Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

partial reflections

The Tempe lake dam broke one week ago. After seeing
full reflections of the bridge in the lake for more than 10 years,
to see an empty riverbed and only a small piece of the bridge
reflecting is an odd sight.

Friday, July 23, 2010

tuesday on a friday

earlier this week, on tuesday night just before 10, one
of the rubber bladders of tempe's town lake dam
broke; as quickly as a billion gallons of water could flow
through the gap - surprising not long at all - the lake
drained leaving a strange sight that tempe-ans have
not seen in the 10 years since the lake was created and filled.
luckily, no one was boating or recreating at that hour and
there were no injuries.
lots of attention is centered on the future at the lake and
the current situation - smell (which I didn't find to be that bad);
the potential for mosquitoes to breed in the abundant
puddles and pools of standing water; and quite a lot
of dead fish; this morning, tuesday the alligator was
a star attraction, having been brought in to eat of few of
the dead fish, and she seemed happy to oblige.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

night shots from A mountain this week

a little later than the shot from yesterday, a few more
city lights and south mountain sunset

Monday, May 3, 2010

night shots from A mountain this week

looking west past the Hayden flour mill, to the flowing
salt river, still carrying all that extra winter

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

sail inn bar, grill, and live music

the sail inn is a great place for live music in tempe.
the sugarthieves play blues on wednesdays and
the grateful dead cover, the noodles, play sundays.
there are some good bands lined up to play this
summer. the sail inn has two stages, one inside
and one outside.

Monday, April 26, 2010

dos gringos trailer park restaurant and bar

dos gringos trailer park restaurant at
1001 E. 8th street. when I was a student at ASU,
8th street was my designated parking area, not too
far to walk to campus and best of all - free. that was
before the trailer park bar and numerous condos
sprung up. it's still an option for free parking - but now
students can have a cold one after the walk to the car.

Friday, April 23, 2010

at the 42 yard line

Pat's Run ends with
a run through the tunnel and finish at the 42 yard line

Thursday, April 22, 2010

happy earth day!

take nothing but pictures.
leave nothing but footprints.
kill nothing but time.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

eyeing the finish

running along rural road across tempe lake, with
ASU sundevil stadium in sight

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

4.2 miles in memory of #42

it was inspiring to see runners of all ages; this little guy
was keeping pace.

Monday, April 19, 2010

runners get ready...

the 6th annual Pat's Run was held over the weekend;
a record 28,000+ runners showed up
in honor of Pat Tillman.

tempe daily photo turns 2 today. although i have missed
a few days over the past 2 years, my first posting was
Pat's Run 2008.

Friday, April 16, 2010

opuntia pink and daisy yellow

more spring flowers, gotta show 'em off before the
heat knocks 'em out...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

springtime color

lovely flowers along the pathway that runs parallel
to tempe lake

Friday, April 9, 2010

hawk watch

a pair of red-tailed hawks were in flight near "A"
mountain the other day

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

kites aloft

on easter, families were celebrating in a variety of ways;
middle eastern families were flying kites along a hilltop;
festive music played, kids laughed and did their best
to keep their kites aloft.

Monday, April 5, 2010

holiday in the sun

easter sunday weather was gorgeous,
prompting hundreds of families to spend the day
at kiwanis park (baseline/mill)

Friday, April 2, 2010

absolutely fabulous

the weather in tempe is so absolutely fabulous in
the spring. this new stretch along the salt river
corridor just east of tempe lake (rural to mcclintock)
was recently opened with a bike/jogging path. the flowers
on the slope are a dazzling mix of purple and gold.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


these smilin' fellas in their bright red shrine club cars
were a part of the NAMI (national alliance on mental
illness) walk around tempe lake last weekend

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

street talent

dana smith, a regular at the tempe art festival for
many years, performs his own blend of fun: tricks, jokes,
juggles and balancing balls on the street.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

kettle corn by the handful

there was plenty to see and plenty to eat
during the tempe art festival last weekend.

Monday, March 29, 2010

dragon boat races

there were all kinds of things going on in Tempe last
weekend, a photographer or outdoor enthusiast's feast;
dragon boat races were underway on the north side of the
lake and I'll show other happenings throughout the week.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

tempe farmers market

a daily indoor farmers market in downtown tempe
featuring fresh, organic and locally grown produce;
arizona specialty foods including bread, dairy, honey,
cheese, hormone-free meats, vegan and vegetarian
foods and more. 805 s. farmer avenue.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

afternoon nap

a siberian husky takes a break in the shade on
mill avenue

Monday, March 22, 2010

spring plant sale

the desert botanical garden had its annual spring
plant sale over the weekend. the weather was perfect and
I found a couple desert marigold plants that will look
great under my palo brea tree.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

a word about something as mundane as a crosswalk signal

i'm glad to see these count-down signals
more and more. so much more useful
to know how much time you have to
cross the street, or as a driver to know
how long before the light will change. my
all time favorite cross signals (seen in oaxaca)
combined a visual count down with an audible
count down that sounded like bird tweets.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

nice view

male anna's hummingbirds are singing from their
perches on this beautiful sunny saturday.

Friday, March 12, 2010

balloon toss

big headed blow up sponge bob and south park dolls,
homer simpson in a life saver, panda bears, a green
gorilla, bart simpson - all worthy goals.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

carnival weather

the original ferris wheel was designed and constructed
by george washington gale ferris for the 1893 world's
columbian exposition in chicago, illinois. the wheel
pictured here was part of a parking lot carnival at the
arizona mills mall.