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.
Hi, it’s my fifth annual Día de Los Muertos post! Keeping with my tradition, I was happy to find some new murals around town to show you.
A new Lalo Cota and Breeze mural on Barrio Cafe, home to many murals.
More Lalo above, on the door of his former studio/gallery, on Calle 16.
I love this beauty, above, on Central Avenue.
He’s been busy!
And a few more items spotted about town:
Why didn’t I find these when I got married???? Seriously. I would have loved them.
And because I had no Halloween posts this year (unlike last year when I had a couple spooky ones, 1 and 2), here is Halloween transitioning into the Days of the Dead (November 1 and 2), right at midnight, the witching hour!
Happy Halloween~Feliz Día de los Muertos!
Want more Day of the Dead? Here are some links to my previous posts: 2012′s post, 2011′s post, 2010′s post, and 2009′s post.
After we visited the Monarch exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden, we continued to walk through more of the beautiful garden. I love those times when one day yields enough photos for multiple blogposts. (Click photos for more detail.)
Arizona’s State Bird, the Cactus Wren
Who might live in here?
The DBG is celebrating its 75th anniversary. With over 140 acres, many trails, and frequent special events, it is a busy place but not overly crowded, fortunately.
A lot of birds live in the cacti.
These footprints didn’t look as though they were planned but it added a nice touch.
It’s certainly not true that the desert is a drab, colorless place.
And the sunlight makes everything glow.
More flora and fauna from the DBG to come…