11 December 2018

Tucson Trivia ~ Holiday Style!

The "El Nacimiento" holiday display is a true "must see" in Tucson! Created by Maria Luisa Tena in the 1970s, El Nacimiento is the largest and longest-running nativity scene in the Southwest. The Nacimiento is a traditional Mexican nativity scene, an artistic expression originating in Colonial Mexico. As the Tucson Museum of Art explains, 

“In an intricate arrangement of hundreds of miniature figures, it combines the symbolism of the Spanish Colonial Catholic Church with the simplicity and faith of everyday existence in rural Mexico. Some of the scenes are from the Christmas story of the Bible; others show traditional Mexican village life with an accuracy that extends even to the tiny replicas of kitchen utensils in the country dwellings.”

08 December 2018

Definitely something different!

These graceful dancers definitely added some sparkle to the party! I was a party guest where the Belly Dance troupe entertained and did a quick lesson, too! How fun! Here's their info to learn more. They were wonderful! 

07 December 2018

Holiday Horse!


The season has started! Tucson's beautiful Tohono Chul Park is getting ready for the holidays!

Photo courtesy of Susan Dodson, Tucson realtor extraordinaire and generous Sponsor of this site!

06 December 2018

Tucson Throwback Thursday ~

06 DECEMBER 2012

Secret shopping ~

THEN:
This is a wonderful store that is on the grounds of hte famous El Corral restaurant - so it's a little hidden from view. "Diamond Lil's" feataures vintage clothing and jewelry. I can't find a website for t hem but I did find this basic info on Yelp:  2201 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718; Open Wed-Sun 3pm - 9 pm. 
NOW:
A newer Yelp entry: https://www.yelp.com/biz/diamond-lils-vintage-and-gifts-tucson

04 December 2018

Repair Shop Visible from Space!

Tuesday means Tucson Trivia!
According to Guinness World Records, Tucson's Davis-Monthan Airforce Base (known locally as DM) has the largest aircraft repair shop and storage facility on Earth. This mighty "shop" covers almost 3,000 acres and stores 350,000 tools. 

03 December 2018

AWESOME way to start the week!

We never get tired of Tucson's mountainous beauty. This is a sunrise capturing a magnificent view ~ WOW!

Photo courtesy of George Goldman. 

02 December 2018

Bejeweled Steer ~

Have you ever seen a long-horned steer with so much BLING? This fellow is on display at El Corral Restaurant (River Road). Sparkly! 
Photo courtesy of David Aber. 

01 December 2018

Picnic Grounds ~

A tree in my front yard was this Sharp Shinned Hawk's picnic area. I didn't really want to investigate exactly WHAT was being ripped apart! To learn more about these birds - including listening to their call - click here

06 October 2018

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05 October 2018

What a Pheasant Surprise! (:

This beautiful ringneck pheasant was spotted wandering around in a neighbor's backyard. It was not afraid of humans so it is speculated that this beauty was someone's pet and it made its escape. What a gorgeous bird!
Photo courtesy of  John Ewing.

04 October 2018

04 OCTOBER 2009

The Kon Tiki Lounge ~ a Tucson classic

THEN & NOW: Some things never change! 
A Tucson watering hole since 1963, the Kon Tiki Lounge serves a drink they call the Scorpion: "the largest drink in the world." It's a mix of rum, brandy, gin, fruit juice, and liqueurs ~ whew! And they serve it in a giant bowl with extra long straws. Quite a cocktail! I've never been brave enough to try it but do tell me if you have!

Kon Tiki Restaurant & Lounge 
www.kontikitucson.com
(520) 323-7193
Get directions

03 October 2018

Bevy of Bats? Nope!

Although I do like the alliteration of "Bevy of Bats," it is incorrect.  I have read that a group of bats can be called a Colony, a Camp, or a Cloud. Doesn't sound quite as snappy, though, IMHO.  (:  Are there more bats visible at this time of year or are we just more aware of them during this ghoulish season?
Photo courtesy of George Goldman

02 October 2018

Tucson in 1940 ~

Here's a great photo of a Tucson crowd waiting for the arrival of the Rodeo Parade. This is at the corner of Stone and Congress, northeast corner. In my mind's eye I think that corner is a bank now. Anyone know for sure? Next time I am downtown I will look. 

01 October 2018

Native Gardens ~

 
Here is the set for Arizona Theatre Company's current production, "Native Gardens" at the Temple of Music and Art. For more info about this play, click here

28 September 2018

All in a Day's Work ~

Here is another scene from the Tucson Botanical Gardens' railway town, Thorneville. Departing the church on the left is a happy couple who just celebrated their nuptials. The minister can now walk next door and conduct a funeral for whomever is in that hearse!
Photo courtesy of Ken Wilcox. 

27 September 2018

Open Range Longhorn ~

27 SEPTEMBER 2009

An Arizona Longhorn Cadillac ~


THEN:
Check out this great white vintage Cadillac! There's so much to love...how about that front grill, that longhorn hood ornament, the rifles mounted on both sides of the hood, the revolver door handles, the whitewalls. And, of course, those tail lights... wow!
NOW:
If this Longhorn is still roaming around town, it's nine years older and just as cool! 

26 September 2018

Village in the Garden ~

Did you know that the Tucson Botanical Gardens has a village complete with railroad station? This charming feature, "Thorneville Garden Railway," was the brainchild of Thorne Pierce and Gary Martin and was dedicated in 2008.  Fun!
Photo courtesy of Ken Wilcox. 

25 September 2018

Tucson & the Cold War ~

A fascinating piece of American history is located just outside of Tucson and offers a very interesting tour! The Title Missile Museum is a former Titan II Missile Site.

This National Historic Landmark was at one time a top secret military installation.  When the site was operational, it was one of 54 Titan II Missile sites which remained on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to protect the US against a nuclear attack.  

24 September 2018

Tucson's Most Loved Muralist ~

There is just no calculating how much joy and goodwill Joe Pagac has created all over Tucson with his amazing, fun, imaginative murals! This one is outside the Roadhouse Cinema and with its depiction of old black and white Westerns it connects the viewer to the fact that Tucson was once a serious movie making location. Old Tucson Studios served as the set for many many famous movies and TV series.  

23 September 2018

Greetings from Tucson!


This wonderful "Tucson Postcard" mural is in Swan Way Park (4800 E 1st Street). This project had local artists Allison Miller leading a community paint day in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters. The mural was completed in August, 2012.
Photo courtesy of Dave Aber.

 

22 September 2018

Family Outing ~

This family of javelina was spotted near the Community Center in my neighborhood. Just another evening picnic event for our peccary friends!
Photo courtesy of Victoria Ladin.

21 September 2018

Reminds me of car trips ~

This was a popular game when we were on a long car trip. We had categories of things that we could "spot" as we traveled.... convertibles, license plates from other states, blue trucks....you name it. It did keep us busy and engaged with the world around us! 

20 September 2018

YES, a bee hive but more of a holding cell!

Yesterday's guesses about the Big Green Box at the Tucson Botanical Gardens were correct - YES, the box serves as a hive, of sorts. But its real purpose is to "trap" the bees and relocate them to a friendly environment at Sun Apiaries, a honey bee farm. 

18 September 2018

Lifesize Last Supper ~

Over the many years that I have been posting Tucson photos I have come back to this "Garden of Gethsemane" many times. Sometimes the scultpures of Jesus and the apostles are smashed and in disrepair; sometimes they look fantastic. This image is about as good as it gets! Whomever did the recent restoration did an awesome job. Want to know more about this oddity? Click here.

17 September 2018

Dine in a Garden!

When you next visit the Tucson Botanical Gardens try to schedule your visit to include a meal at the charming Cafe Botanica. The menu, the service, and the ambiance will provide you with a wonderful experience!

15 September 2018

Tucson Rocks! We're #1! YAY!

Tucson has just been voted #1 as the most DOG FRIENDLY CITY in the United States! YAY! Read all about it here. Woof!

14 September 2018

Feeling a little peckish, are we?


This magnificent life-size vulture keeps an eye on things at Tucson's Tohono Chul Park. Created with recycled materials, it is the world of Kenyan sculptor, Kioko Mwitiki. I think it's particularly fun that the Park has strung fairy lights on this carnivore! (:
Photo courtesy of Ken Wilcox.

13 September 2018

Throwback Thursday ~ Our sunsets!

13 SEPTEMBER 2009

Sunset at Picture Rocks

THEN:
What a classic Western image ~ sunset at the corral. This unusual striped sky sunset photo was taken from a friend's property in the beautiful Picture Rocks area north and west of Tucson. 
Photo courtesy of Cindy Klein.
Picture RocksArizona maps.google.com
NOW:
This sky-with-striped-light photo kind of reminds me of the Arizona flag!

12 September 2018

More Trompe L'Oeil! Fun!


One of the many things I love about Tucson is the amount of public art that adds a note of fun to the landscape. Here is a wonderful mural that decorates Dale's Doors on S Kino Parkway. The figure in the doorway is NOT a ghost - it's Shana, the daughter of the store's owner, Leslie Bray. The artwork was done by "Murals by Jos." 

11 September 2018

Most Frequently Robbed Bank in the World ~

The (fictional) Pima County Bank is robbed constantly! It is part of the "Old West" movie set compound known as Old Tucson Studios. Originally built as a set for the movie "Arizona," the complex has served as the setting for more Western movies and TV shows than you can count. Here is the link to tell you so much more about its rich film history.