I was a student at the University of Arizona 26-22 years ago, beginning as a grad student in Astronomy before quitting to become a pianist instead. I met S in Tucson right after the switch in programs, so it was a particularly happy time. Tucson and the university have both grown a lot since then; apart from the mountains and street layout, there was little I recognized from half a life ago.
On our first full day in Tucson, my mom and I met up with friends H-W and MB and went to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum--one of my favorite places on the planet.
|I heart prickly pear|
|A ceiling of saguaro bones|
|Saguaros in the Tucson mountains|
|It had rained a lot the week before we arrived, and the|
cacti were all looking happily plump
|18th-c. cherub all decked out for Christmas|
|The Mission, constructed 1783-1797|
|Brilliantly white scroll detail|
|Saguaros are tall; they start growing branches|
at about 50-100 years, and can live to be over 200
|Looking west over the Tucson mountains|
|Back-lit saguaros have silver linings|
|We crossed the river multiple times|
|After we got our feet wet, the crossings got easier|
|The smooth rocks shortly before the end made a good resting spot|
|On the way out, looking back at the canyon|
|Black pearls instead of spines...|
|Many photo ops...|
The next day we drove up Mt. Lemmon for some purty mountain views.
|Look both ways, at the same time please|
|There was snow on the north-facing sides of the mountains|
|That must have been a pretty unpleasant final ride...|
|View from Windy Point toward Tucson|
|A section of "Art Fence" by Tony Jojola and Rosemary Lonewolf|
|Dorothy Torivio (Acoma) eyeballed the layout for this 1984 prize-winning pot|
|Ancestral Pueblo, St. John's black-on-red jar, A.D. 1275-1325|
|Ancestral Pueblo, Escavada black-on-white pitcher, A.D. 925-1125|
|This prickly pear must be the tastiest, tenderest variety ever, given the 3-inch spines|
The garden currently has a Chihuly installation that will continue through May. It was beautifully lit up, and made New Year's Eve in the garden the highlight of our trip.
The Solstice Elk had brought me a new point-and-shoot camera the week before the trip, and I used the camera for all of these photos. When I took this picture...
|The cardón cactus is the world's largest type of cactus|
|Orion and Taurus|
Happy 2014, y'all!