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The color of his dried up desert cactus blossom so reminded me of a wine tasting last night…
Are you familiar with Cameron Hughes? This guy is so clever. He sources and produces small lots of high quality wine from the world’s best regions and sells at real prices. So last night was a comparison between two Sicilian wines, Nero d’Avola. A side by side…a 2009 reserva and a 2010.
One – rich with blackberry and cherry aromas and intense flavors. Two – dark, smoky with cherry, blueberry and a slight peppery taste.
Both were absolutely delicious and heavy on the ripe red raspberry…which I adore…which then reminded me of Cassis…which then reminded me of this dead blossom that I had so much fun photographing!
Oh, and Mr. Hughes? He’s cute too.
later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
where does it hurt?
…more on cambodia and this incredible poet…
This post is dedicated to my friend Lisa who wants to know why everything in Arizona is beige! Well she’s right…there’s a lot of beige here, and yes, as she also pointed out, the mountains do look like they’re from Mars…until you reach the higher altitudes of the state, like around Flagstaff.
Sooo…the answer! There’s a couple of reasons, but mainly due to the high temperatures we have in the summer. When it tops 115 degrees (46 C for you folks across the pond) it’s like the difference of wearing white versus black…lighter colors reflect light whereas black (darker) absorbs it. Yes, beige may be boring, but it sure beats the impact of the heat. After almost 30 years of living in Arizona, the good news is the palette has expanded to include some beautiful desert greens and other earthy tones besides beige. (Such as the colors taos and gingerbread here at my home.) The other reason is that many building codes require colors to be natural earth tones to blend with the desert, as well as home owner associations trying to keep people from painting some crazy wild color that screams look at me!
So what do all of us color lovers do with all that beige? We utilize the two growing seasons we have to plant flowers to bring color all year long. (Just like the cottage home of my friends pictured here.) Also, no one says you can’t paint accent colors within the confines of your walled backyard. Trust me, I love color as you can see from this glimpse of my backyard!
So Lisa that’s the answer to a great question! Later…there’s a hammock calling my name!
the appaloosa library in north scottsdale, arizona
so very cool…
For those of you that are familiar with North Scottsdale here in the Sonoran Desert, the land used to be the home of the western theme park called Rawhide, complete with cowboys and saloons. Prior to Rawhide, the site was part of a Native American reservation.
not only is the architecture amazing, but it’s environmentally-friendly!
26% of the materials used are recycled
60% of the steel is recycled
60% of countertops is recycled Paperstone
90% of cabinet material in the café is recycled Kirei Board
70% of restroom counter tops are recycled glass
75% of the aluminum in the curtain wall is recycled
94% of the material in tire stops is recycled
Over 26% of the materials were regionally sourced.
56% of the wood was certified (harvested sustainably)
yeah for green!
Typically tourists will start in Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, but this trip ended in Yangon. The reality? A big city with a big pagoda and one huge Buddha. But one must see it, as well as a couple other sites, just so you won’t have to go there again.
Just to give you an idea of the size…the eyelashes are a foot long. This is one big Buddha.
Then on to the 2,500 year old Shwedagon Pagoda which houses strands of Buddha’s hair, as well as a ton of holy relics. There’s more gold here than one could ever imagine and the top is encrusted with thousands of diamonds with the largest being about 72 carats. That’s one big diamond. It’s clearly one of the wonders of the religious world.
Even with all that gold, it was the tiles and the layout that I found to be so striking!
The day in Yangon ended with a visit to Karaweik Hall. An amazing piece of architecture for sure and to think it’s a barge!
So that’s a wrap!* If you’ve made it this far then congrats. Clearly from the volume of posts you can tell my favorites were Inle Lake and Bagan!
Thinking by now, you need a break from SE Asia, Cambodia will come later…but know that country so captured my heart. A country filled with poverty, corruption, and the aftermath of an unbelievable genocide, yet there were endless smiles and a show of true love for their homeland. It was an honor to visit their country. I’m so looking forward to sharing those experiences with you too!
*Well kinda. One of the highlights of traveling around Myanmar was the unexpected experience of several noviciation ceremonies. Noviciation? You see it’s the Myanmar tradition that boys are required to enter the Buddhist order for a week or more. An obligation for every parent, rich or poor, as it’s believed to be an admirable deed which could keep them from the evil realm. Fascinating and one that I so hope to share a mixture of photography and video with you!
It was a very early departure leaving Inle Lake. A boat ride, then a taxi to take us to the airport in Heho for the flight to Yangon in Myanmar. As magical as it was…in all honesty, the boat ride leaving the Inle Princess Resort that morning was a little concerning. There was so much mist and fog…often only a few visible feet as the boat went zipping cautiously along. But, I kept repeating in my head…he knows what he’s doing…he knows what he’s doing…and sure enough he did. We were lucky to have the same boat driver during our four days and he took such good care of us.
The best four days ever! Only a taste…so much more to experience in the Inle Lake area of Myanmar…
like trekking in Kalaw and visiting remote hill tribes…hmm…!