Sunday, August 17, 2008

Cuppa and I Collaborate

... in publishing a photo ... sort of ...

How's everyone doing out there? While I remain on a bit of a Blogger holiday, I am still keeping loose track of you guys through Google Reader and may post on occasion — such as now. One doesn't want to lose touch completely, eh.

I hadn't heard of Schmap until recently, but the site describes itself this way: "Exploring a Schmap Guide is a uniquely interactive experience: maps and guide content are dynamically integrated, allowing intuitive, real-time access to reviews and photo slideshows for places of interest."

The Schmap people wrote me some time ago to tell me that one of my Flickr pictures taken at the Desert Botanical Garden was being considered for their Phoenix Schmap site. Actually while I was the one who posted it on Flickr, I must confess that it was Cuppa who took the photo, which makes sense since that's me who you see staring up in wonder. But since I usually adjust my Flickr pictures even slightly, I'll, being the needy and immodest person that I am, still plump for some of the credit. Nonsense aside, here is the site where the picture is supposed to show up on the slideshow to the right. However, in case the slide changes faster than you can spot it (although it's supposed to stick), here is the photo. The Schmap version is also pretty tiny, so here's a version that is large enough to actually see.

So Very Tall

The Phoenix Botanical Garden was the very first stop on our Arizona trip two years ago. We had the evening to spend in Phoenix before driving to Flagstaff the next day, so we followed Frommer's advice and visited these wonderful gardens near sunset, and that began a very wonderful week seeing the sights of Arizona. Here are a few more snaps from that evening. I'm sure that I posted most right after the trip, but what the heck!

Prickly Arch

Cactus Bird

Sunset Bench

Desert Sunset

16 comments:

Ginger said...

Beautiful! We enjoyed these gardens several years ago when we were down to spend Thanksgiving with my husband's mom. We'll be going down there again this Christmas break.

Congrats to you and Cuppa on the selection of your photo for publication!

daffy said...

Ooooh Congratlutions!
The pictures are wonderful and that last one is magical!

daffy said...

Ooooh Congratlutions!
The pictures are wonderful and that last one is magical!

Amanda said...

Great Pictures! I really like the last one too!

Ruth said...

Beautiful pictures. My aunt and uncle winter in Phoenix and always tell me I'm welcome. I think it is time to take them up on their offer. I have one of my photos of the Princess of Wales Theatre in the Schmap's guide of Toronto.

womaninawindow said...

Very nice. Loving the one of the bird too! Spectacular moment. And the last one too.

Congratulations! Feels good, eh? It should.

ChrisB said...

Cuppa must be thrilled her photo was chosen. They are all lovely and I especially like the one with the bird.

Janet said...

Ooh, you're famous! Or rather Cuppa is. Congratulations.
That one of the looped cactus is amazing.

Donna said...

Cuppa takes Great photos!! Glad you posted today!! Congratulations on picture!!!! And I Love the bird on the cactus...beautiful color! Happy night!!hughugs

mreddie said...

Congrats on being chosen! The other photos are great also. ec

Kila said...

Those are great photos! Congrats :)

JunieRose2005 said...

WOW!


Congrats to you guys!

I love all these pictures!


Junie

ExpatKat said...

Wonderful pictures, AC. Cuppa takes a mean shot too!!

Ginnie said...

Wonderful to know that you (and Cuppa) are still out there...and receiving kudos too !!
Nor surprise, your photos, both of yours are outstanding. I love the red headed woodpecker. I never knew they would attack cacti.

Turtle Guy said...

"One doesn't want to lose touch completely, eh."

Indeed, no. You're still on my radar; be well!

Coll said...

Those truly are some amazing shots, A/C.