16 January 2017

A bit of brilliance on a drab day ~


This beautiful Vermilion Flycatcher brightens up the landscape on a cold, rainy day! To read more about these birds and to hear their songs, click here.
Photo courtesy of Ken Wilcox.

15 January 2017

Bienvenue! A cheery French welcome ~


Tucson's chapter of the Alliance Francaise had a "Galette des Rois" celebration (King's Cake) in conjunction with Ephiphany. Traditional (and all home made!) galette was served with cider. Here is one of the Board Members welcoming guests. A lovely party! Un bon fete! 

14 January 2017

The honeymooners ~

These owls are so very beautiful! And the steady gaze from their yellow eyes is absolutely riveting. This pair was spied in a Tucson back yard.
Photo courtesy of George Goldman.

13 January 2017

Moody Moon ~

Our Tucson full moon looks particularly moody viewed through mesquite branches. It has a very gothic look, don't you think? Beautiful!
Photo courtesy of Ken Wilcox. 

12 January 2017

The Wizard is dead! Tucson Throwback Thursday ~

12 January 2010

Tucson's Own Evil Wizard lives at Grant & Campbell ~

I am so sorry to report that these wonderful murals are long gone! In fact, shortly after I posted the entire wall of murals here on TDP in January, 2010, they were painted over. What a fun art treasure lost to Tucson - very sad. If you would like to see all of the murals that accompany this "Evil Wizard," just click on the "Bookmans" label at the bottom of the post and it will take you to the fantasy murals that I have posted on the site. Here is the original post text: 
 
The fantasy murals that decorate the exterior east wall of Bookman's (Grant & Campbell) are so fun! Staffers have given all of the characters nicknames. Here the wizard (a.k.a. "Dr Volt") holds a lovely damsel prisoner. Her name? "PIP" (for "Pretty in Pink").

Bookman's is a great Tucson institution - used & new books, weird & wonderful collectible items, music & much more.

For the full range of these delightful murals, click on the label "Bookman's" at the bottom of this posting to see "Dragon Slayer," "Mr. Be-header," "Venus's Sister," "Evil Queen Wendy," and "Parthenon + "Pinto Bean."

11 January 2017

Cactus Cruising!

Looks to me as if these three cactus buddies are out cruising with the top down and enjoying the day! Fun! 

10 January 2017

Mercy, Mercy ~

What were the marketing people thinking? Here is a truck advertising "Myrcenary" beer complete with a soldier guy making an escape with loads of loot -- a mercenary.  Well, this seemed like a puzzling name for a beer and according to their website it is named after Myrcene, a component of essential oils from the hop flower. So... what's with the illustration of the mercenary?  Thoughts?