Due to my neglect of this blog in 2013, it has been a long, long time since I’ve done a Spotlight post. If you are new to the blog, I used to have a monthly post where I’d hand out Spotlight Awards to blogs I thought were cool and might be of interest to others.
For today’s blog post, I’ve picked up my inspiration from the Two Cents Tuesday challenge posted on Across the Bored. It is more than likely a new challenge will be posted today, but I subscribe to the “better late than never” philosophy and feel compelled to participate in the challenged that is now expiring.
This time last year, I was feeling a bit burned out from maintaining this blog. I do enjoy maintaining a presence on WordPress, but more and more I have found it difficult to blog regularly. Last December, I vowed to make December the most awesome month of blogging on NMNPHX for my readers. You know, give my audience a December to Remember. Continue reading
Hello there! Yes I know it has been nearly two months since my last post. I had not logged into WordPress in weeks, so I was a bit surprised to see that some of my posts from last year were still driving visitors to the blog. So I figured I should post something new.
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but one of my newer hobbies is bird watching. I gradually added a few feeding stations around my backyard and have been graced by the presence of several types of birds, many of which I never really noticed before.
One species that has made itself known in my backyard is the rosy faced lovebird (sometimes referred to as the peach faced lovebird). Typically see flying together in flocks of at least 5-6, I’ve had as many as 20 hanging around my backyard at the same time.
These birds are actually native to southwest Africa. However, a local aviary let go a flock of these birds approximately 13-14 years ago. The desert climate apparently agreed with these birds as they have thrived in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
From my observations, they love to hang on things and splash around in water.
For more information about the Phoenix peach faced lovebirds, feel free to check out the articles below.
Last week I introduced the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, complete with photos of the surrounding plants and wildlife. This week, I’d like to share a few more photos, taken just last month on a very humid July morning.
With the overcast sky, temperature hovering just above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and 60% humidity, the preserve had a very sub-tropical ambiance.
The ducks in the pond near the entrance of the preserve were up and about.
As I began my hike into the preserve, I noticed a few signs around the preserve that contained random facts about the universe in general. Here is one such sign about Jupiter.
I suppose these help entertain those of us here for a morning walk.
As I moved further into the preserve, I came across a neat little babbling brook, which I had somehow missed on previous visits.
At another pond was a completely different flock of birds than the ones found at the entrance.
I also came across a dragonfly and a hummingbird.
The egrets and herons were also in abundance during this visit.
Thankfully, I didn’t see any snakes on this visit. I did however catch more than just a glimpse of the numerous jackrabbits running around the preserve.
This was definitely a great way to wake up and start my morning.
Over the past year, I’ve discovered a hidden gem among a primarily developed area known as the Gilbert Riparian Preserve. The preserve is 110 acres big, contains 8 ponds and claims to have over 200 species of birds residing in the preserve. The best part is, it is free and open to the public.
This week’s post is a brief introduction to the preserve with photos from my initial visit last spring. Next week, I’ll post photos from my most recent visit.
1 of 8 ponds located in the preserve.
Towards the north end of the preserve is an observatory and a small lake for urban fishing.
Small lake at north entrance.
The plant life is mostly native desert plants, including cotton, cacti and succulents.
There are numerous walking trails making the Gilbert Riparian Preserve a great option for peaceful walks. But watch out, there are a few ground dwellers running around the preserve, including this rattlesnake who was making his own path through the preserve.
There are maps available, as well as plenty of signs displaying the latitude and longitude- in case you get lost.
There are many areas within the preserve that mimic a wetland. Some of the larger birds, like egrets and herons, congregate in these areas.
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Just when I was ready to throw in the towel and leave this blog untouched for the rest of the week, Across the Bored posted a challenge I could easily fulfill. This week’s topic selected for Two Cents Tuesday is Toys. Even though daylight stretches on a bit longer these days, I seem to have less time for certain endeavors (such as writing and blogging) as I’ve rediscovered a favorite toy of mine from my high school years.
I received this back in 1997. My grandfather bought it for $30 from a buddy of his that used to play it in a mariachi band. Even though the rosette around the sound hole was already chipping away and the case had seen better days, I was so ecstatic to own a guitar. I signed up for 2 semesters of guitar class my senior year of high school and happily strummed along as my guitar instructor taught us chords for tunes from the 50′s and 60′s, from groups such as the Beatles, Doors, Beach Boys and Kingston Trio to name a few.
My grandfather lived long enough to see me learn these songs. To celebrate our year of learning guitar, my guitar instructor held a guitar concert on Cinco de Mayo. The entire guitar class stood on stage and played many of the songs we’d perfected in class for all our friends and family in attendance. I’ll never forget how my grandfather stood proudly as we took our bow and clapped as loud as he could.
After high school, life happened. Faced with adulthood and the reality of juggling work and school, many hobbies I enjoyed as a teen took a backseat. About two months ago, I looked over at this guitar sitting in the back of my closet and wondered why in the world I am just letting this thing collect dust.
I dug out my old guitar instruction books and have been sitting down each evening working through lessons as well as practicing some of the songs I already knew from high school. I never felt disciplined enough to really sit and work through all the lessons in the books when I was younger.
Revisiting this years later, I find that I’m comprehending the information much easier these days. I also feel my coordination and dexterity has improved compared to my teenage years.
I know this because suddenly I’ve become picky about, well, picks. I’ve moved beyond mere chords to single note playing, riffs and 12 bar blues progressions. Picks can’t magically make one’s playing sound better, but the right pick can make the musical journey that much more enjoyable for the player.
The clear pick sitting in the pick holder is satisfactory, but I definitely prefer the stiffness of the Dunlop Tortex picks (the green picks pictured lower right). However, I just discovered the rough grip of the Dunlop Max Grip Jazz III Carbon Fiber picks (pictured below left). Though smaller, the grip is steady and I’ve yet to accidentally drop it in the guitar. This pick could very well rival the Dunlop Tortex as my favorite pick.
Well, what else can I say? These are the toys I rush home to play with these days.
My entry for this week’s theme of fleeting is an out of focus shot of a hallway at work I took back in January.
To me this signifies fleeting for several reasons.
- I took this when the sun was setting, which is why there is a blue tint coming through the windows. The short days of winter always remind me how fleeting time can be.
- The out of focus nature of the photo gives a sense of movement, such as if one were traveling – perhaps quickly – down this hallway. Add in the abandoned cart and there is a sense of urgency, as though someone vacated the hallway in a hurry.
- This particular hallway sees its share of fleeting moments all day everyday. At any given moment in the daylight, you would most likely catch at least one person pacing or standing stationary by the window while conducting personal calls on their cell phones. Collectively we all know that it isn’t a completely private spot, yet it gives us the illusion of privacy. Just beyond the lime colored entry way is the entrance to the restrooms and the lunch room on the other end where I’m standing and taking this shot. Therefore, it is a well traveled pathway yet somehow it feels peaceful and private to stop and chat with loved ones for a few moments or arrange personal business.
Apparently my blog inspires people to goof off at work.
Greetings from Ohio! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the info you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m amazed at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone…I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G…Anyways, superb blog!
Well hey there whoever you are! Thanks for checking out the blog on your iPhone. I get bored to work at death sometimes as well but instead of browsing the web on a mobile device I just sneak out and catch a movie at the movie theater across the street. You should try it sometime! In my neck of the woods, it’s only $5 to watch a movie before 6pm. Of course, this only works if you actually work near a movie theater. If not, I suggest you quit your job (since you are bored anyways) and find a workplace near a movie theater. See – problem solved. But do continue to increase page views on my blog when you get home.
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I sure am getting my mileage out of this scene of the light rail car in front of Chase Field. After posting yesterday’s article, I noticed a warning sign in this photo:
I cropped this photo so you can clearly read the warning for motorists.
Do Not Drive on the Tracks.
You would think this would be a no-brainer, yet there has been at least one incident where a man did drive down the light rail tracks. Not sure if this means the signs along the route are working as there as only been one incident, or if it’s a failure because it did happen despite the warning sign. Food for thought.
Got a photo of an interesting sign? Post it to enter this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge over at The Daily Post.