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.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Photo: Diamond Cholla Thicket

This is one of the diamond cholla plants in our back yard.  It contains a dense thicket of thorns with tiny fish hook ends that catch more than the sunlight.

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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Photo: Agave blossom

Agave stalks can have flowers that look like exploding fireworks.

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.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Photo: Agave stalk

I have shown agave plants during the last few days.  This is the top of an agave stalk. When agave plants send out a stalk, they will soon die. Fortunately they usually send out shoots or pups, which spread new agave plants in their place.

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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Photo: A narrow leafed agave

This is a very unusual type of agave.  It has the same basic structure as the traditional agave that I showed yesterday, but the leaves are narrow spindles rather than broad paddles.

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.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Photo: Agave

This photo illustrates a landscaping tip for agave plants.  They are adapted to the desert by having leaves that collect rain and channel the water to the base of the plant.   The same design also collects leaves or other plant debris that blows by in the area.

The collection of leaves and twigs in the base of the plant can result in a disease because the leaves trap and  moisture around the base of the plant.

This photo shows some leaves gathered at the base.  TH solution is to use a hose on high power to try to blast out the loose plant material.

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.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Photo: Coyotes in the Neighborhood

This is a photo of coyotes prowling across the street from our house.  We live in a little gated community about a mile from the center of Scottsdale, yet we have occasional coyotes.

Sometimes they even hop the six-foot wall and come into our backyard.  They are looking for quail and rabbits, of which we have a lot.

There have been some articles in the newspaper lately about coyotes becoming more bold in foraging through yards.

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

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Photo: Quail making themselves at home

These quail seemed to occupy the patio furniture on the other side of our backyard swimming pool.  Some are standing on the chair and others are on the table.

Perhaps they feel safer when they are up off the  ground with a better view of their surroundings.  The scurry away whenever we open the door to go outside.

Tomorrow I will show a valid reason for the quail to be vigilant about watching out for what may be nearby.

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

Friday, August 15, 2014

Photo: Lizard on a tree

When I sit in my home office I can often see lizards climbing a tree in the front yard.  I like them, and I assume they are beneficial in eating insects.

This is a cropped photo taken with a telephoto from a distance through the window, as the lizards scamper away if I open my front door and walk outside.

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

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Photo: Optima Camelview Condos in Central Scottsdale

This is a wider view of the Optima Camelview condos.  I showed a closer view yesterday.  The project is designed so that many units have terraces that capture the glorious Arizona sun.

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

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Photo: Optima Camelview Condos in Central Scottsdale

This view of a portion of the award-winning Optima Camelview condos near Scottsdale Fashion Square.  This is a green building, with rooftop and terrace gardens.

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

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Photo: Daytime moon over Camelback

The wonders of a telephoto lense bring into view a daytime moon peaking over a corner of Camelback Mountain, with one of our neighborhood palm trees in the foreground.

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

Monday, August 11, 2014

Photo: Arizona Inn Flowers and Rooms

This is another photo of the Arizona Inn in Tucson.  The landscaping and flowers highlight the rooms, each of which are individual in design and furnishings.  The Inn's architecture is Southwestern, and the color is called "deep rose pink."

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

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Photo: Arizona Inn

The Arizona Inn in Tucson is a charming place.  It is an oasis of tranquility in central Tucson, with a rich history and architectural tradition, and outstanding food, service and amenities.

It is a favorite place for many reasons, including the fact that Dave and I chose it for our wedding.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are showing photos of Punahka, Bhutan.    We attended a festival there that provided an excellent venue for getting photos of the colorful local people.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Photo: Wildflowers and Vermillion Cliffs

This is a slightly wider view of the Vermillion Cliffs that I showed yesterday, with some wildflowers in the foreground.

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

Friday, August 8, 2014

Photo: Vermillion Cliffs

The Vermillion Cliffs in Northern Arizona seem to come alive and glow when catching the late afternoon sun.

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

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Photo: Windswept tree

There is no doubt about the direction of the prevailing winds at this spot near Monument Valley in northern Arizona.

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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Photo: Rabbit and barrel cactus

We have lots of rabbit in our yard.  This one paused to look at our swimming pool.  I wish he would eat the weeds that sprouted amidst the barrel cacti behind him, but no such luck.

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

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Photo: Prairie Dog

This prairie dog at the Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson is alertly checking the surroundings, although he has no predators inside his habitat.

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

Monday, August 4, 2014

Aerial Photo: The Former General Motors Proving Ground

I think this is a photo of the former General Motors Proving Ground in Mesa.  I make that assessment because there is a pattern in the desert soil that looks like a large round track.

General Motors closed the facility about a decade or so ago.  They used to test their production cars and their developmental concept cars here.

When it operated as a test track, there was a large berm an fence around the facility so that people could not see what cars were inside.

With the closure of the GM Proving Grounds, home developers have their eye on this area.  Some of the new home developments are visible on the left of this photo.

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

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Aerial Photo: Phoenix-Mesa Williams Gateway Airport

This is the former Williams Air Force Base, which closed about 20 years ago.  It is now Phoenix-Mesa Williams Gateway Airport.

There are some commercial passenger flights at this airport, but mostly it is used as a business park for  companies that want to be located at a facility that includes several large runways.

When I was a child, we frequently heard the jets and sonic booms from the Air Force operations at what was known as "Willy."

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are showing photos of Croatia.  The Dalmatian Coast of Croatia is a scenic, cultural and architecturally intriguing place to visit.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Aerial Photo: Sun Lakes

This is a closer view of part of the Sun Lakes master planned community in the southeast valley.  There are lakes and golf courses that snake through the homes in a symmetrical layout.

Houses command a premium price if they are on a golf course, so naturally they golf course is laid out to increase the number of homes that are adjacent to it.

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

Friday, August 1, 2014

Photo: Theme Day -- Take Away

Today's worldwide Daily Photo theme for the 1st of the month is "Take Away," or more commonly referred to in the USA as "carry out."

I chose a rather unusual carry-out food item.  These are mini green apples, covered in different types of chocolate.  They are about the size of Tootsie Roll Pops.

We ordered this carry-out dessert for a party, and they were very popular.

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

To see how other Daily Photo bloggers have interpreted the theme of Take Out, use this link.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Aerial Photo: Desert Agriculture and Housing

This photo shows circular shapes of irrigated crops in the desert, and circular shapes of the houses, streets, and even the golf courses in Sun Lakes in the southeast valley.

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

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Aerial Photo: Phoenix International Raceway

While flying out of Phoenix, we flew near Phoenix International Raceway just west of town.  They hold Nascar races here

The most unusual aspect of this photo is that there is a bit of water in the Salt River above and to the right of the race track.  Water is released from the dams and flows in the river only once every few years.

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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Aerial Photo: The Arizona State Capitol

This is the Arizona State Capitol complex.  The original Capitol is under the low copper dome.  The Senate and House of Representative buildings were added to the right, in front of the Capitol. Behind the Capitol on the left is a 9-story tower that houses executive branch agencies, with the Governor's Office on the 9th floor.

My husband complains about how the buildings with "mid-20th century charm, or lack thereof" dwarf the old, historic Capitol building.dow

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