Garden critters 9_8_21

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Rainbow and sunsets 9_3_21

A nice rainbow after a big storm and another evening’s sunset from the first of the month.

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Clouds and sunset 8_28_21

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Greenbelt flowers and Preserve critters 8_21_21

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Stormy Moon 8_19_21

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Big Tesuque 8_18_21

Another visit and it is much more lush with the rain we’ve had. Lot’s of butterflies, flowers and gurgling streams.

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Bees and Hummingbirds 8_12_21

Bees are enjoying the zinnia blooms and the hummingbirds are still fighting over the feeder.

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Taliesin West 8_15_21

For my last day in Phoenix, I had the pleasure of visiting the Southwest home of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Built in 1937, Taliesin West is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of my favorite subjects of study in Architectural History class in college. Wright designed everything in the home, from the floor plan to the furniture to the lamp shades. While the design is striking, many of the materials used proved frail. For example, the cotton sheets used for roofing are now protected by plastic panels due to the destructive desert sun.

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Diamondbacks No-Hitter 8_14_21

After a day at the museum, we enjoyed an historic baseball game at Chase Field. Diamondbacks Tyler Gilbert pitched a no-hitter for his first full game in the majors. Their season has not been great but the crowd was roaring by the final pitch! Nice game.

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Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix 8_14_21

While visiting friends staying in Phoenix, we decided to skip the heat and visit the Musical Instrument Museum. A considerable collection of instruments from all over the world, interesting demos and a whole room of instruments that visitors can play (including a theremin). The video shows a demonstration of the Decap “Apollonia” Orchestrion automated mechanical instrument, the largest in the museum.

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