Spotlight Awards 2013: Reader’s Picks

Hello everyone!  I still cannot believe that 2013 is almost over.  I couldn’t let 2013 slip away without awarding a round of Spotlight Awards.  Because I’ve been a fair-weather blogger this year, I haven’t spent much time on WordPress. When I did hop on, I mostly visited blog I already followed. Therefore, I turned over the nomination process to my audience.

I want to thank all of you who took time to send me a cool blog to check out. The blogs featured in this round of Spotlight Awards have very unique themes. I’m not sure if I would have come across these blogs on my own.

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December Spotlight Awards

Holy Cannoli, it’s already December? I’m still adjusting to the long stretch of holiday called Thanksgiving!  While many of you are dealing with snow and cold temperatures, I’m back to pulling out my spring sweaters for work each day. Normally I’d at least need my beige “detective” coat for the mornings and evenings, but the weather has been more mild than usual with highs hovering near the 80 degree Fahrenheit mark.

I also get to celebrate the fact that I lived another year this weekend and kick-start the next year.  Yes, this is my birthday weekend.  With the buildup to Christmas and then New Year’s over the next 30 days I try to stretch my birthday out over the whole month.  Why? Because I can. Now back to the point of this post. Continue reading

Spam Comment of the Week: September 17

I’m not even sure how to respond to this one.

Whoah this weblog is wonderful i like studying your posts.  Stay up the good paintings!  You know lots of people are looking around for this information, you can aid them greatly. 

Okay…

1. I don’t paint and I certainly haven’t had a run of paintings pictured on my blog.

2. I don’t think a lot of people are looking around for information on being mocked by WordPress.

Photo Friday: Public Art Compilation

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nature

UPDATE: Thanks to Tim over at  20 Lines a Day for posting my entry.  You vote for it by “Liking” my photo over at:

http://anexerciseindiscipline.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/weekly-photo-challenge-nature-nicole/

I’m trying my hand at the Weekly Photo Challenge over at 20 Lines a Day.  This week’s challenge is Nature – The Great Outdoors.  I struggled over which photo to submit as I have quite a few.  Should I submit my most recent photos from a visit to my local riparian preserve? Should I submit an older photo from SoCal climbing around Point Loma? Continue reading

Commuter Chronicles #9: MetroBench

This installment of Commuter Chronicles is a little different in that it isn’t about an actual experience I’ve had using public transit.  Rather, I wanted to share an interesting article I came across while reading my twitter feed over the weekend.

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July Spotlight

Guess what? It’s time to unveil the NMNPHX Spotlight Awards!  I know you’ve all been on the edge of your seats wondering when this will happen and who will be featured in the inaugural round of the Spotlight Awards.  Well, you can all stop chewing your fingernails in anticipation because this is happening NOW! Continue reading

Photo Friday: Her Secret Is Patience

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.

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Photo Friday: American Gothic

Back in the Spring of 2010, this 25ft. statue by artist J. Seward Johnson spent a few months in downtown Mesa, AZ after previously being on display in Chicago, IL.  The sculpture is actually named “God Bless America” but is an interpretation of the famous painting “American Gothic” by artist Grant Wood.  The couple from the “American Gothic” painting are shown standing, complete with a 25ft. pitchfork.  However, scan down towards their feet and you find out that these two characters are not mere farmers – but world travelers!

The photos below were my attempt to capture the statue.  It proved challenging, considering all I had on me at the time was my camera phone and had no idea how to zoom out enough to get the sculpture in one photo.  Instead I took two shots – one of the famous farming couple and another of their suitcase displaying their travels.

Not my best attempts at photography, but I still wanted to share my shots of this interesting piece of art.  Happy Friday!