Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Neighborhood Llama

I see you. Do you see me? This llama and a few others live just a few blocks from my house.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Bloody Bug

It's official name is Boisea Trivittata - and although it carries the Boise namesake, we call them box elder bugs. This is the first time I've seen them in my backyard, so the maple tree must be playing host. Supposedly, they're not a danger to the tree, and don't squish them - they're bloody messy.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Gangsta Birds

Male brown-headed cowbirds holding a posturing contest. Girls must have been nearby. Cowbirds are called "brood parasitics" because they lay their eggs in the nests of other birds to trick those birds into raising the young.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Yard Sale Treasure

Yard sale season is well underway. Here's my 9-year-old's "top find" so far. What treasures have you found?

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Peter Pan Scene

The school season is winding down. I'll guess that these kids celebrated with a "pajama day."

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pinball Wizards

Always fun to find one tucked away at a restaurant. There's a long row at the Boise Airport, but they're past security, so you can only play when you have a flight.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Record Exchange

Part of the mural on the Record Exchange - a music store in Downtown Boise. And yes, I remember when vinyl used to be among the main merchandise. And yes, vinyl is cool again. Good coffee and a fascinating gift shop inside, too.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I Can't Explain This

And...this is my kiddo laying on the driveway with her Nintendo DS.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Garage Mystery Solved

I thought mice had chewed into the bag of cat food...it turned out to be a bigger critter. This is the neighbor's cat, Damon, helping himself to a snacker-pooker.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

State Street Number of the Day

I'm sure the "44 Club" sign looks better at night. Right? This long-time bar is on State Street.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday Caturday

Sweetie Kitty didn't think this was a funny photo opportunity. It disrupted her nap.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Lizard Says...

I *think* that's a lizard.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Latest Coating of Snow

This was the view a couple of days ago...and yes, while some of it melted, we still have plenty of snow in view. Valley tradition says if you still see snow in the mountains, it's too early to plant tomatoes and other tenders. I'm still holding off.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Breaking the Rules

I didn't even *think* of taking a picture until I saw this sign :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Different View of the Idanha

The top-view of the Idanha historic hotel, downtown Boise.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Under Construction

Look at that tree 'palace' in progress. Did you have a tree house when you were a kiddo?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Peregrine Falcon Nesting Box

See that little box on the ledge? That's where our city's resident peregrine falcons have laid their eggs. There's a live camera in the box, and the eggs will be hatching any day now. See it all close-up by clicking here. Update: Two chicks hatched today.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fair Warning

Yes sir! I mean, sirs!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Top of the Hoff

The "Top of the Hoff" - the Hoff Building, Downtown Boise. Zoom in to see the art deco themes.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pretty in Pink

The City of Trees is putting on its spring show :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Give Me an A

My favorite letter, because it's the first letter of my daughter's name: Aviana. You can see this tile mosaic on the side of the Modern Hotel.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Weight Loss Sass

You may need to "click to enlarge" to get the serving of sass.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

"M" is for Mom

That's how I'm calling it. This monogram is near the roof line of a building downtown. Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Exclusive Poker Club

An outdoor poker party...with antlers. It's the Antler Club Casino at The Modern Hotel.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Flash Dance Mob

The Flash Dance Mob at The Modern Hotel last night. Everybody dance!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Cinco de Mayo

A day we celebrate by....eating. Salsa and guacamole on the menu and high temps of 75 degrees.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Ghost Sign

The sign may say "open," but the place has been abandoned. Robbie's was on Fairview near Orchard, and hosted classic car shows on the weekend.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Boise Airport Birds

A couple of the resident house sparrows inside the Boise Airport. Airport folks say the birds sneak in and live a luxurious life of snacking on food crumbs, enjoying even temperatures, and obviously, drinking fresh water. The Boise Airport isn't the only attractive home for sparrows - we saw them at Phoenix Sky Harbor when we were there last month. (thanks to our friend Ben Bullock for sharing this photo)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Capital City Public Market

Several streets are lined like this each Saturday. The season just got underway. Food, gifts, arts - all locally produced.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mailbox: City Daily Photo Theme Day

The first day of the month is Theme Day for City Daily Photo bloggers. This month, the photo assignment is "mailbox." See mailboxes from all over the world by clicking here.