Sunday, September 30, 2007

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Pink Church Door

Although my wife and I call it the "Pink Church", its official name is the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel. It's one of only 3 Catholic churches in town. This particular photo is of the main entrance at the front of the church. In a previous post, I posted a photo is the church's steeple.

Friday, September 28, 2007


It's starting to get frosty up here on the mountain. It was 34 degrees this morning when I left for class at 5:15am, but from the frost on this plant it had gotten even colder over night. Time to pull out the winter jackets I guess.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Wine Loft

This is one of our favorite hangouts. It has a definite Flagstaff feel to it. Laid back and casual, but still somehow elegant. The Wine Loft is a second story, wine and import beer bar where you can buy wines from all over the world by the glass or by the bottle. They have a healthy selection of import beers as well. If you are in Flagstaff, I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


A macro shot of barbed wire with the San Francisco Peaks in the background. The field of yellow behind the wire are wild flowers left after the monsoon. I will be posting more photos from this field later. Stay tuned!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Spurred Lupine

Well, I was finally able to ID a flower myself this time instead of relying on you good folks of the internet to do my work for me. This purple flower is the Spurred Lupine. I took this photo on a recent camping trip on the San Francisco Peaks. I used the color accent feature on my camera to make the flower's purple petals the only thing in color in the photo. My wife really likes this photo and I hope you do, too.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Leroux & Aspen

This is the corner of Leroux Street and Aspen Ave. I caught this father and son just about to cross the street. Although it doesn't look like it in this photo, it was busy down town that day with lots of tourists and locals enjoying the great Flagstaff weather.

Thursday, September 20, 2007


This is a yucca plant. It's a member of the agave family and thrives in a dry, desert-like environment. Although not common in Flagstaff, we do see the occasional yucca on the south side of a rock outcropping. Their leaves are long and fibrous and have sharp ends as a defense from hungry critters.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


I thought this photo would be appropriate for today. Although it wasn't taken today, it was taken on another windy day as evidenced by my wife's sideways hair. We had gone hiking on a mesa outside of town and when we got to the top the wind had really picked up. We had to lean into it just to stay standing.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Flagstaff City Sign

The City of Flagstaff has started replacing the city name signs on the boundaries of town with larger, more artistic versions and as I was leaving town over the weekend I saw this new addition. I think they're a lot more interesting than the typical green signs with the town name and elevation on them. What do you think?

Monday, September 17, 2007

Mill Town

I'm a little late in posting today. Sorry 'bout that. It's been a busy Monday.

This photo is of the wheels of a reproduction of a type of two-wheeled timber cart that was used in and around Flagstaff in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The cart looks something like THIS and hauled logs this way. Flagstaff is a timber producing town from way back and is one of the reasons the town exists in the first place. It is surrounded by a thick forest of ponderosa pine that was cut, transported to town (via the above pictured cart), milled in town and shipped West (or East) on the railway. Today the forests are protected National Forests and are used for recreation rather than timber cutting.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Metal Skeleton

This metal skeleton statue is outside a store in downtown Flagstaff. Although I have often wondered what the story behind this is, I have never gone into the store to find out. It reminds me of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) artwork.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007

Courthouse Clock Tower

This is the Coconino County Courthouse clock tower as seen against a blue, Arizona sky. This building was built in 1894 of local red sandstone.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Quaking Aspen Trunk

One of my favorite trees, a quaking aspen. They hare plentiful here in Flagstaff.

I'm Back

I'm back. We had a great time during my parent's visit. It was a very busy 4 days. We visited some wineries (1 and 2) near Sedona, AZ, checked out Flagstaff Route 66 Days car show in downtown Flagstaff and took a rafting trip on the Colorado River where it runs through Glen Canyon near Page, AZ. Much to do and see in such a short time. I took plenty of photos and will be posting them during the next few days after they have been "processed".

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Another (shorter) Leave of Absence

Unfortunately I will have to take another short leave of absence from posting to this site. My parents are coming to town for a visit, so I will be entertaining them for a next 4 or 5 days. Below is one more Flagstaff photo before I leave. It's an older photo I took last year just after sunset. Have a great weekend everyone!

A beautiful sunset over the San Francisco Peaks.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Babbitts & the Monte V

This photo is from the corner of San Francisco St. and Aspen Ave. in Flagstaff. This is my favorite corner in town. It's positioned right in the middle of the historic downtown area and within a blocks walk there are endless shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries to check out. If you are in Flagstaff you must check it out. The two main buildings on this corner are Babbitt's Backcountry Outfitters and the Monte Vista Hotel, both of which are historical buildings and whose signs are pictured in this photo.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

New Link

You may have noticed a new link on the right hand side of the blog. As its title suggests it's a link to some of my other photography, the ones I consider to be some of my better work. Please take a look if you have a free moment. I'd love to hear some feedback, good or bad......but preferably good. :-) Here's the link again:

Copenhagen Photos

I know this blog is supposed to be only photos from Flagstaff, but I can't resist posting some photos from our recent trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. Please forgive me! ;-)

Danish flag flying near Nyhavn in Copenhagen.

A plaza on the pedestrian street called Str

The Rundet
årn (Round Tower) in Copenhagen.

Shadows inside the Rundet

Nyhavn (New Harbor) in downtown Copenhagen.

My friends and wife in a plaza in Copenhagen. Virginie (French), Becky (my wife) and Cesar (Spanish).

A statue of Hans Christian Anderson's Den Lille Havfrue (Little Mermaid).

Colorful Copenhagen architecture.

Danish guard near the Royal Palace.

A close up shot of the wheel on my free city bicycle.

Sooooo many bikes in Copenhagen!

My wife at the top of Vor Frelser Kirken (a church) in Copenhagen.

Me on a bunch in Nytorv (New Market) in Copenhagen.

Being the juveniles we are we had to take a picture of this sign. Din=your, fart=speed

Copenhagen building on Str

A typical Copenhagen bicycle. We saw lots of these.

Copenhagen from the top of the Rundet

Another funny sign I had to take a picture of. It means "Big Sale!".

My wife titled this one "Mystery Meat". I have no idea what this says. It turned out to be some kind of sausage like pepperoni, more or less.

Photos from Outside of Copenhagen

My wife walking on the beach near the town of Tisvildeleje. The sun was just starting to poke through the clouds.

A rocky beach near Tisvildeleje.

Beautiful purple flower.

Frederiksberg Slot (castle) in the town of Hiller
ød with its beautiful gardens in the foreground.

Me on a bench in the gardens near Frederiksberg Slot.

Flagstaff Vistas

Well, first off, I'm obviously not the one who took this picture since I'm in it, but I thought I would post it anyway, since it gives a good sense of why we moved to Flagstaff. Namely the wide open spaces. Flagstaff, a town of about 55,000 people, has a very small town feel to it. It's not uncommon to run into someone you know on the street or in the grocery store. My wife and I love this. Another huge benefit is that Flagstaff is the only town within 30 miles and is surrounded by National Forest land, so there are plenty of outdoorsy type things to do. This photo is from a camping trip we took on Kachina Trail last Fall. It was amazing!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Weathered Wood

This photo is of dead ponderosa pine trunk I came across one day. Although it was very much dead and half rotted, it was still standing tall. I liked the rough texture of the woods surface against the soft blue of the sky.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Flagstaff Depot

Flagstaff and trains are nearly synonymous. Historically, the railroad provided a way to transport lumber that was cut from the forests surrounding Flagstaff to other cities in the West. Today, it's a busy Amtrak station, although most other trains pass through without stopping. The photo here is of Flagstaff's first Depot (background) as well as a statue (foreground) commemorating the men who worked hard laying ties for the Santa Fe-Burlington Railroad all those many years ago.

Monday, September 3, 2007


Thank god for these posted directions on how to cross the street. Otherwise, I don't think I ever would have made it across. :-P

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Purple Flower

Just a plain macro shot of a flower I can across while hiking. Can anyone ID it for me?

Saturday, September 1, 2007

September Theme Day

September's theme is Street Lights/Street Signs. So here is my contribution.

Photo 1: I snapped this photo of a street light just as the afternoon Monsoon clouds were pouring in over the mountain. This light post is located near Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff.

Photo 2: I saw these signs as I was driving home from the store and had to stop to take a picture. They're located at the corner of Beaver St. and Hunt Ave., obviously. Any one up for a Beaver Hunt!?

Below is a list of links to other City Daily Photo websites who decided to participate in this month's Theme Day. Check them out and notice the variation in interpretation of the simple theme "Street Lights/Street Signs".

Seattle (WA), USA - Ocean Township (NJ), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Singapore, Singapore - Boston (MA), USA - Mexico (DF), Mexico - Kajang (Selangor), Malaysia - Mainz, Germany - Evry, France - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Sequim (WA), USA - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Nottingham, UK - Toulouse, France - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Manila, Philippines - Mumbai, India - Montpellier, France - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Stayton (OR), USA - Moscow, Russia - Paris, France - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Austin (TX), USA - Lyon, France - Stockholm, Sweden - Hyde, UK - Hong Kong, China - Joplin (MO), USA - Seoul, South Korea - Chandler (AZ), USA - St. Louis (MO), USA - Arlington (VA), USA - Anderson (SC), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Villigen, Switzerland - Sydney, Australia - Ampang (Selangor), Malaysia - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Norwich (Norfolk), UK - San Diego (CA), USA - Bandung (West Java), Indonesia - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Nelson, New Zealand - Quincy (MA), USA - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Bend (OR), USA - Wellington, New Zealand - New Orleans (LA), USA - Cypress (TX), USA - Nashville (TN), USA - Bucaramanga (Santander), Colombia - Detroit (MI), USA - Saigon, Vietnam - Selma (AL), USA - Phoenix (AZ), USA - Miami (FL), USA - Arradon, France - Sheki, Azerbaijan - New York City (NY), USA - Inverness (IL), usa - North Bay (ON), Canada - Melbourne, Australia - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Tenerife, Spain - Auckland, New Zealand - Forks (WA), USA - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Chateaubriant, France - Madison (WI), USA - Wailea (HI), USA - Orlando (FL), USA - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Ajaccio, France - Baltimore (MD), USA - Crepy-en-Valois, France - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Budapest, Hungary - Lyon, France - Saarbrücken, Germany - Adelaide (SA), Australia - Le Guilvinec, France - River Falls (WI), USA - Stavanger, Norway - Naples (FL), USA - London, UK - La Antigua, Guatemala - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Montréal (QC), Canada - Paris, France - San Diego (CA), USA - Trujillo, Peru - Haninge, Sweden - Prague, Czech Republic - Oslo, Norway - Grenoble, France - Shanghai, China - Toronto (ON), Canada - Durban, South Africa - Zurich, Switzerland - Cape Town, South Africa - Singapore, Singapore - Torino, Italy - Flagstaff (AZ), USA