a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Benches

A/Z 
Sights and Sites of Arizona

B - Benches

Kind of a tradition for me with the years I've participated in A/Z to feature B for benches because of my blog name.  

Always on the lookout for a bench with a view.

The first four were taken at Old Town Scottsdale.






This one was taken obviously at the Grand Canyon (come back for G).


Any unusual places in your hometown that have benches by it? 

For those that read my blog regularly, when you see a bench, do you look to see if it has a view?

79 comments:

joeh said...

I like the wagon wheel bench the best.

Elizabeth said...

I agree with Joeh, I like the wagon wheel. I do think about the views from benches now that I've read your blog for the past year :) There's an old pew (but we call it a bench) in my church's gym that I have sat on and enjoyed many great conversations as we watch kids running around or teens playing basketball.

shortybear said...

really nice benches.

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

That's a fantastic view over the Grand Canyon!

Cynthia said...

Some eye-catching benches here. Usually, I look for benches because I want a place to sit. Sometimes I'd get a nice view, and other times, it's a bit meh. Depends on where I am.

Keith Hillman said...

Living beside the sea I have benches right outside my door!Not particularly attractive benches, but they have a nice view!

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Eileen T said...

I like the painted ones best - I've never seen anything like them in the UK.

Sally said...

Lovely benches - I like the wagon wheel one.

AGCreativeBlog said...

I think my favourite bench is at the Grand Canyon. The view from that bench.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Benches is a wonderful topic and you certainly have seen your share of wonderful ones. One of my favorite benches here is at our little square downtown. I've spent hours there people watching and looking at the fountain in the center. As I've lived here most all my life, it has changed over the years but it is still there.

lyndagrace said...

Yes, thanks to your blog, I do notice benches now. We have benches all along the Jersey shore, on the boardwalks or at the top of the beaches. Nice to take a cup of tea and sit with the ocean.

Denise said...

We have a lot of benches around our parks. Most of them are inscribed in memory of someone. I love sitting and watching the world walk by.

Intense Guy said...

That is quite the variety of benches!

Most of our walking trails have "memorial" benches on them. They usually have a small plaque on them saying something in tribute to someone that walked or lived near the train. Some of them are quite moving - and I am left wanting to have met the person.

Ann Bennett said...

I'll have to start noticing. Not too many decorative ones around here. The climate is warm and wet, so decay affects what is outdoors. But I am sure there are some optimist creating some as nice as the ones you have pictured.

Joanne Noragon said...

There seem to be benches outside every establishment in town, and they often are filled.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

I love benches with views because I am always looking for the next place to sit down. My ankle condition means if there is somewhere to sit I will :). Those look like very comfy benches - love the wagon wheel one.
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

Changes in the wind said...

Had never given that much thought before but enjoyed your post.

J.L. Campbell said...

Hey, Betty,
I like the view from that first one. Mainly we have benches with views in parks.

Pat Hatt said...

That wheel one may be hard on the rump. Most benches here are just by water or the post office.

Grazona said...

What a great post for your blog, I love the title! And you have a great theme. I've never been to Arizona but really want to go. It seems like an extraordinary part of our country. I'll be coming back for the rest of your posts for sure!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Lovely benches. Our town has a few of these in the square but we could use more.

Susan Says

Chatty Crone said...

I like your new bench - and I know your love your benches. Looks a lot different there. I hope you enjoy!

Anoosha said...

Hi Betty. I really love your Blog's Name. Every time I read it , It lands me into an Imagination of me sitting on bench that has a beautiful view around. Also lovely pictures of Benches and Views associated with the. I loves Doors ,there's something about them which attract me .

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love the benches!

Angel Stew & Devil's Brew said...

The wagon wheel bench is my favorite and living in Idaho I'm gonna' have to see who I can get to make one.. I love benches too. My favorites are the ones in my city that 9 times out of 10 have some goofy local business person's face all over with some ridiculous slogan. The ones who advertise plastic surgery are the worst because they, themselves are so homely. Or the dentists who advertise and they've got the most jacked up teeth I've ever seen! Lol..

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Great choice and such interesting benches! I don't know what it is about them but every time I spot a bench I move in closer to take a look and see if an interesting photo will come out of it. This is especially true if the bench has a nice view, particularly near water.

Bijoux said...

Last time there, we took some pictures on a bench at the Grand Canyon. I wonder if it was the same one?

Bijoux said...

Forgot to answer your question. I don't think I usually look for the view. I think I just sit down because I'm waiting for someone.

Lori said...

I recently visited my home town of Trona on the Mojave Desert. I took a picture of a bench that looked over the highway across a vast dry salt lake to mountain range. I'd name the lake and the mountain range, but the computer autocorrects incorrectly. Anyway it's kind of a nothing view, but I remember when I was growing up how much I loved the mountains that turned mauve at sunset. Whoever set up the bench must have appreciated the view for some reason.
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Mevely317 said...

Old Town certainly has a charm all it's own, doesn't it? Love how someone's taken the ordinary and made it extraordinary!

I never gave public benches much thought, but I've a new-found appreciation for them since Tom's endurance isn't what it used to be!

Lynn Proctor said...

I've seen the wheel one- love a bench!

Lynn Proctor said...

I've seen the wheel one- love a bench!

Jo said...

Love the benches with the paintings on them. I think the wheel would be uncomfortable to sit back in. You know I have sat on many benches but cannot think whether any had a particular view or not. One bench I remember was on Alcatraz which turned out to be an 8 storey climb to get to the top, on a hot day, and I was very overweight. Boy did I need that bench. The view there was across the bay looking at San Francisco but I was too exhausted to take much notice.

Sunday Visitor said...

Love the benches and the views they look onto. Great going!!

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Paula Kaye said...

Beautiful benches. I hardly seen benches around my town. I will have to be on the lookout and see if they have a view!

Valerie Storey said...

Benches and their settings have always been one of my favorite things to sketch and paint. Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Wallace said...

Ah, reminds me of your bench photos from a past A to Z challenge.
Writer In Transit

Joy said...

LOVE benches! Thanks for posting!
- Joy The Joyous Living

THE KATY said...

My husband grew up in Arizona! (Chandler I believe)

We have some beautiful benches in our park. Burlington, WI :)

Great topic!
-Katy @THE KATY blog

Sunni said...

Most of the benches where I live are for resting when shopping, so the only view they have really is of traffic or storefronts.

I love your benches. You found some nice ones.

Sunni

Megan Whitson Lee said...

Those are beautiful!! I especially love the one with the horses! I remember sitting on a bench in Saint Andrews, Scotland, looking out over the ocean, and thinking that that was the best view in the world.

Wendy said...

My husband works for a bank that installed butterfly gardens in all their locations. Most of the main branches, at least, have a colorfully painted bench that looks like a butterfly. The best view will then be of the garden itself but no vista views.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That last one has one heck of a view.
Funny how every major city in the Southwest has an 'Old Town.'

LuAnn Braley said...

Wow, Betty, that's a variety of benches. I love them. And I think you've given me a heads up on my next year's theme...porches! ;) Thanks!

LuAnn (approx #369 on the list) @ Back Porchervations.
(and one of co-host AJ Lauer's #wHooligans)

Pinky Poinker said...

Lovely crispy clear photographs. We live in Australia but my husband live in Arizona when he was young. Visiting via A-Z challenge. Will be back!

Ruth said...

In my hometown cemetery someone has a headstone that is actually a bench. It says Come and rest awhile. I always thought that was neat.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

There are benches at the mall close to my home. Not unusual but a nice place to take a seat for a while. There even used to be a bench in the supermarket. Nice photos and bench talk. :)

ffmamas said...

The stories you could create from those benches. Beautiful. I will never look at a bench the same way after this challenge!

Linda said...

Fun benches! I often think of you when I notice benches I come across.

Robyn :) said...

There are benches on 2 of the walking trails I do. One is in the hills and has a nice view of the alley. The other walking trail is along a river and one of the benches is on an elevated deck!!

KICKS Kids Club said...

Hi there!

I’m stopping by from the #AtoZChallenge. Awww, such lovely benches all of them.

I have two blogs in this challenge…my author blog at THE STORY CATCHER (www.donnalmartin.com) and my KICKS Kids Club blog (www.kickskidsclub.blogspot.com.

If you get a chance, check them out and good luck with the challenge!

yaya said...

Your benches are beautiful and yes, we have a few with a view around here but yours take the cake...love it!

DMS said...

When I see a bench I always look to see if it has a view (and often I actually try the bench out). Loved seeing your photos. I especially liked the one with the wagon wheel. I think the view from the Grand Canyon bench would be amazing! :)
~Jess

TARYTERRE said...

A bench with a view is always nice. Have to tell you I love that Wagon Wheel one the best, though. Something about it sings to me.

Sharon Himsl said...

A perfect B for you! That's a nice collection of benches. I'm not particular, unless it's dirty or has insects underneath.

Pioneer Women in Aviation A-Z

Jayanthi Gopal said...

The next time i see a bench with a view i will capture it for you. With love from india.

I liked the wagon wheel design a lot.

regards
jayanthi
http://jayantiblogshere.blogspot.in/

Blue Grumpster said...

Now it's official... I've just added a betty line to my poem...

Nighty night.

Jeff Bushman said...

I love that wagon wheel bench. How cool!

Linda Lee said...

My favorite bench is the wagon wheel bench...however, the bench I would sit on for hours to soak in the view would be your Grand Canyon bench.

Anna Tan said...

Those are really nice benches. And yes, the wagon wheel bench is really unique!

Anna
ATSP @ Deeply Shallow
@natzers

Mary Lasher said...

Oh my gosh...I literally was sitting at the bench at the Grand Canyon a week ago! I'm from California and just got back from a two week road-trip through Arizona... I'm looking forward to following your blog!

Mary
www.thetransgentlewife.com

Jazminn Skye said...

So many cute and adorable benches.
YAY BENCH ART <3


Jazminn
Under Jazminn Skyes

Bish Denham said...

I may have actually sat on that last one! Very cool.

Ericka @ A Quiet Girl's Musings... said...

I like the wagon wheel bench. Honestly, I don't think I've ever considered the view from the bench. Usually, I'm just happy to have a place to chill for a while. LOL! Fun post.

Samra said...

I liked the wagon wheel bench too! What is fascinating to me about benches is they have so many stories to tell.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

I remember your benches from the last A to Z! Lovely to visit again.

I'm blogging about productivity for creative people this month. Happy A to Zing!
Yvonne

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Unusual? I don't think so, but there are a few down town. We have a couple outside our church fellowship hall. The Chevy dealership has a couple out front of the showroom.

Some really creative benches. That one would be a great post to people watch from

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Nancy said...

I love benches too. They are great for making friends or cuddling with your honey. My favorite benches are the ones on the boardwalk down the shore. I love to sit and look out at the ocean and just relax listening to the waves.

Liz A. said...

There are a couple good benches at the top of Signal Hill. Of course, at the top of Signal Hill there are good views all around. Can't wait for G and the bench at the Grand Canyon.

Birgit said...

I love those first 3 especially the one with the wagon wheel. Very inventive

jack69 said...

Loved this one. Even if I am late. I always like your views and the many benches that have given comfort.

Sarah Allan said...

I love to people-watch and those benches look like a great spot to do it from.

Allison Anselmo said...

I love the idea of bench art, it's functional and artistic, what more could you ask for. And of course the wagon wheel one is just too cute!

netablogs said...

I do love to sit on benches that have a good view. We have some great hikes around our city that have awesome views of the two rivers that converge.

Kathryn McKendry said...

The wagon wheel bench looks super uncomfortable! I like the one overlooking the Grand Canyon. I will have to pay more attention to the views of benches.

jennyfromtheblock2014 said...

I like how you end your posts with a question. Two memorable benches I've seen are 1) bright red memorial benches along the walk to the Grand Haven Pier that overlooks Lake MI, and 2) a memorial bench above the town of Buena Vista, CO, on a hike that overlooks the Arkansas River.

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

Our downtown had some benches but the city removed a good many of them. Seems there were folks who...abused the privilege of sitting quietly and enjoying the city. Pity. I hope they fix the issue.

I really liked that wagon wheel bench.

And no...but I think I will try to remember to see if the benches I come across have a view.

Jemima Pett said...

I always check views from benches - and all because of you.

I hope you're doing the town I think you might be doing for W :)

Jemima Pett