Photography, Tucson

WPC: Weathered

Unlike oil paintings in museums, erosion becomes part of weathered murals
barbed wires, fences don’t keep folks out.
generally if folks like a street mural, they won’t graffitti spray paint on the image as a sign of respect — but blank spaces nearby are fair game.

This railcar was in the lot behind the Old Pueblo Trolley museum.
250 E. 36th Street, Tucson, AZ
Just walk past the building on 36th.


Old Pueblo Trolley museum
250 E. 36th Street, Tucson, AZ
Tuesday through Thursday:  11am–3pm
Friday and Saturday:  10am–4pm
Sunday: 11am-3pm

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Wordless Wednesdays : mural


mural located behind on 36th St.
Old Pueblo Trolley museum

250 E. 36th Street, Tucson, AZ
Tuesday through Thursday:  11am–3pm
Friday and Saturday:  10am–4pm
Sunday: 11am-3pm

These images also appeared in my blog post Senryu : brilliant


Spinach-green frog, mini chimis and movies (Tucson)

Spinach-green frog, decoration at Guadalajara Fiesta Grill restaurant.
(I associate this kind of pottery with Mexico.  Love the colors!)
Taken August 10, 2017

Guadalajara Fiesta Grill
750 N Kolb Rd, Tucson, AZ 85710
Hours: Open today · 10AM–10PM

Guadalajara Fiesta Grill has these really yummy mini chimi appetizers.  Pricey at $10.95 but Carol was buying.  There were 6 so we gobbled them right up. Oops, already ate one, lol.

Right behind the restaurant is the Century Gateway Cinemark Theaters which is our local discount movies.  Tuesdays is $1.75 all day for adults so splurge on these babies and then go see a movie.  Comes out even on the budget, right?

Century Gateway 12 Theaters
770 N Kolb Rd
Tucson, AZ 85710


Photo challenge:

CFFC:  Letter S – Colors that start with the Letter S 
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Bears and Angel


Around the neighborhood, people have begun to decorate their houses for the holiday season.  In this scene, an angel drops down to bring news to the bears before ascending back to heaven.

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Oita-ken farms, Japan

I took these in Oita-ken, Japan. Fuji color slide film. Photoshop was used to change them into b&w.

Decades ago, when I lived in Oita-ken, farm areas had a problem. Most of the farms were run by the elderly because their children had moved to the cities to get jobs. These adult children would come home on vacation to help on the farm for a week and then go back to their city lives. When the farmowners died, sometimes there was no one willing to move in to run the farm and it was abandoned. Villages in the area were at the time trying to entice people to move back into the country by giving them a farmhouse and land outright in exchange for working the farm for a number of years. I don’t know how successful the program was.

A woman working her farm

an abandoned farm being taken over by vegetation (b&w version, and original)







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Rattlesnake Bridge






Experimental: Changing image into B&W:

Experimental: deleting one channel (blue), taking a picture in snapshot to make it rgb again and then levels to increase contrast

Tucson, Arizona, USA. Built in 2002, Rattlesnake Bridge is a bike/pedestrian bridge that runs over Broadway just before it turns towards downtown Tucson.  Apparently there is a tail on the other side that rattles when you walk under it. It is a bridge that I wanted to visit in particular once I had seen it on a weird things in Tucson list.

I went to the park at about 2:30pm today.  It was totally empty. It was a nice cool breezy day, around 78 degrees F but no one was on the swings or walking around.  It made the park feel spooky. On Yelp, someone wrote that they saw a few people sleeping here  and the smell of alcohol and stink of someone using the bathroom outside.  There was no one here and no stink  although there was few bits of garbage blowing around and some broken glass underfoot if you went off the path.  I didn’t stay there long and didn’t cross the bridge.  Last month someone was killed here so I think people will be avoiding this park for awhile. Makes me sad that someone committed violence here because it could be a nice park.

Bicyclists may still be using the bridge to commute to work if they work downtown. Today is Sunday; I didn’t see any cyclists up near the bridge mouth although I did once I drove away.  Two cyclists were cycling south on Euclid,and then east on Broadway away from the bridge and downtown.  Since the park is about a mile from the University, I would imagine students live in the apartments nearby. The University has a large cycling population because parking really sucks near there.

Warning: if you come to Tucson and want to take a picture of the bridge, visit it in the middle of the day preferably with a group.  Last month October 12, 2017 at around 7:30 pm (sunset was 5:54pm), a man and his female friend were walking near the bridge.  They were held up by two men and although they gave the robbers their money and cellphones, the male victim was shot and died soon after.  The female victim was unharmed physically. 15 minutes later a few blocks away, the murderer shot his confederate,  (imo, to keep him from talking) but the confederate was rushed to the hospital and survived.  The shooter hid out on the Tohono O’odham Nation but the tribal police arrested him on unrelated tribal charges and then extradited him to Tucson. The Tohono reservation runs along the southwest side of Tucson.


UPDATE: Suspect arrested for October shooting near Rattlesnake Bridge, by Steve Nunez and Nichole Szemerei, KVOA Channel 4, October 12, October 22 and November 1, 2017

Man killed in mugging at Tucson’s rattlesnake bridge ID’d, 1 suspect hospitalized, by Carmen Duarte, Arizona Sentinel, October 13, 2017

U.S. Marshals make arrest in killing near Tucson’s rattlesnake bridge, by Caitlin Schmidt, Arizona Sentinel, November 1, 2017

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Bridges
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Tuesday Photo Challenge: Sky

These 5 photos were all done within 15 minutes of each other on a walk in my neighborhood on September 22, 2017. I liked how quickly the skies were changing that day.  I expected it to rain so I wouldn’t have to water the garden but no such luck.

Redid the last one as black and white courtesy of Photoshop (used level to darken to bring out more textures. kept red channel but deleted green and blue channels (red channel had the most contrast; blue channel had the least). converted to greyscale. converted back to rgb. used level to darken a little to improve contrast. used unsharpen to sharpen a little.)


Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sky
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