Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
This miniature carved stone in the shape of the State of Idaho marks a piece of Oregon Trail history along the Boise River. The McClelland Ferry took pioneers over the Boise River, and back then, the Boise River was much wider and wilder. Now, it's a controlled river that was redirected as the area was developed and as dams were put in place upstream.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I've posted a picture of this Boise icon before - the Westside Drive In. We stopped by for dinner last night. The restaurant is being featured on the Food Network show, "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," May 11th. I think it matches the last two categories. There is only outdoor seating, and that was too chilly for us last night. I'm pretty sure the famous "ice cream potato" will be featured during the Food Network show.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
The Boise River looking east from the Capitol Boulevard Memorial Bridge, built in 1930. The bridge is dedicated to the pioneers of the Oregon Trail. Beyond the trees on the right-hand side is the Boise State University campus. Click to enlarge and you'll see on the left-hand side that someone is trying to coax their dog into the river to play. That water is SUPER cold right now.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
It looks like this may have been a fountain, possibly a drinking fountain? It's now a crumbling thing overgrown with bushes in Julia Davis Park, downtown Boise. The plaque says it's dedicated to the first whites to visit the Boise Valley in 1811 - the "Wilson Price Hunt expedition" - dedicated by "sons and daughters of Idaho pioneers" in 1931.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Looking for a good read? Check out the dumpster at the Boise Public Library. I couldn't really see much inside, because the dumpster is tall and I am not. Mostly book covers, some books, some covers for school yearbooks - I wonder if those would spark interest in eBay. Specifically, I saw a cover for a Fresno, CA, yearbook.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
A Blackhawk helicopter landed in the playground at my daughter's school yesterday. They let the kids crawl all around inside, too, and they loved it. This was a tie-in for Patriots' Day. The funny part was that local TV stations sent camera crews, who were standing just on the edge of the playground when the chopper was landing. They picked up their cameras and ran because of the extreme wind turbulence and debris flying through the air.
Monday, April 20, 2009
I had a post the other day about referring to the sagebrush sea that surrounds Boise. It's the scrubby habitat of the area before irrigation, and it's still prevalent in natural areas. Here is a sagebrush shrub not far from my house. Sagebrush is a native high desert plant that gets its "sage" name because some think it smells like that herb when it's wet. I think it smells more like a minty-menthol after the rain. It's a very strong smell that helps discourage critters from eating it, although pronghorn aren't deterred. It stays a silvery-gray-green throughout most of the year. I have friends who like to cut a small sagebrush shrub and use it as a Christmas tree - that might be illegal in some areas. Also, you don't want to mess with sagebrush too much, it can cause a rash.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
One of the many irrigation canals criss-crossing the valley. The Boise area is often referred to as a "sea of sagebrush." It's not as evident anymore because the land is irrigated and green, and agricultural on the outskirts, for the summer. The water comes from dams upstream that hold the melting snow from the mountains.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I stopped by one of the irrigation canals that runs through Boise to take a picture. The canals are filling up for the irrigation season, and this small kitty was vying for my attention. Being a long-time crazy cat lady, I thought the young cat looked like a sweetie. Under its front paws is a dead black mouse the cat had just caught. There are quite a few stray kitties that make their living on the mice, and likely other small wildlife, along the canal banks.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
I took a small hike through the Hyatt Wetlands this week. This natural area is part of the Boise City park system. It used to be a gravel pit. It was restored a few years ago when a new road extension skirted the area. I saw some blackbirds and one very shy pied billed grebe. I'll feature him on the Boise Daily Photo Book Nook in a few days because he fits nicely with my reading of "Ornithology," by Frank Gill. I was disappointed I didn't see more wildlife, but I know why - I saw seven dogs running around off-leash and in and out of the water, so I'm sure water fowl high-tailed it out of there. And, the grasses and shrubs are not green yet, which will probably lure more critters. I'll check back in a couple of weeks to see if the area is more alive with wildlife.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
My friend Karen from across the street knocked on the door to let me know I had ducks sitting on top of my house yesterday. I popped outside to take their picture, and the one on the left gave me a classic pose of aggression to let me know he didn't want to be featured on this blog! I hope the Easter Bunny was good to you.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The results of my daughter's Easter egg coloring project this week. When I was growing up, these were the eggs the Easter bunny hid around the house. That's not what the Easter bunny does for my child, though, out of concerns about gastrointestinal dangers of eating boiled eggs left at room temperature for hours. These eggs are strictly for fun and snacking - right out of the refrigerator. The eggs the bunny will hide are plastic and filled with candy and small toys.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
These state stickers were in a mailer promoting a magazine for kids. Some of them are cute. The Idaho one? Well, I don't know about the big googly eyes on the spuds. I figure they do that just to ensure that anyone who doesn't know Idaho's potato association won't mistake the taters for a pile of poo, or mud, instead.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
We've got a weekend of sun and warmer temperatures, and that means folks are out busy spiffing up their yards. This is a view of Schaffer Butte. Just over the top is our ski resort, Bogus Basin. There's an old saying around here that you don't put the garden in until the snow has melted from the Butte. The Butte is at about 7,500 feet elevation and got a big pile of new snow during the past week. Boise is about 3,000 feet.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Construction trailers are parked outside and the new sign is up. Delsa's on Ustick is being revived. It suddenly closed last year. It's a Boise icon. I received an email tip a while back telling me that the owners of the Capri restaurant downtown are the new Delsa's owners. See the picture I took almost exactly a year ago when I found out Delsa's had suddenly closed. Of course, the construction along Ustick could have been partially responsible for cutting the customer count at the time.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
"Yellow" is the City Daily Photo theme day for April today. Click here to see all the interpretations. This yellow-blooming plant is a forsythia. I know it's commonly mistaken as the Idaho State Flower - the syringa. The syringa is also a shrub that branches out, but it has larger flowers that cluster, and are white. The old saying around here is that when the forsythia blooms, it's time to prune the roses. I started on two rose bushes earlier this week, but the cold wind drove me back inside before the job was half done!