It's raining again in Gig Harbor, so I'm turning to the desert for today's sunshine. These are pictures I took earlier this year on a short trip to Tucson, Arizona. A lot of people think of the desert as a brown, dry, desolate no-man's land, but it's actually quite vibrant and full of life.
You can usually count on a turquoise sky during the day followed by a splash of purple and orange as the sun sets, then a night sky studded with stars. The sun casts all sorts of interesting shadows in the cacti -- great design inspiration.
Did I mention the fish in the desert? These are in the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum west of Tucson. It's a beautiful indoor/outdoor living museum.
These are the famous saguaro cacti. I think I took this at Sabino Canyon, northeast of Tucson, but not positive. We did a lot of hiking in different spots.
Why am I showing you this wall quilt I made way back in 1995? Because look at the next picture of a store mural in Tucson. For those of you who aren't Grateful Dead fans, that's the late Jerry Garcia (with the white hair) of the Grateful Dead, my all-time favorite band.
The center panel of the quilt is the front of a t-shirt. I made Jerry's head myself, and added some borders.
There's Jerry, gazing over Tucson from the Hippie Gypsy store.