green and the were chained together.  I couldn't help thinking that it might have been a mother daughter outing.


I passed by this pile of barricades several days in a row until I finally couldn't control the urge to stop and snap a picture of them.  They were in the same spot for at least a week but I never saw any construction or any other need to use them.


Finally, a trip through the car wash had me wondering what a photo through the windshield would look like.  Next thing I knew, I had my camera in my hand.

There it is, an assortment of silly shots.  We can't be serious all the time.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

In-Fill Housing


A few weeks ago I took a long walk heading in a different direction than I usually take.  I was walking through a neighborhood of modest homes that have been there for many decades.  In fact, I used to live on one of the streets I walked on back in the 1970's.  However, the neighborhood has changed a lot since then.  The older places are still there but there has been quite a lot of in-fill construction for multi-housing units squeezed in between the older homes.  The one pictured above certainly has a rather stark, almost prison-like look to it.  But I like the way the symmetry of it makes a nice photo.


Just a block down the street from the first one was this condo building with a very traditional, almost colonial looking facade.  There is certainly an eclectic mix of architecture along this street.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Fool Me Once.....


When I stopped at the Japanese Friendship Garden last week I got kind of excited at the sight of two swans in the little lake.  I had never seen swans here before.  As I snapped a couple of photos, something in the back of my mind was saying "something is not quite right here".  Sure enough, upon closer inspection I saw that they were plastic swans floating on the lake.  Why on earth would they put plastic swans in the water?  I have no idea.  Do you suppose they are supposed to attract the real thing?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Birds of a Feather


I was taking a walk at the Japanese Friendship garden when I spotted this fellow watching me from behind a large bush.


Then I moved a little so I could get a better view.  He stayed put and posed beautifully while I snapped a few photos.


Then he decided I had taken enough and he flew up into a nearby tree.  I snapped one more before he flew off into the distance.

I'm so thankful that I live in a big city with all the amenities it provides but I still have so many options for communing with nature.  It's a perfect combination.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Arizona Fall Colors


The trees in the Phoenix area are finally turning golden and shedding their leaves.  Scenes like this remind me so much of growing up in Illinois.  The only difference is, it happens about four months later than the midwest.

On an entirely different subject, I went to see the new movie "The Post" last weekend.  I highly recommend it!  Especially if like me, you were around in 1971 when the Pentagon Papers were published.  In addition to the obvious storyline, it subtly shows a glimpse of the gender roles that were normal for that era.  It is almost shocking to see even though I'm someone who was building a career and navigating those norms at the time.  Steven Spielberg is a genius filmmaker.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Budding Opera Stars


I've recently become acquainted with a pianist who happens to be a graduate student at ASU working on his PhD.  I was invited to attend a recital at which he was playing for a group of students from around the country who were being hosted by ASU for the weekend.  They were all opera singers who could very well have been performing in any major production.  I mean to say, they were all FANTASTIC!  I'm going to keep this photo that I took at the end of the performance because I'm betting I'll be seeing more from these talented young people very soon!


After I took the top photo, someone in the audience yelled "now for the silly shot" so I snapped another photo to catch them in their dramatic poses!  What amazing talent in all of these young singers!

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  Are you someone who likes to escape the cold of winter?

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Blast of Color


Lot's of color and many, many patterns.....all the things I love!  During the last week of December, I went back to the Phoenix Art Museum to see the show featuring Brazilian artists one more time before it came down.  I was captivated by this painting by Beatriz Milhazes from Rio de Janeiro.


It has all those elements I like in contemporary art works.  The description says it has an atmosphere of Carnival and evokes Brazil's lush landscape.  I think it does that and so much more!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Another Gladiator Sighting


A few years ago I encountered a very large gladiator being transported in the back of a pick-up truck. You can see it here.  A few weeks before Christmas, I spotted this guy sitting on the loading dock of a used furniture store.


Well, I guess they pretty much sell used everything here.  But a gladiator??  I wouldn't think there would be much of a market for used gladiators.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

For Book Lovers


When I took that walk on Mill Avenue in Tempe last week, I happened pass a wonderful old book store.  It's called Old Town Books and they sell used books of every type.  Doesn't it have the perfect cluttered charm of a vintage book store?  Shakespeare & Co. in Paris came to mind immediately when I stepped inside the door.  If you've been there you know what I mean.


The window display is what stopped me but, browsing inside was pure magic.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Tale of Two Davids


I tend to mention the two Davids in my life quite often so I thought it might be helpful to identify the two of them so you can tell them apart.  David on the left has been a very close friend of mine for over 20 years.  We worked together in various locations including the time I spent consulting in St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco.  I always refer to him as "David".  On the right is Dave, Julie's husband and you might remember that he had the blog of Tamarindo Costa Rica Daily Photo for a while.  I always refer to him as "Dave".  We were all together with a large group of friends on New Years Eve so I snapped this photo of the two of them together so I could make a proper introduction!  

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Party Like It's 1999


I haven't partied on New Year's Eve in ages but, I was thrilled to join a group of friends for a fantastic celebration for the 70th Anniversary of the Phoenix Symphony.  It was so much fun!  We had a fantastic dinner that was topped with the spectacular dessert pictured above.  That chocolate piano was delicious.


The Phoenix Symphony entertained us with some wonderful music and I thoroughly enjoyed watching some very adept couples waltzing beautifully to Strauss' "On the Beautiful Blue Danube".


Before and after the symphony performance, we were entertained by The JJ's Band.  They were so good that almost everyone at the party was on the dance floor including me.


It was the perfect way to welcome 2018!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Theme Day: Photo of the Year



Happy New Year!

Another year has begun and since this is the very first day, it's a theme day for City Daily Photo Bloggers.  The January 1st theme is always "Photo of the Year" where we repeat our favorite photo from all those we posted last year.  My favorite turns out to be one I just posted last week.























I had a couple others I liked such as my Luhrs Tower shot back in August.













And that rusty stage coach shot in July.

All things considered, the wine glass wins!


If you want to see other photos of the year from around the world, click here.






Sunday, December 31, 2017

A Classic



Parts of the Valley of the Sun are growing so fast that visiting them seems like visiting a totally foreign city.  That is exactly how I feel about Tempe Arizona and I used to live here at one time.  I decided to take a walk down Mill Avenue earlier in the week and although there were some familiar places, there was so much growth and construction all around that some landmarks were hard to recognize.  One place that looks exactly the same is the old Valley Art Movie Theatre.

It not only looks exactly the same but, it's still in operation.  I remember coming here for the first time back in 1970!

The theatre is now operated by Harkins Theaters, a local chain of theaters but, they are preserving this one!  Good for them!


I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  If you like wild animals, check it out.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

No Sleigh For This Guy


I took a drive way down on the southern tip of Phoenix yesterday to have lunch with my friend David at his office.  He started a new job earlier this year and I hadn't been to his new location yet.  On my way to his office I passed this most unusual holiday decoration.  It's Santa with his sack full of goodies riding on a rocket.  So that's how he gets all the way around the world in one day!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Holiday Light Show


Wednesday evening, I joined my friends Julie and Dave to take a drive through a holiday light show that was set up on the far north edge of the city.


These first two shots were taken from the slowly moving car so they are a little on the "fuzzy" side.  Too bad you have to be moving the whole time because  the displays were gorgeous.   I wish I could have captured them all.


At the end of the drive-through part, there was a little village set up especially for kids that we could walk through and I got a few better pictures here.  I loved giant ornament.



The giant snowman was also cute.


































And the giant Christmas Tree made of colorful orbs was also fun to see.

I hadn't seen one of these light shows in many, many years and this one was a lot more elaborate than the one I saw eons ago.  It was all timed to music that you tuned in on a radio station.  Great fun!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Simple and Pretty


I found these simple but pretty decorations placed in a planter at the end of the driveway of a home.  I like them.  It's just a touch of holiday cheer.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Busy Season


The last few days have been a flurry of activity with shopping, planning, dinners and parties.  On Christmas Day I joined my good friends Julie and Dave (many of you know them) at their house for an afternoon of cooking and then eating.  I took the top photo from their patio around the time the eating began.  The sun was getting low in the sky and lit up the distant mountain beautifully.


I caught Julie and my good friend David putting the finishing touches on the main dish.  We had a Moroccan themed meal for our Christmas dinner.  Julie picked all the recipes and our group got to work putting it all together.  We had a persimmon and pecan salad, a chilled mango soup, an aromatic and delicious lamb tagine and roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower with spices and parmesan cheese.  I baked an orange almond cake for dessert and Julie made some orange and pistachio ice cream to go with it.

It was a nice enough day to have our first two courses on the patio.

I snapped this photo while we were enjoying our salads around the fire pit.  It took a few shots to get the fire lined up perfectly but, I finally got it.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Frosty

Frosty the.....er...squirrel is hoping that everyone had a fabulous Christmas, got a few nice gifts, ate delicious food and treated yourselves to something sweet.

I know that I did!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!!


Merry Christmas Everyone!