Saturday, February 28, 2015

Come on Down to Bisbee!

The little town of Bisbee has been on my list ever since we first started visiting Arizona. I have always been curious to know how time has treated this famous town.

Since we were so close on our excursion to see the sand hill cranes, we decided to take a side trip and finish off the day in Bisbee.

Before we left the bird sanctuary, though, I found a wee treasure beside the path.

Why would this perfect little rabbit foot be sitting on the sand with no sign of the rest of the rabbit? It was clean and free of bugs so I picked it up and brought it out with me. Actually I have brought it home but since I have no way to keep it, I will dig a little hole in my yard, bury it and plant a cactus on top. At least the little rabbit gets a bit of a burial.

For the Sand Hill Crane Story see Sherwin's blog by clicking here.

And then we were off to Bisbee, land of the Queen of Copper Mines. 

This was my first view of the town's purpose. I knew there had been mines here but I wasn't prepared for the extent of the open-pit mining of the past. 

Just a few weeks ago we went to a currently operating copper mine over near Green Valley so this shouldn't have been a surprise.

It appears they have taken all that this spot on the earth has to offer. But when I googled up 'Bisbee', there is now a resurgence of mining on a lesser scale. 

If you turn around from the open pit and look behind you...

you will see the beautiful red earth surrounding the town.

We headed to Old Town Bisbee... 

and pulled up near this sign...

and the Bisbee Museum.

We were ready to do some walking so didn't go in but this morning I found an excellent link where you can watch a movie on the history of Bisbee from the Museum. 

Click here to see what they have to offer. They say that it was the 'hottest' town between San Fransisco and St. Louis back in the late 1800's and early 1900's. 

Next time we will definitely spend time in the museum.

And maybe even take in a concert.

The old part of town is full of brick buildings and old victorian style mansions. Somebody was making a lot of money at one time in Bisbee's mines.

It was great to see the preservation of many of the original buildings.

Love the detail of the embellishments.

And then of course, we have modern times and all that we have to offer to add culture to a community.

St. Elmo has been an establishment since 1902 according to the sign but the neon part came later!

A young artist sits by his work, hoping someone will stop by and appreciate his work.

Interesting detail in his work.

Many original buildings are being used for other purposes today. At this shop you can buy art and get it framed.

In the past 60 +/- years this town has been especially appreciated by artists, hippies and the free spirits of this world.

The "Whyld Ass Coffee Shop" has the above sign over the screen door. As I snapped my photo of his sign the proprietor smiled and waved. The sign says a lot for the culture and politics of the town.

This sweet kitty made friendly until her owner called.

I don't know who is measuring but everybody wants their moment in the sun.

We appreciated the quality of the original architecture. You know somebody lived in that town that really cared to produce good work.

The dry heat probably helps keep the details from rotting and crumbling, and the fact that they used a lot of brick.

Great jail house.

In what appeared to be a deserted building I looked in the window and saw this mask hanging right by the front window. Not sure who this is supposed to be but it does set you back to see this free floating head.

You can imagine these buildings with horses and buggies, wooden sidewalks, fancy ladies, cowboys and miners making the street come to life.

As we got back to the car Sherwin stopped by a dying agave to take a photo of the aging blossoms at the top. I focused on the base, loving the colours and textures.

We spent very little time in Bisbee and I am sure there is much more to see. 

We did not climb the 1000 plus steps in the town to get from street to street. 

We did not see a sample of 'Bisbee Blue', a specific turquoise indicative to this town. 

We did not eat there or go to one of their concerts. Or take a mine tour.

So, you see, we are waiting for you to come and then we will make a return visit.

In the meantime, be well.

A Day at the Museum 2

Time does fly when you are having fun and our return trip to the Museum was a delight too.

We just got in the gate and Grandpa decided that Lucy would love to collect footprints of the animals of the desert. We bought a little book and then the search was on to find the stamps of the prints.

Lucy looked at the book, saw the ice cream stand on the map and said, Let's go!!

Wish I had a photo of that part of the adventure. Needless to say, now we know that it was actually Grandpa who wanted the footprints for his research he is doing on desert animals.

But it was great fun!!

Shelby and Kim with Maizy on the right and Lucy in front of her folks. It was very good to have them here.

And they kindly offered to take my camera and get us too!

Grandpa got a snap of Lucy and Shelby in front of the crested saguaro. I was happy to get this great shot of Maizy.

Welcome to the desert! It goes without saying, Don't back up without looking where you are!

If you read my previous post of Day 1 with sister Marilyn you will see more photos. I only added a couple animals I captured on Day 2 that I had not before. These coyotes looked sleek and fat. Not like the ones really out in the desert who have to work for their living.

I will say good-bye with this pretty boy! Isn't he a doll! I think he won the staring contest.

Do have a lovely day and be well.

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Day at the Museum . .

We love to take our guests out west to Saguaro National Park West and the Desert Museum. Twice in February we had opportunity to take family and show them these favourites.

We took Marilyn on February 7 and Shelby, Kim, Maizy and Lucy on the 21st.

We started off at the Visitor Centre at Saguaro National Park West where we showed off the lovely building there and of course, the gorgeous saguaros.

Some bird loves to build nests in the arm crooks of the saguaros. Would love to be tall enough to peek in.

What a guy! I have photos from all over the world, of my honey, raring to go!! And of course I do enjoy every crested saguaro I can find. This was one specimen that Marilyn spotted. We were in the car heading to the Museum when she drew our attention to this desert wonder.

We were happy to add another specimen to our repertoire.

Near the entrance I found this Totem Pole Cactus that had such interesting lighting. 

They do talk about butterflies and moths with signage but this is the first one I have actually captured.

We do not walk past the hummingbird house and never cease to be amazed at these tiny birds. They are challenging to capture on the camera, though.

Tragically, what is true in much of the wild world, the males are the colourful ones. And the girls play their role of protection of the young. That is a noble cause but I wonder if once in a while the females in the wilds don't wish for a flashy feather or two!

We enjoy the small art gallery that changes every few months. There is excellent art and sculpture displayed but this past visit the above watercolour was my favourite. 

And of course I cannot ignore my happy javelina!  

This is the first visit where we have actually seen the tortoise at the entrance to his den. On past visits we have gotten down and peered and imagined we saw him hiding way inside but this time he was right there enjoying the warm sunshine.

In the past we have enjoyed the large male bighorn sheep but he wasn't up to his usual show-off stance. Instead there was this little one trying to keep his balance on a slippery vertical rock face. Marilyn talked soothingly to him and I think he heard her... he stayed upright! If you will look closely you will see his front right leg trembling!

"I've been through the desert 
on a horse with no name
It felt good to be out of the rain.
In the desert you can remember your name
'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain."
- Dewey Bunnell

Come on down for a visit and we will take you exploring. We have a good variety of ways to entertain you and if you want to just rest, we can let you do that too.

Wishing you a lovely week end and above all, be well.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Generous Spirit

"That's what I consider true generosity
You give your all and yet 
you always feel it costs you nothing."
- Simone de Beauvoir

There are people you meet and know in your life who give and give and give, not thinking for a minute about the getting.

Recently it has occurred to me again how beautiful a generous spirit can be. I recently encountered a person of such a giving nature that my heart was blessed to overflowing...

"Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth."
- Buddha

Just a thought...

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Day in Tubac

One week ago we had opportunity to take my sister Marilyn to a favourite town in Arizona, Tubac.

-photo supplied by Tubac Chamber of Commerce

We travel about an hour and a bit south, like we would be headed to Mexico, and turn off at the exit marked with the name of the town. Once a year they have a Festival of the Arts which draws good numbers of visitors.

There is a lovely atmosphere to the town that is warm and inviting.

We stopped at a local eatery...

where we sat on the patio and enjoyed the warmth of the sun.

I had enjoyable company... :)

Of course I had to take Marilyn to my favourite shops. This is the shop that sells photos of burros that I tend to want to collect. Much easier to have a photo than a live one!

If you come to visit and we go to Tubac you will get your photo taken between these two cowboys! I do that to all my friends.

Sherwin met us there and we three enjoyed this small oasis in an otherwise warm and dusty day.

Lovely to sit among the greenery.

And another lion to shoot!

"Always be fearless. Walk like a lion... "
                                                                                                       - Santosh Kalwar

On the way home we stopped by the side of the road to view a cristate that we had been told about. Once people know you love the crested saguaros you hear of locations to view.

"Full many a flower is born to blush unseen 
and waste its sweetness on the desert air."
                                                                                                                  - Paul Hoffman

Have a lovely week and above all, be well.