26 June 2017

Red, white, and blue?

Cheerful red garage door and matching gate plus blue sky and white clouds makes for a cheerful and patriotic image to start your week. Happy Monday! 

25 June 2017

2nd Day: Time for another.... "Where is this?"

No guesses so far!  OK - here are some clues. This beachfront property is east of Swan and south of Grant Road.

ORIGINAL POST: This looks so inviting... a restaurant right on the beach! It looks REALLY inviting right now with our truly awful heat wave. Where is this?? For regular visitors to the site you know that the first person to identify this location wins a "fabulous" TDP t-shirt. Good luck! 

23 June 2017

Crispy, Sunburned Cactus?

Considering that our weather has been in the 112 degrees (and up!) category this week, it seems logical to think that we may have some sunburned desert plants as a result of "TMS" - too much sun. Nope. This hearty barrel cacus is a piece of decorative metal yard art that just LOOKS a bit crispy!

22 June 2017

Throwback Thursday: Angels Still at Work ~

22 June 2011

Angels at work ~

The restoration work of Mission San Xavier has been going on for years and it continues as money is raised for the painstaking work. Eventually there will be a second tower added, too.  Here is the original posting from 2011:

The interior of Mission San Xavier houses near-permanent scaffolding as artisans repair and restore the chapel's remarkable artwork and carvings.

21 June 2017

Fearsome and Watchful Mama ~

So what protects baby hawks from predators, you might wonder? Check out the claws on mama hawk and you will have your answer! The eyases are venturing out from the nest a bit now that they are bigger. But mama is definitely keeping her eye on things!
Photos courtesy of George Goldman.

20 June 2017

Tucson Trivia Tuesday ~ America's Public Enemy

Did you know that John Dillinger, one of America's most notorious criminals, was arrested in Tucson at the Hotel Congress? In late January 1934, five members of the Dillinger gang, including Dillinger himself, were arrested in Tucson. They were five of the top six names on the FBI's Public Enemy list. A fire allowed firemen to discover their identity and the police promptly arrested Dillinger and gang members Harry Pierpoint, Charles Makley, Russell Clark, and Ed Shouse. The police found the gang in possession of over $25,000 in cash, 3 submachine guns and five machine guns. Tucson celebrates the historic arrest with an annual "Dillinger Days" festival, the highlight of which is a reenactment.

19 June 2017

Opening the Week ~

To start your week off on a cool note I bring you a beautiful ocean blue door mounted in a curved stucco archway. So cheery! 

18 June 2017

Happy Father's Day!

To all of the dads, grandfathers, brothers, uncles and all other significant guys out there who are making families better, stronger, and more loving. Have a great day today!

17 June 2017

We're having a heat wave....

As Marilyn Monroe would sing it, "We're havin' a heat wave, a tropical heat wave." Oh baby it is HOT and the prediction is to hit 116 degrees in the next few days. Yep, it's definitely warmish! 

16 June 2017

Curvy Entry ~

First let me say that yes, the Tucson sky IS that blue!  I just love this gate/archway's wooden door. Check out the slight curve of the wood. Looks like it was salvaged from the Nina, Pinta, or the Santa Maria! 

15 June 2017

Tucson Throwback Thursday - Gone Girl!

15 JUNE 2009

Tucson's Super Girl ~ Mask, Boots, Flute

Too bad! Musical Super Girl is long gone - the building housing the Chicago Store was renovated and repainted a few years ago. Here is the original posting: 

A few days ago another piece of mural art ("Brick Dancers") from the Chicago Music Store wall was featured. This masked girl is on the same wall ~ painted inside a niche. With her mask and black boots I think she looks like a super hero ~ part flutist, part artist. Notice the stencil in the lower left: "Waste your life. Be an artist."
(130 E. Congress).

14 June 2017

Artful Shadow Play ~

In the early morning hours the sun strikes this modern art sculpture in such a way as to paint a picture on the wall. Beautiful and so interesting!

13 June 2017

Tucson Trivia Time - An Ancient Hideaway

Did you know that Tucson's Colossal Cave is one of the world's largest dry caves? Water no longer runs through it so the formations do not grow. This is a fabulous place to visit during Tucson's hot hot summers as the cave temperature is a constant 70 degrees! Mmmm! 

12 June 2017

And now there are THREE!

About a week ago I posted a photo of a mama Cooper's Hawk keeping watch over her baby. Now there are THREE and they are getting big! Wow - beautiful!
Photo courtesy of George Goldman. 

11 June 2017

Privacy, please!

Nope, it's not a trick of the light. This gate really is blocked by a blooming bougainvillea bush! I guess the homeowners use only their garage door or they have been on vacation for a long, long time! 

10 June 2017

Clever! Clever!

The simplicity of this license plate is just flat out wonderful! With all of the weird and hard to figure out messages that people put on their license plates, I have to say BRAVO to this driver!! Fun! 

09 June 2017

Any minute now...

The creamy white flowers of the saguaro cactus bloom at night and last for just a day so you have to be vigilant to enjoy their beauty! The top of this saguaro has a few buds that will bloom tomorrow and some that bloomed yesterday or were open this morning before fading. Did you know that the saguaro flower is Arizona's state flower? Here's more info and a spectacular bouquet of saguaros in bloom. Enjoy! 

08 June 2017

Throwback Thursday - All Gone Now

08 JUNE 2009

Shrines, Warnings & the US Mail

I was driving to visit a friend and noticed this remarkable construction in front of a house on her street. You can see a regulation mailbox there in the center but that's where anything "regular" ends! The mailbox is flanked by fierce Aztec statues and ceramic sunflowers. The two discs are brightly painted Aztec calendars. To add to this eyecatching mix... check out the Madonna mosaic and sculpture on the front of the house! It looks like they keep their holiday lights up all year round ~ I'll have to drive by at night and see how this looks illuminated.
A few years ago new owners removed all of this eclectic decor. It may not be everyone's taste but it was sure colorful! 

07 June 2017

Thousands and thousands of images later - the site is 8 Years Old!

The site is celebrating its EIGHTH anniversary! Holy wow! This is the first image I ever posted and the text that accompanied it in June, 2009.

Many people don't make the association that thorny cacti can also be beautiful, blooming plants. This particular beauty is such an example ~ it blooms for just one day. The flower is fabulous magenta and orange with an iridescent sheen. And it's the size of a feather duster!

06 June 2017

Tuesday is Tucson Trivia Day! Ansel Adams...

Did you know that famed photographer Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984) co-founded Tucson's Center for Creative Photography and that dozens of his prints are archived there?  Click here for additional info 
and to view more of his work.  
Photo courtesy of Center for Creative Photography.

05 June 2017

Totally Tucson!

The combination of blue gate, blue front door, and blooming (blue) plumbago caught my eye on a recent walk. So welcoming! 

04 June 2017

Stoneware Seating ~

Careful! These pretty floral seat cushions are not fabric - they are stone! This trompe l'oeil bench provides some lovely (but not comfy) seating at St Philip's Plaza. The whole plaza is filled with colorful tile and mosaic work - beautiful! 

02 June 2017

Tucson wildlife encounter - an eyas!

Look closely and you will see the Cooper's Hawk keeping watch over a little white eyas (baby hawk). To hear the call of this beautiful predator and to see more photos of it, click here.
Photo courtesy of George Goldman. 

31 May 2017

A POP of color! Fun!

Even garage doors can be fun! Check out this line up of contrasting colors along a parking alley at Civano, the beautiful planned and eco-aware community in Tucson. 

30 May 2017

Tucson Trivia Day! Tucson is Arizona's Tinsel Town ~

Did you know that Tucson is the setting for hundreds of films and TV shows? Just west of town you can visit Old Tucson Studios and learn all about the rich history of film production that brought you films and shows such as Arizona, Gunsmoke, Little House on the Prairie, Young Riders, Young Guns, Tombstone and many, many more! To learn more about this amazing place and read the long list of credits, click here. It is a really fun day trip! 

29 May 2017

Happy Memorial Day and THANK YOU, veterans!

There is so much more to Memorial Day than having a barbecue to kick off summer or grabbing a sale deal at the mall. Click on this link to learn about this important holiday. I was surprised at how much I didn't know! If you know anyone who is serving or who has served, make sure to thank them for all they do to keep us free and safe. Enjoy the day! 

28 May 2017

Traffic Jam Solution?

I imagine that riding in this rickshaw would be quite an adventure! You are protected under a folding roof and the driver is peddling the bicycle madly to get you to your destination. This particular one is a eye-catching piece of yard art. The owner of the house had a long-time business in the Pacific and the entire house is filled with treasures from the Far East. Fun!

27 May 2017

Is this green oasis in Tucson? Yep!

So we are regularly breaking the 100 degree mark and it's nice to know that there are many places in Tucson that are green and cool and offer a respite from the heat. Here is a lovely view of one of the patio areas in beautiful St Philip's Plaza, definitely one of my favorite Tucson spots!  

26 May 2017

St Philip's is a veritable Restaurant Row!

OK, is it just me or does the name "Reforma" seem like a weird name for a restaurant? Sounds like the awesome Pilates "Reformer" machine! Anyway, the location in St Philip's Plaza makes this a handy place for my office to have happy hour. Reforma offers what they call "modern" Mexican food. They also have killer cocktails! 

25 May 2017

Throwback Thursday ~ Barrio Beauty Remains the Same!

25 May 2010

Tucson's Barrio Beauty ~

Here's another classic Tucson Barrio home - thick adobe walls help insulate against the intense desert heat. Tucson's barrio district (also called Barrio Historico or Barrio Libre) is a treasure trove of charming adobe homes - many date from the 1800's. Adjacent to Tucson's downtown, this small area is now a mix of private residences and offices for lawyers & other professionals.

To see other similar beauties, click on the "Barrio" label and/or the "Doorway/Entry" label below this post. Here's additional historical info: http://southwest.library.arizona.edu/barr/body.1_div.2.html

24 May 2017

Weekend Garden Project?

With the long weekend just a few days away, how about planning a nice garden spruce up project? I can't say enough great things about the staff at Civano Nursery and they are all really eager to help you figure out what you need. Their website is a virtual gardening encyclopedia so check it out!

23 May 2017

Tuesday is Tucson Trivia Day! Who was JoJo?

Anyone know if JoJo was a real person from the Beatles' "Get Back" song? I found this info on Wiki:In the 2007 film, Across the Universe, directed by Julie Taymor, most characters are named after lyrics in Beatles songs. A principal character is named Jojo, an African American who was played by Martin Luther McCoy.

22 May 2017

Cravin' Cajun?

This new(ish) restaurant, Sazerac, serves a menu influenced by New Orleans cuisine. I have always loved this location in St Philip's Plaza but several restaurants have come and gone in this same spot. I hope this one stays around! The decor has a great vibe! 

21 May 2017

A Serene Sunday ~

What a lovely spot to sit and watch the world go by! These fun mosaic tile chairs and beautiful column mural are yours to enjoy at beautiful St Philip's Plaza. 

20 May 2017

What is your favorite Tucson place?

For me there are so many places to list as my favorites in Tucson! Every few months I go to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and it never fails to wow me. I always see something new, something amazing, and something beautiful. Think it's getting too hot to go there? TONIGHT is the first "Cool Summer Nights" program where you tour the grounds from 5 - 10 pm when it is a lot cooler and many of the animals are more active. FUN!

19 May 2017

Stairway to....?

This beautiful and colorful stairway brought song lyrics to mind! Led Zepplin's "Stairway to Heaven" or George Gershwin's "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" are the first ones I thought of. Any others? 

18 May 2017

Throwback Thursday - the Lilies Still Flourish!

18 May 2011

Monet would have loved Tucson ~ 

For decades Claude Monet painted the ponds and flowers surrounding his home in Giverny, France. Probably everyone is familiar with his dozens of water lily paintings - water lilies at each stage of bloom and in all weather - sunny, cloudy, rainy. This pretty pond at Magic Garden Nursery is filled with turtles and koi and, of course, hundreds of lilies.

17 May 2017

Enjoy some Local Taste/Local Flavor!

Here is a delicious recipe from one of my favorite Tucson restaurants, The Coronet! It's a charming cafe on the edge of 4th Avenue and Downtown. 
Recipe courtesy of Susan Dodson.