Friday, October 31, 2014

PHoto: A Airplane Lost in the Sunset

If you look closely, there is an airplane about to descend into the sunset saturated cloud layer.

The trouble with Stuart viewing the sunset from a remote Jeep trail, as he did when he took this photo, is that he must then return late in the day, but he is an expert off road driver.

This week we have photos of the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Photo: Jeep in the Sunset

When Stuart took his recent Jeep trail trip up Four Peaks, he naturally had an irresistible urge to photograph his Jeep and the beginning of the sunset.  Tomorrow I will show a photo of how the sunset evolved.

This week we have photos of the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Photo: Four Peaks Jeep Trail

This is the jeep trail that leads up to the top of Four Peaks.

Most Arizonans love the beauty of the desert.  Visitors seem to have mixed feelings.  Some regard it as exotic.  Others feel that mountains should be covered with green trees rather than rocks and desert vegetation.  Some fall in love with the beauty of the desert.

I should again acknowledge my appreciation to my step son, Stuart, for sharing his photos from his many hikes and Jeep excursions in the area.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Photo: Four Peaks

Four Peaks are a prominent landmark to the east, visible from much of Scottsdale and Phoenix.  The peaks are located in the Mazatzal Mountains.  They reach 7,544 feet  (2,330
 meters) in elevation.

There are jeep and hiking trails in the area, and part of the area is preserved as a wilderness.

A couple of times each winer there is a dusting of snow on the top of the peaks.

This week we have photos of the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Photo: The social scene at the Scottsdale Polo Championships

The Scottsdale Polo Championships, held this past weekend, are as much a social event as they are a polo match. When the event was first held 4 years ago, it attracted only a few thousand spectators.  The newspaper projected that this year 15,000 or so people will attend.

We have attended the Palermo Open Polo Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina, several times while visiting my step son.  In what is the Super Bowl of polo, they fill a large stadium with matches in a tournament that lasts about a month.  It will be a long time, if ever, before polo develops in the USA to the level of Argentina, but it is fun activity at whatever level it is played and watched.

I do not dress up like the women in this photo when attending polo matches, but they look like they are having fun.  The guy in the back of the photo looks like he is having fun, too.

This week we have photos of the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Photo: Halftime at the Scottsdale Photo

During halftime at the Scottsdale Polo Championships, fans are invited to walk the field to stop on divots to smooth out the field.  It is a social activity, and people are dressed in style, which sometimes includes shoes that do not seem well designed to smooth out horse divots on a polo field.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posted  on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are showing some photos of the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Photo: Horses and Horsepower

The Scottsdale Polo Championships this weekend have the theme "Horses and Horsepower."  The event includes a display of cars from the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, which is held every January.  It is the country's premier classic car auction.

this photo is from the time we attended the Polo Championships two years ago.  It featured displays from the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, which teaches and gives people a chance to drive cars around a race rack.

Unfortunately, we have too much work to attend he polo matches this weekend.

This week we are showing photos of Budapest, Hungary on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Photo: Scottsdale Polo Championships

Polo players and their horses must act as one in  changing directions and chasing the ball.  One side of the polo field at the Scottsdale Polo Championships is set up for tailgating, which allows specters to bring their vehicles right next to the field and set up lawn chairs to watch the matches up close.  It is exhilarating for polo players and their horses to thunder past

This week we are showing photos of Budapest, Hungary on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Photo: Scottsdale Polo Chamionships

This weekend is the Scottsdale Polo Championships.  We won't be able to go, but I am posting a photo from when we attended the event in the past.

Now in its 4th year, this event is growing, with additional festivities planned besides the polo matches.  The program for this year advertises that they will have what they are calling "The World's Longest Fashion Show" as well as a "Canine Couture" fashion show.

There will also be a car show sponsored by the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction.

This week we are showing photos of Budapest, Hungary on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Photo: Johnny Unitas' Jersey

When looking through Stuart's photos from the NFL Fan Experience at the Super Bowl to see what might be posted to this website, my husband tells me that it is fitting that the only photo that Stuart took of the displays in the NFL Hall of Fame exhibit was of the jersey of Johnny Unitas.

Many people regard Johnny Unitas as the greatest football player of all time.  He was also a pioneer in drawing attention to the challenges faced by former football players who, like him, faced serious physical problems due to the effects of having played football for many years.

This week we are showing photos of Budapest, Hungary on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Photo: Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibit at the Super Bowl

At the NFL Fan Experience that accompanies the Super Bowl, there is an exhibition from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  I will show a sample of this in my post tomorrow.

Museums commonly have touring exhibits, and I have been to many art museums.  I have never been to a sports hall of fame, and I doubt that I ever will, as I am not much of a sports fan.  My husband tells me whatever he thinks I need to know about sports to be culturally literate.

This week we are showing photos of Budapest, Hungary on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Photo: NFL Fan Experience at Super Bowl

Here is another photo of the NFL Fan Experience from the last time the Super Bowl was in Phoenix.  Next year the NFL Fan Experience will be in downtown Phoenix, so I assume that they will use the large Phoenix Convention Center, rather than having ti set up several large tents.

The downtown location will also make it possible for some people to reach the event by light rail, as the drive to the stadium in Glendale is quite a distance for most people.  Bringing people downtown is always good for the restaurants and other businesses downtown.

This week we are showing photos of Budapest, Hungary on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Photo: Dateland, Arizona

As this t-shirt shows, about halfway between Yuma and Gila Bend is Dateland, Arizona.  It is about the only place on that lonely stretch of desert highway to get gasoline or a snack.

As its name implies, there are date palms there, and /the one store along the interstate highway sells date-themed items, including this t-shirt that seems to celebrate the remoteness of Dateland.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posted  on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are showing some photos of Budapest, Hungary.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Photo: Large Cacti for Sale at Desert Botanical Garden

This is a portion of the sale area for large cacti at the Desert Botanical Garden's semi-annual plant sale last weekend.

These large cacti require framing and bracing to move and transplant.  The prices start at about $600 and range up to about $1,500 for the large cacti.

This week we are showing some of the marine life in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Photo: Darioush Wines

Last evening we enjoyed a wine maker's dinner with Darioush Khaledi at Central Bistro.  We have visited the Darioush Winery on Silverado Trail in Napa twice, so we naturally joined some friends in making reservations for the wine maker's dinner when we received word that Darioush Khaledi was coming to Phoenix.

Mr. Khaledi is originally from Iran, and his winery is magnificent and incorporates many Persian themes in its architecture.  His wines are outstanding, as was the dinner.

Mr. Khaledi took the seat next to my husband for dinner, and he was a gracious host.  To illustrate the dinner, above is a cell phone photo of a portion of the wine room at Central Bistro, with several bottles of Darioush wines on the right.

 This week we are showing some of the marine life in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Photo: Saguaros for sale at the Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden plant sale is an excellent opportunity to buy a saguaro cactus.  This is the area of the plant sale that features small saguaros.  The small saguaro pictured here ranged in price from about $180 to about triple that amount, depending on the size.

These are rather small saguaros, of course.  All someone would have to do is dig a small hole, plant the cactus, water it occasionally, and wait until the saguaro is about 80 years old, and the saguaro will grow to about 12 tall and sprout its first arm.

The slow growth and expensive price are why it is so sad when a storm like the two recent  heavy wind and rain storms we have recently had causes saguaros to topple over, as I have shown in some photos recently.

Today is the last day of the DBG's semi-annual plant sale, but I am sure that all of the saguaros are sold by now.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posted  on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are showing some of the marine life in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Photo: Desert Botanical Garden Plant Sale

This weekend is the Desert Botanical Garden's semi-annual plant sale.  Thousands of plants are displayed in the DBG parking lot.

Yesterday the sale was reserved for members of the Garden, and today and tomorrow it is open for everyone.  It is a great opportunity to buy cacti, succulents, and other plants native to the desert.   It is also an excellent way to support a superb community asset.

This week we have photos of the people of the people of Bhutan posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Photo: NFL Fan Experience at the Super Bowl

The last time the Super Bowl was in Arizona, the exhibits included this giant replica of the Super Bowl Championship Trophy.  This giant replica looks like it is designed to be something that football fans would kneel down before and worship.  Perhaps some of them would.

 I once went to a lecture at the Phoenix Art Museum on the history of Tiffany Silver.  It included a discussion of the Tiffany's design of the Super Bowl Trophy.

Here is a tangent.  My favorite part of the lecture was a story the Tiffany curator told about about a famous pair of silver vases that TIffany made.  They knew where one of the two vases was, but the second was lost and unknown despite the efforts to track it down.  It was later discovered in a location where thousands of people had seen it.  William Randolph Hearst's mother had the silver vase made into a lamp and it was in the front room of the Hearst Castle.

This week we have photos of the people of the people of Bhutan posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Photo: Yesterday's Double Rainbow in Central Phoenix.

This is an iPhone photo of yesterday's double rainbow in central Phoenix, taken from my office window.

The remnants of yet another Pacific hurricane drifted into the Valley of the Sun.  We received only a little rain, but this double rainbow was a treat.

This week we have photos of the people of the people of Bhutan posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Photo: NFL Fan Experience at the Super Bowl

This photo by Stuart gives a flavor of the NFL Fan Experience in the stadium parking lot during the days leading up to the Super Bowl when it was held in Arizona the last time, which was 2008.

For the 2015 Super Bowl in a few months, the NFL Fan Experience will be set up in downtown Phoenix, which should make it more accessible to more people, and bring additional benefits to the community.

It looks like a county fair or carnival, with a football theme.  For ordinary people who cannot afford or get a ticket, which is most of us, the NFL Fan Experience is a way to enjoy something connected to the Super Bowl.

And of course it costs money to attend, so it brings extra revenue to the NFL in addition to the game itself.

This week we have photos of the people of the people of Bhutan posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Photo: Cardinals' Stadium

This is a photo from the car approaching the stadium where the Super Bowl was played in 2008, and where it will be played again in early 2015.

It is officially called University of Phoenix Stadium, but most people refer to it as the Cardinals' Stadium.  That is shorter, the Arizona Cardinals are responsible for getting the stadium built and play there during the season, and the University of Phoenix does not have a football team.  It just paid for the rights to put their name on the stadium.

The stadium is located in Glendale, about 15 miles west of Phoenix.  Scottsdale, where most of the resorts are located where people stay when coming for the Super Bowl, is about 15 miles east of Phoenix.  That makes the stadium a rather long drive.

The tents in the foreground are the location of the NFL Fan Experience, which Stuart attended and took some photos, including this one.

This week we have photos of the people of the people of Bhutan posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Photo: The Super Bowl Is Coming to Town

Football started about a month ago.  I can tell because my husband every once in a while will tell me something about a game that he thinks will be of interest to me, or that he thinks I need to know about to understand what others might be talking about.

The culmination of the football season will be the Super Bowl, and it will again be held in Arizona.  This is a photo from the last time the Super bowl was held in Arizona.

Of course it is not a photo from the game itself.  Those tickets are very expensive and hard to get.  It is a photo from the entrance to the "NFL Experience," with the stadium in the distance.  This is another photo I am showing courtesy of my step son, Stuart.

The NFL Experience is like a County Fair but with a football theme.  I enables regular people to experience an event related to the Super Bowl without having to pay for tickets.

Hosting the Super Bowl is a big deal.  It adds money to the local economy and makes the Phoenix area the focus of a lot of publicity.  Just this past week it was announced that Jimmy Fallon will televise the Tonight Show from the Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoenix.

This week we have photos of the people of the people of Bhutan posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Photo: The Loss of a Saguaro Cactus

This is an iPhone photo of an uprooted saguaro being removed from a yard by crane.  This saguaro is at least 80 years old because it has sprouted an arm.

Last weekend we had a huge rain and windstorm.  Wind blew over tree limbs and uprooted trees throughout the Valley.

Sadly, the house across the street from our new house lost several trees.  They had a tree removal service with a large crane lift the trees out of their yard and into the street for disposal.  Saguaros have a very shallow root structure and weigh about 100 pounds per foot (45 kg per .3 meters).

Our landscaper said that on Monday morning there was a line of vehicles waiting several hours at the landfill to dispose of trees, branches and other debris from the storm.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posted  on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are again showing photos from Bhutan, focusing on the people.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Photo: Sunset over Praying Monk on Camelback Mountain

This is a cell phone photo of yesterday's sunset, showing "Praying Monk" on the north side of Camelback Mountain.  The neck of the camel is on the right.  The sun has now moved south at sunset.

This we have posted photos of some of the mountain temples of Bhutan on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Photo: Camelback Mountain, from the McDowell Mountains

Camelback Mountain is the most prominent landmark in Phoenix/Scottsdale.  This is  view from the McDowell Mountains across North Scottsdale to Camelback.

The preservation of the McDowell Mountain Preserve is a major issue for Scottsdale, as it is also prime real estate for residential construction, and much of the land is State Trust Land.

This we have posted photos of some of the mountain temples of Bhutan on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Photo: Storm-Blown Bougainvillea Flower Petal

This is an odd shot in the aftermath of last Saturday's severe wind and rain storm.  The storm did a lot of damage, tearing off tree limbs and uprooting trees in Phoenix/Scottsdale.

The storm also blew a cluster of bougainvillea flower petals up onto a glass window where the horizontal driving rain plastered the flowers onto the glass.  This is just an iPhone photo of this unusual, delicate remnant of the storm.

That is Mummy Mountain in Paradise Valley in the background.

This we have posted photos of some of the mountain temples of Bhutan on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Photo: Theme Day -- Movement; a Rugged Arizona Jeep Trail

Today's theme for Daily Photo bloggers is "Movement."  For an Arizona interpretation of this theme, I am using another of Stuart's photos from one of his off-road Jeep trail trips.

I would never think of driving on territory like this.  Stuart is masterful at negotiating challenging terrain.

I mentioned on my post a few days ago that he carries a winch on his Jeep to help others.  Last Sunday is the latest example, as he pulled out a truck that was stuck in the mud.  Stuart explains why he is so helpful by saying that there are a lot of people out there who lack the proper equipment and skill and are influenced by having watched too many truck commercials on TV.

This we have posted photos of some of the mountain temples of Bhutan on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

To see how other Daily Photo bloggers interpreted the theme of "Movement," please use this link.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Photo: Scottsdale Fire Department Crew

This is the crew from the Scottsdale Fire Department that responded to a problem at our house last evening.  I appreciate their help immensely, and they obliged me by posing for a quick photo as the crew picked up their gear before leaving.

The smoke detectors went off in our new house and set off the alarm.  I apologize to all of our new neighbors, as I could not get the alarm off.

The Fire Department responded and checked out the house.  There was no fire.  They determined that the alarm was set off by the dust and fumes from the construction activity from remodeling work that we are doing and they set up a giant fan to blow out the air in the house.  The problem did not occur while the construction crews were there because the windows were open, but when the house was closed up at night the lack of ventilation caused the problem.

This is just a quick cell phone photo in the dark, but I post it as an expression of appreciation to a wonderful crew.  It is so reassuring that such dedicated, trained, skillful and helpful professionals respond to people in need.

This we have posted photos of some of the mountain temples of Bhutan on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Photo: The Jeep

The photos that I have shown during the past couple of weeks were made possible by my step son, Stuart, being able to reach White Pocket in his Jeep.  Here is a photo of his Jeep.

For his recent birthday, his wife gave him the contraption on the front.  He can mount a winch on it to pull other people out of trouble, which he does regularly.

This we have posted photos of some of the mountain temples of Bhutan on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Photo: Haboob moving across the Valley of the Sun

Here are two more photos of the haboob that moved across the Valley of the Sun on Friday.

The first photo shows the haboob as it arrived, with clear skies about to be engulfed in a wall of dust.

The second photo shows the worst density of the dust storm about 5 minutes later.  In another 5 minutes or so, it had blown through and was over.

(Like yesterday, please excuse the quality of the iPhone photos with reflections through my office window.)

Perhaps this dust storm activity on Friday as a warning about yesterday, as we had amazingly strong winds and rain that blew down trees and tree limbs all over town.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are showing photos of Bhutan, featuring its mountain temples.

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