23 August 2017

Warm Welcome!

Here is another beautiful entry way that is "so Southwest" in feeling. The cocoa colored stucco looks soft like suede, doesn't it? I also love the ocotillo spines inserted into the front gate. So nice to come home to! 

22 August 2017

Tucson Trivia - Did you know...?

 Did you know that Amazon ranked Tucson as the 4th most well-read city in America? Tucson is home to one of the country's largest book fairs every spring (held on the University of Arizona campus). Bibliophiles Live in Tucson!

21 August 2017

Spectacular Solar Event Today!

I think that Google has captured today's eclipse with wit and whimsy! Enjoy the sun and moon show with protective glasses, please! What a cool thing! 

20 August 2017

BIG BIRD - Rubber Ducky!

This gigantic rubber (well, plastic, actually) ducky was parked outside of a pool supplies store on Tanque Verde. At first I thought it would be a fun pool float to have but then the more I looked at those big lips/beak, the weirder it looked. I think this duck has a case of "trout pout," the over injection of fillers often seen on celebrities (Lisa Rinna, Melanie Griffith, etc)! 

19 August 2017

Sweet Circle of Sugar ~

Lucky me! I was part of a cake tasting and I had the "job" of tasting SIX kinds of cake and ELEVEN kinds of icing.  Mmmmm, mmmmm! It was very very hard to choose a favorite combo. And in the end, I couldn't choose just one - it was a tie.  Yummy! 

18 August 2017

Day of the Dead - on sale!

If you are a collector of Day of the Dead memorabilia, don't miss this last chance to shop at Picante on Broadway. As a great loss to the Tucson retail world, Hazel is closing her doors and the D of D merchandise is 50% off. Call the store for the hours when she will be there. Cash only. 

17 August 2017

Throwback Thursday ~ Boot Still Stands

17 AUGUST 2011

Tucson's big boot ~

This 17' tall boot was formerly the landmark sculpture that denoted a famous old Tucson restaurant, The Tack Room. It began as the restaurant for a dude ranch and eventually was recognized as Tucson's first five-star restaurant. Sadly for resident gourmets and tourists alike, The Tack Room closed in 2003. The property is now a gated residential community. 

16 August 2017

Modern Abstract Streetscape ~

I just loved the way the sun intensified these sharp shapes on Elm Street. The shadow of the street sign pointing to the inset stone bench coupled with the soft greenery makes a really interesting contrast. This is just outside the Arizona Inn. 

15 August 2017

Tucson Trivia - World's Largest Collection...

Tucson's Arizona State Museum has the world's largest and best documented collection of Southwest Indian pottery. This museum is a treasure trove of exhibits and anthropology archives. Be prepared to travel through time as you enjoy their rich exhibits of pottery, baskets, ceremonial objects and more.  

14 August 2017

Storm from hell ~

It's easy to imagine our monsoon storms as just being lots of rain. They are that, for sure, but they also come with hellacious winds that uproot trees and do a LOT of damage. Here are two views of an apartment building that was slammed by our recent storms. Happily (and amazingly) no one was hurt as these trees crashed into the roofs!
Photos courtesy of Mark Sykes. 

12 August 2017

Day 3: Charming downtown eatery - all is revealed!

Day 3:  This beautiful sunflower mosaic is part of the charming patio decor at the lovely Cafe a la C'art adjacent to Tucson's Museum of Art. Never been there? Oh you are in for a treat!

Day 2:  OK - here are some  hints. The sunflowers are not real nor are they painted. They are mosaic flowers that decorate the outdoor patio of a popular restaurant. Now does anyone have a guess??

Hello everyone! It's time again for a "Where is this?" contest! Previous winners please step away from your keyboards for a day and give a new sharp-eyed site visitor a chance to be the first to identify this Tucson location. AND... winner receives a "fabulous" TDP t-shirt for correctly identifying this location. Good luck! 

10 August 2017

Tortoise Featured for Throwback Thursday ~

10 AUGUST 2009

Desert Tortoise on Steroids

YAY! This handsome fellow is still guarding the median and the neighborhood residents are still decorating him for every holiday! For July 4th he was wearing an Uncle Sam hat! 

The Sonoran Desert is home to the Desert Tortoise, a herbivore that can live to be 100 years old. They typically measure about a foot in length and are about 6" tall. This SUPERSIZED metal tortoise maintains control of the median on Harrison Road north of Golf Links.

The scale of this sculpture is closer in size to the Giant Tortoise ~ typically associated with the tropical region of the Galapagos Islands - a location with weather definitely a bit wetter than Tucson, AZ! The artist also created some metal prickly pear cactus (visible on lower right) to complete this desert tableau.

To learn more about the interesting desert tortoise:

09 August 2017

Brilliant Stage Set ~

This vivid blue wall is not part of any real house in Tucson. It is part of an exhibit at the Tucson Botanical Gardens and functions as the entry into an exhibit just inside the entrance to the Gardens. It certainly would be an eye-catching color for a home! Sadly, my homeowners' association would probably veto this as "Too Vivid" or "Too Distracting" or something... 

08 August 2017

Tucson Trivia ~ Lucky Lindy Landed Here!

In September of 1927 Charles Lindbergh (aka "Lucky Lindy") landed his plane The Spirit of St Louis here in Tucson. His flight was to commemorate the opening of the new municipal airport on South 6th Avenue, near the site of today's Tucson Rodeo grounds. 

07 August 2017

Welcome to August!

Welcome to the first Monday in August. In Tucson the kids are already back in school so summer feels over except for the 98 degree heat! I am always intrigued with beautiful doorways and gates so I have started posting more of them. This wrought iron beauty is the side entrance to Plaza Palomino at Swan and Ft Lowell. Looks like they are (again!) renovating - lots of "Space Available" signs. It's a retail mix of clothing and restaurants. I do miss all of the wonderful sculpture that once adorned the courtyard...

06 August 2017

Is that Shangri-la in the distance?

When our Tucson Catalina Mountains are shrouded in monsoon clouds they do tend to look very soft and mysterious. Beautiful! 

05 August 2017

04 August 2017

Wild Neighborhood ~

Thanks to former Tucsonan Kathy Rice, I can share this image of a coyote wandering around in the Blenman Elm neighborhood. Kathy lived in this neighborhood in the 80's and when she recently was in Tucson for a visit she was surprised to see this wild fellow on a stroll in her old 'hood. Loss of habitat brings a lot of wildlife closer to residences. Coyotes, bobcats, and even mountain lions have been spotted in populated areas.
Photo courtesy of Kathy Rice.   

03 August 2017

Tucson Throwback Thursday ~ Bevel-dom is Better than Ever!

03 AUGUST 2009

Tucson's Kinetic Art Scene ~ Mat Bevel Institute

August 3, 2009:
Weird and fun and provocative, the Mat Bevel Institute is a Tucson art treasure. The outside courtyard of the institute looks like a cross between a wind farm and a junk yard. The sculptural art pieces are created from found objects ~ a bicycle tire, a tractor seat, a TV antenna ~ and they all move in different ways. A strong breeze gets everything going at once - fun!
August 3, 2017:
You will be amazed at the treasure of art and fun on the website: matbevelcompany.org!
The Museum of Kinetic Art is located at 2855 E. Broadway Blvd.
For more information contact Paula Schafer at 520-604-6273.

530 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ

02 August 2017

Sweet Tooth, anyone?

I had brunch at the Cafe Francais in Palomino Plaza and had to stop and admire their pastry case! They also offered fluffy meringue puffs in several flavors/colors that looked like little clouds!  

01 August 2017

Tucson Dreams of Jeannie!

Tucson Trivia - did you know that the star of the popular '60's sitcom, "I Dream of Jeannie," was born in Tucson? Yep, Barbara Eden was born here in 1931. 

31 July 2017

Ancient Gateway to a New Week!

Happy Monday! Here is a handsome archway/gate that is part of the Julian Wash Greenway. The piece, "Joining Hands," is by local artist Chris Tanz. Click here to learn more about the inspiration for these Hohokam figures.
Photo courtesy of Ken Wilcox.

30 July 2017

You have a 50/50 Chance ~

What do you think - sunrise or sunset? Either way, this electrical station looks magical against the Tucson sky!

29 July 2017


A really loud buzzing was going on around this prickly pear and at first I was struck by how many plump bees were flying around. But the big surprise was the huge cluster of Figeater Beetles chewing away on one of the prickly pear fruits! WOW! They are iridescent green and just gorgeous! 

28 July 2017

Big Red ~

I was struck by the beauty of this red-spined barrel cactus. The spines just glowed in the morning sun. I'm not sure if I have correctly identified it so post a comment if you know more! It is either a Denmoza Rhodacantha or a Ferocactus. It is GORGEOUS! 

27 July 2017

Throwback Thursday ~ Dragon was Slain!

27 JULY 2009

Tucson's Own Dragon Slayer ~

Sadly, this mural is long gone...  What was once a fabulous land of fairytale imagery was painted over years ago. And now, in fact, Bookmans no longer occupies that retail space. They consolidated their east side locations to just the one on Speedway. 

This knight in shining armor is defending the corner of Grant and Campbell against a dragon attack. The east facing walls of Bookmans (one of Tucson's best used book stores) are decorated with a series of fantasy murals. According to the staff, all mural characters have been given nicknames. The knight is "Hugh" and the dragon is "Harold."

I'll post more images from this wonderful fairytale art in the weeks ahead. Come back for "Damsel in Distress," "Evil Queen," "Mr. Be-header," "Venus de Milo's Sister," and "Pirate Ship."

Grant & Campbell

26 July 2017

All is revealed!

Wow - not a single guess as to "Where is this?"   It is the Pantano River Walk at Lowe's (Speedway and Kolb). Beautiful beautiful landscape views from there. This is a wonderful biking and walking trail. 

Here are two more images from the mini park area. The space is decorated with self portrait tiles created by students. Fun! Check out "Connor's" portrait - is that a coyote sitting on him? Is he in a sleeping bag? Very mysterious!  (:

The Pantano River Park Trail follows Pantano Wash northwest from a junction with the Harrison Greenway to Tanque Verde Road, providing direct trail access to thousands of residents of Tucson. The smoothly paved trail features undercrossings at every road, allowing for safe and uninterrupted travel throughout.

A future extension will continue the trail northwest to the Rillito River Park Trail. Both trails, along with the Harrison Greenway, are integral components of a larger trail network called The Loop that will one day encompass 130 miles of trail throughout Tucson and Pima County.

25 July 2017

Day 2 of "Where is this?"

24 JULY 2017

Time for another "Where is this?"

Let's start the week with another "Where is this?" quiz. Regular site visitors know that the first one to identify this Tucson location wins a "fabulous" TDP t-shirt!.  Previous winners please sit on your hands for a day and give others a shot at glory!  (:

No guesses so far!! OK - if you were here you would be north of Broadway, south of Grant, east of Craycroft, and west of Harrison. 

24 July 2017

Time for another "Where is this?"

Let's start the week with another "Where is this?" quiz. Regular site visitors know that the first one to identify this Tucson location wins a "fabulous" TDP t-shirt!.  Previous winners please sit on your hands for a day and give others a shot at glory!  (:

23 July 2017

Old and New, New and Old

In the foreground is a very old Saguaro Cactus Skeleton and in the background another tall and stately Tucson sight - a cell tower. These cactus skeletons are used in lots of imaginative ways as house decor. I have seen these cactus spines/ribs turned into lamps, furniture, and even fences! I caught this image just as another storm was rolling in. Hello, Monsoon Season! 

22 July 2017

The Air Conditioner Has Landed!

Exciting stuff! The condenser for the new air conditioner was too big to fit through the gate so a crane had to be summoned to drop it down. The box swung over the house and touched down on the patio as light as a butterfly! It was amazing to watch! Crane drivers have awesome skills!!

21 July 2017

Welcome to the Wild West!

Although it is a bit hard to see at this distance, YES, those are cows crossing the road ahead. And a few over to the right are strolling around also. This was taken on the bike path - or should I now call it the Cow Path? - that is part of Harrison Green Way.

20 July 2017

Throwback Thursday ~ Still at the same address?

20 July 2014

I'm talking really serious downsizing! 

UPDATE 2017: I wonder if this person has moved into even smaller quarters by now....
ORIGINAL POST: Lots of people talk about downsizing their lives. Well, here's someone who lives in a milk truck! Wow!
Photo courtesy of Carol Tretiakoff

19 July 2017

Hello New Day in Tucson!

Tucson is world-famous for its sunsets but we also offer spectacular sunrises, too! Check out this pink and yellow morning glow! Beautiful!
Photo courtesy of Jeffry Gardner.

18 July 2017

Tucson Trivia ~ We're a bird epicenter!

Aside from the Amazon Rain Forest, Tucson has more bird species to observe than any other place on earth. No wonder then that the most comprehensive bird count in the world is here in Tucson. Hundreds of volunteers track the multitude of species. We have a variety of elevations, mild seasons, and many migratory flyways. Go birding! For more info, click here

17 July 2017

Don't worry, you can outrun this guy...

Gila monsters are dangerous lizards with a nasty venom. They have sharp, serrated teeth and they gnaw away on their victim as they inject their poisonous venom. But no worries... their top speed is 1.5 miles an hour so you can make a safe getaway! Here are some additional fun facts from the Smithsonian about this beautiful but dangerous lizard. For instance, did you know that they can consume their calorie needs for a year with just a few meals?
Photo courtesy of Sue Dodson. 

16 July 2017

Looks as good as new!

The top photo is a print ad from the late 1950's for the Nash Metropolitan. The bottom shows the same car on display in Tucson as part of the Truly Nolen Company's massive collection of restored automobiles. A wonderful snippet of car history! Looks like it was a fun little car and I sure love those white walled tires! 

15 July 2017

Close your eyes! Unbelievable!

Now that the monsoon season is here, I am delighted to share my favorite video for this time of year. I post this every year because it is truly one of the MOST amazing videos!  You will just not believe your eyes and ears when you see and hear how this chorus creates a huge rain storm. Love it! Love it! Enjoy!