Saturday, September 20, 2014

Photo: It's "Tito Time" at the Phoenix Symphony

Last night was a special night in the Valley of the Sun.  The Phoenix Symphony opened its season and began a new era, as it was the first night of its new Virginia G. Piper Music Director -- Tito Munoz.

Maestro Munoz has been acclaimed as a rising star in the classical music world.  He is the 11th Music Director  in the 67 year history of the Phoenix Symphony.

Maestro Munoz is a native of New York City.  He interest in music was nurtured by his selection to participate in Julliard School's Music Advancement Program, and he then went on to attend the Fiorello LaGuardia School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, and then the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College.

This is a quick iPhone photo of one of the 4 curtain calls after a rousing performance of Carmina Burana.  The enthusiasm of the crowd and its appreciation for musical excellence is also reflected by the fact that they gave the Maestro and the orchestra a standing ovation not just at the end of the concert, but just before intermission, after the performance of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.

My husband is the longest serving Board member of the Phoenix Symphony, and we are the sponsors of next Friday evening's concert.  I encourage everyone in the area to come out and enjoy, and support, the Symphony.

This week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site we are showing photos of the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Patagonia region of Argentina.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Photo: Close view of sandstone in White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs

This close view of one of the rock formations in the White Pocket area of the Vermillion Cliffs.  It has a crystaline-type of sparkle to it, and a grainy, sandy texture.

This week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site we are showing photos of the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Patagonia region of Argentina.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Photo: Striped Rocks at White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs

White Pocket has geologic formations and colors that seem to be crafted and painted by creative artists, rather than natural elements.

This week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site we are showing photos of the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Patagonia region of Argentina.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Photo: Closer View of White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs

This is a closer view of the scene that I showed yesterday.  The swirling shapes, lines and colors of the rock are mesmerizing.  Stuart spent about 3 hours there, but said that he could have spent all day photographing the amazing scenes.

This week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site we are showing photos of the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Patagonia region of Argentina.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Photo: White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

White Pocket is a remote area of the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in far north central Arizona, just below the Utah state line.  It is difficult to reach, but Stuart and his Jeep are up to the challenge.

I will show more of the amazing geologic formations in the coming days.

This week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site we are showing photos of the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Patagonia region of Argentina.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Photo: The Road to White Pocket

Continuing with the series of photos that Stuart took on his weekend in northern Arizona, he drove off road to White Pocket.  This photo gives a preview of the type of topography he would encounter.

White Pocket is similar to a place called "The Wave," but access to White Pocket is not limited to those with reservations, as I will explain more in the coming days.

This week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site we are showing photos of the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Patagonia region of Argentina.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Photo: Wild Horse

When Stuart took his recent weekend trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, he came across a herd of wild horses.  This horse looks like he is getting plenty to eat.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are showing photos of the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Patagonia region of Argentina.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Photo: Indian Bend Wash

Here is one more photo that shows how Scottsdale handles the occasional downpours that come in the desert in the July-September "monsoon" season.  The rain last Monday was a record rainfall for one day during the more than 100 years that they have been keeping records.

Indian Bend wash is a greenbelt designed to hold flood water when there is heavy rain, and to be a recreation area at all other times.

It gets heavy use, with bike trails, parks, golf courses, lakes, etc.  And when there is heavy rain, it holds extra water like this for a day or two.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers originally wanted to build a big concrete ditch like they have in Los Angeles.  What a disaster that would have been.   Scottsdale rejected the plan and built the greenbelt instead.  It was an act of civic planning brilliance.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Photo: Fallen Saguaro Cactus

This is a very sad photo.  A magnificent, fallen saguaro.  It has about 7 or 8 arms.  It takes about 80 years for a saguaro to start to grow a single arm.  That would make this saguaro several hundred years old.

The heavy rain earlier this week apparently saturated the ground so much that the root structure of the saguaro no longer held its weight and the saguaro toppled over.

Saguaros weigh about 100 pounds per foot (45 kg per .30 meters).  This is probably about 2,000 pounds  (450 kg) of dying saguaro.

This saguaro was located at a prominent spot on the corner of Chaparral Road and 68th Street, close to our house.  Compounding the loss of this saguaro is that there used to be a second saguaro at this corner, but it was lost within the past year as well.

This week we have photos from a festival in Punahka, Bhutan, in the Himalayas posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Photo: Muddy Jeep

On Monday I showed an odd shot of a portion of this view of the splattered mud on Stuart's Jeep.  When my husband asked his son why he drove such a dirty vehicle, Stuart responded, "'Cause it's a Jeep."

Stuart further explained, "This shows that I am a rock crawler.  Driving a clean Jeep looks like you are a mall crawler."

I personally cannot stand driving a dirty car, but I don't drive a Jeep.  I guess if Stuart is to reach the remote, off-road locations that he and his wife, Christina, enjoy, he has to get his Jeep dirty.

I will show some additional photos of Stuart's recent trip to Northern Arizona in the near future.

This week we have photos from a festival in Punahka, Bhutan, in the Himalayas posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Photo: The day of record rainfall

This is what the weather looked like on Monday afternoon.  It is hard to imagine that this (iPhone) photo from my office was taken just a few hours after the Valley of the Sun received the most daily rainfall in its history.

Glorious sunshine, which is typical 90% of the daylight hours, with a few puffy clouds on the horizon beyond Piestewa Peak and the McDowell Mountains to the north, gave little indication that just a few hours earlier more than 3 inches of rain dell in just about 6 hours.

This week we have photos from a festival in Punahka, Bhutan, in the Himalayas posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Photo: Record Rainfall in Phoenix/Scottsdale

Yesterday morning in the span of about 6 hours the official rainfall at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport was 3.29 inches (8.36 cm), which broke an all time record for rainfall in one day.  Some rain gauges in the area, including Scottsdale, recorded more than 4 inches of rain.

Before yesterday we had received only 2.14 inches of rain all year.  The surface streets had so much rain runoff that both Interstate Highways that travel through the area were closed because the underpasses temporarily turned into small lakes.

This is a cell phone photo that my mother took of the Indian Bend Wash at Hayden and Chaparral Roads.  What you see here is the water hitting the base of a bridge.  Normally people walk and ride bicycles under this bridge.  The bridge yesterday morning acted like a dam, but it held, as Indian Bend Wash did its job in providing a green belt for the storm water to flow until it recedes.

I had intended to post a photo today that follows up on the odd photo I posted yesterday, but I will delay that for a couple of days.  Tomorrow I will show a photo of what the weather looked like yesterday afternoon, on the day of the all-time record rainfall in Phoenix/Scottsdale.

This week we have photos from a festival in Punahka, Bhutan, in the Himalayas posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Photo: Odd Shot. Is there art here?

This quick iPhone photo is an odd shot.  Some might consider this to be modern art.  It does have a dynamic, fluid, and bold appearance.  I will reveal the creative process tomorrow.

This week we have photos from a festival in Punahka, Bhutan, in the Himalayas posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Photo: Uprooted Palo Verde Tree

We are near the end of the monsoon season in the Arizona's Sonoran desert, and we get dramatic skies and, at times, strong lightning and thunderstorms.   The clouds build up in the late afternoon and sometimes, not often, we get sudden, but very brief, high winds and a short downpour.

We had one of those storms on Thursday evening.  These are photos of an overturned palo verde tree at the entrance to our subdivision.
As these photos show, desert trees often do not have tap roots.   After all, why would a root grow deep when the only water is near the surface?  This causes desert trees vulnerable to being blown over at times, even though they have spindly leaves that allow wind to blow through.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are showing photos from a festival in Punahka, Bhutan, in the Himalayas.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Photo: Quiet Contemplation of the Grand Canyon's Vastness

Stuart took this photo of his brother-in-law contemplating the vastness of the Grand Canyon from what was, for this moment in time, his own perch.

This week we have photos of daily life in Ethiopia posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Photo: Grand Canyon North Rim View.

This is another of Stuart's photos from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  It shows the vastness of the Canyon, although it is only one small slice of the panorama.

There is a controversy in Arizona because there is a huge coal fired power plant in Page, Arizona, near the east end of the Grand Canyon.  The federal government wants to reduce emissions from the Navajo Generating Station in order to reduce haze in the Grand Canyon.  State and local business interests want to preserve the economic benefits of the power plant.

This week we have photos of daily life in Ethiopia posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Photo: Bison Herd at the Grand Canyon's North RIm

When Stuart was driving to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, he saw this herd of bison in a field along the road.  The isolation of the area allows a herd of wild bison to enjoy the forest and fields.

The North Rim is isolated from the rest of Arizona because of the Grand Canyon.  The only road from Arizona across the Canyon to reach the North Rim does over the Navajo Bridge at Lee's Ferry at the the far northeastern beginning of the Canyon.  It takes several hours each way to drive around.

This week we have photos of daily life in Ethiopia posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Photo: Grand Canyon North RIm Vantage Points

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon offers may spots where people can perch themselves on a rock to contemplate and admire the Canyon, as shown in this photo by Stuart from last weekend.

Tragically, every year several tourists lose their lives by getting too close to the edge.  The National Park Service has signs and in many places guard rails, but in most of the area people must rely on their own judgment to keep themselves safe.

This week we have photos of daily life in Ethiopia posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Photo: North Rim Grand Canyon Overlooks

This is another of the many overlooks of the Grand Canyon on the North Rim from Stuart's visit there last weekend.

He described the vantage points as being smaller, with opportunities to view the Canyon from narrower passages and to climb on the rocks, saying safely away from the edge, of course.

I will show another view of the overlooks tomorrow.

This week we have photos of daily life in Ethiopia posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Photo: Off Roading at the Grand Canyon's North RIm

My step son, Stuart, and his wife and her parents enjoyed the Labor Day weekend at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Only 10% of the 4 million annual visitors to Grand Canyon National Park visit the North Rim.  The North Rim closes for the winter in mid-October.

Stuart enjoys off-roading.  There are jeep trails on the North Rim where people can visit overlooks of the Grand Canyon without anyone else around.  You could never drive a vehicle for a photo like this on the South Rim, where there are shuttle bus stops and parking lots that control access.

This week we have photos of daily life in Ethiopia posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Daily Photo Theme -- Rust and Ruin: Guano Point at Grand Canyon West

Today's worldwide Daily Photo theme for the first of the month is "Rust and Ruin."  I chose the rusting ruins of Guano Point at the Grand Canyon.

The history of Guano Point is fascinating.   In the 1930's a boater floating through the Grand Canyon discovered a bat cave 2,500 feet (760 m) below the rim.  In the 1950's a company decided to mine the estimated 100,000 tons of guano in the cave, which is used for fertilizer.

They built a tramway using 30,000 feet (9,100 m) of cable to haul the miners down and the guano up.  They had to replace large portions of the cable twice in its first year of operation, once due to a construction accident and because the original steel cable wore out after only a few months.

It turned out that the mining engineer's estimate of 100,000 tons of guano in the cave was 1,000 times too high.  There were only 1,000 tons of guano, and the rest of the cave was limestone, which is worthless.  Guano was worth $100 per ton at the time, so the enterprise had invested $3.5 million to access a resource worth $100,000.  Oops.

Mining ceased in 1960.  A short time later a U.S. Air Force pilot doing some hot dogging flying through the Grand Canyon clipped his wing on the cable and broke it, although he returned safely to his base.  The federal government paid a claim for damage.

There at one time were plans to remove the ruins of the tramway, but people protested and saved this remnant of recent history.  Guano Point is now a tourist stop on the visitor buses at Grand Canyon West, where the Skywalk is located, operated by the Hualapai native peoples.  

This week with have photos of Ethiopia posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

To see how other City Daily Photo bloggers have interpreted the Rust and Ruin theme, please use this link.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Photo: Buddha Shadow on Front Door

I noticed the other day that the setting sun casts a shadow onto the inside of our front door of a Buddha statue in our entrance hall.

Maybe the peace of this scene will help people relax during this Labor Day weekend.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are showing photos of the people, culture and countryside of Ethiopia.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Photo: Canadian Goose Coming in for a Landing

You don't normally think of Canadian Geese was waterfowl that would live in Arizona, but we have quite a few of them in the lakes in teh Indian Bend Wash greenbelt in Scottsdale.  We hear the flying over our house occasionally.

Like many other Canadians, they love Arizona in the winter.

This week we are showing photos from our cruise along the east coast of Baja California, with some samples of the marine life in the Sea of Cortez on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Photo: Detail of Old Man Cactus

This looks like long, gray hair, but is is a close-up view of what is commonly referred to as an "old man" cactus.

This week we are showing photos from our cruise along the east coast of Baja California, with some samples of the marine life in the Sea of Cortez on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Photo: Boujum Tree

This magnificent boujum tree is in the Desert Botanical Garden.  I tried planting a boujum tree in a pot on my patio, but it did not survive.  I will have to do more research on the proper care and watering.

This week we are showing photos from our cruise along the east coast of Baja California, with some samples of the marine life in the Sea of Cortez on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Photo: Detail of Cactus bud

This is a close view of one of the cactus buds that I showed yesterday.

This week we are showing photos from our cruise along the east coast of Baja California, with some samples of the marine life in the Sea of Cortez on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Photo: Cactus buds

This cactus on our patio is an example of the oversized buds and flowers that some cacti grow.  It is impressive that small plants with little water can produce such large buds and flowers, even if just for a few days.

This week we are showing photos from our cruise along the east coast of Baja California, with some samples of the marine life in the Sea of Cortez on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Photo: Lizard on the prowl

This lizard is on the prowl along the divider that separates our grass from the garden shubbery in our back yard.  I am sure tht he will find what he is looking for, which hopefully will be an insect that eats plants.

This week we are showing photos from our cruise along the east coast of Baja California, with some samples of the marine life in the Sea of Cortez on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Photo: Detail of Fairy Duster Flower

This is a close-up of one of the fairy duster flowers that I showed yesterday.

Today is Sunday, so we have new posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are showing photos from our cruise along the east coast of Baja California, with some samples of the marine life in the Sea of Cortez.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Photo: Fairy Duster

I planted this fairy duster in our backyard because it is one of the plants that attracts hummingbirds.  We enjoy watching them hovering and darting from flower to flower.

This week we are showing some more photos from my recent trip to Guatemala, featuring the market town of ChiChi and Guatemala City on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.
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