16 August 2019

Fantastic Undercover Surveillance!

Not quite as covert as in days gone by.....    :)   Here we have full disclosure I guess!   :)

09 August 2019

3rd Time a Charm??

Today I removed this toad for the THIRD TIME from my front patio! He likes to sit near the air conditioning drip. If he wasn't POISONOUS I really wouldn't care but either one of my 2 dogs could lunge to investigate him and suffer from his nasty toxic secretions. Bleh! Here's more about him:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_toad   He is also as piable as a blob of jelly. When I come to scoop him into a pitcher he flattens himself like a pancake. 

02 August 2019

Fluffy no more! Fierce!

Scroll back to see these fierce hawks as little white feather balls.... the weeks have passed and they are now fully equipped to fend for themselves. Check out those beaks! Those claws! Magnificent birds.
Photos courtesy of George Goldman. 

25 July 2019

LION ~ Exit, stage right

Check out the previous post to see both mountain lions in full view. This one shows one beautiful mountain lion lounging near the water hole and the other one is walking off screen - you can see his/her hind leg and TAIL. Thanks to Susan Dodson, a Tucson realtor, for these photos!!

22 July 2019

YES - TWO Mountain Lions! Scroll down!

Thanks to my friend Sue Dodson's wildlife cam (she is a Tucson realtor), I bring you this magnificent photo of TWO mountain lions who are enjoying the water station near El Conquistador Resort. Wow & MEOW!
Photo courtesy of Sue Dodson

20 July 2019

Takes your breath away.....

I am happy to share this iconic image of Earth as seen from the Moon. This photo encourages self reflection and provides a perspective on the world's ills that can be refreshing and inspiring... maybe even hopeful. Do you remember watching the lunar landing? Share your memories! 

19 July 2019

Magical Moon - 50 years ago!

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing (July 20, 1969 if you have been napping!), I am re-posting this stunning "Magical Moon" image from Feb 2, 2018. So much mystery and magic captured in this photo of a pink/coral moon against the intense cobalt blue sky. Gorgeous!
Thanks to George Goldman for this stunning image!

16 July 2019

My Bouquet to You ~

The fabulous Torch Cactus bursts into bloom for just one day but it certainly puts on a spectacular show! Enjoy! 

11 July 2019

Home Grown ~

My grape vine is producing a massive amount of grapes! They are sweet and delicious! Maybe this year I will try to make some wine....  any winemakers out there to offer advice? 

07 July 2019

With no barn in sight...

I caught this beautiful Barn Owl at the Desert Museum as part of their Raptor Free Flight program (totally amazing!). Gorgeous, isn't he?

01 July 2019

26 June 2019


The nest of baby Cooper's Hawks loudly tells mom to hurry up with mealtime! Any minute now they will be big enough to leave the nest (and mom's watchful eye) and fend for themselves. Check out the claws on mama! (ouch)
Photos courtesy of George Goldman.

20 June 2019

Fast Forward!

So check it out - the four baby hawks are already sporting some feather coloration! (Yes, there are four -- look closely into the foliage on the left for #4.) Not so white and fluffy now, eh?
Photo courtesy of George Goldman. 

15 June 2019

Fierce Mama!

TOP IMAGE: First check out the sweet little eyas (baby Cooper's hawks) perched in their nest. Next look on the lower right and see that Mama Hawk is ready to defend her little ones. Wow! 

Photo courtesy of George Goldman.

05 June 2019

Seen at a thrift store ~

Ha! I had to laugh when I saw this plastic bin. Do you think the paperwork is still in there??  :) Jeez that bin can hold a LOT of paper!  

29 May 2019

Mirror image ~

Isn't this reflection beautiful? The late afternoon sun created such a sharp image of the flower that it almost looks painted on the wall. The plant is a Texas Yucca, I think. If you know more, please check in! In fact, even if you don't know anything about the plant, I would love to read your comments!

23 May 2019

But the question remains....

OK - the question is still "How many dogs IS 'too many dogs'?" The most I have had at one time is 3. And if my house/yard had been bigger, I might have added to the pack. Roverdose? Dunno! 

20 May 2019

In Case You Lose Your Way ~

In case you lose your way at the border crossing in Nogales, La Roca restaurant is here to help you get there! 

17 May 2019

The mysterious missing "B" ~

Looks like that missing "B" was sacrificed long long ago to put in an air conditioning unit in this old Nogales bar. 

11 May 2019

That's a LOTTA DOG!

I was happy to be behind this car at a redlight. 12 PAWS! That's a lotta dog, for sure! And check out the back windshield. They are accounting for FOUR dogs (16 paws) but you can see the little halo.... one has gone to heaven. 

08 May 2019

Things I Know to be True ~

A massive oak tree serves as the set centerpiece of "Things I Know to be True," Arizona Theatre Company's current production. This was by far the best show of the season and you have just 2 more days to get tickets if you haven't seen it. Family dynamics are lovingly and painfully exposed in this moving family story. To order tickets, click here

06 May 2019

Barbershop Bandstand?

I don't actually understand the purpose of the square white structure. An impromptu stage for a barbershop quartet?

03 May 2019

Sex Sells!

I spotted this "unusual" mannequin displaying belts and scarves at a little boutique. (How could I miss it, right?)

28 February 2019

Throwback Thursday!

28 FEBRUARY 2014

Tucson's Inter-galactic visitors?

In an entire beautiful blue sky filled with thin, scattered clouds this big fluffy one traveling all alone caught my eye. Cleverly disguised visitors from a distant star? Or just another beautiful Tucson sky?

27 February 2019

Gnarly ancient tree photograph?

Well this tree in Saguaro East National Park has certainly been around for awhile but this "old photo" effect was done by the photographer. Beautiful, isn't it?

Photo courtesy of Ken Wilcox. 

24 February 2019

Catalinas Crested with Snow

The snow has stopped falling but the beautiful Catalina Mountains to the north are still blanked with snow - gorgeous!

Photo courtesy of Ken Wilcox.

21 February 2019

Still Good Advice~

21 FEBRUARY 2012

Spring seating ~

If you want the quickest way possible to perk up a drab patio & yard, add some of these colorful plastic chairs for a cheerful lift! Spring will be here before you know it so get ready for those patio parties and say "Welcome" with a chair bouquet.

20 February 2019

Local Tucson Taste ~ Chef Ryan Clark

Chef Ryan Clark
ryan@chefryanclark.com | chefclark.com



4 cups brussels sprouts, halved, stem removed
8 cloves of garlic, halved
4 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp miso paste
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1/2 lemon, zested
salt and pepper as needed


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl toss the brussels sprouts and garlic with the olive oil and salt and pepper. Spread out on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 12-15 minutes until caramelized and tender.

While the brussels sprouts are roasting add the remaining ingredients into the mixing bowl and mix to combine to make the miso glaze.

Once the brussels sprouts are roasted and still hot add them into the mixing bowl and coat with the miso glaze by stirring until evenly dispersed. Serve immediately.

16 February 2019

Durable Desert Dwellers ~

Two of our desert dwellers are captured here - the frisky and engaging little antelope ground squirrel and the barrel cactus.
Photo courtesy of Ken Wilcox. 

13 February 2019

With spring comes bugs - BIG bugs!

OK, OK, I know that spiders aren't bugs (they are arachnids) but "Big Arachnids" didn't have quite the same ring to it. Here is another imaginative piece of residential yard art (well, in this case - ROOF ART) spotted by a follower. Note the golf club legs! This is the same house that has the robot mailbox and the dragons.... I guess the guy is an ex-golfer! Good way to reuse and recycle!

Photo courtesy of David Aber. 

10 February 2019

Today's the Last Day!

If you have been meaning to drive down to Tubac for the wonderful annual Festival of the Arts, today is your last chance. From 10am - 5pm enjoy music and art in a quaint village setting.  Drive South on I-10 and take Exit #34 for Tubac. 

09 February 2019

Starts tonight!

When was the last time you visited the Reid Park Zoo? Tonight is the first night of their Asian Lantern Festival - should be a spectacular, colorful event! For more info, click here.

08 February 2019

Fun Friday Image!

This fun and fantastic Robot Mailbox is a wonderful piece of yard art. Check out the golf clubs legs! Love it! 
Photo courtesy of Dave Aber. 

07 February 2019

Throwback Thursday ~ Throwing Dust!

07 FEBRUARY 2013

Ahhhhh - refreshing dust bath

Elephants spray each other with dust to deter bugs and to keep cool. They were blowing around a LOT of dust when I was watching them! The elephant exhibit is the newest major expansion of the Reid Park Zoo. The zoo even has an elephant web cam so if you are crazy about elephants, be sure to tune in! To read more about the exhibit and these wonderful animals, click here.
If you want to watch the elephants between 9:30 am - 1:30 pm, here is the link to their own WEB CAM