Scorpion Gulch – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

I posted excerpts from a photo shoot that I did with my daughter a couple of weeks ago (Heritage Square: Phoenix, Arizona). As a continuation of that day this photo shoot was another stop we made. Scorpion Gulch is in South Mountain Park at the base of the mountain. The minute we came across this, we knew we had to stop. Scorpion Gulch was a store built in 1936 by William Lunsford. He also built his residence right next door. The property is located on Central Ave and is the main road to go into South Mountain Park on your way up to the summit. The buildings were first listed on the historic preservation register in 1990. For more information, click the Scorpion Gulch link to Wikipedia.


The first shot is the store itself. Located to the right of this structure is the remnant of the residence, which is the focus of this photo shoot.

Scorpion Gulch Store built in 1936 at the base of South Mountain Park in Phoenix, Arizona. The owner also built his residence which is located to the right of the store. The property was listed in the Historical Preservation Registery in 1990.

Scorpion Gulch 1


The second picture is the front of the residence. Notice the castle-like turret on the left. I love the stonework and the attention he gave to detail.

Scorpion Gulch 2

Scorpion Gulch 2


The next capture gives you an idea of the condition of the walls and obviously there isn’t a roof any more.

Scorpion Gulch 3

Scorpion Gulch 3


The building stretches back and around giving you unique angles and views. The wall on the right (which is really not in the shot) is the back of the fireplace on the next shot.

Scorpion Gulch 4

Scorpion Gulch 4


I fell in love with this fireplace; can you believe the size of it and the detail of the rock? As an enclosed room, I am sure it was stunning.

Scorpion Gulch 5

Scorpion Gulch 5


This and the rest of the shots are taken from the same spot, just rotating to my right. I am back at the front of the property with the store on my immediate left and the front of the house on my immediate right. The house stretches back on the right and then juts out in front of us creating a large “L”. I would assume this was a type of courtyard in its day. If you look back through the window and doorway combo on the middle right, you can see the fireplace from the prior shot.

Scorpion Gulch 6

Scorpion Gulch 6


This picture gives you a better perspective of just how far back the house goes. On the extreme right of the frame is the base to the castle turret we saw in the capture of the front of the house.

Scorpion Gulch 7

Scorpion Gulch 7


This last one looks back towards the front of the house with a very large and old Saguaro Cactus framing the shot.

Scorpion Gulch 8

Scorpion Gulch 8

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The Harbor – Featured Art Print

This art print was created using a fauvism (Fauvism: a style of painting with vivid expressionistic and non-naturalistic use of color that flourished in Paris from 1905) technique of a harbor at dusk. This technique uses abstract shapes and variations of colors to create a unique look.
The setting is Victoria Harbour in British Columbia. The fishing boats are docked for the night, just as dusk settles in. Thoughts?


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Papago Palms – Featured Art Print

Papago Palms is a wall art print where I used a fauvism technique creating this scene. This technique uses bold brush strokes and bright surreal colors. This particular wall art print depicts palm trees reflected in a pond.

The setting is Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona. Papago Park is located next to the zoo and the botanical gardens. In the middle of the park are two large ponds. The stillness of the water allows for the row of palm trees to be reflected in the water creating an added dimension to the scene.

When you are considering buying an art print, the interior design of the room comes into play and the look you are going for with any given print comes into the decision process. This particular style of wall art print works well a contemporary décor. The deciding factor will be the framing and matting style, which can dictate what décor the final piece will look good in versus just the style of the art print by itself. Thoughts?


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Heritage Square; Phoenix, Arizona – Excerpts From A Photo Shoot

My oldest daughter and her husband live near us here in Arizona. She teaches and has been out on break for the summer. She has always had a love of photography and will periodically give me a call and suggest a photo shoot somewhere in the Phoenix area that she has been researching. She wanted to get together and do a shoot before she headed back to the classroom and her students. This go around, she picked Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix. Neither of us had been there and it sounded like a great opportunity.

Heritage Square is located on block 14 of the original townsite of Phoenix. The crowning jewel is the restored Rosson House Museum. The square celebrates the city’s striking Victorian past with restored homes and buildings of that era, some housing award-winning restaurants, others museums. The square also adjoins Science Park, home of Arizona Science Center.


The first shot was my suggestion to help her work with depth of field through aperture setting and shutter speed. The setting is between two of the restored homes looking towards the Rosson House.

Heritage Square 1

Heritage Square – Phoenix, Arizona


This second capture grabbed my attention because of the wrap around porch, typical for this style of home in this era.

Heritage Square, Phoenix, Arizona,

Heritage Square – Phoenix, Arizona


And of course what type of a reminder of the era would be complete without the carriage parked in front of the carriage house for the Rosson mansion.

Heritage Square, Arizona

Heritage Square – Phoenix, Arizona


My last two shots are of the Rosson House Museum. The home has been completely restored including furnishings true to the era.

Heritage Square, Phoenix, Arizona

Heritage Square – Phoenix, Arizona

Heritage Square, Phoenix, Arizona

Heritage Square – Phoenix, Arizona

Beautifully done, the square is a great addition to downtown as it celebrates the history of what we know today as modern day Phoenix. Many of you might not be aware of the history of Phoenix. The region has hosted many nomadic tribes dating back to 9,000 BC, but was actually settled in about 1 AD for agriculture. A canal system was developed within the first 500 years enabling agriculture to flourish. Agriculture today is still one of the major industries throughout the surrounding desert. For detailed information; Wikipedia, History of Phoenix, Arizona.

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Main Street Whistler – Featured Art Print

Main Street Whistler – is a wall art print created using fauvism painting technique of main street. This technique focuses on bold brush strokes, abstract shapes and bright colors creating a modern look.
The setting is Whistler, British Columbia, a popular ski destination in the winter. The time of year is fall, when all of the leaves of the trees are at their peak color. Whistler is a pedestrian friendly skiing village. The architecture is reminiscent of a Swiss village. It is nestled in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains housing the ski slopes. Thoughts?


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A Splash of Color – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

As the last installment of shots from my hikes during my recent trip to Seattle, I wanted to end on a hit of color. These three shots came from a hike we did in the Washington Park Arboretum. The arboretum is located northeast of downtown, with the far north end touching Union Bay and the University of Washington directly across the water. The trails wind through the woods and the occasional clearing immersing you in a lush sea of green. Well, imagine my surprise to come across these plants. I have no idea what they are (if anyone does, please enlighten me), but found the accent of vivid color stunning. So stunning, I have already added them to my Color Photography One Gallery on my website.

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Hiking to Franklin Falls – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Just a relatively short drive east of Seattle on Interstate 90, up into the Cascades and past North Bend, Washington is Franklin Falls. Hiking the trail to Franklin Falls is a relatively easy day hike. The entire trail is 2 miles round trip with an elevation gain of only 400 ft. The trail follows the south fork of the Snoqualmie River just below Snoqualmie Pass. As the trail skirts the river canyon, you are treated to beautiful views of the river below with its mountain stream pools and rapids. As you reach the falls, the trail cuts out of the woods and descends into the canyon. The falls are located at the high end of a box canyon. There are actually three falls dropping a total of 135 feet with the last fall (the only one visible from the trail) comprising 70 feet of that total. The first shot gives you a good perspective of the last waterfall dropping into the canyon.

Franklin Falls 1

Franklin Falls 1

This second shot focuses on the waterfall itself…

Franklin Falls 2

Franklin Falls 2

…and this last shot was taken by just turning around from the prior capture and looking down the rugged river canyon. You can tell it’s a popular spot with the number of people enjoying this incredible display of nature’s beauty.

Franklin Falls 3

Franklin Falls 3

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