Pima County Fair: A Slideshow

Pima County Fair at Twilight

Just before sundown on Easter Sunday, we visited the Pima County Fair for the first time. Here are some photos we took to share. You can find out about all the events at the fair at http://pimacountyfair.com. The fair runs through April 27th. … Continue reading

Who Has The Best Sunday Brunch In Tucson?

Barbeque on the patio at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Over the past 6 months or so, and in no particular hurry, Ms. Karen & I went in search of the best Sunday Brunch in Tucson as rated by friends & family, as well as the usual online suspects: Trip Advisor; Yelp; and Urban Spoon. “Honest Customer Reviews” I say … Continue reading

Hummer Baby Down

Baby Hummingbird In Ms. Karen's Hands

We discovered this little fella on the main patio. No idea how he got there. We looked all over for a nearby nest but found none. He was obviously weak, but what could we do? He was quite lethargic. Our first thought was to put him on the feeder where … Continue reading

Big Bird Lives At The Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch!

Male Ostrich

I imagine that anyone who lives in Tucson, Arizona has passed by the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch along I-10, at Picacho Peak many times. And I imagine that most Tucsonans have, as they passed by doing 85, thought to themselves that some day they would stop in and see what … Continue reading

Oro Valley Farmers Market: Farm Fresh History!

Oro Valley Farmers Market at Steam Pump Ranch

Not long ago, Oro Valley Farmers Market moved to historic Steam Pump Ranch on North Oracle Road. The ranch was started in 1874 by German immigrants George Pusch and Johann Zellweger. In order to make the ranch viable, they needed a lot of water.  So the partners purchased a steam … Continue reading

Reintroducing the Beaver to the San Pedro River

Reintroduction of the Beaver

After a 100 year absence from the San Pedro River of Southeastern Arizona the American Beaver is reintroduced. This video explores the history of the area and how pioneer, mining, military and ranching activities lead to the demise of the beaver presence in the San Pedro River. A thorough investigation … Continue reading

Cottonwoods: The Largest Trees in Arizona

Video thumbnail for vimeo video Cottonw

Cottonwoods are the largest trees in Arizona. This video, explaining the cottonwood at length is part of an educational series, by the Friends of the San Pedro River. Learn more about how the cottonwood contributes to the ecosystem and protects the San Pedro Riparian Area in this video. Mike Foster, … Continue reading

Ms. Karen’s Magic Gardens: A Slideshow!

Fairie Duster

March 2014. When we moved to Tucson back at the turn of the century, we purchased a fine house but not much landscaping. Once moved in, Ms. Karen immediately began to rectify that problem. We now have 3 patios & 5 amazing gardens, including her world-class rose garden, and somewhat … Continue reading