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

MISO ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS



INGREDIENTS:


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




DIRECTIONS:

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


Then:
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.
Now:
If you want to watch the elephants between 9:30 am - 1:30 pm, here is the link to their own WEB CAM

05 February 2019

Tucson Trivia ~ Did you know about our STARGAZING?

Did you know that Tucson has some of the best stargazing areas? Tucson is part of a Dark Skies initiative to enable our many local observatories (like Kitt Peak, Mt Lemmon, and Mt Graham) to continue their important research. To find out about the best places in Tucson to stargaze, CLICK HERE.

04 February 2019

"Missile With A Man In It"

This TF-104 was known as the "Missile With a Man In It."  To learn more about this warbird, click here.  This plane is housed at Tucson's Pima Air & Space Museum.

Photo courtesy of Ken Wilcox. 

03 February 2019

Battle Scarred but Refurbished ~

This is a MIG-15 Fighter - up close and personal! Click here to learn more about this aircraft. It is housed at the Pima Air & Space Museum which is definitely a "must see" for all history buffs. 

Photo courtesy of Ken Wilcox. 

02 February 2019

Hogging the spotlight ~

Once a year he hogs the spotlight. You know who I'm talking about... PHIL. Today is his day - Groundhog Day - in case it slipped past you. For all the news about Phil and his weather prediction, go here! Since I was born in Pennsylvania I thought that I would include a little feature today on my home state and the most adored groundhog in the world. :)

01 February 2019

Heros Flew These ~

Heros! This combat plane is a Curtis P-40E housed at the amazing Pima Air & Space Museum. Its markings are of the 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron, Darwin, Australia, 1942.  
Kudos to the brave pilots who took to the air in this aircraft knowing that it was inferior in many respects to most of the enemy aircraft they faced. 

Photo courtesy of Ken Wilcox. 

29 January 2019

World's Oldest and Largest ~

 
It is estimated that as many as 50,000 
people attend this event! 

Here are all of the links that you need to plan shopping: 


The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show is HUGE. In addition to the full-to-bursting Tucson Convention Center and surrounding tented parking lots all over the downtown area, nearly every Tucson hotel also has exhibits/booths in their lobby and/or in their hospitality suites. 

24 January 2019

9 years later it was a little earlier ~

23 JANUARY 2010

Still life with Palm Trees and Snow ~

THEN: (Snow was later in the season here in 2010.)
A fun fact about Tucson is that the northernmost mountain range (the Catalinas) contains the southernmost ski area in the United States - Mt Lemmon Ski Valley. Skiing hasn't started there yet for the season but maybe the ski runs will be open this weekend. Ah, Tucson - golf in the morning, ski in the afternoon!
NOW:
2019 brought snow earlier than in 2010. Tucson already had its flirtation with snow for the season a few weeks ago. With a little luck, we are done with snow now and can look forward to crocuses and spring! 

23 January 2019

Moonlight and lace ~

Moon and more moon! I hope you enjoyed the Blood Moon photos from this week's eclipse. Here's another image (post-eclipse). I love this image of the full moon behind lace (tree branches). Mysterious!

22 January 2019

Looking up!


In case you missed the Blood Moon/Lunar Eclipse of Sunday night, here are some photos that capture the beauty and mystery of the event. 
Photos courtesy of Ken Wilcox. 

21 January 2019

Care to share?

If you would like to share your photos of the lunar eclipse/blood moon, I would be delighted to post them! Send them to:  TucsonDailyPhoto@gmail.com.  I will of course give you a photo credit!  :)

20 January 2019

Moon Mood Music!

TONIGHT - Moon & Music! Enjoy tonight's lunar eclipse with the Tucson Amateur Astronomers Association! Telescopes will be set up on the UA Mall near Flandreau. Here is the complete program info. 

19 January 2019

A Peek Behind the Scenes ~

I was lucky to have a chance to photograph this beautiful female ocelot who was resting "off exhibit" at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. She looks snug in her cat habitat, doesn't she? Beautiful animal! 

18 January 2019

Lot o' Tail!

This handsome male ocelot lives at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. His camouflage is so magnificent that you might miss that TAIL!  

17 January 2019

9 Years Later - He Hasn't Blinked ~

17 JANUARY 2010


Tucson's Bas Relief Godzilla ~


THEN: This oversized lizard stands guard on a residential garden wall that faces Broadway. What fun!
NOW:  He is still on guard, watching the traffic pass on Broadway. Still fun! 

16 January 2019

5 More Weeks of Wonder to Go!

Each year the UA College of Science treats the community to an amazing FREE lecture series that is held at Centennial Hall. Not only do they select interesting topics, they also select amazing speakers to present different viewpoints. The series was launched on Tuesday night with Joanna Masel presenting, "There is no Certainty." Click HERE for full info. 

15 January 2019

Tucson Trivia ~ the Tucson Portrait Project

Chances are good that someone you know is one of the thousands of portraits on display in the Fourth Avenue Underpass. 10 years ago the "Tucson Portrait Project" was launched to capture photos of people in Tucson - all kinds of people...young, old, big, little... and some animals, too! A truly great piece of public art! 

14 January 2019

New Art ~

Would anyone like to take a guess where this striking mural by Jaque Fragua was recently installed? 

13 January 2019

Government worker?

Are you or any of your friends and loved ones affected by the government shutdown? Are you tired of this nonsense? Here is a link that will instantly give you the contact info you need to reach your elected officials. Did you know that you can just EMAIL your opinions - fast and easy! Let's put the government back to work!

Photo courtesy of Dave Aber.  

12 January 2019

2nd Saturday ~ it's happening now!

When is the last time you went to Tucson's 2nd Saturday? It's today and tonight from 2 - 9pm. Food, drinks, music, art, shopping - all downtown! A walk-around fun time for sure!
Here's the link to read more:
http://www.2ndsaturdaysdowntown.com/

11 January 2019

Musical notes ~


I was struck with the resemblance of these birds on telephone wires to a musical staff with notes. 

10 January 2019

Still cluckin'!

10 JANUARY 2010

Tucson's Favorite Chickens ~


THEN (2010): The wonderful Community Food Bank started a community garden about 5 years ago. The chicken coop houses a few different types of chickens and the only ones I saw today were this pair ~ I think they are Rhode Island Reds but my knowledge of chickens is pretty limited! The eggs are sold at local farmer's markets.

NOW: The Food Bank chickens are now part of a whole program called Nuestra Tierra. Read more about it and how you can volunteer HERE

09 January 2019

Star Party Tonight!

Night sky fun at the Murphy-Wilmot Library! Join the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association for a Star Party. Three telescopes will be set up at the Murphy-Wilmot Library at 530 N Wilmot Road.
From 5:45-7:45pm.   

08 January 2019

WHAT is that smell?

If you have ever lived with a dog, you know this smell. There is nothing quite like WET DOG!

07 January 2019

Telltale hint ~

Ah, yes. The only thing that helps identify this snow-capped mountain as located in Tucson, AZ (and not in Canada somewhere) is the palm tree. Gorgeous vista, isn't it? We certainly have been enjoying beautiful snow but let's get back to winter temps in the 60's, shall we?  (:
Photo courtesy of George Goldman.