Phoenix: Slice of life

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Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.

There is a strong culture of murals and wall art in Phoenix, Arizona. The result is a widespread proliferation of accessible street art, including this piece here by Fred Tieken, painted in 2012 and photographed on my recent visit to the city.

Prickly

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Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.

Another snap from a hike in Pinnacle Peak Park in Scottsdale, Arizona, last month.

Highest point on the trail

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Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.

Another view from Pinnacle Peak Park in Scottsdale, Arizona, last month. The mountain is higher but hikers are prohibited from most off-trail excursions, which appear to be limited to rock climbers only.

Fleur-de-lis flourish

Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.

There aren’t too many older houses in central Phoenix, so it’s always neat to see one. I came across this old home (now a tea house) last month, which is surrounded by a fence with elements that remind of my Quebec.

No relief here!

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No relief here!

Very unsubtle message for dogs … if only they could read! Spotted in Phoenix, Arizona, last month.

Arid landscape

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Arid landscape

From the ocean to the desert. This view is from a hike at Pinnacle Peak Park in Scottsdale, Arizona, last month.

You are great

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You are great

Something super positive found on the side of a building in San Francisco last month.

Sutro Baths

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Sutro Baths

Another view from my quick hike in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area last month. The remnants of the old Sutro Baths are at the left, along the shore.

Safety information, annotated

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San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

We recently went through a round of safety training at work, so the additions to this sign brought a smile to my face. Another snapshot from my visit to San Francisco last month.

Moonset over Fisherman’s Wharf

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San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Just the moon and all the bright lights around San Francisco’s Pier 39, around the corner from where all the (very noisy) sea lions hang out.