This is the Water Room at Arizona Falls which I’ve blogged about before (1, 2). I thought I would take a little break from taking/posting bird and butterfly photos and play around with my fisheye lens for a couple days.
Arizona Falls is a public art project as well as a working hydroelectric plant providing power to 150 households. It’s a great place for photography and has a lot of interesting angles and features itself so using a fisheye only enhances that.
Not too far away is Papago Park which I have also written about numerous times.
With a fisheye, where you center the image vertically and horizontally affects how “bulged out” the image will be. If it’s centered horizontally, it will not be as distorted and will just provide a wide angle of view.
If you enlarge the above photo (a lot), you can see our downtown area with tall buildings, not quite skyscrapers. And here are a few more shots in a business district close to my house.
No birds! But you can actually see a couple ducks and a turtle in the office complex pond above.
Summertime is for a lot of things…even reading, right? Whether it’s because you live in steamy hot Phoenix where reading is one of the few things you can do or you enjoy reading on a nice sandy beach or poolside, it’s a fun pastime. So I went on a self-guided tour of 5 Little Free Libraries the other day. None of these are in my immediate neighborhood but they are in my general area, central Phoenix. This was my favorite; it was gorgeous with mosaic tile on it. The whole yard was full of beautiful artistic touches…I wish I knew the owners and could be friends with them!
And it looks like they like birds!
And cats! We need to be friends!!!
This one was also very pretty, matching their house. It’s such a nice thing to do, I think, to promote literacy and build community by maintaining one of these libraries. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors.
This library also matched the vivid blue trim on their house. This particular one seemed to be mostly full of children’s books.
I like how there is a little bench by the next one so you can peruse before you choose your book. Very welcoming.
Do you have any in your neighborhood? Would you like one? I definitely want one but we have sprinklers in our yard that would damage it fairly soon, I think, so I’m trying to figure out how we could get around that. This is the one I would like from the Little Free Library website: the Urban Reader. It’s also one of the cheaper ones they have and it’s made of stucco so I’m thinking it might be more durable. Then you fill it with some books and become the “steward” of your library. You can register it on their website so that it shows up on the map and you’re in business! (You don’t have to use their libraries if you prefer to build or make one yourself. I’m considering making a portable one out of a wooden crate with wheels so I can bring it in at night.)
Here’s the 5th library I saw but this one seems a little weather-beaten and it apparently is not a registered Little Free Library. It still had some good books in it and serves the same purpose.
No little free libraries around you? Everyone but me probably knew this already but most public libraries now have e-books you can download to your various e-readers for FREE! All these years I’ve been helping Amazon grow when I could have gotten a lot of them for nothing. The only drawback is you (at least in the case of the Phoenix Public Library) only have 2 weeks before the book disappears from your device but sometimes you can renew. If the book is really good, 2 weeks is more than enough time to finish it.
The book above (that I paid for) is one of my 2 favorite books I’ve read so far this summer. The other is this one, by a local Phoenix journalist and author (that I also paid for, in hardback):
Check ’em out!
Edit: Phoenix New Times used some of the photos from this blog post on their blog!
The above bird was seen at Glendale Xeriscape Garden (on a very windy day). I’ve been to quite a few locations in the past couple of weeks looking for birds but didn’t get enough good shots at any to make a post on their own so the theme here is “pretty lighting.”
Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center:Anna’s Hummingbird, male
Tempe Town Lake:Verdin
Desert Botanical Garden:House Finch, juvenile
Round-tailed Ground Squirrel
Glenrosa Estates (our yard):Abert’s Towhee
Common-checkered and Fiery Skippers
Gila Woodpecker, male
Black-chinned Hummingbird, male
*I’m adding this post to the weekly WordPress Photo Challenge because it represents how I view the Earth through my lens. Check some of the other blog posts out.
Posted in Home, Phoenix
Tagged Abert's Towhee, Black Phoebe, Butterflies, Desert Botanical Garden, Doves, Finches, Gila Woodpecker, Glendale, Home, Hummingbirds, Lizard, Parks, Phoenix, Tempe, Thrasher, Verdins
The cacti are not yet blooming but the birds and other critters are busy~singing, nest-building, flying, and running around at the Desert Botanical Garden.
Harris’s Antelope Squirrel
Round-tailed Ground Squirrels
Anyone nesting in there? Guess not.
This poor Starling kept sneezing, he must have spring allergies.
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon’s
There were 5 of these hawks circling together.
I know that’s a bad photo but it’s the first time I’ve actually seen the red crown on one of these very fast-moving birds.
I’ll be spending more time at the DBG because I start my volunteer orientation there this weekend!
Posted in Phoenix
Tagged Cactus Wren, Desert Botanical Garden, Doves, Finches, Gila Woodpecker, Hawks, Parks, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Squirrel, Starling, Thrasher, Yellow-Rumped Warbler
At least in Arizona, it is. These photos were all taken at Dig It Urban Gardens and Nursery, close to my house.
Hope Spring is headed your way, too.
Posted in Phoenix
Tagged Bees, Flora