Tuesday, January 16, 2007

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Movin' On

Well its my somewhat belaboured attempt to illustrate that I'm moving the blog, heading on out, down the road, over the dip in the road and on over the ridge..well you get it. Hopefully I'll have the new Tucson photo blog up by Tuesday.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Another Visit to the Old County Courthouse

The Old County Courthouse is an elegant building in the old Spanish colonial style, built as a hollow square around a central courtyard. On one side of the square is lovely tiled dome, with a walkthrough underneath that has its own graces. The photo is of the walkthrough facing towards the central courtyard and visible, through the farther arches, is the gray and white striped public library across the street.. I've shown the dome and library previously.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

A Sabino Canyon View


Friday, January 12, 2007


An installation in the Children's Garden at the Tucson Botanical Garden. I like to think an imaginative child might have seen them this way.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A Trompe L'Oeil Sighting!

I was looking at another photo a few days ago, wondering if it was trompe l'oeil. Being a little vague on the concept, I looked it up here and no that photo wasn't but this one is. Appropriately enough, its on the wall of a store selling doors. Maybe not the best artistically but still, it works.

Sixth: Michigan St. to Pennsylvania St.

My weekly exploration of Sixth St moving gradually north. This block has a laundromat, an herbalist, two businesses handling legal documents for Spanish speakers, another bus line to Mexico, an internet cafe and computer store, a coffee shop and the usual tire shop (one in every block so far).

The shops are right up against the sidewalk so as you walk by the beauty shop you see someone getting their hair done just the other side of the window. Or the barber standing in the barber shop door way, camera shy but enjoying the evening - next door to the cyber cafe where the teenager visible in the open door is totally focused on a computer screen. A sense of a kind of shared space, a neighborhood intimacy. Something I noticed in Barrio Historico too, where the houses also are right up against the sidewalk. In the Barrio photo a few days ago, I think the cutout man with his back to the sidewalk is sort of a play on that too.

And grafitti, part of the neighborhood too, for good or bad.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

St. Augustine's Tower in Afternoon Sun

Monday, January 08, 2007

Its a Pretty Blue Really Big Rock

Azurite and Malachite from Morenci, AZ. Detail from a boulder at Tucson Botanical Garden. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show starts at the end of January. People come from all over the world for its wholesale and retail gem, jewelry, mineral, fossil, and bead shows. More info here.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

A Photo from The Tucson Botanical Garden in January

Taken today. The red bunches are some kind of berry.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Haven't a clue what to call this. Picnic with Dragon? Any suggestions? (Its f
rom a gallery entrance in the Zee's Warehouse building.)

Friday, January 05, 2007

Two Windows in Barrio Historico

I have this odd thing happen to me sometimes when I'm taking photos out in public. I'll be shooting away and someone will approach me and turn out to be knowledgeable about place or subject. We'll have this conversation about what they know and then they continue on to wherever they were going. I am a perfectly average looking middle-aged woman so has nothing to do with my charms as a woman, and in fact, in the US, being a middle-aged woman makes you practically invisible in some senses.

Anyway, that happened with the top photo too. I took the photo, walked up the street for a while and came back and this man was standing in front of the house and I made some comment and it turned out he was a guy remodeling the house for the owner, a real estate investor who owns a number of properties in that area. He gave me a brief tour of the inside - 14ft ceilings!, the original wood floor, unfortunately in terrible condition, most of the original ceiling, roof and interior walls had to be replaced. Per my guide, these old historic houses will kill romantic fantasies about bringing an old historic home back to life if you don't have a lot of money and expertise. So much for that fantasy.

Reflections do curious things sometimes, such as decapitate the guy in the second photo. Where did his head go?

Thursday, January 04, 2007


The freeway (I-10 for those who care) at 7:15 am, rush hour still in the dark with the full moon setting. On my way to drop off a cat at the vets to be spayed. Such is the life of a pet owner. I didn't think "moonset" was word in English but yes it is and a kind of fanciful word it is too. See here for an amazing moonset photo that I didn't take.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

And Its Illinois to Michigan

The next block of 6th St. More small businesses trying to make a go of it, billboards about teen sex ("Sex Can Wait , Being a Teenager Can't") and Mexican beer, Linea Frontera - which appeared to be a bus service making runs to Mexico. Next to La Mexicana Carniceria, two mobile street vendors, oddly enough one Chinese and the other Mexican, parked next to each other and sharing covered tables (the photo just shows the Mai Chinese van, the Mariscos van is behind). El Fogon Restaurant (bonfire), Billares El Sur (billiards) and several other businesses, looking more prosperous on the east of the street.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Doorway in Barrio Historico

"Life is a thin narrowness of taken-for-granted, a plank over a canyon in a fog."

Rose Wilder Lane (1886–1968)

Monday, January 01, 2007

January Theme Day Photo

The Frail Duration of a Flower....

Originally posted May 8, with the title above which had to do with the fact that the Palo Verde trees had been blooming and had begun to drop their petals. Why this as my best of year? To be honest I couldn't pick a best. I love many of the photos I posted on this blog, bad or good. They represent to me all the things I felt taking them, the places I went, the memories, the people, all the places, the little adventures and discoveries this blog took me to this year. So I chose one of my favorite subjects. In fact this photo is similar to the very first photo I put up on this blog, which was also of Palo Verde trees. Just call me a tree hugger...

Please visit these other DP Blogs showing their best photo of the year. Due to time differences and differences in time posted, they may not all have the Jan. 1 photo up at the same time. Enjoy!

Porto (Portugal) -Albuquerque, NM (USA) -St. Paul, (USA) Kate -Greenville,SC (USA) -Stayton, OR (USA) -Szentes (Hungary) -Hyde (UK) -London (UK) -Dubai (UAE) -Buenos Aires (Argentina) -Shanghai (China) -Nelson (New Zealand) -Twin Cities, MN (USA) -Joplin MO (USA) -Stavanger (Norway) -Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) -Not Strictly Seattle, WA (USA) -Jakarta (Indonesia) -Auckland (New Zealand) -Sharon, CT (USA) -Evry (France) -(Aust) John -Newcastle upon Tyne (England) -Paris (France) -Bandung (Indonesia) -Brussels (Belgium) -Minneapolis MN (USA) -Aliso Viejo, CA (USA) -Seattle, WA (USA) -Budapest (Hungary) -Singapore by Zannnie (Singapore) -Tenerife (Spain) -Santa Clara, CA (USA) -Houston, TX (USA) -Sydney by Nathalie (Aust) -San Diego, CA (USA) -Vancouver, BC (Canada) -Singapore by KeropokMan (Singapore) -East Lansing, MI (USA) -Sydney by Sally (Australia) -Tucson, AZ (USA) -Nottingham (UK) -Sequim, by Norma -Hong Kong -Vantaa, Finland -Kyoto (Japan) -Tokyo (Japan) -Chattanooga -Santiago (Chile) -Berlin (Germany) -Trondheim (Norway) -Delta, CO (USA) -