Thursday, April 2, 2009

Saffron Tower II

This is a daytime photo of the Saffron Tower photo I showed yesterday for theme day.  Chihuly's Saffron Tower is set among the cactus at the Desert Botanical Gardens and it is directly in front of the Papago Park Mountains.

These mountains are wonderful to hike on, including my favorite hike to "Hole in the Rock." The Hohokam Indians used the Hole in the Rock to track the summer and winter solstices.  

The mountains consist of sandstone that dates from 6 to 15 million years ago.  They have great red color and this art goes perfectly in these surroundings.  

30 comments:

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

It is difficult to envision that Papago Park and its buttes are right in the middle of a metropolitan area of four million people.

JM said...

Wonderful location for the Saffron Tower! Fantastic!

cieldequimper said...

A wondrous glass cactus in a gorgeous setting!

Sharon said...

Great photo of the Saffron Tower Julie.

Clueless in Boston said...

It that a person standing by the yellow saffron, partially hidden by the brush? If it is wow, that really shows the size of the cactus and the saffron.

sbuser said...

It really stands out. THis was a good choice for yellow theme.

brattcat said...

This is gorgeous, day or night. Is that a person down there in the vegetation? I wouldn't have noticed if Clueless hadn't point it out but now I'm curious, too.

Olivier said...

c'est encore plus surprenant vu comme ça. c'est très irréel

it's even more surprising given that way. very unreal

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

yes, that is a person standing next to the Saffron Tower and the person shows perspective as to how tall this tower really is.

istanbuldailyphoto said...

Slope of a mountain and wild plants. That interesting rocks. Thank you for everything.

Jacob said...

What a beautiful photo...I remember Papago Park very well. Lois Anne's grandmother, then 86, loved to hike in there.

That Saffron Tower adds so much sparkle...

Jilly said...

That's incredible. I didn't have any idea it was as tall as this. The location is amazing - is it in a private area - just it seems so vulnerable to damage, either intended or not.

Lisa Wilson said...

How cool! It looks like some kind of wild cactus during the day. Hole in the Rock sounds very interesting! Probably a lot more fun than the cheesy tourist attraction in Utah named Hole 'N the Rock.

Vogon Poet said...

The Saffron Tower is more spectacular at night, but I like this image more just for the gorgeous background. Great shot.

Jarart said...

This is exceptional with the mountain backdrop.

Julie said...

Yesterday's night shot is outstanding especially when beside the daytime view. The red rock backdrop is totally stunning.

Bath Daily Photo Blog said...

I love the tower, it somehow fits so well into the landscape.. wonderful!

Mo said...

Wow this is an even better picture. It gives an idea how big this tower is.

Bergson said...

the walk seems pleasant

PJ said...

I had to think for a minute about the idea of a saffron tower. I kknow saffron comes from saffron crocus stigmas which are very small, especially in comparison to the tower. It's beautiful, as is anything Chihuly creates. It's stunning.

Ash said...

Fantastic photo of the saffron tower!

Lois said...

It's pretty in the daytime too! That's a nice setting for it.

Sally said...

Oh wow - I would never have guessed it looked quite like that.

Julie, if you ever come across my lovely friends Kaye and Steve Senn there in Scottsdale, say g'day from Sally in Sydney ;-) (They're Wisconsonites in summer!)

glenda said...

One of my favorites in the gaarden exhibit.

Jim said...

How tall is that thing? It looks huge. Is that a person on the right?

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Love the saffron tower by day!! (and by night). Happy SkyWatch Friday!!!

henny said...

I have so many question about this Saffron Tower, Julie....
What is Saffron Tower? How tall is it? And why it is located in among cactus in the desert?

henny said...

Oh, I just saw that person next to the tower... :))

B Squared said...

As interesting during the day as it is at night.

g said...

Wow. I didn't know about this Chihuly piece. It's stunning. It looks organic.

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