Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I thought this was interesting as cacti don't really need supplemental watering. These healthy looking specimens are flowering nicely at Tovrea Castle. I doubt the spigot is ever turned on for them, it just looks as though it might be the cause of their robustness.
This is way (WAY) north Phoenix in Deem Hills looking south.
But new or old, it seems that devlopment and saguaros are not good mixes.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
American Gothic sculpture in Mesa.
I guess Mesa is attempting to be city which appreciates the arts, which in my opinion is a good thing.
Anyhow, you may or may not have seen the painting this is modelled from (I have had the privilege of seeing it), but do you have any idea how big this sculpture is? Is it larger than life?
About two stories tall! Right on a corner in downtown Mesa.
This is a life-sized sculpture across the street.
and this one is kitty corner across the intersection.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
115 (F) or 45+ (C) Either way you measure it = HOT
Looks like a beautiful day, and would be except for the incredible heat - or is it the humidity?
A nice breeze blowing makes it look even more like a nice day. Only this breeze is a hot wind - nothing cooling about it. Think convection oven...
At least the end of the day signals a cooling off. Even if it is only slight, it is cooler and that brings some relief.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
One of the Arizona C's (Copper, Citrus, Cattle, Cotton, and Climate) this cotton is growing at Pueblo Grande Museum. I am fortunate enough to be able to work about half my shift there. They are really hurting from City budget cuts and I help out wherever needed. The demonstration garden is one place I'm helping...
Here is the garden with a 'living fence' of ocotillo behind it. Irrigation sends water to each 'field' and out to a drain; it appears to be running uphill!
I just planted a hundred or two birdhouse gourds in these rows. Should have plenty for projects by late November.
Here is the cotton field.
Quite a large flower. (you knew I would sneak a flower picture in)
And the fluffy cotton waiting for harvest.
Check out my link to Pueblo Grande or friend it on Facebook! There are always things coming up, and some very good, free lectures are among them.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Went to the Diamondbacks v Dodgers and watched a horrible game - Dodgers 14 / D-Backs 1
But we really went for the fireworks. No hassle with parking, no standing around in the heat waiting for a couple hours. I thought it was a bit on the short side, but it was nice.
Not gonna bore you with text. Just sit back and enjoy. If you like one or two click on them to enlarge.
And when they start shooting off bunches together
you know the grand finale is at hand.
Listening to some great music didn't hurt anything either.
Jake's preferred 'fireworks' - Erik was pretty sick, so he missed this part of the fun.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Took a hike and decided against better judgement to go the distance rather than shorten the hike. With temps quickly topping 105 (F) and heading toward 110+ it wasn't one of my better decisions. Way too hot! But nice views!
Plenty of cholla & barrels which make for nice compositions.
The struggle of life & death.
Sharing spaces seemingly unfit for any kind of growth.
and the extreme coping skills - some oddity is causing this barrel to branch off in twos.
Of course, a little reminder that this is habitat unfit for humans - at least in the heat of the day. This turkey vulture was ready for casualties.
Not too surprising to see FL Wright houses & buildings in Phoenix, but it is nice to see.
Here's one built near a small peak in a nice, small canyon
The house behind it sticks up over the peak, but just to show it is not part of he FLW house, here's shot of it. Kind of disjointed, art deco style or something. Looks interesting, but I wonder how funcional it is to live in