Friday, June 30, 2006

Bus Stop

The small hill to the left of the center figure used to be called Sentinel Peak. Back when Tucson was a Spanish Presidio and later part of Mexico, lookouts were posted there to watch for marauding Apaches.

Its now called A Mountain because it has a giant letter "A" on it - for the University of Arizona.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Casbah Tea House

A restaurant I enjoy, though I visit infrequently. They describe themselves as vegetarian, eco-friendly, organic, eclectic - any one of which makes them unusual in Tucson. Certainly there are few restaurants here that are entirely vegetarian. And they have belly dancers. The owner's story is interesting - found on their website.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006


"Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering."
Arthur C Clarke, science fiction writer (1917- )

Check out the dolphins on Nerissa's blog
and a building that looks a bit fluid itself in Guadalajara.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Roof Garden

Check out Luggi's photo of a much bigger house and Nicola's photo of the Oestrich.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Up In A Tree

Green Heron perched near the top of a mesquite. Not the normal place to see them. I had to kind of stalk him so he's looking plenty nervous and in fact took off and flew away shortly after I took the photo.

For great bird photos from the last few days check out Nerissa's eagle and KL daily photo on the 24th.

Congrats to Kris for her 100th daily photo.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Weekend Morning at the Tucson Museum of Art

The Tucson Museum of Art offers art classes for children on weekends and this mother and daughter are headed in that direction.

The adobe building is La Casa Cordoba which is just down the street from the museum. It is one of the oldest standing structures in Tucson. At the time its original rooms were built, Tucson was a Mexican village, having been before that a Hohokam settlement for several thousand years and then part of the Spanish Colonial empire until Mexico declared its independance in 1821.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Toxic Ranch Records

Selling punk rock for 23 years. They're just off 4th Ave, a hotbed of alternative americana. I uploaded the photo fairly large for anyone who wants to get a better look at the posters.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Flamingos At The Zoo

Imagine a world without birds.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Silver Horses in a Window

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Evening Storm

Thunderstorms came in, power went out. Nothing to do indoors, so I was out on my front porch taking photos. Had to get well back under the underhang because it was raining, hence the narrowed field of view.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Red-Eared Slider

Seemed like a good time to visit Agua Caliente Park again. Sadly the duck population was way down, the water in the lake low and full of sediment because of the drought. However I kept seeing these little heads, something swimming by, and eventually realized they were turtles!

Red- Eared Sliders, according to my reptile book, are not native here. However they're the common little turtle sold in pet stores. I guess these guys found a new home. The one in the photo was about a foot long (about 30 cm).

Monday, June 19, 2006

Warehouse Mural

A mural painted on an old warehouse that is now divided into work spaces for artists and craftsmen. The warehouse dates from the early 20th century and some fear this and other buildings in what is called the arts district are threatened by development plans.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Second Owl's Club

The Owl's Club (Order of Owls) was a Gentleman's Club founded around 1898 by 13 bachelors. It may have been related to this group. By 1902 the club needed larger quarters and this photo is of that building, designed by architect Henry Trost. The facade contains references to Spanish mission facades and local flora and fauna (I can see a saguaro, a millipede and a horned lizard).

In 1902, Tucson's had dirt streets, public transportation was mule drawn carts and the town was being promoted as a "lungers paradise", the dry climate being considered theraputic for tuberculosis patients.

You can buy this mansion in Bisbee, also designed by Henry Trost, for only $2 million dollars.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Caption: Oh wow, 100 Daily City Photo Blogs!

Misha, one of my dogs...Alternate captions?

Congrats to Kuala Lampur for their 100th blog.

Friday, June 16, 2006

"I want to be able to fly again"

The quote is from an article about the artist, David Tineo, a locally famous muralist who has been important in the folk art movement. I'm going to break the one photo a day to show the more of the mural because it is very large. The mural, entitled "Raices" is found outside the Tucson Museum of Art. Read the article about Tineo here. He's a remarkable man.

Thursday, June 15, 2006


This window belongs to what is now referred to as the Sam Hughes house. It was built in 1862. The story of Sam Hughes, a Welshman and his 12 yr old bride, Atanacia Santa Cruz, is told here.

A journalist, J. Ross Browne, traveled through Tucson in 1864 and described it this way:
"Murderers, thieves, cutthroats and gamblers formed the mass of the population. Every man went armed to the teeth, and scenes of bloodshed were of everyday occurrence in public streets. There was neither government, law nor military protection. The garrison at Tucson confined itself to its legitimate business of getting drunk or doing nothing."

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


The photo is a detail from a bronze statue entitled "Yesterday is Tomarrow" in the front courtyard of the Tucson Museum of Art. He - the cowboy -is sitting on a horse looking back over his shoulder. I'm not sure what the title is supposed to me but I like his face. The artist's name is Betty Saletta.

Here's a lady in a somewhat different posture, from Madrid Daily Photo. I think she may be a bronze too. Maybe they would hit it off.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Fantasy Creature on Water Street

There is this amazing front yard on Water Street full - and by full I mean it is a riot of fantasy creatures constructed of various metal and other found objects. I used to live in this neighborhood and go by it frequently walking or jogging or biking and it was like a continual performance art show. There were always new creatures or old ones that changed, acquired a headdress or suddenly found themselves sitting on a fantasy horse holding a spear or some other variation suggested by a lively imagination. Some of the creatures are small, even "crawling" on the ground or up in a tree but many are a head taller than most humans. The one in this photo is having a great time riding another fantasy animal.

You might want to check out the
Kauppurienkatu photo on the todays Oulu blog.

Monday, June 12, 2006


We all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand.
-Robert McCammon

Violet-green Swallows at Agua Caliente.

And for a more bizzare version of swallows and the ephemeral nature of life.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Palm Leaves

One of those days I couldn't go out so I was taking pictures of a palm tree in my yard, the way the leaves looked in the sun with the wind blowing them - and then I took it into Photoshop and played with it. :) I love playing on the computer.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

But Its Hot...!

This picture was taken at a small lake in Reid Park. The dog and a small poodle walked up with the owner, a woman pushing a stroller. This dog immediately and with abandon, ran and jumped in the lake. In the photo it is looking towards the owner who was trying to cajole it to get out of the lake. The poodle got so excited it fell in (and was fished out). It was an entertaining moment for a person who loves dogs because, among other things, they are so completely in the moment.

The duck is a Mallard, the common park duck throughout the US.

Check out Mattieu's blog today "Berger couche avec son chien".

Friday, June 09, 2006

Hippie Gypsy 2

Hey its a big mural. Didn't frame it quite right - lost a Beatle on the left side. Besides them I can identify Jerry Garcia and Janis Joplin. Not sure about the other two. Maybe Prince? Bob Marley?

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Hippie Gypsy

This shop occupies both sides of an entire street corner and the mural extends all the way around. This is the front door. The Hippie Gypsy sells t-shirts, smoking accessories, incense, posters, etc. Anybody have any idea what the turtles are about?

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Rain at Sunset

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. -Crowfoot, Native American warrior and orator (1821-1890)

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Stormy Weather

The moon disappearing into the leading edge of a thunderstorm.

"There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."
George Carlin

Monday, June 05, 2006

Dresses Feeling Flirty

I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory.
Marie Curie (1867 - 1934) Polish-French chemist, Nobel Prize in 1911
Referring to a wedding dress.
Letter to a friend

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Woman With Harvest

From murals on the walls of a small performance area on 4th Ave. The murals depict Chicano harvest themes. The woman is a detail from a larger mural. I wanted to call her our lady of the harvest because she's clearly iconic in some way but that takes you into earth goddesses/the Virgin Mary and I'm not sure that was really what the muralist had in mind. I'm sorry I don't have any other information about this mural. However here is a Diego de Rivera mural with a woman in a similar posture.

Saturday, June 03, 2006


I was walking across the street and saw this scene in a window. Probably my attention was first attracted by the guy with the mohawk. Other details, like the spiderweb pattern on the window and the shop sign inside (4 Fourty 4), became apparent later when I looked at it at home. I've uploaded it full size for anybody who's interested in checking out the details.

Friday, June 02, 2006

It Rained!!

No rain here for at least 3 months and finally we had thunderstorms tonight. Yipee! The photo is of rain falling across the valley from me with the sun setting behind.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Parking Garage

I hate to pay for parking. I'll do just about anything to avoid paying to park. Can't remember the last time I parked in a parking garage. However here's one on the University of Arizona campus:

Rates: For 7am - midnight
$1 for the first 30 minutes
$1 for the second 30 minutes
$1 for each additional hour
$7 maximum per day

"Those who cannot remember the past will spend a lot of time looking for their cars in mall parking lots. ”
Jay Trachman