Saturday, May 31, 2008
It must be reassuring for a desert dwelling cat to have his own 9 ft deep water dish!
Hmmm, also shows that its time for one of my least favorite activities, cleaning tile. Sigh.
Friday, May 30, 2008
A saguaro in another street turn circle nearby
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
[For some great pictures of victorian style towers on houses up in Prescott Arizona, check out the May 26th blog entry over at WalkingPrescott.]
Coming up on June already and I had a "new thing" goal of 100 for the year, I guess I better start getting creative!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Also on my "was" new-to-me list from a little while back, I joined AARP (#23). Part of the ritual of turning 50, I guess. Even though retirement is hopefully some ways off for me, I enjoy reading many of the articles in the AARP magazine. Useful for insight and planning. But 50? Come on, 50 is the new 30, right?!!
[Lynette's blog at Portland Daily Photo has a very nice, and serendipitous, Memorial Day photo sequence worth checking out. Also, Rick Steves (of Rick Steves TV travel shows) is currently visiting Iran and blogging about it. Interesting reading.]
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The Orchestra performed the world premier of a piece entitled "Whiskey Row" which was a reflection on the street full of saloons called Whiskey Row burning down back when the old west was young. During the performance they projected historic photographs from the Sharlot Hall Museum of the actual fire, complete with pictures of the saloon patrons who had dragged a bar and several barrels of booze across the street to safety where they could continue imbibing while watching the buildings burn to the ground. A nice piece of music set to an interesting part of Prescott's history.
Here are a few nice examples of some of the pieces in the college sculpture garden. Well worth a stop if you are passing through Prescott.
This flagstone sculpture was one of my favorites. The piece changes dramatically as you walk around and through it, full of uniform and irregular surfaces and changing perspectives.
And driving out Iron Springs Road we were surprised to see how far back in time we had traveled...
We passed a house with a LOT of large and small metal dinosaurs spread out over their yard. I took pictures, but decided to search the Walking Prescott blog and sure enough, "grannyj" had found this place back in 2006 and taken a bunch of pictures here with her daughter and granddaughter in the pictures for scale (no pun intended). Check out her pictures of these very cool animal sculptures here. Very, very cool way to decorate a large natural property and an unexpected surprise to find while driving around.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I found this interesting shadow in a construction zone on Copper Basin Road in Prescott this weekend. No one will see the shadows cast inside the drain once its planted, but they will be there.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
The picture below is this same arm, two weeks ago, showing the flower buds at different stages of development. Saguaros bloom for a few weeks, but only a few percent of the buds bloom on any given day (there can still be a LOT of blooming flowers, but each day its a completely new set of buds which have bloomed). Pretty neat planet we share!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I guess I'm still working the bugs out of the new camera... We ran into several of the above insects roaming around in the sandy wash. I don't believe I've ever seen these before... Anyone have any idea what they are? Update: It is an Iron Cross Blister Beatle -- not one to handle or eat. For some more info check out notes on it at the Firefly Forest.
The ocotillo up here were putting on quite a show. Most of the ocotillo were leafless -- but just a little bit of rain and these sticks will be covered with fresh green leaves in a few days, only to drop them again shortly after the soil drys out again.
When I uploaded this picture from my camera I did a double-take... This looks like one of those camera or photoshop special effects where you emphasize one color and drop out the rest. But no no no... I assure you this is a full color picture and the cholla really was that drab and its one flower really stands out this much!
Here is a closer shot of the cholla flower shown in the previous picture.
Here's GT & PT headed on down the Alamo Spring Trail and back to the car, shade, water, and food! It was starting to get hot out -- Tucson hit the low 90's today -- time to start thinking about heading to the high ground in the surrounding pines for summer hikes.
Ran into this rowdy bunch on the hike out. Not sure if they were giving us a hard time for thinking it was getting hot... Then again, they may have just been watching the game on a secluded TV stashed behind the bolder.