Sunday, April 30, 2006

Sorry, didn't realize there was a theme today. So for that, this photo of an oleander from Agua Caliente park, after the inspiration of Akita's and Hyde's lovely photos. Oleanders are common in Tucson but "native to a broad area from Morocco and Portugal eastward through the Mediterranean region and southern Asia to Yunnan in southern China" according to Wikipedia.

This is to the south of the fair grounds pictured yesterday. You can see the ferris wheel to the right. The raceway has drag races, stock car races .. and demoliton derbys. A demolition derby involves a group of guys in old cars getting together on a big flat dirt area. The demolition part involves them running the cars at each other and crashing into each other until only one car can still move. That is the winner.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Lights of the Pima County Fair at dusk. For the non-US folks, a county fair is sort of cross between a livestock show and a carnival. The round thing is a ferris wheel - you can see the hanging cars people ride in.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

And a grackle taking a walk. I like grackles because they are noisy swaggering birds with a great opinion of themselves.

Two more from Agua Caliente Park. I was just charmed by the turle hanging out with the ducks so am including the photo even though I coudn't get close enough to get a good picture.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Agua Caliente Park photo today. A favorite place for me. It used to be a cattle ranch in the 1800's and later a hot springs resort. People visit the park now to feed the ducks, picnic, birdwatch, walk their dogs, etc.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Three photos of a very old - probably close to 200 years - multi-armed Saguaro Cactus, one of the things that's remarkable about Tucson. The pictured saguaro is the height of a medium-sized tree. The holes in the arms are made by woodpeckers and used for nesting by a variety of birds. There is a second younger (fewer arms) Saguaro in the bottom picture towards the back left.

Monday, April 24, 2006

OK this is the first post of this blog. Not sure what this is going to look like - working my way up the learning curve.

Anyway, Tucson is in a desert climate so we lack the the more generous spring of greener places. The picture is of Palo Verde trees (green bark) which are pretty characteristic of a Tucson spring.