Saturday, September 30, 2006

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Temporary Absence from the Blog

A tower of the Santa Cruz Church on south 6th St.

A little announcement - I am going to be out of town for 2 (or 3?) weeks starting Sept. 17. I have given a friend carte blanche to put up photos of his choice from my "archives" in my absence. There won't be responses to comments. See ya later and thanks JT!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Two More Things That Bite or Sting

From mosaics at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center. A scorpian and black-widow spider. Both common though secretive, in everybody's yard (unless they use a lot of pesticides in which they're just living in a dead zone which is apparently what they want, only the safe pretty/cute Walt Disney creatures in their vicinity - and yes I am prejudiced on this subject).

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Mountain Flowers and Killer Bees

We've had such a wet summer that the fall flowers are abundant this year. Lucky bee, working out there in the mountan air, amongst the flowers. Of course its a short life. I have to admit I felt rather nervous taking the photo as we have "killer" bees here. More about killer bees here.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


Its grafitti, don't know what it signifies. Could be political. Some of the other grafitti on the same wall was more violent, some looked like gang grafitti. Its on the side wall of a business named Casa de Zorro, which either sells fabric or bikes (or both?). Hard to tell from the outside.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


I am rarely up and about this time of day. But there I was, looking for adventure, not sure where I wanted to go or which direction. Finally I just drove towards the sun.

Monday, September 11, 2006


I have been watching George Bush's address to the nation and I am so angry I am shaking. There will be no photo tonight. Nothing I have would be appropriate.

I was home the morning of the attack on the World Trade Center, had actually turned on my tv by chance right after the first plane hit. I was horrified, appalled and will admit this affected me at a much deeper level than other terrorist attacks, wars, disasters in other countries which took more lives and sometimes were more horrific. This was an attack on my country, on me.

However I was even more horrified when the Bush administration used the anger, fear, outrage and increased nationalism we all felt then to justify going to war. First against Afghanistan, which did at least have Al-Quaeda stronghoulds and the presence of Osama bin Laden. But then the attack on Iraq, as if it were a continuation of the Afghani war. Even though members of this adminitration have since admitted that Sadam Husen's government and Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Bush actually said so in his talk tonight, amongst all the other half-truths and lies.

I am seeing in all the coverage about 9/11, not just today, but really for the last week a return to the same retoric we heard 5 years ago. Rudolf
Giuliani (who was Mayor of New York at the time of the 9/11 attack) said tonight on CBS tv that what made this terrorist attack different was that we changed from taking a defensive position to taking an offensive one, in defense of freedom. Bush used the same retoric. There was more talk about staying the course, being stalwart in the defense of freedom. What freedom do we have when our government illegally wiretaps our homes, when we have held people at Guantanamo (and other prisons around the world) now for years, without being able to prove for most of them a connection to 9/11 and without allowing them the legal rights that are part of living in a free country?

On this aniversary of 9/11, the question we Americans should be asking ourselves is why we are in the war in Iraq? Bush's administration told us initially that it was because of the threat of WMD, then it was because of an was an evil dictatorship. He was but so is the leadership of North Korea and we not attacking them or any of a number of other brutal regimes on this planet. The current rationale is that we are bringing democracy to the middle East. Did they ask us to do that and what right do we have to make that decision for them? When did we go from a country respected around the world, at least, for our freedoms - to a country that is viewed as the world's bully? People all over the world grieved with us 5 years ago, now we are hated more than ever. The Bush administration has turned a horrific event into a quest for empire. This is wrong. Thousands of our young people and far more Iraqis had died for this and it is wrong.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Sunday Morning Outside the Library

The silver striped building in the backround is the Main Branch of the Public Library. The angular thing in front is a sculpture, sometimes referred to (not affectionately) as the "spider".

Tucson Downtown on weekends is a ghost town. Of the few people you see walking around, at least half appear to be homeless people and the rest - a few lost tourists, some local people walking their dogs, out to buy a newspaper or eat a meal. Its a landscape of towering glass, stone and metal that appears to be more about appearances than about people.

To my eyes, the only buildings that seem to relate to people, that welcome people, are the oldest buidlings, like the old County Courthouse building a block away. I've seen downtown Tucson referred to as "dispirited", and on a Sunday morning this seems an apt description.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Driving Home Under A Full Moon

Driving home from work late at night, roughly half the trip looks like this, yellow and white lines disappearing into the darkness of the desert. Even 5 or 6 years ago, I can remember seeing wildlife crossing this road at night, coyotes, rodents, snakes, deer, javalina, sometimes they were just mysterious movinging shapes in the dark. One night during a particularly wet monsoon, there were tarantulas, moving across the road en masse. Which was kind of sad because they were so slow and people just mowed them down. However, with a lot of new development the traffic has increased considerably and it is rare to see any kind of wildlife now.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Towards Mexico

Mexico is roughly 60mi (100k) south of Tucson. Tucson sits in a basin, with mountain ranges surrounding.This photo was taken from the Santa Catalina Mts looking across the far east side of Tucson towards the south.

Its not a country for everyone. The colors are browns, yellows, muted oranges, mostly the drabber greens and the blues of the skies.Its a country that shows its bones, that lays everything out in front of you on a grand scale. You can see thunderstorms building, towering above the mountains, air and water given form and energy, from miles away. Technicolor sunsets so often we sometimes don't look anymore. A country that is vast and magnificent but not generous or welcoming on a human scale.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Stairwell at the Old County Courthouse

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

If Elves Designed a Bus Stop

Belated Labor Day Post

Labor Day was yesterday. Nonetheless, after digging through my archives, I came up with this, my person working photo, of a police officer directing traffic at a street fair. I like this one because he gave me a big grin after I took the photo.

Labor Day in the US celebrates the working man but even more its seen as the last blowout of the summer long weekend, barbecue and beer in the back yard, one last vacation before the school year starts kind of holiday.

For more working people, check out Kate's working people series on her St. Paul blog.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Cool Water

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Reid Park Ducks at Dusk

Tame park ducks but the one in the front is keeping a wary eye on me. You never know what those unruly park humans will do.

Reid Park is the big central park in Tucson. The zoo's there, a golf course, several performances areas, a pool, baseball fields, a rose garden, picnic areas, indoor sports and recreational crafts buildings, and there's probably more. Its popular for jogging and skating too. I learned to inline skate myself in a class in a parking lot there. The instructor was a kind, patient man named Fast Eddie.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Zoo Who? Cockatoo!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Meyer Street Door

Sept. 1 is a theme day and here is my entry.

To find more doors, one place to start is Marie's blog and then just go from there.