There's been plenty of visual fodder for iphoneography here in Tucson the past few days...
...starting with where I went last Friday after work: the African Art Village:
For about two decades now, this city in the Sonoran Desert has become a February gathering place for artists and vendors from all over Africa: for a couple of weeks, a tent city pops up and about a hundred vendors set up shop.Associated with the six-decade-old tradition of the international Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase, this is one of the largest gatherings of its kind in North America.
A small outdoor kitchen serves up Lamb stew, rice and plantains so you can get a taste of West Africa before or after browsing.
There's something for almost everyone--from strands of beads for jewelry-makers to monumentally-sized sculptures, and of course, tie-dye clothing. Furniture from Mali, textiles from Burkina Faso, totems from Sudan, sculpture from Côte d'Ivoire, Zulu baskets, reproductions of Bénin bronzes and masks from across the continent--all in one place.
The rest of the year,
it's a nondescript desert lot behind a Waffle House
adjacent to the Interstate highway--
but every February, it's a polyglot bazaar.
This year it's running through February 17th.
...about a five-minute-drive from where I live, there's a little stretch of semi-rural road that feels like elsewhere--the water table is higher and the mesquite bosques are dense, and a pecan orchard complements the pines and eucalyptus...sheep, cows, horses--it's bucolic and tucked away, and on my way home from the grocery store Saturday, I thought I'd take the scenic detour.
Check out those horns!
(used PicFrame app for this triptych)
By mid-morning Saturday, the winter storm clouds were lifting--
this is what the oasis at Agua Caliente Park looked like:Sunday afternoon, I took my iPhone with me on my run in Sabino Canyon--good time for sunflares:
This time of year, the skies over the canyon are so often dramatic:
There's a particular spot at the mouth of the canyon where I like to run by some cottonwoods;
back in mid-December, when the autumn leaves were still hanging on, the evening sky really lit up the scene:
--a fun spot to go back to, to see how the scene would look at about the same time of day a couple of weeks later:
--and now, finally, all the leaves are off--winter trees-and-sky always a nice subject for monochrone, and here, a bit of the 'grunge' filter:
And last one for tonight--from a little hike my wife and I did last night to a spot overlooking the Canyon: