Sunday, November 30, 2008

blue light

a blue piece from the chihuly exhibit
at the desert botanical garden. 

Saturday, November 29, 2008

fantasy of lights opening night parade

*mill avenue*
from tonight through the end of december, mill 
avenue will be lined with christmas lights. tonight's 
festivities included a parade complete with santa
claus, tree lighting, a concert, and fireworks over
"A" mountain. thousands of people lined
 mill avenue to enjoy the festivities. 

Friday, November 28, 2008

the nature of glass

*desert botanical garden*
chihuly: the nature of glass exhibit just opened this
week. the exhibit includes 15 fantastic compilations 
of blown glass. each piece is a magnificent creation 
of color and light. this piece is getting a wash to 
clear away mesquite leaflets.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

a different sort of bird

*iron bird sculpture at Priest & Warner*
another on and off shower day with
clouds all around - arizonans cherish days like
this. happy thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

a day in the mid 70s

it was a gray day and very 
sprinkly, off and on.
and then there was a rainbow!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


*tempe sports complex, warner & hardy*
another photo from the dog show last weekend;
so many dogs intently focused on their handlers
willing to do whatever they're asked for a 
piece of cheese!

Monday, November 24, 2008

speed racer

*elliot road & hardy*
fiddlesticks is a fun park offering miniature golf,
an arcade, bumper boats, batting cage, driving range, and
go-karts. the kids, dads and moms who were 
racing around the go kart track seemed to be
having a great time, in the zone. 

Sunday, November 23, 2008

show of support

*rooftop near kyrene & southern*
this cardinals fan was no doubt disappointed today.
the cardinals gave it a valiant effort, but were 
outmatched by the 10-1 new york giants. 

Saturday, November 22, 2008

agility dance

*tempe sports complex, warner & hardy*

a slow walk among tunnels, jumps, and weave poles;
arm extended to a pointing finger
that's what they are doing. they are memorizing the 
route they will take with their dog when their turn
comes. a route that will allow them to be quick,
and hopefully clean. that's what they're hoping for, 
a clean run.

usdaa good dog agility club event 
united states dog agility association

i've missed several postings this week, but
am back on track. just got a new puppy and have 
been occupied!

Monday, November 17, 2008


*tempe lake*
this little dinosaur was on display last weekend
at the arizona herpetological society exhibit
at the dog walk event

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

walk to save animals

today was the annual 2k and 5k pet walk to raise
money for two pet charities: the arizona animal 
welfare league and the society for the prevention of
cruelty to animals. strays were available for adoption.
it was a gorgeous day and there were hundreds of 
dogs out with their people, walking and smiling. 

Friday, November 14, 2008

the old Laird and Dines drug store

historically, the building on fifth street
and mill avenue was a dry goods store
called Laird and Dines drug store. the
building consisted of two stories and
a basement, which served as a bookstore
for the high school. Laird and Dines was
a drugstore for 63 years. When the
downtown Tempe area was revitalized
the old Laird and Dines store was razed
and rebuilt to resemble its original 
appearance...except now the second
floor is a Hooters restaurant.  

Thursday, November 13, 2008

egrets in a row

so many egrets were lined up 
along the dam. made me wonder if the
lake was recently stocked, maybe
they were waiting for fish to spill

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

neighborhood trees

*10th street and ash avenue*
the newest piece of irrigation
standpipe art celebrates the
diversity of trees in the
maple ash neighborhood. 
purple orchid, 
cork oak, chinese pistache, 
shamel ash, aleppo pine and 
arizona sycamore and a northern 
flicker (bird) are featured.
this standpipe art is one of 8 
works decorated with ceramic tile 
to beautify old concrete irrigation
cylinders. nina solomon 
is the artist. 

 i previously featured "the windows of maple ash" standpipe here:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Semper fidelis Veterans!

my father, Allen D. McIntire, served in vietnam in 
the early 1960s,with the United States Marine Corps, 
to this day he is a proud marine; 
and of course, behind every man or woman in service, 
is the loved one who gives them strength,
my mother, Carolyn A. McIntire

thank you veterans and veteran families for your service!

Monday, November 10, 2008

garage door feature

*hardy & university*
in the blue recycle bin shadow 
chosen graffiti stenciled on a garage door 
let's hope that a new tone will pervade
that we will not question every last motive
that we will have optimism
that everyone will feel included
and responsible for what happens next

Sunday, November 9, 2008

bridge over troubled water

*railway bridge, tempe lake*
sorry for the cheesy title, it was quite blustery 
this evening. the water was choppy, the wind was

Saturday, November 8, 2008

love bug captain

*parking lot of tempe marketplace*
no worries about overheating on this beautiful day
in the upper 70s. even if you're a black dog in a yellow
bug, it was a nice day to just sit back and enjoy the

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

i voted today

no matter your choice, no one can deny
there's a buzz in the air in tempe and across the
country. people proudly wearing red, white and blue 
flag stickers to show they voted today. free starbucks
coffee, krispy kreme donuts, and ben and jerry's 
ice cream. long lines and patient people. 
history being made.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

cynosport world games

*west world, scottsdale; tempe's sister to the north*
late october, early november in AZ is a coin toss.
temperatures are supposed to 
dip in the upcoming week, but the last few days 
have been warm ones. on one hand, AZ is a great
place to hold a big event like the cynosport world games
since we can almost guarantee that it won't rain. on the 
other hand, a warm weekend like this one can make for
a pretty uncomfortable event. nevertheless, handlers and
dogs from around the world have come to compete in
agility - the USDAA Grand Prix of Dog Agility 
World Championships, Steeplechase, and World 
Flyball Championships. In addition, there are frisbee
demonstrations, lure coursing, herding instinct tests,
and K9 Unit exhibitions. 

Saturday, November 1, 2008

my favorite thing

oh how i love books!
if i have any money left over, i buy food and clothes
here's my travel section
i'm reading "the story of edgar sawtelle"
what are you reading?

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