Christina Heinle Photography: Blog http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog en-us (C) Christina Heinle Photography cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Fri, 11 Sep 2015 03:05:00 GMT Fri, 11 Sep 2015 03:05:00 GMT http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/img/s/v-5/u102823377-o101298164-50.jpg Christina Heinle Photography: Blog http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog 120 115 September 11th - The Healing Field http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2015/9/september-11th---the-healing-field The 9-11 Memorial Healing Field at Tempe Town Lake is on display September 10th – 13th.  Thousands of flags honor the people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Each flag has a bio-card with the name of the individual, age, hometown, location on 9/11 and personal information. Yellow ribbons mark the first responders and sky blue ribbons identify the aircrew members, all that died that day.

I remember what I was doing when I heard the first reports of the plane hitting the first World Trade Center. When the second plane hit I became glued to the TV and later the web, hungry for news.  I couldn’t fathom, and still can’t, the devastation, the horror and the lives lost.  Wandering amongst the flags is sobering and I’m thankful that memorials like the Healing Field help me remember and honor the victims from 9-11. 

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Free Maricopa County Tempe http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2015/9/september-11th---the-healing-field Fri, 11 Sep 2015 03:05:19 GMT
Burrowing Owls http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2015/6/burrowing-owls Last year my dad and I went to Zanjero Park in Gilbert to take photographs of the burrowing owls.  Even though there were fewer owls this year, I managed to capture some good pictures of these adorable owls.

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Free Gilbert Maricopa County One with nature burrowing owls maricopa zanjero park http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2015/6/burrowing-owls Tue, 23 Jun 2015 03:16:48 GMT
Parliament in Budapest http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2015/4/parliament-in-budapest There are times when photography requires me to go out of my comfort zone. It’s so easy to take pictures when you’re with others or the opportunity is in your backyard.  However, when its outside of your comfort zone and takes effort is when the reward will be greater.

Recently I traveled to Budapest and I had great ideas of the fabulous pictures I would take.  It didn’t take long before I realized that sunset pictures with jet lag, unfamiliarity of the metro system and layout of city and lack of Hungarian would require me to readjust my ideas. This vacation was with my parents and not a photo trip.  I could do only what I could do. This meant touristy shots of iconic locations with people (gasp) mulling around in the harsh sunlight (double gasp).

The first day I took pictures from Fisherman Bastion of Parliament in the middle of the day and knew they were scrapbook worthy.  Later in the evening for sunset again from Fisherman Bastion I took pictures of Parliament and was pleased with the lighting but still wasn’t what I had pictured in my mind for what I wanted.  Parliament sunsetParliament sunset

On the last night, I had enough confidence and familiarity of the metro that I headed out again at sunset to capture Parliament and the Danube River in Budapest. It wasn’t fear free and I almost didn’t wait it out till the time needed to capture my picture but I’m glad I waited it out to see the magical lighting of Parliament in Budapest on the Danube.

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Budapest Europe Travel http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2015/4/parliament-in-budapest Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:30:46 GMT
Artist in Residence - Hubbell Trading Post http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2015/3/artist-in-residence---hubbell-trading-post Back in November I applied to be an Arist in Residence (AiR) at Hubbell Trading Post. I thought out of all of the National Parks and National Park Historic sites that had AiR programs, this would be the most likely. It's not a huge site and a pretty remote location. My gamble paid off and I received an email letting me know that I was accepted.

May 13th to May 23rd, I'll be living onsite Hubbell Trading Post in a small stone hogan. For a full week I can focus on photography! There are so many places to see around there. Canyon de Chelly being the most popular and closest. I've never been to the area before and am looking forward to exploring.

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People have asked me what the application process was to be an AiR. Having worked in the corporate world putting together a statement of intent, a resume and gathering letters of recommendation was challenging. The easiest part was meeting with Suzanne Mathia and she helped me choose and edit my 10 pictures to submit with the application.  My resume consisted of qualification summary, where I listed I knew Lightroom and Nik plug-in Efex, assisting with Photo 101/102 classes, winning the Az.Gov contest through the state fair and being a participant in PhotoForte, a photographer mentoring site. I listed all the photography classes I had taken along with my volunteer work with Arizona Highways Photo Workshops.

Today Robert, an AiR last April, emailed me and was gracious enough to give me his number so we could talk about what to expect. He also emailed me pictures of the inside. I'm so thankful we talked because I now know to look for brown recluse spiders (he found 2 inside) and I can eat fresh eggs everyday.  The pics below are from Robert during his stay. What a cute place!

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Apache County Artist in Residence Canyon de Chelly http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2015/3/artist-in-residence---hubbell-trading-post Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:50:21 GMT
Grand Canyon Watchtower-Desert View http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2015/2/grand-canyon-watchtower-desert-view At the east end of the Grand Canyon is my favorite spot, The Desert View Watchtower.  The Watchtower was designed by Mary Colter, one of the few female architects during that time.  The 70ft watchtower built in 1932 was designed after ancient puebles with the base made to look like rubble or an old structure with the newer one built on top of it. The main room inside, Kiva Room, ceiling is made from logs from the old Grand View Hotel on Horseshoe Mesa.  The inside staircase spirals up to different levels with little windows to catch a glimpse of the Grand Canyon.  

Outside the Watchtower is a large observation deck with the river below in full view. Off to the right is where the painted desert ends and the Grand Canyon edge(or that particular part) begins. The rolling hills stark contrast to Grand Canyon is another reason this is my favorite view.

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) National Park One with nature http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2015/2/grand-canyon-watchtower-desert-view Mon, 09 Mar 2015 01:30:00 GMT
New Windsor Hotel http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2015/3/new-windsor-hotel The New Windsor hotel started off as 6th Avenue Hotel when it was built in 1893. The two story, brick Victorian style hotel remained that way until 1925 when it was rename the Windsor Hotel and in 1930 the building gained a third story along with an addition in front mixing the Victorian architecture and brick.  In the 50's it became the New Windsor Hotel. Wikipedia says that it's no longer a hotel and is now used for the elderly.

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Free Maricopa County National Register of Historic Places Phoenix historic http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2015/3/new-windsor-hotel Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:15:00 GMT
Sussex Squatters http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2015/2/sussex-squatters The article in Arizona Republic bon 12/10/14 brought my attention to this historic building. However, the term historic would be disputed because they are arguing the family living there has been squatting illegally for 120 years. I don't know law but I thought at some point it's Too Bad, So Sad.  The real reason it's an issue now ifs because the land is high value real estate and someone wants their share. 

The adobe house was built by a mexican immigrant in 1877 and looks like it belongs in Mexico now with garbage strewn about, collections of who knows what and loose cable wires skirting the property.  The collection of "junk" must span the 120 years and while I'm sure there are interesting "treasures", it's an eyesore.

 

It's bad business for all the new condo's, apartments and restaurants to have this eyesore sitting there just waiting for another prime restaurant or two to fill the land next to the train tracks. Although it looks like the fancy Culinary Dropout is picking up some of the neighbors bad habits and has signs laying around already.

 

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Free Historic Maricopa County Tempe unusual http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2015/2/sussex-squatters Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:36:03 GMT
Sunnyslope Rock Garden http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2015/1/sunnyslope-rock-garden In north Phoenix, an area called Sunnyslope, is the oddest, quirky, most unique house landscaping I've seen.  The hours owner Grover Cleveland Thompson must have put in during his 22 years in the house is numbing.  Grover Cleveland moved to Phoenix in 1952 and continued to build his rock garden with pouring concrete in halloween masks (which is why some of them seem pretty scary to me) and Fiestaware until his passing in 1978. I spoke briefly with the lady there (possibly the owner? ) and she said she doesn't add to it with the exception of adding more necklaces to the busts.

For more information and to read letters written by the Marion, the owner after Grover, click here.  There is even a reply from Arizona Highways regarding a letter Marion wrote to the magazine.

The garden is open the first Friday of the month from 2-6pm.  Otherwise you can see a small portion from the perimeter fence.  The address is 10023 N. 13th Place, Phoenix, AZ.  Directions: I-17 exit 207. East on Dunlap Ave. for three miles. Turn north onto Cave Creek Rd for one mile. Turn right onto E. Cheryl Drive (a small street), then an immediate right onto N. 13th Place. The Garden is halfway down the block, on the north side.

 

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Free Maricopa County unusual http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2015/1/sunnyslope-rock-garden Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:19:47 GMT
Chinese Cultural Center http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/12/chinese-cultural-center The Chinese Cultural Center, AKA COFCO Center, is located by the 44th Street and Van Buren, off the 202 freeway.  

There are various restaurants, retail, professional businesses a large Asian super market (Super L Ranch Market) but the best part of the center is the "hidden" part, which happens to be in plain view.  I drive by the COFCO center multiple times a week and never realized the street side had a walkway through gardens.

Early one morning on the way to work, I stopped to wander the gardens and take pictures.  I am amazed that I had never taken advantage of the beautiful gardens, walkways and sculptures that were so close. I had truly been missing out. 

 

 
This is a great place to take pictures, go for a walk, admire the detail and just take in the beauty.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Free Maricopa County One with nature Phoenix unusual http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/12/chinese-cultural-center Mon, 08 Dec 2014 03:19:45 GMT
Historic Tanner Chapel http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/10/tanner-chapel Tanner Chapel looks so new and immaculate, you wouldn't know that it was a historic building.  In 1887 the African Methodist Episcopal Church began at 2nd street and Jefferson. Years later they bought the land and built the now Historic Tanner Church in 1929 at 20 S Eight St.  As I wandered around the building looking at the crisp, red bricks and the boldly painted white accents, it looked like the building was just built yesterday.

In 2010 Tanner was given two historic designations, standard and landmark. The landmark historic designation was given because of the Gothic Revival architecture style and is also the first African American church to be granted historic designation. In addition to its historic designation it also has the honor of being the oldest African-American congregation in Arizona and the only church in Arizona when Martin Luther King Jr. gave a sermon.

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Free Maricopa County National Register of Historic Places Phoenix http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/10/tanner-chapel Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:00:00 GMT
Gilbert Riparian http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/10/gilbert-riparian One of my favorite places to photograph is the Gilbert Riparian (and it's free) at Warner/Greenfield. There are 7 ponds for water reclamation and each pond is at a different stage (dry is often a stage) attracting many, many birds. With so many types of birds at the Gilbert Riparian, you're bound to have a wonderful walk around the grounds.

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Free Gilbert Maricopa County One with nature http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/10/gilbert-riparian Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:00:00 GMT
Tonto Natural Bridge http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/10/tonto-natural-bridge In the heat of the summer an excellent retreat is the Tonto Natural Bridge north of Payson off Hwy 87.  Considered to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world, the top of the bridge is growing a couple inches each year.  There are a couple of trails that lead down to the bridge and while none of the hikes are terribly hard for a regular hiker, you must have good shoes because under the bridge is wet (it's raining in there in places), the rocks are slippery and uneven.  You also need patience if you went during a busy weekend because everyone from Phoenix brings their family (wearing flip-flops) to see the bridge.  

 

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) One with nature State Park http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/10/tonto-natural-bridge Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:15:00 GMT
Mrs. Neal House - Historic House http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/10/mrs-neal-house---historic-house I'm not sure how you can name a house after someone who owned it less than two years and was foreclosed on but that is what happened to Mrs. Neal (where was Mr. Neal, I wonder?).  According to AZCentral.com, Mrs. Neal built the house at 102 E. Wiletta St in 1920 but two liens filed by contractors for non-payment led to the foreclosure in 1921.  The house passed thru many hands, residential and business, becoming vacant in 2009 and ending up in the ownership of the cats.

A fence surrounds the house to keep out the riffraff but there are signs of a kind sole feeding the cats and fixing the cats and releasing them (TNR). There are two cats in one of the pictures. Do you see them?

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Free Maricopa County National Register of Historic Places Phoenix dilapidated meow http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/10/mrs-neal-house---historic-house Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:30:00 GMT
Union Station - Downtown Phoenix http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/10/union-station Union Station, at 401 W Harrison Street in downtown Phoenix next to jails and courthouses, opened in 1923 is an example of Mission Revival Architecture. As a major transportation hub for the city, up to 18 trains a day stopped at Union Station in its heyday.  One story I remember is husbands would ship their wives up to Prescott for the summers in the cooler weather and a train of women would arrive on the next train to entertain the then lonely men.  

According to Wikipedia, outside of the occasional special tourist trains, Amtrak was the last company to use the station in 1996.

Union Station is where Winnie Ruth Judd, aka the Trunk Murderess, loaded up her luggage trunks stuffed with her freshly dead (and one chopped) up best friends.

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Free Maricopa County National Register of Historic Places Phoenix unusual http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/10/union-station Sat, 04 Oct 2014 22:15:00 GMT
Grunow Memorial Medical Center http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/9/grunow-memorial-medical-center Grunow Medical CenterGrunow Medical Center

Built in 1931, The Grunow Memorial Medical Center is still an active medical clinic and is beautiful on both the inside and outsid

e. This Spanish Colonial Revival building has amazing detail outside and when you step inside, the open two story lobby has period correct furniture along with bas-relief facade etched stone carvings around the doors.  One of the paintings is of little Lois Anita Grunow who died at age 7 for whom the building was built for. 

The Grunow Memorial Medical Center is part of the Phoenix register of historic buildings; located at 926 E. McDowell, Phoenix.  In 2010 it made the New Times list of Best Downtown Building to Poke your Head Into.

If you're into gruesome yet fascinating stories, this is where Winnie Ruth Judd, aka the Trunk Murderess, worked at the time when she murdered her two best friends. 

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Free Maricopa County National Register of Historic Places Phoenix Please get me into the AC http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/9/grunow-memorial-medical-center Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:32:40 GMT
Arizona Falls http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/8/arizona-falls Arizona Falls  is one of those quirky places you're not sure what to think. Located at G.R. Herberger Park at 56th Street and Indian School,  the historic importance of this now modern structure is hidden by the everyday observer.  According to the Salt River Project (SRP) website, in the late 1800's people came to Arizona Falls to picnic, party and dance.  In 1902 the first Phoenix hydroelectric plant opened and ran unit 1950. In 2003 it reopened and now generates 750 kilowatts that can power up to 750 homes.

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Many people (including me) enjoy using the canals for running, biking or just walking and enjoying the scenery.

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Free Maricopa County Phoenix unusual http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/8/arizona-falls Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:15:00 GMT
AAWL Arizona No Kill Animal Shelter http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/8/AAWL I wish I could bring home all the kitties from Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL).  AAWL is Arizona's largest no kill animal shelter and is around the corner from my work.  During many lunch breaks I head over to AAWL to get my kitty fix. You too can get your kitty or doggie fix at 25 N. 40th Street, Phoenix (between Washington and Van Buren).

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Free Maricopa County Phoenix Please get me into the AC meow http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/8/AAWL Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:30:00 GMT
Hinkleys Lighting Chandelier http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/8/hinkleys-lighting-chandelier

I've driven by Hinkley's Lighting on Central Ave gazillions of times and yet never noticed the giant chandelier on the roof. When you're searching for something to take a picture of, all kinds of interesting things reveal themselves.

 

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Maricopa County Phoenix unusual http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/8/hinkleys-lighting-chandelier Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:15:00 GMT
Desert Botanical Gardens http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/8/desert-botanical-gardens Located close to Sky Harbor Airport, Desert Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places to visit for photography. As a member on Wednesday's and Sunday's, I can go into the gardens an hour before the park opens and the tourists arrive.  My favorite part of the gardens is by the pond with lots of trees, bullfrogs in the early morning and if you're lucky, a great horned owl.

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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Maricopa County One with nature Phoenix http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/8/desert-botanical-gardens Thu, 07 Aug 2014 22:45:00 GMT
Phoenix Harbor Airport Lightrail http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/8/phoenix-harbor-airport-lightrail  

If you're looking to get out of the heat and have a great view of the area, hang out at the end of the light rail to Sky Harbor Airport.  At 44th Street and Washington, you can ride the escalator to area where the trains pickup/drop off passengers. You can also get there from Washington at the bus drop off.  The employees for the airport and airlines frequent the light rail at this end but not many travelers so it's pretty quiet.  The next stop is the economy parking lot where more passengers get on.  Once at the airport you can walk through the cool, air conditioned walkways and see the designs in the floor.  You can also grab a bite to eat in the airport, naturally outside of security.
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cheinle(at)cox(dot)net (Christina Heinle Photography) Free Maricopa County Phoenix Please get me into the AC http://www.christinaheinlephotography.com/blog/2014/8/phoenix-harbor-airport-lightrail Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT