Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Phoenix, Arizona - Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva

Friend Paula recommended that we try Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva after the Art Walk at the Home and Landscaping Show. The cafe is on Grand Avenue around 13th Avenue. Street parking only and the walk was well worth the effort. Planters and trees were festively decorated. The building has an elegant facade and it was a surprise to see white tablecloths and a formal setting. We started the meal with fresh guacamole made table side. For the main course I was interested in the mole sauce (different every day). I eventually selected a stuffed pepper with a white sauce. We shared sample bites and every selection was equally good. One of the other diners ordered a mole dish so I was able to sample it.  I ordered flan for desert. 

The restaurant is small and filled quickly. Reservations recommended. 

Oh, and "mole" is pronounced mo-lay. It is a generic term for Mexican sauce made with chilis. I like the ones made with a little bit of chocolate. This sauce is not related to a ground rodent. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

PACgivesback Art Auction

Hoop Dancer, Desert Cactus Bloom, Chengdu Puppet Master, Parada Del Sol Rodeo

These are my works selected for Photographers Adventure Club (PAC) charity art auction this weekend July 15-17, 2016. Cause is Down Syndrome Network. Display is at the Home and Garden show at University of Phoenix stadium. Artists submitted their work and 140 were selected. Bidding live, via phone txt, and online at (open sometime before Friday). Bidding starts at $20 and runs from Friday until Sunday night! It gets real exciting at the end.

Large canvas prints. Printing donated by

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Phoenix, AZ - Musical Closeup

The Musical Instrument Museum is filled with wonderful instruments.  Photography is allowed, no tripods and no flash.  Still a lot of fun!

The first few photos are of a flute built from recycled materials.  The rest are from various exhibits.

The next two photos have different tones added to them.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Phoenix, AZ - Photography Practice

These photographs are from the Desert Botanical Gardens (DBG) in Phoenix and Musical Intrument Museum (MIM) in northern Phoenix. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

366 Day Project - March 7 - 13

Death Valley National Park (DVNP)

Zabriskie Point

View of Badland Salt Flat from Dante's View. DVNP

Hoover Dam from the "new bridge".

Arizona highway 93 view lookout 

Arizona 93 view lookout. 

Zabriskie Point area DVNP

Dante's View. Looking at the south end of the park DVNP. 

366 Day Project - February 29 - March 6

The beginning of this week started at home and ended with a great trip to Death Valley National Park (DVNP), California. 

Japanese Bento box. Used for to-go meals. 

This is from last spring in northern Arizona. 

The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes at DVNP. 

Walkway to the center of the valley at Badlands area. Salt flats. DVNP. 

Photographers line up at Zabriskie Point DVNP.