Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Architecture

Scottsdale, Arizona.

This week, Amy suggests we focus on architecture and features an incredible gallery of images from Machu Picchu. You can read her challenge post here. That ancient area was abandoned sometime in the 16th century. I appreciate beautiful examples of architecture, especially in the construction and design of older churches in our country. But this post is about a 20th century architectural phenom and his world famous school of architecture. Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson 2019 – A Scottsdale Tradition since 1971

Scottsdale, Arizona.

My first winter in Arizona brought me, with friends, to my first Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction. Since then, I haven’t missed spending at least a day during the 8 auction days each January. This year was no exception and along with my wife, my sister and her boyfriend, we arrived around 9 AM or so, and entered the main pavilion at West World. We usually head outside almost immediately and find the tents where there are four rows of classic cars sitting in the shade. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Curves

Scottsdale, Arizona.

This week, Tina Schell challenges us to “…pay some attention to curves  – in nature, in architecture, on our roads and in our lives … just about everywhere if you think about it.” You can read her entire challenge post here. It’s an opportune topic for me, with Barrett-Jackson’s Auto Auction in full swing this week in Scottsdale to capture some more curves, those curves of the classic automobile like this 1934 Duesenberg in the opening image. From the curvature of the green exhaust manifold to the long sweeping curve that runs from the front fender, along the running board to the rear fender, this classic car uses curves to accent it’s classic architecture. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Blending In or Standing Out

Scottsdale, Arizona.

This week, Ann-Christine challenges us to focus on blending in versus standing out in our environment. She includes images of animals and birds that blend in or stand out with their outer coverings. She also features an example of architecture blending in to the environment with her opening image. You can read more about her challenge here. That image got me to thinking about a visit made a couple of years ago to Scottsdale’s Taliesin West, the Architectural Institute and compound built by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his students of architecture. In designing the compound, the architect envisioned in the late 1930s a winter home and headquarters of his school of architecture that is deeply connected with the Sonoran Desert upon which it was built. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Sweet (Rides)

Scottsdale, Arizona.

This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands asks to show something {or someone} sweet, no doubt in honor of Valentine’s Day. You can read her entire challenge post here. Having just returned from a Carnival Cruise, I missed my opportunity to photograph any number of luscious sweet desserts. I prefer instead to wrap myself around such morsels of goodness and follow that old adage, “No pictures, no videos, deny, deny, deny!” No, honey, I don’t know what happened to that last piece of pie.” “Out of cookies, again? How could that be?” Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction – A Scottsdale Tradition for 47 Years

Scottsdale, Arizona.

Last week, my sister and her friend came to visit us in Buckeye. On Wednesday we made the annual pilgrimage to Westworld, the site of the 47th Annual Scottsdale auction. Since wintering in Arizona starting in 2012, I haven’t missed attending this iconic auction. I always leave with over a hundred images to select from for sharing with you… but never any automobiles. You see, my friends, my budget won’t allow me to even consider bidding on the vehicles I might wish to own. Continue reading