Friday, September 9, 2011

the smallest of all...

birds are the hummingbirds; their tiny bodies and long bills are hard to mistake for any other. this male Anna's hummingbird, crowned in red, sits on a creosote branch...very commonly seen in Tempe.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

arizona sea life aquarium

located in the arizona mills mall, near priest and baseline, the arizona sea life aquarium has interactive pools, a 360 degree ocean tunnel, and thousands of sea creatures including rays, sharks, crustaceans, sea horses and jelly fish.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

the art of the standpipe...

a few years ago, the residents of the Maple-Ash neighborhood west of ASU commissioned an artist to craft irrigation standpipes into works of art. Here’s a close up of one at 11th and Farmer to show the eclectic mix of colorful tiles that is common to each standpipe, and also to show something I really love about photography – the opportunity to really look at something and have it open up …the closer I look at this photo, the more objects I see have been incorporated into the design... 

Monday, September 5, 2011

at the corner of wilson and howe...

this metal bicycle sculpture sits atop a mitchell park neighborhood mini round-about. several of these have been placed in the neighborhood in lieu of four way stops. they are just enough of an obstacle to slow drivers down, and more fun to look at, i think, than yet another stop sign...

Sunday, September 4, 2011

bridging a gap...

and so, with this shot of tempe's new pedestrian bridge spanning the western end of the lake, my attempt to re-engage the tempe photo blog. i could say i was just released from prison...the reason i haven't posted in a year...the truth is not quite that exciting...

all four sections of the bridge are installed. the sprinkler system is sprinkling cool water onto the bladder dam. the bridge is beautiful, not quite ready for crossing yet, but the scoop is it will be available for short cutting the lake by October.

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