Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

As Ellie & I get ready to celebrate New Year's Eve (that's her shot through a wine glass) we wish everybody a Peaceful, Healthy, and Happy 2011.

Thursday, December 30, 2010


I will end this series on Arizona and Sedona with this picture of Giant's Thumb.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


One of the challenging aspects of shooting in Sedona is there is so much to take in. Do you isolate a single item or do you try to put a lot of elements into the picture? Here is a panorama of two images stitched together taken from the airport mesa overlooking Sedona.

Monday, December 27, 2010


As you drive into Sedona its beauty can be very distracting as it is hard to keep your eye on the road.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Chapel of the Holy Cross

I found this hummingbird hiding in the little garden area. This will end the series on the chapel.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Chapel of the Holy Cross

In the little garden area was this simplistic water feature.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Chapel of the Holy Cross

There is a little garden area along the walkway up to the chapel and this statue was quit striking.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Chapel of the Holy Cross

At the entrance to the chapel this vibrant mosaic can be found.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Chapel of the Holy Cross

As you enter the chapel this is the view looking out the window behind the alter.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chapel of the Holy Cross

Here is a view of the chapel from the entrance.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Chapel of the Holy Cross

Part two of Marguerite Brunswig Staude story...

Together with the Architects, Anshen & Allen, we prospected the country, deciding on a twin-pinnacled spur, about 250 feet high, jutting out of a thousand foot rock wall, solid as the ‘Rock of Peter.’ This was to be the pedestal wherein to plant out cross.

However, being government property, it took practically an act of Congress to receive a deed and building permit. Thanks to Senator Goldwater’s recommendation, the church could proceed. Plans were started in 1953, completed in ’54. Having been approved by Bishop Espelage, the building was handed to the William Simpson Construction Company who broke ground April, 1955, and the structure was completed in April 1956. The chapel was built as a memorial to my father and mother… Lucien and Marguerite Brunswig.

The accomplishment of this dream was made possible when sculptor and architects met on common ground. The sculptor then became the donor and passed on her vision to the architects who sublimated it in terms of transcendental form. It is now a Monolith with the Christian connotation of the one cross… organic to the structure. When we consider that just as the soul inhibits a human frame, and the house is built to shelter that frame, it is the mission of the church to shelter and inspire both soul and body. It therefore should not only be a monument to faith, but a spiritual fortress so charged with God, that it spurs man’s spirit Godward!

Throughout the ages the church has not only been a patron sponsoring the arts, but has used architecture, sculpture, and painting to illustrate her teachings, thus proving that truth is beauty through her prayers in color and stone. In the manner she uses the Gregorian chant to lay open the ways of the heart and soul of man, allowing her liturgy to flow through the very channels of his being.

Having prepared the ground, her seed has taken root, grown and invaded the world. May this chapel spread these same truths a thousandfold… finding Christ through Art.

As an artist, this is my offering… “Ad Magorem Dei Gloria”… in answer to the One who in order to save us stretched out His arms on the cross.

Though Catholic in faith, as a work of art the chapel has a universal appeal. Its doors will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed. That the church may come to life in the souls of men and be a living reality… herein lies the whole message of this chapel…

Marguerite Brunswig Staude

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chapel of the Holy Cross

Today I will start to tell the story of how the chapel came into being. These are Marguerite Brunswig Stuade words that she wrote in 1956.

Part - 1

In order to relate the story of the church, we must turn back the pages of time… twenty-five years have gone to engender this moment.

The first conception came to me in 1932. I was in New York, watching the newly completed Empire State Building. When viewed from a certain angle, a cross seemed to impose itself through the very core of the structure. What an idea for a church! For days it haunted and obsessed me, insisting on taking shape. Being a sculptor, I visualized a model in sculptured terms. Using simple, bold strokes, a sketch was made… the result being a cruciform church… in plan and elevation. And was this not a natural and logical express of the sign upon which every Catholic Church is built? Unfortunately, the leit-motif is lost in construction, so much so that a cross has to reassert itself on spires. This is particularly apparent in the light of St. Patrick’s Cathedral which has exhausted itself in copying the Gothic instead of bravely pioneering, giving an expression of the day in contemporary language as did its laity neighbor, the Rockefeller Center.

All the more reason to start the ball rolling. My sketch was seen by Lloyd Wright, who was struck by the idea. Together we interpreted in terms of a modern skyscraper cathedral to a 500 ft. scale. He built the first architectural model with the articulated cross, the whole structure lined in glass and perforated stone screen. This was to encircle one square city block. In 1937 this plan was accepted and to be built in Budapest on one of the Hill overlooking the Danube. The war soon put a stop to this dream.

Having lain dormant for some years, the urge of making this church a reality again started a ferment, when seeing what Assis and Vence have meant in liturgical church movement. Should not we in America also have a national shrine where God can be worshipped as a contemporary? And would this not bring Him closer to each and every one of us? Having a ranch in Arizona in the Oak Creek Canyon, an abundance of spectacular sites presented themselves and seemed to be calling for the existence of a shrine.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Chapel of the Holy Cross

A must see icon in Sedona is the Chapel of the Holy Cross. With Christmas fast approaching I will be Showcasing this chapel for the next two weeks. It took decades of searching for a perfect location before Marguerite Brunswig Staude's inspiring modern Catholic church could be built. The Chapel of the Holy Cross is an extraordinary architectural achievement, designed by architects Anshen & Allen. Its modern design and construction were considered bold and daring in the 1950s, winning an AIA Award of Honor in 1957.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sedona Art

There is a Metaphysical influence to some of the art in Sedona that is best showcased by this mural painted on a brick wall that is titled Dance of Life.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sedona Art

Some of the art even had a functional side as evidenced by this nice garden bench.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sedona Art

For the Christmas season I found this sculpture that reminded me of a modern representation of the three Magi (Melchior, Casper and Balthasar).

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sedona Art

I'm back from my latest trip so I will now continue with the Sedona Art series. I thought this carving looked just awesome.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sedona Art

Here are a couple of PINK HOGS crying out for a place in your yard next to your pink flamingos. This image will have to hold you for a few days as I am off on yet another trip.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sedona Art

We also visited Sedona where there are a large number of art galleries that display the wares of local artists. Today I will start a new series of the art that was outside the different galleries available for me to photograph. I don't know the title of this piece but I would call it "Puff the Magic Dragon".

Friday, November 26, 2010

Prescott Hotel Art

Even the light fixtures were a work of art in this hotel as evidenced by this ceiling light.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Prescott Hotel Art

Here is a colorful portrait of a Nez Perce Indian. Most appropriate with tomorrow being Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Prescott Hotel Art

The hotel we stayed at in Prescott had a lot of nice art. Today I will start of short series showcasing a few of the pieces that caught my eye. This picture was titled "Changing Residence".

Monday, November 22, 2010

Prescott Painted Fire Hydrants

I will end this short series on the painted fire hydrants with these two colorful hydrants.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Prescott Painted Fie Hydrants

Here is one that's all dressed up for a formal party!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Prescott Painted Fire Hydrants

This collection of fire hydrants were all painted differently. Here is another one.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Prescott Painted Fire Hydrants

Well I am back from another trip so I am now able to continue posting my picture of the day. Today's image will continue my Arizona trip. While in Prescott I found a collection of fire hydrants that were painted up as art. These are not working fire hydrants as they were lined up in front of a restaurant. Enjoy!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Double Rainbow

Here is a Double Rainbow that I shot in Arizona. Secondary rainbows are caused by a double reflection of sunlight inside the raindrops, and appear at an angle of 50–53°. As a result of the second reflection, the colors of a secondary rainbow are inverted compared to the primary bow, with blue on the outside and red on the inside. The secondary rainbow is fainter than the primary because more light escapes from two reflections compared to one and because the rainbow itself is spread over a greater area of the sky. The dark area of unlit sky lying between the primary and secondary bows is called Alexander's band, after Alexander of Aphrodisias who first described it.

This image will have to hold you for awhile as I am off on another trip :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Verde Canyon

When we made it back to Clarkdale I was able to go to the end of the train to shoot the caboose. Thus this is the end of the Verde Canyon series.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Verde Canyon

Here is a nice view of the red rock in this portion of the canyon wall.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Verde Canyon

These storm clouds blew in for a little while but it stayed dry.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Verde Canyon

Here is a view of the back of the train as we go around a bend.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Verde Canyon

When we reached Perkinsville they switch the engines to the other end of the train and take us back to Clarkdale. There is not much left of Perkinsville but here is the old train depot. They would not let us off the train to explore (bummer). Next week the trip back.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Verde Canyon

As we traveled deeper into the canyon these nice clouds developed.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Verde Canyon

Ocotillo cactus (Fouquieria splendens Engelm.) is a curious and unique desert plant found throughout the southwest. Common names include ocotillo, desert coral, coachwhip, Jacob's staff, and vine cactus, although it is not a true cactus. Here is a nice looking group of them shot from the train.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Verde Canyon

It's not the destination it's the journey! The historic route is nestled between two national forests and adjacent to a designated wilderness area. This unique geological wonderland features rugged, high desert rock faces and spectacular panoramic views. This distinctive confluence of desert and wetland is populated by a variety of wildlife, which thrives among the indigenous trees, shrubs, cactus's and wildflowers. Here is a view of the Verde River from the train.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Verde Canyon

The main reason for this trip to Arizona was to take the Verde Canyon Railroad thru the Verde Canyon. Running from Clarkdale to Perkinsville, the Verde Canyon Railroad is a stress-free wilderness adventure…at 12 mph. As the gentle iron giants wind their way through one of Arizona’s treasures, being onboard makes your senses come alive. You hear the wheels echo off the canyon walls, feel the gentle wind kiss your cheek, taste Arizona’s special blend of fresh air. But the sense most energized is that of adventure…railroad style. The train passes towering crimson pinnacles; near ancient Indian ruins; over fortified trestles; past a monocline fault and through a manmade 680-foot tunnel on a four-hour rail journey from the old mining town of Clarkdale to the Perkinsville ghost ranch and back. This is the only way to travel thru this canyon as there are no roads.

Two FP7 locomotives pull 18 passenger cars through the Verde Canyon to Perkinsville and back. The engines, built in 1953 by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors, first debuted on the Alaska Railroad for their centennial celebration. Mountain Diesel, a Colorado-based company, purchased the engines and exhibited them at a California museum before their purchase by the Wyoming/Colorado Railroad in Laramie, Wyoming. In November 1996, the engines were moved to Clarkdale, Arizona. After three months of restoration the classic iron horses were decorated with the Bald Eagle as a tribute to the inhabitants of the Verde Canyon and our American heritage, taking on the symbol of the Verde Canyon Railroad with their exclusive paint scheme. The engines made their maiden journey on Arizona rails on March 8, 1997. Today's image is of one of these majestic engines.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Seligman Arizona

If your car broke down you fixed it. I think that's what this couple is doing!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Seligman Arizona

Here is a mural showing the path of Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica and the location of Seligman Arizona.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Seligman Arizona

All the comforts of outdoor plumbing can be found in Seligman!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Seligman Arizona

Today I am starting to show my images of signs and fun images of Seligman, Arizona. Seligman, Arizona is a Route 66 town all the way. This delightful town retains all the flavor of the old road. A trip down Route 66 in Seligman is a trip back in time to the days when Route 66 was the Main Street of America. Founded in 1895 after the completion of the "Peavine" Railroad. The railroad camp known as Prescott Junction officially became Seligman and was an important railroad stop along the line. Seligman embraced Route 66 wholeheartedly upon its arrival in the late 1920’s. The railroad and tourist traffic from Route 66 became Seligman's main source of economic security. In the late 1970's Seligman was bypassed by the Interstate and the Santa Fe Railroad ceased its operations in the town in 1985. Many old towns with similar histories would have faded away once they were bypassed, but not Seligman. As you drive down Route 66, evidence of the glory days of the old road could be seen all along the main street. Motels such as the Aztec across the street from the famous Snow Cap, with its quirky tongue and cheek menu, cafes such as the Copper Cart, and numerous Route 66 gift shops were all survivors of the Mother Road. To me, Seligman seemed to preserve the best of the fun days of Route 66. You have to get out of your car and explore Seligman on foot. What's on the menu today? No moon last night so we have a full menu today. Would you like a cup of coffee to go with your chef's surprise? “You Kill It, We Grill It." Splatter Platter - Swirl of Squirrel - Big Bagged Stag - Highway Hash. So many choices! Today's image is (you guessed it) - The world famous, Road Kill 66 Cafe!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Road Signs

Yes, I am back from my latest adventure, but before I can tell you about and show you those images I need to continue with the previous trip to Arizona and Sedona. Here is a continuation of road signs that I shot. This one was taken in Sedona and it made me smile.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Road Signs

This funny sign was found on an old gas pump in Seligman, Arizona. Yes I have more, but the road is calling me again. I am off to shoot Lions (no), Tigers (no) Bears (yes) and much more. When I get back I will continue this series of road signs.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Road Signs

Found in Prescott, while technically not a road sign, it could have been at one time. Also, she does take MasterCard and Visa!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Road Signs

Hope is a small community in Arizona. Its name was inspired by the community's hope for increased business after merchants visited the town. Today, it consists of one RV park, one gas station, one church, and one cafe. Leaving the town a funny sign says: "You're now beyond Hope".

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Road Signs

Having just returned from a trip to Arizona I thought I would start a new series on amusing and humorous road signs. Please note that this restaurant does not have a gas station.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010

This cute Chipmunk ends my series on the Olympic Peninsula from my 2010 trip. I am off on another trip for a week or so and when I get back I will resume postings. Till then...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010

The Quileute Oceanside Resort had a lot of neat Northwest Art around their property.