A Tidbit: Taliesin West

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Order – a concept which, if I’m honest, has never played a large role in my life (afraid I’ve always tended toward the messy…).

Though I have little personal experience – and no expertise whatsoever – when it comes to order, the word did make me think of my visit to Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Once the winter digs of its designer, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and now a National Historic Landmark, it’s one of the only first-hand examples I’ve so far gotten to see of Wright’s brilliance at harmonizing ordered designs with natural settings – of creating stunning synergy between them whether he was crafting a house right over a waterfall (Fallingwater  in Pennsylvania) or a studio/home in the desert.

Alas, order isn’t a natural state for me.  Maybe that’s why I marvel at places like Taliesin West where order and nature (order out of nature, I guess) seem to compliment one another in such a magnificent way!

Makes me think there may be some harmony to be found in keeping my own home in order.  But, you know – I’m not gonna get crazy.  😉


  1. It is strange how objects seem to have a life of their own. I am often told to keep things in order, yet next time I look items have moved away from where they were supposed to stay. My wife reckons I am not organized and that I move the objects.

    1. Ha! No, I’m inclined to agree that objects do scatter on their own – especially pens and mates to socks… Thanks for reading!

  2. Immanuel Spira · · Reply

    Love your writing; even these little tidbits are written so beautifully and well. Hope all is well with you, Amy! M

    1. Wow, thank you so much, Manny, for the kind words and for being a gentle reader from the very beginning! We’re doing fine – hope you and yours are well too and wishing you all the best!

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  4. Hahaha! Yes, order is a state I admire in other people, but I never seem to be able to master it myself! This is a beautiful building, too – it just seems to melt right into the hillside, doesn’t it?

    1. Yes, I thought it matched its surroundings just perfectly! And, clearly, order works for some folks – but maybe it’s just not for us. 😉

  5. I have been to one FLW house (near Washington DC) and admired it but couldn’t live in it. One thing out of place would spoil everything! I’d absolutely love to see Fallingwater.

    1. I’d love to see Fallingwater too! But I agree with you on actually living in a FLW house. You know, my grandmother met him once – I’m told he was wearing a big dramatic kind of cloak. With my messy streak, I feel like his cloaked ghost would forever be sweeping down and hounding me to “Put that baaack!” Thanks for reading!

  6. I was at Taliesin West several years ago and truly enjoyed it, particularly the setting and the sculpture garden. Nice interpretation of the theme.

    1. Thank you! Yes, the sculpture garden was lovely – and I did like those sprites!

  7. Nice take on the prompt – particularly liked the cacti photo

    1. Many thanks! I feel like the picture shows how the building really melds into its surroundings.

  8. Pity about your last remark. I was about to inspire my daughter to clean her room using your post 🙂
    I must admit the order and nature photo is certainly complimentary and looks very balanced and well …. orderly. (I decided not to post a photo of my desk)

    1. Ha! My apologies – I’m no example for neatness and, at my age, not likely to reform. But if your desk isn’t as neat as Wright’s, I can supply a lifetime’s worth of rationalizations should you wish to keep it messy. 😉. Thanks for reading!

  9. I do pride myself on my own rationalizations why it isn’t neat 🙂

    1. Ah – the measure, I believe, of a brilliant mind!

  10. Danielle · · Reply

    Hey, that’s my neck of the woods.

    1. That’s right! Just up the road? Hope all’s well with you there! 😃

  11. I visited Taliesin West about 25 years ago, while on a visit to watch spring training baseball. I guess I’m too symmetrically ordered to appreciate Frank Lloyd Wright’s work. It was just to disjointed for me ever want to live in something like it. I guess I’m just an architectural heathen. The scenery was beautiful, however, especially in mid-spring.

    1. Naw, I don’t think it’s heathenism – just what one likes and connects with. I think it’d be interesting to try and live someplace like that for a while and see if it was comfortable or like living in a piece of art. Thanks for reading!

  12. Hi Amy, I had a good read. I love to be organised, I hate disorderly manner, but sometimes I come to find out my work room has gone mad haha! Thank you for sharing, it was great to read from you. Have a good week!

    1. Thank you! I wish I could say I’m organized – and I try to be periodically – but it never seems to stick… Thanks for reading, and you have a good week too!

  13. Life is good with a bit of messy! Too much order is stress inducing… and you know what stress does! 😉

    1. Couldn’t agree more! 😃

  14. I also enjoy looking at Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs. I just saw a great one down in Florence, Alabama, so if you get down that way be sure to visit it.

    1. Would love to! Thanks for the tip – and for reading!

  15. I haven’t traveled alot in my lifetime, so it is especially cool to see all the posts from other places. Have a blessed day.

    1. Thank you very much – and you too!

  16. I haven’t seen much of the F.L. Wright buildings but what strikes me, is that reddish hue in the brown paint used to paint structural elements. It reminds a terracotta colour. Nice to see it at your pictures.

    1. Yes, it reminds me of the warm Mediterranean area – and I think it really works in the Arizona desert. Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Nice photos – I’ve only visited Taliesen once, but the tour was excellent, and I learned a lot!

    1. Thank you! Yes, it’s really an interesting place to visit.

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