Tuesday, May 16, 2017

TUMACACORI MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHERN ARIZONA


WENT BIRDING THIS MORNING IN REMOTE ROCK CORRAL CANYON IN THE TUMACACORIS.

Photo by L. Ballam

We saw 47 bird species including Golden Eagles, Gray Hawks, Summer Tanagers, Montezuma Quail, Varied Buntings, Canyon Wren, and the surprise viewing of a Hooded Warbler.

Monday, May 8, 2017

THE SAGUAROS ARE BLOOMING!

The Saguaro Cacti have been blooming since April.  Here is a Saguaro with some new blooms along an old road in Ruelas Canyon where I frequently walk.


Friday, April 7, 2017

ORGAN PIPE NATIONAL MONUMENT, ARIZONA

Organ Pipe National Monument lies along the international border with Mexico.



The iconic Organ Pipe cactus only grows in the US in southern Arizona.


Enjoyed some hikes in the Ajo Mountains.  This is Ajo Canyon full of Saguaro and Organ Pipe cacti.



Driving into Ajo Canyon.



There is no place in the US like Organ Pipe National Monument!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

TUCSON WOMEN'S MARCH 1.21.17


On a cold, partly cloudy day, over 15,000 Tucsonans marched today through downtown with a rally before and after the march. Speakers included Tucson Mayor Rothschild and Congress Member Raul Grijalva.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

#EARTH2TRUMP ROADSHOW TODAY IN TUCSON


Some time with the Center for Biological Diversity's mascot at their #Earth2Trump Roadshow event in Tucson today.  

The Roadshow is traveling the country.  One route in the Northern USA and one route in Southern USA both traveling from the West Coast to Washington DC for events during the inauguration.  

So far the Roadshow today in Tucson has been the largest gathering with almost 1,000 people attending and pledging their support for protection of our natural resources and wild lands.

Tomorrow, Silver City, New Mexico!

Monday, November 14, 2016

EL TIRADITO WISHING SHRINE


The Wishing Shrine is a place where Tucsonans take their grief and broken hearts.  Candles are lit, pictures and mementos are left, and small notes with messages are stuffed into the worn mortar around the adobe bricks in what is left of an historic adobe home in the historic Barrio neighborhood.

Friend Carrie and I took wishes to place in the Shrine today due to the result of the US Presidential election. 


Monday, October 10, 2016

TUCSON MEET YOURSELF


This past weekend was the 43rd annual Tucson Meet Yourself event that features the cultural, gastronomic, and artistic diversity of Tucson, Arizona.  

I have never been to an event quite like this.  It is not the typical street fair.  It featured representative foods, music, art, crafts from this multi-dimensional and transcultural community.  I learned so much!

I heard fabulous Latino music, heard speakers on foraging native Sonoran desert and mountain foods, watched Asian artisans demonstrate their skills, and sampled some local cuisine.

This festival featured why Tucson is the only US city to be named one of UNESCO's Creative Cities of Gastronomy!