Who knew signs on light poles could be so bossy?
No problem light pole, you can stay grey and uncluttered (minus the sign the city posted making it illegal to post signs).
Every year, The Phoenix Zoo strings up festive lights and invites the public to tour the zoo at night. Below are some photos from the event.
Bet you’ve never seen a peacock this bright!
What do you call two rams butting heads, a squirrel and a couple of bats? Yeah, I don’t know either!
This would be the only time a scorpion is a delightful site.
Random ornaments in trees. I…couldn’t get a better shot than this.
Look! It’s the Travelocity Roaming Gnome! Oh wait, it’s just a hired impersonator.
Despite my snarky comments above, Phoenix Zoo Lights is a favorite event in the PHX and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. If you ever find yourself in Phoenix in December, I’d highly recommend attending Phoenix Zoo Lights.
Hi there! Hope most of you are enjoying this transition from summer to fall. For this week’s Photo Friday, I’ve opted to update a post from last summer. The photos below are from my visits to the Cabrillo National Monument back in October 2009 and March 2010.
Cabrillo National Monument is located at the very tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in California. This national park, which is very affordable at $5.00 per car (2010 prices – do check current prices if you decide to go), provides breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. To see the exhibits at the Visitor Center and walk the path around the lighthouse takes approximately an hour.
From the top of Cabrillo National Monument, you can actually see the San Diego Bay and part of downtown.
I started doing Photo Friday posts in March 2012, just six months ago. I started out with photos of public art I’d taken, then moved onto nature photos and other things.
It has been too hot to wander around the city taking pictures of public art pieces. At the same time I’ve noticed August has been a little slow around WordPress as we’re all trying to deal with busy summer work schedules, summer vacations and back to school.
Since I’ve picked up many more readers since starting these Photo Friday posts, I figured now would be a good time to revisit past Photo Fridays focused on public art. Enjoy! Continue reading
We all know you aren’t supposed to look straight on at the sun. So for kicks I aimed my camera phone towards the sky, looked away and clicked a picture of the otherwise blinding and bright afternoon sun. This was on my way to the bus stop near a building provides shade on the walk to the stop, so it’s not as though I was just wandering around outside in the summer for fun.
I just thought it looked cool and wanted to share it. All my pictures of the sun are sunsets (see Photo Friday: Sundown at San Diego Bay for an example).
Since I don’t mention the weather enough in my blog (yeah right), I decided to incorporate a few fun facts about the term “dog days of summer”. What does it mean? Why do we use the term?
The term comes from Sirius, a.k.a the dog star. Sirius goes through cycles where it rises and sets at the same times as the Sun. The Egyptians and Romans saw that the dog star coincided with the height of the summer heat and posited that Sirius was adding to the heat.
The “dog days of summer” in the northern hemisphere is defined as the time period from 20 days before Sirius coincides with the Sun to 20 days after. This typically begins early July and runs through mid-August, though it can extend to early September depending on the region.
In Phoenix for example, the monsoon storm season can run through late August – even past Labor Day which results in a longer period of heat and high humidity.
I thought this picture of my uncle’s little doggie was a great visual for “dog days of summer”. I snapped this in early June when it was still somewhat tolerable outside (which would be before the onset of the dog days). We were grilling some hot dogs and this guy was enjoying the sunshine in the early part of the afternoon. Of course, after about 10 minutes he ran back inside.
For more information on the term “dogs days of summer”, check out these links:
Back in the day when I had to use a regular old camera to take pictures, I always seemed to accidentally use up 1-2 pictures per roll. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken a roll of film to get developed only to find a picture of:
-A shot of the floor or
-Wadded up tissues from the inside of my purse or
Seems my affinity for snapping a photo by mistake has continued into the digital age. While taking some photos in vicinity of Chase Field, my camera went off while I was climbing up some stairs at the Phoenix Convention Center. I kept the picture because I thought the twisty staircase actually looked cool. Maybe I have weird tastes. Anyhow, below is the accidental snapshot.
Do you have any interesting tales of photos that should have never been?
Nestled in between the light rail station/bus depot and the Arizona State University Downtown campus is Phoenix Civic Space Park. It’s a rather small park – containing a public conference building with a coffee shop downstairs and wide outdoor spaces to relax and enjoy the outdoors. But the one thing the park is known for is the giant public art piece hanging above the park.
Every year my company does a peanut butter and jelly drive during the summer to donate to local foodbanks. The TV station on the bottom floor of my building (yes, the same building that was evacuated just days earlier and no I don’t work in the TV station) was doing a feature to kickoff the month-long food drive for the 4pm newscast in the lobby of the building. I couldn’t help but take some snapshots of the event. I took the picture from the atrium area above the lobby – no way I was taking a chance of showing up on the news! Continue reading
Thought I’d end the week on a happy note. My cousin graduated from high school last night. I took a few shots of the field. I especially loved the sparkly 2012 adorning the goal post.
A few weeks ago, I took a long walk during my lunch hour. I headed towards Heritage Square Park, which houses several small museums as well as the Arizona Science Center. I was trying to snap a few photos of the garden area around the main walkway and completely stumbled over the handles to an old wagon that was sitting right in the middle of the walkway. I’m pretty sure I made the wagon move a few feet to the left. I looked around to see if anyone saw me walking smack into a wagon. Continue reading