The Ridley Sea Turtle is the rarest sea turtle and is critically endangered.
Wildlife World Zoo is providing homes to rescued Kemp’s ridleys that have been deemed non-releasable by the federal government such as this turtle who lost a front flipper.
Kemp’s ridleys sea turtles are a critically endangered species native to the Gulf of Mexico and the SE coast of the US. Of the seven species of sea turtle, 6 are listed as threatened or endangered due to poaching, habitat loss, and pollution.
The Kemp’s ridley turtle is the smallest of marine turtle species and is also considered the most rare.
Basked in Blue
The LED color changing light boxes around the Phoenix Convention Center dispaly red, blue, green and purple lights.
Night Blooming Garden
One hundred forty-four blue and green LED
runway lights arranged in arcs along the sidewalks around the Phoenix Convention
The lights are designed to replicate a night-blooming cereus plant of the Sonoran Desert and gently influence pedestrian movement surrounding the Phoenix Convention Center.
A Magical Plant - Prickly-Pear Cactus
People have been using the fruit and pads of prickly pear cactus for medicinal purposes for thousands of years
The Victorian - An Elegant Home in Show Low
Built by McCarty Enterprises - Show Low, AZ.
The building design is a Queen Anne, which was prevalent in the late Victorian era - circa 1890. The conical tower to one side is representative of the style.
Construction began in June of 1989. Because of its unique style, there were many challenges when Marty Solesky, the project manager from Show Low, was in the construction process. The tower was an especially difficult project.
The pine and spruce moldings, made on-site from mature kiln-dried lumber, came from the Reidhead Mill in Show Low. Particular attention was paid to keep all details in construction and painting as authentic as possible. Much research was done throughout each phase.
When they were ready to do the exterior painting scheme, they received advice from Patricia Eldredge, archivist of Sherwin Williams Paint Company, Ohio. The paint is from their Heritage Color Collection - circa 1820 -1920. The colors chosen are modeled after the Queen Victoria Inn in Cape May, New Jersey. The 2005 restoration color scheme came from the book, Daughters of Painted Ladies.
After construction they called Phyllis McConnell, who lives in Lakeside, to decorate the interior. Each room is distinctive and retains the character of the period. Phyllis picked the wallpaper patterns and coordinating fabrics for the drapes and shades, which were then made locally by Velma Smithson of Smithson's Custom Draperies. The furniture is either antique or a period reproduction. Several furnishings are noteworthy.
A Victorian display case in one of the first floor offices was used in the TV series, Father Murphy. A table in another office was a prop in the movie, Poltergeist. Also, there is an old Ediphone, a dictation machine invented by Thomas A. Edison, which was used in the 1930's and 1940's.
More Info http://www.mccartyenterprises.com/history/
The conference room is especially noteworthy because of the grand conference table surrounded by elegant chairs and lighted by an exquisite crystal chandelier. The bathrooms contain vintage, pull-chain water closets and pedestal sinks.
There is a small kitchen with an electric stove and refrigerator, which provides an eating area for the employees. The heating and cooling systems, installed by HAC Contracting of Show Low, are very efficient because each floor has its own Lennox HVAC unit.
In addition to the exceptional decor, several rooms have pictures of the surrounding area when it was first settled. There are rooms dedicated to Holbrook, Pinetop/Lakeside, Show Low and the White Mountain Apaches. The hallways contain pictures of McNary when the lodging industry was thriving. They are still looking for vintage pictures of the area if anyone would like to bring them in.
Tempe Town Lake - A Desert Oasis
Tempe Town Lake shimmers in the shadow of the grand Mill Avenue bridge. This photo captures the perspective of the Tempe Arts Center water display looking east to Mill Avenue and the train bridge (yes, that glint of light is a train on the bridge in the background).
Procession Brings Home 19 Firefighters
Convoy takes remains of fallen Arizona firefighters home to Prescott. Viewed from I-17 at Happy Valley Road.
Historic Hotel Connor and The Spirit Room
This historic hotel burned down, not once, but twice. Hotel owner, David Connor, took advantage of his properties insurance and rebuilt and third time in 1898. The building that stands today was one of the finest hotels of its time; all of the second floor rooms had electricity, wood stoves and call buttons. The first floor had card rooms, billiard tables and other activities to entertain the guests.
The "Spirit Room" is aptly named as over the years, many supernatural reports have been made in this structure.
Did you notice the man in the doorway just so happens to be wearing a shirt which matches the exterior colors?
A Pattern of Flags
A view of some of the flags flown in the Prescott Courthouse Sqaure.
Confetti of Colors - South Moutain View
Ahwatukee Red, White & Boom Fireworks Celebration, July 3rd, 2013 - South Mountain View. Just a few people were at South Mountain near the towers to view fireworks. It was quiet and you could see fireworks in the Chandler area too!
I have always liked photograhpy and remember investing about $400 for one of the first Kodak DC 280 digital cameras with 2MB resolution released in 1999. LOL!
But when my husband bought me my first DSLR (Nikon D5000) for Christmas in 2010, my passion for photography kicked into overdrive. I stated to purchase mutliple lenses, flashes, tripod, etc. I so agree with the saying, "Welcome to Photography, You Are Now Broke"! LOL...easy to spend lots of $$$$
I stayed on the automatic setting for quite sometime then I attended Nikon School in Phoenix over a weekend a couple of years ago (2011) . It was very informative and opened up my creative side. I stated to venture into the aperature setting, which is my favorite, by the way.
I recently attended a class to learn how to use the manual setting and I was quite suprised to find out how easy it is to use. LOL!
I continue to attend photo classes to add to my skill set and a macro class is next on the list. I purchased a set of Kenko extension tubes recently and will venture into getting really close up photos.
My husband is so supportive of my passion and encouraged me to upgrade to a new camera body in mid-June 2013 (Nikon D7100). Perhaps because my husband wants to learn more about photography and he will use my D5000. I will encourage him to join this website and share his work.
Thanks to all for the supportive comments on my photos as I continue to expand my knowledge. I am in awe of the great photography I see on CMA.