2008 All Souls Procession
9 April 2004
Rudy left this life on the morning of Sept. 25, 2008 but he left behind his family who loved him very much.
An amazingly affectionate cat, he made us realize the important things in life to remember: Take lots of naps, show your family you love them every single day, and take some time at the end of each day to enjoy the wonders of nature.
Rest well, RudyToot. We're so happy you were a part of our lives.
29 July 2008
Southeast Alaska Glacier Field
26 May 2007
Genuine Risk.... Kentucky Derby Winner 1977-2008
"She was beautiful, classy, and tough...." She was Genuine Risk.
One of only 3 fillies to ever win the Kentucky Derby: Regret in 1915 and Winning Colors in 1988 were the other two fillies.
Winning Colors was euthanized on 17 February 2008 and buried at Greentree Farm in Lexington.
August 18, 2008: Genuine Risk passed away at the age of 31 in her paddock in the early morning at Newstead Farm today. In a prepared statement the Firestone family spoke these words: "“Genuine Risk was an amazing horse with tremendous heart that lived a life befitting a champion. We are truly blessed that she was a part of our life, and we are deeply saddened by her passing.”
In 1982 Genuine Risk became the only Kentucky Derby winner to be bred to another Kentucky Derby winner, the great Secretariat.
20 July 2008
6 Ghost Bikes are in Tucson in remembrance of bikers killed and as a reminder to share the road safely with bike riders.
This curious little one was seen on a hike in Madera Canyon. He has a turquoise collar under his chin. I thought at first he might be a black-collared lizard. Anyone know what he might be?
Phoenix Mars Lander Mural
A beautiful tribute mural to the current Mars project being conducted by the University of Arizona. Painted in 2006.
These blooming century plants are a spectacular sight to see in mid-summer on the hills.
It takes more than 25 years to create the tall flowering stalk that holds the yellow flowers. A remarkable fact in that after all those years working to attain its 12 to 18 foot height, it blooms and then it dies.
It's believed that bees and hummingbirds do the pollinating rather than bats. These plants can be found up to 9000 feet and will do their blooming from mid-June to mid-August.