Saturday, February 28, 2009

Spring Clean Up

Street sweepers out busy all week, cleaning up all the sand and dirt sprinkled on the roads in the winter. The stuff picked up is used to cover trash at the landfill.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Valentine Leftovers

It's that time of year when I'm ready for nature's colors to come back. Scanning the treeline near the Boise River, this is the color I found.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Message is Clear

At least, I think the message is clear. Don't touch the wood pile. This sign is seen along Ustick Road.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Beautiful Duckie

We're so used to seeing mallards at neighborhood ponds that this guy is a real treat: a wood duck. This is the time of year that wood ducks "pair up" because they breed in early spring and raise two nests of ducklings. They nest in the trees, and the ducklings jump/fall to the ground when they're ready to waddle to the water.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mountain View from the River

A peek at the mountains while walking along the Boise River Greenbelt.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Washer Woman Icon

An icon on Vista near Overland road - the Maytag Washer Woman. She's mechanized and has been leaning in and out of that washtub since I was a little kid. Back a couple of decades ago, when we had a sub-zero cold snap, something went wrong and her head fell off. But they got her fixed up really quick.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Living Stream View

A window into the living stream at the M-K Nature Center. It's not an aquarium, it's an open stream and pond that are man-made, but have become natural habitat for fish. You can see spawning beds and favorite feeding areas. The Nature Center is right along the Boise River. No admission charge, and lots to see. Anyone know what kind of fish this is?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Our 'Big' Little City

Looking into downtown from Federal Way/southeast Boise. The brown building on the right is the tallest building in Idaho.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Daily Dose of Mountains

A clear day and the mountains look closer. This is the northeast view from the first Boise Bench.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Winter Balloon

A chilly view of the world below. Twenty-five degrees this morning, no wind, and perfect for ballooning? Cool weather is best for ballooning, and we see them up on still days all winter.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Pedestrian View

A pedestrian view downtown, looking north from 8th Street. In fact, head north on 8th Street and you can eventually climb into those mountains.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Birds on a Fence

What a clever thing to do with a cedar fence. Those birds are part of the boards. I would guess that the homeowner has a woodshop and an incredible talent. Regular readers of Terrell Daily Photo can find Jim's blog at

Monday, February 16, 2009

NOT the Holiday Inn

When I was a kid living in a small town north of Boise, this hotel looked so fancy. It had a swimming pool and the sign looked really good at night. I never got to stay there, and funny, later when I moved to Boise, this hotel didn't look so fancy to me anymore. Plus, they filled in the pool to make room for more parking lot. I remember once seeing a spectacular painting of this hotel in its glory days at the Boise Art Museum. Any Boiseans familiar with that painting or artist?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Antenna Flair

Interesting antenna decorations. I'm sure it means something...I just don't know what.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Snow Valentine's Day Heart

A cold Valentine's Day Weekend expected here in Boise - with snow off-and-on.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Dreaming of Summer

One of the city's public pools that will open the first week in June. This is South Pool on Shoshone. I like this one's design, even though it "dates" it. This particular pool didn't open on time last year because of what the city called "stubborn leaks."

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Pizza Incident

One of our favorite pizzas from Chicago Connection - a large pepperoni. But last night's delivery to our house went strangely awry. The pizza delivery truck pulled up, then left, then came back and the pizza delivery guy explained that he had delivered our pizza to someone else by accident, but he went and got it back, and since it only had ONE PIECE cut out of it, would we be O-K taking it? He said the restaurant wanted me to take it. I called the restaurant and they denied it. They promised me a coupon but never sent anything and never apologized.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Weirdness in the City of Trees

On the thumbnail, this probably looks even more strange than it is! A unique decoration found downtown on a tree. Creepy, actually.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Landscape Design by Teens

I have to say, they did a good job getting the toilet paper up quite high. Which is too bad for the owners, because it's really hard to "de-toilet paper" a tree. If you don't take it down, though, the rain makes it stick even more to the tree and it becomes impossible to remove.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Scratchy Sign

Good warning, eh? It used to read "DEEP DITCH," at one point in its sign life.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Mystery Blobs

These...things...were sitting on the public sidewalk along a road near the Boise Towne Square Mall to promote a business. Do you know what kind of business? It's certainly not obvious to me. Maybe these blobs get around the city's new sign ordinance that prohibits non-licensed signs on rights-of-way and on utility poles.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Special Olympics Torch

A celebration yesterday welcoming Special Olympics torch runners. This party was at Centennial High School. Boise is home to the world winter games that start next week.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Postage Stamp-Sized Park

This could be Boise's smallest park - C.W. Moore Park. It's named after a so-called "pioneer" of town. I think he opened one of the first stores, if I remember right. Lots of benches here. It's a place to sit and relax and read, not a kid-play park.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Frog Prince? He has a $540 Price Tag

Ahhh, what a cutie. I was window shopping downtown Boise to kill time this week and saw this little glass frog in a window. Guess how much? $540.00. Why? Is this from a famous glass frog artist? If you know, let me know!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Old Railroad Bridge

An old railroad bridge over the Boise River. It's now a path for walking and biking.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Our Tallest Buildings

Looking into downtown from the first bench (first plateau above town). The flat mountain in view is called Table Rock. There are hiking trails to the top.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Christmas Tree Disposal

I guess this is one way to dispose of the old Christmas tree, dump it in a ditch. Notice the ducks trying to swim around it. They gave up and got out and waddled.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

February CDP Theme Day

This covered path is one I often think about. It was one of many impressive paths I saw last year. Anyone recognize this one? Hint: It's not stateside.
This is a pathway near my home. February theme day at City Daily Photo is "Paths and Passages." See all the photos here. Update: the first photo is from the grounds of Hampton Court Palace in England.