Monday, June 26, 2017

Busker

This guy made many people smile.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Squash Bugs!

Alert. I found about a dozen squash bugs, Anasa tristis, in my pumpkin and zucchini plants. This perennial pest lays eggs on the undersides of leaves, and the babies suck the life out of pumpkins and squash. They'll even send their babies to attack cucumbers. Best way to control? Pick them off and drown them. Scrape eggs from undersides of leaves. Pray! 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Freak Alley Anonymous

Street art with political themes in Downtown Boise.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Art Deco Doors at the Hoff Building

This building is filled with Art Deco details inside and out. The Hoff Building. The Top of the Hoff used to be one of the ritziest places for dinner, drinks and dancing.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Statehouse Stormy Skies

Idaho Statehouse west entrance.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Saddle Up at the Bar

Bar seating at Indian Creek Steakhouse in Caldwell.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Arcade Building

Historic building on State Street. *Not an arcade

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cabana Inn

It's been a few years since I posted a photo of this iconic sign in the West End. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Winter-Spring Shopping

That awkward time of year when winter coats and swimsuits are side-by-side in the store. Seen at JC Penney.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Star Wars Humor

Flatware tray at Flying Pie Pizza in Meridian.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Street Art Beginnings

The Idaho Potato King was one of the first street art pieces in the Freak Alley gallery.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Signs of Spring on the Boise River

A couple of warms days and sunshine greens things up quickly.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Architecture and Reflections

Cinder block building on the east edge of Downtown Boise.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Construction Sunset

Stormy sunset behind a construction site in Downtown Boise.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Literary Street Art

Literary street art. A short story from award-winning local author Alan Heathcock.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hillside Heart

Lighted heart on a hillside. It can been seen from Chinden Blvd.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Dart Wall

Darts at Woodland Empire.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Gnarled Trunk

I see a face in this old tree with a burl.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Art Auction

Stained glass piece being auctioned at the Valentine for AIDS fundraiser at Flying M Coffeehouse.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Snow Connections Box

At first, I thought this might be an old electric organ. Turns out, it's an old telephone system interface.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Lingering Christmas

Deep Snow delayed dismantling of the Christmas decor in Boise this year. 

Alley Angles

The alley near Berryhill/Bacon.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Snow Shrinkage

Bare spots are peeking through after our record-setting series of snow storms.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sunset Motors

A familiar billboard when headed into Downtown Boise from Fairview Ave. It used to be a super-bright yellow, now faded to a pastel.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Snowy Mountains Seem Closer

This view is from the Connector (I-184) headed into Downtown Boise.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hello, Freak Alley

A peak at the street art in Freak Alley. To view the gallery, park and stroll through the nooks and crannies.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Super Frost

It looks like these trees along the Boise River Greenbelt are covered with snow, but that's a thick coating of frost.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Marching Music

A sousaphone player accompanied the Women's March in Boise. About 7,00 people attended the event.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Snow Guardians

Weathered lions guarding a shoveled walkway in a neighborhood on the Rim.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Parking Lot Mountains.

Hard to resist climbing to the tops of these piles of plowed snow.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Snow Disruptions

Sidewalks are still buried all over the valley, making it really tough for folks to travel if they don't drive.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This is What Zero Degrees Looks Like

The Boise River is still flowing, even in the ultra-cold.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Found Him!

A few days ago, I posted about the disappearance of Marvin the Martian and his rocket ship from on top of WagonWorks on Chinden. Turns out, Marvin went home. He is in the yard of his creator. I believe the rocket was originally on the roof of Koppel's Browseville - an outdoor shop of years ago in the West End.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Nine Degrees

Overnight fog, hoarfrost, ice - AND sunshine!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hoarfrost Decor

Everything coated with new white today, but not snow, frost!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

No Sidewalks

Sidewalks impassable. Giant puddles and stacks of slush. This person was walking in traffic on Fairview Ave. Schools are back in session today after 5 snow days.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Marvin has Left the Planet

Marvin the Martian and his rocket disappeared from the WagonWorks business in Chinden not too long ago. Does he have a new home? Did he leave our planet?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Think Spring

When Boise was a super deep freeze (below zero), several people posted an idea from Pinterst to paint flowers on the snow banks. It was a great idea, until the -10 wind chill sent me back into the house. Only one flower done!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ice Melt Shortage

The severe winter weather over the past couple of weeks has led to a shortage of snow shovels, ice melt, snow blowers - anything related to clearing a pathway.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Find the Fire Hydrant

The City of Boise has asked folks to dig out fire hydrants in their neighborhoods - just in case. About 18 inches of snow in most areas.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Winter Storm Warning - Prepared

This person is ready for snow emergencies. After all the cars and trucks getting stuck recently, it's a good idea.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Snow Lights

 About a foot and a half of snow on the ground, and piles several feet high. I decorated with tea lights last night. Directions: Dig out little caves in the snowbanks and use real tea lights. Battery-operated would work, too. These burned for about 3 hours.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Still Snowing

Robin in the tree outside my window. We're setting a snow record in Boise today. More snow on the ground right now than ever recorded previously (record-keeping began in 1940). 17 inches at my house.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Dangerous Daggers

A common sight right now. Dangerous to people and to structures.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Parkcenter Pond

Mostly frozen Parkcenter Pond.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Boise Map History

Not exactly to scale, but fun to see for historical reference. These cartoonish advertising maps were free in the late '80s and early '90s.