A cold, wet storm moved into the Tucson area yesterday and it’s been raining ever since. Good for our thirsty plants. Bad for the 9,000-odd folks riding in El Tour de Tucson bike event.
Apparently it is also bad for the juvenile Harris’ Hawk that lives in our neighborhood. This is what I woke up to this morning:
Seriously, that’s one pathetic-looking bird.
Crying for help…
Now I’ve got that Linda Ronstadt song in my head, “Poor, poor pitiful me…“
Real estate ad found in a local magazine:
Boy, does this raise some questions. Who designed this pool? Who built this pool? That must’ve been one awkward conversation! To each their own…
The fascinating story of the missing “Sandy Island” in Pacific Ocean.
The island that everyone thought was there, but no one actually bothered to check. Crazy. (Via NPR.)
Somehow I missed this “discovery” where an earlier Mona Lisa was locked in a vault until recently: Two Mona Lisas.
The Mona Lisa Foundation’s mission is to make Leonardo’s “Earlier Mona Lisa” known and loved in its own right, as much as the version that hangs in the Louvre Museum. The Foundation tells the remarkable story of this 500-year-old masterpiece, mobilizes art historians, scientists, forensic artists, and other experts to prove the “Earlier Mona Lisa’s” authenticity, and Leonardo’s exceptional skills.
I remain skeptical that it is truly by Leonardo, but the research and evidence presented is genuinely interesting.
Hat tip: Matías Ventura.
Woke up one wet September morning to find our front yard had been mucked up by marauding Javelinas (aka Collared Peccaries). Rocks flipped, cactuses chomped, holes dug, and plants eaten – what a muddy mess!
As we made repairs and salvaged plants we noticed that our visitors had found another way to leave their mark. With their muddy snouts they painted dots and swooshes on our metal coyote. Pretty creative, eh?
I dunno about you but I kinda like it! And lucky us, we’ll get to enjoy it until the next big rain…
(Photo was taken two weeks after actual event, hence the dry ground.)
This is definitely my excuse for everything from now on!
This caught our eye while walking around Portland, Oregon. I’m sure we’ll see plenty more interesting sights during our time here.
Saw this painted on a wall near the University of Arizona campus last night. We wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment!
As we forge on into 2012, “May the odds be ever in your favor!”