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#Thursday Doors, Trios, and #Monday Windows at Taliesin West

Before Thursday slips away from me, I wanted to wish you all a good evening and share a few of my Frank Lloyd Wright pictures from yesterday’s trip. Vince and I headed down to Scottsdale to look at the work he’s been doing on our Air BnB condo. He also wanted to see Taliesin West which is about 5 miles from the condo.

As we drove to the 400+ acres of the Frank Lloyd Wright property, the temperature was a warm 96 degrees, and when we got back to the car, it had heated up to 102. The self-guided tour was not satisfactory to me. We had to scan a QAR code which then worked through our phone with a set of earphones that did not play at all for me. All that griping out of the way, we both got some good pictures.

#Thursday Doors

Dan Antion graciously hosts Thursday Doors weekly and invites us to share our door pictures. He has also announced a door writing contest and currently is asking for inspirational pictures of doors. So far he has 8 doors.

I visited Taliesin West in 2015 so I chose photos from both visits to share in this post.

Born in 1868, Frank Lloyd Wright built his Taliesin West home and laboratory in 1937 in the style of what Wright called organic architecture. Organic simply means that they combine the materials available to them on the property to create the building. They mixed mostly rocks, which are abundant with cement.

He lived in Arizona at Taliesin West off and on (mostly in the winters) until his death in 1959 at age 91.

The doors into the art studio opened onto a beautiful row of bougainvillea. The original buildings did not have glass windows or air conditioning but, as you see in the last picture, time changed that. After a while, the buildings were occupied year-round. The art school closed in 2017. The first time I saw it, we could not go into the studio as it was filled with students.

Thursday Trios

Carol Cormier or Mama Cormier hosts #Thursday Trios, a challenge I have come to love and look forward to searching out pictures to fulfill. Today I was able to photograph or crop to get some gorgeous trio photos. I even got in trouble and had to be asked to step back. Had I listened to the recording, I would have known to stay back at least three feet from the displays. Oops

Monday Windows

Ludwin Keck hosts Monday Windows each week and always has some interesting windows to inspire us. It’s a great way to get some great shots, you might not have taken otherwise.

The windows at Taliesin West came in various shapes and sizes, but mostly small and high because the sun is so bright in AZ. Wright also used a lot of skylights to let in the light without letting in so much heat. The first skylights used canvas to cover the windows, this was later upgraded to plastic to cut down on the deterioration by the sun.

Cee’s Challenges FOTD & CMMC

Cee Neuner hosts FOTD, and you can see a few photos of flowers scattered through the others. Here are a few that fit in no other category. What do you think of the sculpture that looks like a balloon sculpture?

The CMMC challenge this week is Macros. None of my pictures are super close, but most of them are closer than they would have been.

If you haven’t been to Taliesin West, it is worth the trip, but I recommend coming from November through early March. We paid $49 for adults, and there is no senior price break.

On Always Write This Week and Next

  • Don’t forget to take a look at Story Chat this month. Anne Goodwin has outdone herself with The “Power of Verticality.” It is quite a mystery. It’s never too late to read past stories. Click on my Story Chat page to find the links. Comments are turned off after 30 days to deter spammers.
  • A new chance to post your favorite public art pictures begins tomorrow. There are some early bird inspirations links on this week’s PPAC #42 Sedona Perspectives.
  • WOTY Guest post coming soon by the curator, and my friend, Amy King of the Tulare County Museum and Museum of Agriculture and Farm Labor in Visalia, CA.
  • WQW #14 Total Fitness What are your tips to achieve total fitness?

Now it’s your turn.

These hosts are always glad when you join them and share your photos. And you reach a larger audience, too, and make new friends. And that’s good to keep you fit. 🙂 Until then have a great end of the week.

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  1. Hi, Marsha. Plenty of interesting views in this post. I really love the glass doors, the three bowls outside, and that studio is indeed crazy-looking. I’d find it hard to concentrated in there. Wishing you well!

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  2. I’d love to see Taliesin West but there’s a part of me that cringes at paying $49 each to do so. I wish they had reciprocity with the Botanical Gardens while Chihuly is on. We toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s house and studio in Chicago and that was a marvelous tour (guided by a person, thankfully.) The area around the house and studio is wonderful as well. We also visited Falling Waters but that was so long ago that I don’t really remember it. He was quite talented but it seems not a very good person or at least husband. :-/


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    • I remember from the last tour that he was a bit of a character. He had three wives – not at the same time. I asked about a membership thinking it would be good to be able to buy that and go to the gardens, too. There is a recipriocity but not with anything in AZ. I guess you can visit the other FLW places. So I didn’t buy a membership. I agree about cringing! LOL Marsha 🙂

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  3. That’s a great subject for Dan’s challenge. We visited Taliesin West several years ago but, for some crazy reason that escapes me now, we didn’t take a tour. Now I want to go back… but on a cooler day. Btw, have you ever read Loving Frank? It’s a really interesting historical fiction novel about his life and relationship with Mamah Borthwick.

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    • I don’t think I did read that book, but I did read something about his life after I visited in 2015. I’ll check it out. 🙂 My Kindle and I had a fight today, and it lost all my books and took a while to reload them.


    • It has a story to tell, for sure. We didn’t get to his bedrooms, but he slept very little and there were no doors separating his sleeping quarters from the hall in case anyone needed him.

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  4. I’d love to see this, I’m a real admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work. But I had to read your opening sentences twice as just for a moment I thought he had built your condo! Read this again and see if you can understand how I made that mistake😅
    “share a few of my Frank Lloyd Wright pictures from yesterday’s trip. Vince and I headed down to Scottsdale to look at the work he’s been doing on our Air BnB condo.”

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    • LOL It’s a case of poorly defined pronouns! Of course, Wright has been dead since I was 7, so I didn’t think too much about it! Our condo is cute but not THAT unique! Vince would have loved to be an architect. He should have focused. He’s super talented at so many things, and works hard but must not have had the guidance. His mom wanted him to be a dentist.

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  5. Thanks so much for including Thursday Doors in you post and for giving a shout out to the Writing Challenge. The photo “In and Out Doors” with the patio over the water reminds me of Falling Water, the home he designed in southwest Pennsylvania. Oddly enough, he designed that house for the president of the Kaufman’s Department Store, a business I featured on Wednesday. Your photos are wonderful. I hope you will add to the inspiration side of the challenge (and perhaps the writing side???)

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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