Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Phoenix, Arizona - Blood Moon, Blue Moon, Eclipsed Moon

January 31 and we had slight clouds throughout the day.  This is the "Blue Moon" because it is the second full moon in a month.  It doesn't happen often, hence the phrase "once in a blue moon".

I went to my "Secret spot #1" at 4:30 AM.  I didn't get the moon changing from a brightly lit orb to a Red Moon.  As the eclipse progressed and there was a slight bit of white remaining, the red color became more pronounced.  It was too high in the sky for my camera to capture the moon and the city below.

By the way, I had big plans to get the Super Moon (very large) and the Total Lunar Eclipse all at the same time.  I soon figured out that a huge moon that is not lit is not much to photograph!

Another intent was to capture the full moon low on the horizon, but it was blocked by the White Tank mountain range 40 miles away.  As the sun rose behind me, I packed up my gear.  Then, to the north, I spotted the pyramid shape of Hunt's Tomb.

I packed up the Jeep and headed to the office.  The moon rise later that day was about an hour after the sun set, so the skies would be dark. I hoped that I would be able to capture a back lit "Four Peaks".  You can see the mountain range in dark purple here.  Suddenly the clouds began to reflect the moon and I had to readjust my direction.  It was so exciting to watch the moon come up.  The facility guard walked up to me and started the discussion about how I needed to move.  I told him all about how incredible the  moon was going to be, and that I would only stay until it was above the horizon.  And that I was harmless and that I saw some others up here.  He allowed me to stay for a little while.  I invited him to come back to admire the show, which he did!  This is my "Secret Spot #2".

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Phoenix, Arizona - Bands at Rock and Roll Marathon

The Rock and Roll Marathon features bands along the Marathon route.  A coworker's band was playing, so I went to the spot early to enjoy the music and be part of the fun.

The first band was "Almost Blu".
The second band was "Resouled", with coworker Art on the guitar.

The rest of the photographs are "ReSouled".

 Art rocking out!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Phoenix, Arizona - Singh Farms Vegetable Portraits

During the winter season and in to spring, Singh's Farm produces a beautiful basket for their market.  It is enough for me for the week and it is so beautiful that I need to take vegetable portraits before I enjoy the harvest.  The first shot is a "family shot" and then the others are individual or small groups.

 Heirloom tomatoes
 Orange Beets
 Fennel and broccoli
 Cauliflower, carrot, parsley and cilantro.
 Napa Cabbage
 A group photo of the red and orange beet family.
 Kale, carrots, chard
 Oranges and grapefruits.

Singh Farms

8900 E. Thomas Rd.
ScottsdaleAZ 85256

Friday, January 5, 2018

Phoenix, Arizona - First Friday Glass

First Friday is a celebration of all things art.  Tonight the fun was at Circle 6 Studios and SW Art Glass.  It is run by a group from Pittsburgh, so of course there were Steeler signs proudly hung.

I watched.  This intrigues me so I will likely take classes at some point. The photos are from the glass blowing section.  The other section has torch beads, fused, and stained glass.

Link to the Studios to see more.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Linz, Austria - Odds and Ends

This is the final post of the Danube Christmas Cruise with Lueftner on the Amadeus Silver ship.  These are a few scenes of the river as we came to Linz and it will be time to put  my camera away and wait for another adventure.

There are clumps in these trees near the top.  That is mistletoe.  And the little small white things at the water's edge are swans.  I didn't have a good zoom lens to be able to give you a close up photograph.
 We went through about 12 locks on our trip and since we went from Passau to Bratislava and back to Passau, that counts as 24 locks.  They are all different.  Here is the view of one nearest to Linz.
 You can see the lock through the window.
 Homes along the Danube.

 Night in Linz during the "blue hour".  The deep blue sky and the light reflections are very pretty.
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Amadeus Silver - Last Dinner

I am spoiled and I will miss this.

The wine choice for today is
White - 2015 Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
Red - 2015 Dornfelder from Rheinhessen, Germany

Shopska Salad
Cucumber, tomato, olives, bell pepper, fresh chop parsley, olive oil topped with shredded feta cheese.
or Beef Carpaccio with parmesan chips, rucola salad and honey mustard sauce.

My soup selection was Yellow Bell Pepper Potage with prawn dumplings.

or Classic Minestrone with tomato broth with pasta, zucchini, kidney beans and eggplant

My main course choice was Sesame Crusted Barramundi Fillet with egg noodles, vegetables and oyster sauce.
or Austrian Flaker Beef Gulch with Spätzle and pickled cucumber
or Stuffed Mushroom with Feta Cheese served with yogurt dip and vegetables, couscous

My desert choice was Crème Brulée Brown Sugar Crust served with fresh berries.
or Fresh Fruits
orCheese Plate