23 June 2018

Magical Lanterns ~

One of my neighbors has a fantastic collection of hanging lanterns on the front porch - all cool, crisp white! So interesting and beautiful! 

22 June 2018

Festive Fruit Friday ~


On May 9 you may remember that I posted the tiny green grapes that were growing on my backyard water tank. Well here it is several weeks later and they are ripe and delicious! Not enough for wine but plenty to nibble. Yum! 

21 June 2018

Throwback Thursday ~ Still Green, Still Cool!

21 JUNE 2009


Emerald green ~ cool & inviting: Tucson's Agua Caliente Park


THEN:
Here is a third photo of beautiful Agua Caliente Park on Tucson's eastside. I can't help but describe this as a desert oasis ~ refreshing, isn't it?
(Photo courtesy of Mark Wight.)
NOW: Unfortunately, the water levels at the park have sunk so the "lake" is now more of a "pond" but it is still beautiful and a wonderful day trip!
To learn more: http://www.naturalwonders.net/agua/about.htm
For a map: http://www.naturalwonders.net/agua/aguamap1.pdf
Enjoy what others have to say! For recent reviews of visitors to the park, click here

20 June 2018

If only it were this easy!

Of all the things that are annoying about driving, I think that tailgaters are at the top of the list! I laughed when I saw this license plate in traffic today!  

19 June 2018

Truckin' Tacos ~

Here's another of the food trucks who participated in my neighborhood's Sunday Food Truck Roundup. It was nice to have a picnic dinner outside under the trees and not have to cook or clean up! 

18 June 2018

Wild West Roundup - FOOD, that is!

My community arranged for a food truck roundup to celebrate Father's Day. It was great fun and there were several cuisines offered for dinner choices and an ice cream truck, too! Yay! The weather remained perfect - warm and slightly breezy. Wonderful dinner party! 

16 June 2018

Tucson's Alpine Chalet ~

This charming little house is a mailbox! Check out the shingled roof and the mini planter at the back! Wonderful!  And notice the "flag" is a purple tulip!  (:
Photo courtesy of David Aber. 

15 June 2018

True Confessions!

Ha! I also laughed at the smaller sticker's sentiment:  "I'm Retired. Go Around Me."  Happy Friday! 

14 June 2018

Then & Now - Exactly the same!

14 JUNE 2009

Saluting the Sky ~ the Saguaro Cactus


The mighty saguaro "is" the symbol of the southwest. This awesome tree-sized cactus can only be found in the Sonoran Desert and can live well over 100 years. A mature saguaro is magnificent to behold! For more info on this symbol of the desert, click here. 
Photo courtesy of Mark Wight.

13 June 2018

Rushing Water ~

Continuing with yesterday's display of art displayed at Tucson's main library, here is another piece in the library's collection: "Monarch" by James P. Cook. The artist has boldly captured the power of rushing water in Rocky Mountain State Park. A dam had burst above these falls and the flood waters dramatically and permanently changed the landscape. I also particularly love the bold graphics in the carpet that, from the higher level angle, appear as 3-dimensional tiles on top of the carpet. Cool! 

12 June 2018

Tucson Trivia - Unusual Art Gallery

You may not consider the library to be a hotspot for artwork but you would be wrong! Here is just one example of the cool collection on display at the Joel Valdez Library (the main library downtown on Stone). This Thunderbird Curio sign was the first ever neon sign in Tucson. It was beautifully restored by the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation. For more info, click here

10 June 2018

Books & Bikes!


The Tucson library has a Book Bike program that is totally great! Librarians pedal a bike filled with books to a senior center, a teen hangout, a soup kitchen....  and deliver books! What a cool concept! This idea was launched in Tucson in 2012. To read more about it, click here. For the schedule of where you can find a book bike, click here

09 June 2018

A room with a different view ~

The massive "Sonora" sculpture that commands the main library plaza downtown looks quite different from inside the building. For more info on this controversial piece of Tuscson's collection of public art, click here

08 June 2018

Let the Games Begin!

Here's some good advice as the weekend approaches....   Be careful out there all you canines and felines! 

07 June 2018

Site Celebrates 9th Year + 1 day! WOW!

06 JUNE 2009

Beauty for Just a Day

THEN:
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!
NOW: This beautiful cactus flower was blooming in my front yard and I used it to launch this site in 2009 with the mission to celebrate Tucson every day with an image that is beautiful, interesting, or just weird. And now it's rolling into its 10th year. Thousands and thousands of images have been posted - many of them contributed by site followers - thank you so much! 

06 June 2018

Alien Greetings!

Check out this fantastic Tucson mailbox! Sort of an alien dinosaur with wings....? Love it!
Photo courtesy of David Aber. 

05 June 2018

Not Trivial Tucson Trivia! We're ranked #5!

From left: Kylie Walzak, LSA, Andy Bemis, City of Tucson Department of Transportation (DOT) Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator, Jesse Soto, City of Tucson DOT, Krista Hansen City of Tucson DOT

Hey everyone! Tucson was ranked #5 in the nation for bicycling according to the "People for Bikes/Places for Bikes" survey. Click here to read more. GO TUCSON!  YAY!  To visit the Places for Bikes website with all of the ranking info, click HERE

04 June 2018

Robot Celebrates Pie!

This happy robot welcomes visitors to the historic Pie Allen neighborhood. (Yes, it is named after a man who was known for his pies!). North Tyndall & 6th is where he serves as the welcoming committee.
Photo courtesy of David Aber. 

03 June 2018

What is wrong with this picture?

Here you see Abby, my Border Collie, on the wrong side of the fence. This temporary fence was erected to keep her out of the garden while new plantings took root. And once she jumped INTO the garden she began to bark and bark and bark. Why? Because she was stuck! It was easy for her to get a running start and jump in but she couldn't get herself back out once she was in there. Dogs! 

02 June 2018

Ancient Story ~


Here are more imags from Karimi Rugs. The top is a beautiful and intricate woven rug that depicts the four seasons with ancient imagery. The bottom is another view of their vast inventory of art for your floors. 

01 June 2018

Whirling Woven Dervishes ~

This clever and unusual display of beautiful rugs at the Karimi store caught my eye today. Looks like a conference, doesn't it? 

31 May 2018

Throwback Thursday ~ the story remains the same!

31 MAY 2011

Tucson's 4th Avenue ~ colorful & quirky


THEN:
Anyone who visits Tucson should definitely make the time to stroll around on 4th Avenue. It's a mix of businesses that include vintage clothing boutiques, an authentic "head shop" that celebrates the 1960's, several bars, and an international selection of restaurants.
NOW:
4th Avenue is still a quirky mix of shops and restaurants and cool public art. There's maybe even more public art now than when this original post appeared in 2011. Take a stroll & check it out! 

29 May 2018

Tuesday Tucson Trivia - Movies!

The list is very long of the movies that have been filmed in and around Tucson, AZ Do you remember Three Amigos with Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, and Martin Short? This comedy western was filmed here in 1986. Fun! 

28 May 2018

Frisky Foal - SO adorable!




As promised yesterday, here are more photos of the sweet new foal and her mom. Come on, you know you want to say it..... "Awwwwww......"    (:

27 May 2018

I'm back with an exciting announcement!

OMG! Check her out! Here is Tucson's cutest newest resident! My friend's mare had this foal 10 days ago and today was a naming party for her! Her mom's name is "Casper" so I suggested "Ghost Girl." I think she is just about the sweetest little girl on the planet! Awwww. More photos tomorrow!  

18 May 2018

TDP has "Gone fishin'" ~

Yep, it is that time of year when I leave Tucson and go look at other things in other places! What a concept! I'll be back posting soon! (:

17 May 2018

Throwback Thursday - Dinosaurs in Tucson!

17 MAY 2010


Tucson's "Good Mother" Dino ~



THEN:
Not everyone knows that in addition to the ferocious T-Rex that stands guard at the corner of Kolb & Tanque Verde there is a whole dino family in the back parking lot! This 30-foot mom is a Maiasura ("Good Mother") and she guards her twins from the long line of drive through vehicles at the McDonald's that houses them. Hurray that kids can learn something while they eat their McNuggets!
NOW:
These fun creatures are still in residence!  I wonder if they are related to the impressive T-Rex that was featured in yesterday's post.... ?

16 May 2018

Impressive doorman!

Tucson has some of the most interesting wildlife! This intimidating fellow stands guard at a home on North Campbell Avenue.
Photo courtesy of David Aber. 

15 May 2018

Tuesday Tucson Trivia ~ Saguaro Park/Saguaro Park

Tucson has TWO Saguaro National Parks - one is east of the city and one is west! Each has a different set of attractions. Naturally, the parks are spectacular showcases for the magnificent saguaro, a cacti that lives only in the Sonoran Desert. These mighty icons of the desert can live up to 200 years. It is illegal to harm them.

Both parks offer hiking and horseback riding.  You can also traverse the parks from the comfort of your vehicle. The western park extends into the Tucson Mountains and you can count on beautiful sunsets. The eastern park has trails that lead up into pine forests - an 8,000 foot elevation.

14 May 2018

Now it's MY turn! Then and Now...


As you can see by the recent posts, cactus are in wild bloom all over Tucson. Finally MY torch cactus opened. I am posting my photo of it from last year (top) so that you can see how much it has grown in just a year (bottom). Far fewer blooms than last year but beautiful nonetheless. (:

13 May 2018

Blooms to brighten your Mother's Day!

 
Blooms and MORE blooms! These buttery yellow flowers are so cheerful! Tucson is abloom everywhere! Happy Mother's Day!
Photos courtesy of Susan Dodson. 

12 May 2018

Caught in the moment ~

I was driving past my neighbor's house and noticed that ALL of their torch cactus flowers had opened at once! I had to pull over and take this photo of the beautiful profusion of flowers. And I am glad that I did. A few hours later they were all wilted and closed up - done for another year. I was lucky to have caught them at just the perfect moment. Oh Tucson is so beautiful right now with everything in bloom. 

11 May 2018

'tis the Season!

 
Yes, 'tis the season for the mighty saguaro cactus to throw itself into full bloom! The beautiful bouquets of blooms atop the saguaros are recognized as the Arizona State Flower. The blooms don't last long so enjoy them while you can.
Top two photos courtesy of Ken Wilcox.