Wednesday, February 13, 2013

African Art Village, Bull in the Neighborhood, Winter Skies over the Canyon

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.
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Closer to home, on my side of town...
...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:









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