Wednesday, May 31, 2006


"It has been said that trees are imperfect men, and seem to bemoan their imprisonment rooted in the ground. But they never seem so to me. I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!"
John Muir

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


It is no more surprising to be born twice than to be born once.

Taken on Mt. Lemmon.

Monday, May 29, 2006

No Mas Muertes

I like how colorful this house is. The landscaping is typical - no lawn, just dirt or rocks, some form of desert landscaping. The sign refers to illegal immigration from Mexico, an issue which is complicated and political and emotionally charged. The small print says: No More Deaths, No Mas Muertes

Sunday, May 28, 2006


There are several yucca plants in my yard that put up flowering stems that must be close to 20 ft (6 m) tall. The flowers are cream colored bell shapes in a cluster at the top of the stem. The stems are surprisingly thick and heavy, heavy enough to make walking sticks. The photo is of seed pods that have opened up. I like the elegance of their shapes.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Casa de los ninos

There are a number of second hand/thrift stores in Tucson benefiting a variety of charities. They sell clothes, toys, housewares, furniture, whatever random stuff people donate, even TVs and computers. Casa de los Ninos offers services for abused and neglected children.
They're good people. And I like the logo.

Friday, May 26, 2006

My Dog Gracie

Gracie is a year and half old, goofy, good natured, a bit of a headstrong adolescent. Did NOT want to hold still to have her picture taken. When I adopted her from an animal shelter at 3 months old, she had these gray-blue eyes in a long triangular face and big donkey ears. She's a lot bigger now, still with the donkey ears. Its hard to say what breed she is, some people have suggested she might be part African wild dog :) And she's a Tucsonan, born and bred.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

A Quiet Moment

A quiet moment. I don't know if this is a father and daughter as I didn't speak to them. I like to think it is. Father's Day in the US is June 18.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Mountain Ave Rillito Bridge

Detail from ped
estrian/bikeway bridge over the Rillito.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Climbers at Windy Point

Taken at Windy Point which is the main tourist stopoff driving up the Mt Lemmon Highway. Also popular with climbers and morticians. In the latter case as a place to distribute ashes when the deceased didn't specify a place.

The climbers were mostly posing for photos on this particular occasion. Not for me, for a woman standing a bit in front of me carrying a camera with a lens as long as her arm. I had fun taking photos of them anyway.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Library Passageway

I just like the building. The view looks towards a little patio area behind the library and beyond that the nearby neighborhood.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

A Saguaro

Saguaros weight several tons, something I think this photo gives a sense of. Was that my intention when I took the photo? Not really. I just wanted to see what would happen if I took a photo really close and looking up. Actually I think it looks rather menacing.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Vista del Monte Neighborhood

A lot of neighborhoods in Tucson identify themselves with some sort of sign and some neighborhoods do a display, usually in mosaics and metalwork. This is part of the display for Vista del Monte Neighborhood. It's the work of a number of people, both adults and kids. The bird above is a representation of a roadrunner and the lizard below may be a Gila monster. If its not a Gila monster, the link's interesting anyway.

Friday, May 19, 2006

A Gate

Yesterday's Montchauvet and Real blogs inspired me to find a gate of my own to photograph. I used to live near this house and would sometimes walk by and wonder what its history was and who lived there since it is older and more traditional and grander by far than most of the surrounding houses. This is a side gate. The inset area at the top of the gate is made of ocotillo stems lined up vertically.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Rillito River

Looking north across the dry bed of the Rillito River with the Santa Catalina Mountains in the backround. Tucson has two rivers, the Rillito and the Santa Cruz, both dry for about 100 years but real rivers when the Spanish first arrived here. It can be impressive to see them fill with flood waters when we have heavy rains.

Missed post

Sorry folks. Power outage in my neighborhood last night so wasn't able to post.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Thunderstorm (!) at dusk

Disappointing. Storm but no rain, at least not where I live. Lots of wind, sound and fury signifying nothing in this case. However the clouds were pretty cool.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Cyclist Sign

From the Sahuaro National Monument East - the loop drive there is popular with cyclists. And the hill is really steep.

Sunday, May 14, 2006


This was taken in a chapparal area on the lower slopes of the Santa Catalinas, which dominate the northern skyline of Tucson. It relates for me to a major forest fire we had a few years ago. Some things just don't heal.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Sunset with ocotillos

Friday, May 12, 2006

Sunset with little people

I waited almost an hour for the sun to go down in the hope that this might make a nice shot. I don't know why those folks hung around all that time. Sometimes things just work out. :)

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Red roof

I always like driving by this building because it isn't just a sober serious office building. There is definite frivolity here. So I went to try to take a picture of "the building". Ha. Trying to take one photo of one very large building, with a lot of different aspects, was harder than I thought. This probably is the best for now. I like the billowy red roof.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Tassel-eared squirrel

I'm up in the mountains taking pictures, in particular of a flowering tree, when I see a large squirrel across a creek from me. I take a quick picture and then the squirrel crosses the creek towards me. Surprised, I shift around to take another picture and it vanishes like a flash. Well like a squirrel...So I'm looking back across the creek to find it again when I see something out of the corner of my eye and there's the squirrel looking at me from behind a tree right in front of me!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Stained glass window

Side window of Santa Rita Sanctuary in Vail, a small town near Tucson. Don't have any info on the church.

Monday, May 08, 2006

The frail duration of a flower ...

Was driving by and saw the yellow glowing in the shade under these trees, from the fallen flowers. Did a fast u-turn and took some pictures. The title is from a poem by Phillip Freneau.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

And the end

And the other end of the snake bridge, the rattle - which when you walk by it actually does make a rattling sound. And that's enough of the diamondback bridge.

Saturday, May 06, 2006


Inside the Diamondback Bridge. Took me by surprise, something magical about it. I read somewhere that the bridge is an interesting place to view sunsets. Going to try that sometime.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Diamondback Bridge

This is a pedestrian walkway/bikeway which is designed to look like a diamondback rattlesnake. Rattlesnakes are poisonous, fairly common in the desert around Tucson and have a tail that makes a rattling noise when they shake it as a warning. I can vouch for it being a scary noise from firsthand experience.

Anyway there has been some controversy about the bridge. It was hit twice by trucks during construction. Some people consider it to be a silly idea for a bridge. Some people think a lot of public money was spent on it that could have been spent on more important things. Personally I really like the bridge but I have to be a little ambivalent about the cost. I suppose its the old public art vs functional for the public good argument though this bridge is supposed to be functional art.

The head is on the right in the larger photo and enlarged - it even has fangs! - in the smaller photo. Supposedly the eyes light up (at night?).

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Dry, Dry, Dry

Tucson has had a very dry winter and spring so this is what the desert looks like. In good years it would be greener and there would be spring flowers. The pinkish red plant in the foreground is some kind of cholla cactus. The picture was taken at the Saguro National Monument East.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Library Vegetables

Sculptural vegetables displayed in front of a branch of the public library. The installation has something to do with water conservative gardening - you can see what looks like water flowing over pebbles between the scupltures. They are constructed of metal. While I was taking pictures 3 different children at different times came up to the one that looks sort of like an artichoke and hit it so it made a metallic chime. Which was apparently the point.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Two Views From A Passageway

Views from an outside passageway of a small office building. Spanish Colonial faux adobe architecture seen all over Tucson with many variations.

Monday, May 01, 2006

This is open range, cattle grazing country that is unfenced so cattle wander at will, including into the roads. I recall a memorable confrontation between a huge brahma bull and a VW Bug on one occasion on this very road. I was out jogging and gave both a wide berth... So tomarrow into Tucson itself, finally :)