Primary Election Day - Arizona
Today is the primary election day in Arizona.  I usually vote by mail, but I forgot to mail my ballot.  Yea gads.  I had to drop it off at the polling place after work.  It is located behind this church and there was absolutely no line.  So many people do not vote in mid-term elections and the primary doesn’t seem to motivate voters.  
Shame more people aren’t interested in exercising their precious right to vote.  I stuck my “I VOTED TODAY” sticker on my handbag.  

Primary Election Day - Arizona

Today is the primary election day in Arizona.  I usually vote by mail, but I forgot to mail my ballot.  Yea gads.  I had to drop it off at the polling place after work.  It is located behind this church and there was absolutely no line.  So many people do not vote in mid-term elections and the primary doesn’t seem to motivate voters.  

Shame more people aren’t interested in exercising their precious right to vote.  I stuck my “I VOTED TODAY” sticker on my handbag.  

From “This Could be Phoenix”.  Love this and would gladly wear it.Arizona, the last continental state in the Union, followed by only Alaska and Hawaii.

From “This Could be Phoenix”.  Love this and would gladly wear it.
Arizona, the last continental state in the Union, followed by only Alaska and Hawaii.

Nothing like clouds in the southwest, flat on the bottom, big cotton ball fluffy tops.  The next day all the grit and dust was washed away … at least for a short while.

Nothing like clouds in the southwest, flat on the bottom, big cotton ball fluffy tops.  The next day all the grit and dust was washed away … at least for a short while.

Storm this week in Downtown Phoenix.  
I was rushing to go into the grocery store and beat the rain home, but it beat me and was moving faster.  So as I was waiting for the storm to pass, I was taking this photo of the rain, and a man coming out of the grocery says:  ”That’s funny.  I am from Seattle.”
I told him he wasn’t in Seattle anymore.  ”Do a couple summers here and get back to me.”  
We revel in the summer rains.
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Storm this week in Downtown Phoenix.  
I was rushing to go into the grocery store and beat the rain home, but it beat me and was moving faster.  So as I was waiting for the storm to pass, I was taking this photo of the rain, and a man coming out of the grocery says:  ”That’s funny.  I am from Seattle.”
I told him he wasn’t in Seattle anymore.  ”Do a couple summers here and get back to me.”  
We revel in the summer rains.
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Storm this week in Downtown Phoenix.  

I was rushing to go into the grocery store and beat the rain home, but it beat me and was moving faster.  So as I was waiting for the storm to pass, I was taking this photo of the rain, and a man coming out of the grocery says:  ”That’s funny.  I am from Seattle.”

I told him he wasn’t in Seattle anymore.  ”Do a couple summers here and get back to me.”  

We revel in the summer rains.

Serious People, the Bryces (dailykos.com)
One of the first Mormon settlers in the area and the man the canyon came to be named after was Scottish shipyard carpenter Ebenezer Bryce. He  built a track to help transport the timber he was harvesting in the area and the visitors who used it began to call the canyon at the end of the track Bryce’s Canyon.
It may be apocryphal, but Ebenezer is said to have told an admirer of the hoodoos, “It’s a hell of a place to lose a cow”. Even though he and his family moved away from the area to Arizona, his name will always be associated with the place.
The Canyon isn’t his only claim to fame – he designed the oldest Mormon chapel still in continuous use, Pine Valley Chapel, even though he had never designed one before. He did it on the condition that he was allowed to build it like a ship.

Serious People, the Bryces (dailykos.com)

One of the first Mormon settlers in the area and the man the canyon came to be named after was Scottish shipyard carpenter Ebenezer Bryce. He  built a track to help transport the timber he was harvesting in the area and the visitors who used it began to call the canyon at the end of the track Bryce’s Canyon.

It may be apocryphal, but Ebenezer is said to have told an admirer of the hoodoos, “It’s a hell of a place to lose a cow”. Even though he and his family moved away from the area to Arizona, his name will always be associated with the place.

The Canyon isn’t his only claim to fame – he designed the oldest Mormon chapel still in continuous use, Pine Valley Chapel, even though he had never designed one before. He did it on the condition that he was allowed to build it like a ship.

Phoenix Heat Warning - a brutal July (2014)

Thursday afternoon brought record-breaking heat to the Valley twice, topping out at 116 degrees after already breaking the record with 115 degrees according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

The previous record of 114 degrees was set in 2006, officials said.

The record was broken the first time at 1:28 p.m., but the temperature quickly dropped to 112 degrees by about 1:45 p.m., National Weather Service officials said.

But by 2:15 p.m. the new record was broken when temperatures hit 116 degrees.

Least Bittern - The least bittern is a small heron, the smallest member of the Ardeidae family found in the Americas

Least Bittern - The least bittern is a small heron, the smallest member of the Ardeidae family found in the Americas

It is the diversity of habitats found on the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge that sustains one of the highest diversity of wildlife and plant species within the lower Colorado River watershed. It has been recognized by the National Audubon Society and The American Bird Conservancy as a birding area of global importance.
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It is the diversity of habitats found on the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge that sustains one of the highest diversity of wildlife and plant species within the lower Colorado River watershed. It has been recognized by the National Audubon Society and The American Bird Conservancy as a birding area of global importance.
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It is the diversity of habitats found on the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge that sustains one of the highest diversity of wildlife and plant species within the lower Colorado River watershed. It has been recognized by the National Audubon Society and The American Bird Conservancy as a birding area of global importance.