Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2008

great blue heron

the largest heron in north america
in flight, it looks quite large and has a 6 foot wingspan
on a dock, it looks past its reflection for fish
this heron is a juvenile - gray overall and with a black crown 
as an adult it will have a yellower beak and during 
breeding season will have long black plumes on its head

Saturday, September 27, 2008

moon rise

moon rising over tempe center for the arts - 
celebrating its one year anniversary this month 

Friday, September 26, 2008

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


the new thirsty dog store - first convenience store to be built right downtown. 
off mill next to the post office.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

comics and more

...at Pop Culture Paradise store near ASU. 
postings for the rest of the week are scheduled and without 
commentary - i'm headed to the field for a little 
black-tailed prairie dog reintroduction!

Monday, September 22, 2008


artwork at arizona state university
i am a part of all that i have met (a. tennyson)

Sunday, September 21, 2008


an open door welcomes muslims and visitors to the islamic community center just a block north of arizona state university campus. the mosque was established in 1984. it is beautiful, modeled after the dome of the rock in jerusalem with an eight-sided structure, minaret, and a gold dome.  

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation

Local architect Robert Evans designed and constructed this Pueblo Revival - style adobe and wood structure in 1929. It was purchased by Rose Eisendrath, a wealthy widow of a Chicago glove manufacturer, after she was refused accommodation at Valley resorts because she was Jewish. The property is on Tempe's registry of historic properties and is being restored by the city for use as a water conservation center. 

Friday, September 19, 2008

red door

st. augustine's episcopal church at college and broadway

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


a great blue heron sits on a rental boat dock at tempe lake. kayaks and paddle boats are available to rent. lake reflections and ambiance are free. the lakeside area is a great place to run, walk, or ride a bike.  

Monday, September 15, 2008

desert zen

at Arizona State University campus, i came across a small garden with golden barrel cacti and several cairns. there is such peace and balance in the stones, their order, their smoothness, the horizontal lines, the way they lift the eyes to the capstone. the cairns (maybe 20) in this little garden, poised like downtown loiterers among cactus fixtures, offer no obvious clue as to what point of reference or navigation purpose they serve. however, i was so intrigued by their placement that i stopped to take a photo. and wanting to write something interesting i googled a few word combinations to see how common a cairn configuration like this one was written about or photographed. and in doing that, i came across a blog with photos of similar looking cairns. the blog had a very nice song playlist, including "the littlest birds" by the be good tanyas. a new song to enjoy - that's where this cairn led me.

even if you're on the right track you'll get run over if you just sit there (will rogers)

initiative (noun) self-motivation, resourcefulness, inventiveness, imagination, ingenuity, originality, creativity, enterprise, drive, dynamism, ambition, motivation, spirit, energy, vision, get-up-and-go, pep, moxie, spunk gumption. 

the power or opportunity to act or take charge before others do

Sunday, September 14, 2008

so many flags

one more shot of all the flags. they were up all weekend, but will be taken down tonight.

Saturday, September 13, 2008


a green lamp at tempe marketplace, near D'arcy McGees irish pub.

Friday, September 12, 2008

new corner store

recently opened, CVS/pharmacy on the corner of University and Mill. it gives the corner a very different look. I'm not a fan of CVS, but this corner store is certainly an improvement over the vacant lot and various gas stations that have cycled through. many Tempe projects are wrapping up, and others still have a few months to go, Tempe has been undergoing dramatic changes, evolving toward being more walker-friendly everyday... 

Thursday, September 11, 2008

nine eleven

at tempe lake, a very moving tribute to those who lost their lives on september 11, 2001. 
3000 flags, row by row, each with a card bearing a name and photo. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

grand opening

Tempe's first fresh & easy store opened today, on the corner of kyrene and baseline. i have been anxiously awaiting this store, a pleasant half mile walk from my home. don't forget to bring your own bags! 

i'd be remiss if i didn't also mention that the clouds in the background brought us incredible rains shortly after this photo was taken. i happened to be at carver dog park walking around the track with my dog, baloo and looked up when i heard a commotion coming from the nearby soccer field. i saw parents and young girls who'd been at practice scramble as a wall of hard rain and hail moved swiftly toward us. it was amazing! i was frozen for a split second, mesmerized by the sight, before yelling "run!" and crossing the field to get baloo's leash and get out. the first drops began to hit and when i reached the leash and unclipped from the fence the downpour was full force. it was chaos as 15 people and their dogs all tried to exit. soaked. then the hail began. i was parked close, but couldn't get my keys out of my pocket (trying too hard!). baloo was quick to jump in the car (that's a first!) and the hail continued for about 5 minutes. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

waiting in line...

a line of black t-shirted 20 somethings wrapped the side of Zia Record Exchange (university west of mill) tonight. i remember the days before ticket lotteries and online brokers, when we'd wait out over night for concert tickets. turns out, these folks were a couple hours early to a signing by someone called "head" - used to be in the band KoRn.  

Sunday, September 7, 2008

strange sight

it is strange to see a large tree fully uprooted and resting on the side of a house. one of many large old trees that were uprooted in the storm that came through a week and a half ago. lots of damage in the neighborhoods near ASU and at tempe lake where giant trees and rows of mesquite that had just begun providing decent shade were victims of heavy winds.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

money may not grow on trees, but bicycles...

i can say with certainty, this is the first time i've come upon a bicycle in a tree. 

Friday, September 5, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

somewhere in tempe, a man in a fedora hat walks his yellow lab...

...they wait in the cross walk, watching for a break in traffic that would allow them to move safely across. the light changes; the man and his dog cross the intersection. they continue down college street past green lawns. a man riding a bicycle passes the man walking his dog; the cyclist arrives at the light and unclips from his pedals; waiting for the light to change. 

Monday, September 1, 2008

Timbuktu - Sister City to Tempe

Timbuktu - the very name conjures a far-flung and mysterious place. A city smack in the middle of the Sahara desert of Mali, Africa, and I was excited to find that it is one of Tempe's 7 sister cities. Timbuktu has been our sister since 1991 when both city councils approved the affiliation. Timbuktu has 30,000 residents and was founded around 1100 AD as a camp for its proximity to the Niger River. Today, Timbuktu is threatened by encroaching desert sands of the Sahara - desertification - which is destroying vegetation, many historical structures, and the water supply. It was named to the UNESCO world heritage list because of these threats. Because of the threats to the precious water supply, Tempe has committed to providing 7 wells for the city; 4 have been completed. 

Special thanks to Galen Frysinger for the use of this image from his adventure travels (www.galenfrysinger.com/index.htm) 

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