Bug. It’s what’s for dinner. (Click photos for more detail.)
This is how it looks in Phoenix right now. It might look a little different than where you are (especially this year).
Kumquats? The scent of citrus blossoms will fill the air in another month or so…
My first butterfly of the year in our yard! A Painted Lady.
Don’t feel bad if all you see where you live is white…in a few months while you’re enjoying your summers, we’ll be sweating it out and wishing it was over…back to the way it is now.
But for now, the beginnings of spring have arrived…
Amazingly, this window washer at the Viad Corporate Center in downtown Phoenix is a sculpture! I had to touch his white coveralls to make sure they were bronze as they looked exactly like fabric.
This beautiful property is filled with fascinating, life-sized sculptures. I always love to find new-to-me places where I can take some photos and I just discovered where these sculptures were recently…I’ve driven by the building countless times but they aren’t visible from the street unless you park and walk around.
But this is the best part~to me~how they’ve made these two different pieces interact as though they’re meant to be together…
And how cool is it to immortalize a photographer in bronze?
I like how they are all carefully placed to take full advantage of their surroundings. Apparently there are additional sculptures inside the lobby of a security guard and a man reading the newspaper.
More murals by Lalo Cota. I used to try to keep up with the murals in Phoenix; however, it’s too hard now as there are so many, which is a good thing. I love to see them but they’re not my favorite thing to photograph anymore but, as I see them when I’m out with my camera, I’ll shoot them…for our viewing pleasure.
Oh, and I didn’t want to change my blog design but I had to~the snow wasn’t falling on it and I then found out that particular theme was no longer supported by WordPress so, since there had been some other glitches lately, I figured I better update it. I like the old one better and I’m not sure I’ll stick with this theme but this is it for now.
We finally made it to the Japanese Friendship Garden in downtown Phoenix. It’s a small, 3.5 acre oasis right in the middle of town. (Click photos for more detail.)
The koi were my favorite part of this outing where both Tony and I took a lot of photos. So, since this post is photo-heavy, I’ll keep the chatter to a minimum.
Yin and Yang
Back to the koi! You can buy a little bag of food there for the koi and everyone seemed to be doing it but they’re a greedy bunch and the ducks were wanting their fair share, too.
Such cute, expressive faces, “I’m hungry!”
It’s a lush, pretty, and peaceful park in an unlikely location, definitely a lovely place to take a contemplative walk.
A few more things we saw while at the Desert Botanical Garden…Part 1 is here and the Monarch exhibit is here. (Click photos for more detail.)
A cactus wren actually on a cactus (with something in its beak).
We went to the DBG primarily to see the Monarch exhibit. After we left, we came upon this butterfly, above, and wondered if it was an escapee. However, it isn’t a Monarch. You can see the difference in the webbing of the wings. I think this is a Queen butterfly.
A different rabbit…we saw many.
Another Gambel’s Quail. We heard a rumor that a roadrunner was hanging out by the cafe so headed over there since we never see them anymore.
But all we saw were these elusive yellow-green chairs.
Soon to come at the DBG…a new Dale Chihuly exhibit. Last time they had one, they wound up purchasing these 3 Desert Towers for their permanent collection.