Monday, July 31, 2006

Balance

There is a newish group of arts related buildings on the NW corner of the University of Arizona campus. I think the same architects must have done the whole group because there is such a sense of balance and awareness of how the buildings relate to each other. They used weight and pattern and light like a painter building a canvas. In a way, the whole group of buildings is like an art installation that you can walk through.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Hamlet Goes for the Layup

Layup is a basketball term. And the name of the artwork was indeed "Hamlet". I reserve the right to make fun of statues while treating humans gentlely. The two people are an older couple who met in the square there, an area on the University of Arizona campus were there are a group of arts buildings. I talked to them briefly on the steps of a gallery we all went into and I liked them. There was just a sense that these two people had aged well, with good humor and curiosity about the world intact.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Arizona State Museum

Spent the afternoon taking photos on the University of Arizona campus. I liked this poster for a Mexican mask exhibit. I'm fond of this building because I spent a lot of time there one year as a volunteer in the library.

And yes I changed the photo.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Last Day

The same Mourning Dove babies I showed on July 22. This photo is actually from yesterday. Today they had left the nest, out in the big world now.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Flash Flood

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Mosaic Tile

Another mosaic tile from the Sabino Canyon visitor center. The brown animal is a javelina and the small black, 6 legged one represents an ant (I think). Why an ant? Because there are many kinds here, they are ubiquitous, not to mention aggressive and intrusive (and many of them bite).

And there's a saguaro on the right and probably a barrel cactus on the left. And the sun!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Steak House (or La Chambre de Bifteck)

American-as-apple-pie. I've never eaten in this particular one so anything I say about steak house food is wholly generic. The generic steak house meal -first a tossed salad - iceberg lettuce, shredded carrot, sliced radish, maybe celery or cucumber slices, a few tomato sections or slices.

And dressing for the salad - thousand island (basically ketchup and mayonaise), french (not sure what it is), italian (an oil and vinegar variation) and ranch. Often bread sticks or sliced bread with the salad.

Drinks are served with the salad - usually a mixed drink, wine, pop or iced tea.

Then they bring the steak - and steak houses are judged by size and thickness of the steaks. At one place I ate at, the steak covered the whole plate, by itself. I found that a little grotesque but its considered to be a plus by a lot of people.

With the steak generally there is some potato variation, either baked (in the skin) or french fried. The common condiments to go with that are butter, sour cream, ketchup, sometimes something called Bacon Bits (crumbled fake bacon). And dessert - maybe pie or ice cream or cake.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Old Car in Vail, AZ


Is fuel efficiency really what we need most desperately? I say that what we really need is a car that can be shot when it breaks down.
Russell Baker (1925 - )

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Figure in Someone's Garden























"The camera makes everyone
a tourist in other people's
reality, and eventually in one's own."
Susan Sontag

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Mourning Dove

I like to read in the morning sitting next to my front window and a few days ago I looked up and realized there is a Mourning Dove nest in a palm tree right outside my window. So I've been taking photos, a few a day, trying not to get too close or freak the adult bird out. Here's today's. I'm thinking there are 2 babies. You can see the closed eye of one. They look a little scruffy because they're covered with feather shafts with feathers just beginning to erupt.

According to one reference the French name for this species is "Tourterelle triste" and the Spanish is "Huilota".

Friday, July 21, 2006

Lions and Fires and Floods ..Oh My!

When hiking into Sabino Canyon, as you enter the canyon itself you come to the crest of a hill. At that point there are two yellow warning signs. The first says "Danger! High Mountain Lion Activity - Enter At Your Own Risk" and the second says "Caution- Recent Fire-Flash Flood Hazard".

This must be daunting to the average tourist. There is a history behind these signs though. Last spring there were mountain lion sightings in and near the canyon (which leads up into a wilderness area). A few people felt they had been actually stalked by the lions. So the Forest Service closed the canyon and decided to live trap and move the lions out of the area. And an environmental group decided to oppose that by interfering with attempts to find and trap the animals. For a while there were trappers, environmentalists and possibly a few curious lions all hiking around in the canyon. However in the end no lions were found and the canyon was reopened.

There was quite a bit of controversy about the whole situation at the time. We want wild animals in wild areas but we're not really comfortable with the notion that they might stalk and eat us. On the other hand, the Forest Service's expressed concern and explanation for closing the canyon and trying to trap the lions, was that if a lion injured or killed someone, they might get sued. Hence the sign. Now if a lion bags a tourist, the Forrest Service can now say, hey we warned you!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Parrot Window and Turquoise Doors


A window belonging to a restaurant in the El Presidio district. I like this area because its the original architecture of Tucson, when it was Spanish colonial - small vine draped windows, ash white adobe walls, patio gates in wood and wrought iron leading into shaded hidden spaces, narrow wood doors with (often) turquoise trim.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Barbie in March


See July 16.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Yet Another Flower Picture ; )

With all the rain the Oleanders in my yard have blooming again.

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Hotel Congress: Dillinger Slept Here

The Hotel Congress is a local historic building and landmark, though its chief claim to fame has been that the infamous bank robber, John Dillinger, was captured there in January of 1934. John Dillinger and his gang were heros of a sort during the Depression and the police of several states and the FBI had been unable to capture him. So Tucson was rather proud of its police for making the capture.

Which as it turned out was temporary. Dillinger and his gang later escaped from an Indiana jail and in July of 1934, Dillinger was shot dead in Chicago by the FBI, outside a movie theater where he had watched a gangster movie starring Clark Gable.

One of the FBI agents wrote later:“Probably I will never forget, although I would like to, the morbidness displayed by the people who gathered around the shooting. Craning necks of curious persons, women dipping handkerchiefs in Dillinger’s blood. Neighborhood business boomed temporarily. The spot where Dillinger fell became the mecca of morbidly curious.”

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Looking In, Looking Out


As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
---Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Saturday, July 15, 2006

What Is It?

OK, I changed the picture. Well its the same photo but with a Photoshop filter on it. A postcard from Tucson, AZ, to whoever gets it (with a nod to Mark for the postcard idea).

Friday, July 14, 2006

Bats!

Taken at Sabino Canyon. There is a ramada (roofed shelter with open sides) that has these wonderful mosaics running in a narrow strip just under the roof on the inside. Just discovered them tonight. This photo is of a small portion.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

My One and Only Lightning Photo!

This gorgeous big thunderstorm came whomping in around sunset, so I went out and took pictures until I got this lightning photo. Its a construction site by the way.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Bench

In Sahuarita, a small town south of Tucson.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

At the Park

In response to some comments, I totally missed it when I put this photo up that it could look like the dog is attacking the girl. Oh my. Honest, they were playing and having a great time.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Broadway Tile Canvases

Detail from photo mosaic wall created by artist Steve Farley. Farley asked the public to submit photos of their families taken between 1930 and 1960 in downtown Tucson. He received 215 and selected 14 to make 4 mosaic walls. This is a photo of part of the largest wall, 18 ft tall and 158 ft wide, on Broadway Avenue.

Every photo has a story, like the second from the left of Eleanore Morris, taken in 1938. She had just moved to Tucson from Chicago leaving behind friends and family. Her doctor told her she had a year to live with a respiratory disease and advised her
Tucson would be her best chance. She was celebrating her 80th birthday at the time the photo was submitted by her family.

The mosaics were created by transferring photos scanned into a computer onto ceramic tiles. More about the Broadway Tile Canvases here. A larger version of Eleanore's panel below.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

World Cup Final

I'm a new soccer fan but was rooting for France. It was a great game, hard fought by both teams, but what a sad, painful loss for France. Congrats to Italy.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Ducks in Browns


"Serenity isn't freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm."
Unknown

Friday, July 07, 2006

My Window

My cat, front yard, a couple of neighbors houses, mountains and a rainbow :)

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Monsoons

With some irony, we refer to our summer rainy season as the Monsoons. Its hot and humid, the thunderstorms race through in the afternoons and the roads flood in areas prone to flash flooding.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Honeysuckle

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

July 4, 1776


A country's flag can represent a lot of things from a political history to the Olympics or World Cup. However I may feel about where the US appears to heading as a country (anywhere from sad to horrified), I can only honor where we came from. The people and the beliefs that created this country on 4 July 1776 are something to be proud of and I am.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Mountain High

There is a long tradition here of traveling up into the mountains during the summer. Its just a wondrous thing for the spirit to be able to go somewhere cool and green and lovely, to be amongst the lights and shadows of a forest. The canyon where this was taken is near the only town on Mt. Lemmon, appropriately named Summer Haven.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Davis House on Main Street

I love this house. It looks almost like it should be sitting on a cliff somewhere in the tropics to me. It is on Main St. in the El Presidio District, near downtown Tucson. This is where the Tucson Presidio was founded in 1775 by the Spanish, the beginning of Tucson, at least anglo Tucson. One resource I've read said that Main was originally the road that led from the Presidio to Mexico City.

In the 1800's and early 1900's, Main was the fashionable street to live on for Tucson's newly wealthy business leaders - most of them self-made frontier types. The Presidio District is now a historic district, Main just travels for 5 or 6 blocks and many of the restored old homes house law offices and restaurants.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Cyclists

Its the first day of the Tour de France. These cyclists are riding down Mt. Lemmon. They were moving a lot faster than my photo shows. Its a big mountain and most of the road up is very steep and twisty with spectacular dropoffs. I know people who are afraid to drive it in a car. I love it - in a car.

Congratulations to Portugal and France for their quarter-final wins!