Archive for the 'Greater Arizona' Category

Colorful art sparkles after dark in Arizona

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Feb. 27, 2017 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Picture several displays of artistic creations illuminated from within by various colors. One display is a set of five helium kites hovering over visitors’ heads. In a nearby canal is a collection of 50 floating spheres. The imaginative creations were part of a busy outdoor art scene my Best Friend […]

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Arizona sunset in early January

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Jan. 9, 2017 Sunset over north Scottsdale, Ariz. Photo © copyright Mike Padgett “A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its […]

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Forever Views in Red Rock Country North of Phoenix

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Dec. 12, 2016 Photo copyright © by Mike Padgett SEDONA, Ariz. – About 120 miles north of Phoenix are some of Mother Nature’s best creations. The absence of city noise and pollution and the contrast of towering red bluffs with the high desert’s greenery are good for the soul. Pack a picnic lunch and a […]

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New Stars Lighting Sonoran Desert Nights

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April 24, 2016 PHOENIX – Every evening after sunset, there are colorful new stars in the night at Desert Botanical Garden. The stars are eight distinct displays installed throughout the garden by British artist Bruce Munro. His creative work, “Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden,” runs through May 8. Munro and garden workers […]

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Oregon Sunset, Between Trees

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Feb. 9, 2016     Photo © copyright by Mike Padgett “My soul is full of longing for the secrets of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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A few days in the lives of baby hummingbirds

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March 14, 2015 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The tiniest sword swallowers are gone. Over 10 days, I watched them grow. I was a spectator until they launched themselves from a nest the size of an empty walnut shell.   I spotted the nest the morning of March 3. A hummingbird hovered nearby before flying to a […]

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A Flood of Memories from a Desert Rain

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Jan. 11, 2015   SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The smell of rain can revive memories.   Scientists say rain’s fresh smell comes from the action of rain and wind stirring up the air with ozone from the atmosphere and aromas from beneficial microbes in the soil.   I am sure that scientific explanation is true. To […]

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Discovering gargoyles and ghosts at historic hotels

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Oct. 26, 2014 VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Gargoyles are perched outside our hotel window. A ghost in a red gown roams our hallway. And at the end of our journey, we watch several water taxis perform a ballet. Our adventure began on a Tuesday afternoon. We opened the drapes and discovered two gargoyles outside our hotel […]

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Storm leaving Phoenix creates dramatic sunset

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Oct. 10, 2014 Copyright © iPhone photo by Mike Padgett Pictured above is the departure of the storm that rattled metropolitan Phoenix in late September. I captured the iPhone image from an upper floor of the parking garage at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal Four. At the horizon in the center is a rain […]

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Arizona mesquites glisten with early morning rain

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Oct. 9, 2014 Photo copyright © by Mike Padgett A walk in the Arizona desert after a gentle morning rain is a special treat. The air is clean and fresh, filled with the aroma of creosote bushes and other plants. Rabbits, quail and other wildlife begin emerging from cover offered by trees and brush. Overhead, […]

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