Phoenix Arizona

As I mentioned in my most recent post I took an amazing fused glass class with Craig Mitchell Smith in Milkweed Art studio in Phoenix Arizona. The last time I went to Arizona was years ago to Davis-Monthan Air Force base in Tucson when I was active duty. Anyway when I take a class I try to see something of the local area. While I was in Phoenix I had breakfast at Mel’s diner. I don’t know about y’all but my sister and I loved the show (Alice) and watched it all the time so it was fun eating there. The building was originally built in 1963 and show actually did some of the filming there. Here are a couple pictures. 

Additionally I went to the desert botanical gardens.  I’ve never seen such incredible plants. I never new there were so many cactus. I had no idea there were so many colors of cactus flowers. Some made me think I was on a different planet. I was also shocked about how tall some of the cactus were. Some were over 20 feet tall. I took over 800 pictures and it was so difficult to narrow them down. I tried to put a variety of views and cactus.

I have a couple glass pieces with cactus, but seeing these amazing cactus makes me want to make some glass cactus.  
Of course mine won’t come close to Craig’s flowers or Chihuly glass artwork.  Speaking of Chihuly here is his installation at the desert botanical gardens.  I love how they blend in to the gardens.

It was difficult wearing the mask constantly especially outside, but I did manage taking it off for a couple pictures. Btw I hate selfies!! I love this picture so I thought I’d show it by itself. If you ever go to Phoenix I highly recommend it. Thank you for letting me share my trip with you.

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