Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
In keeping with the theme of historic buildings, this is the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. The outer walls of St. John’s are of sandstone from the Tablerock quarry on the eastern edge of Boise.
The cornerstone was laid in 1906 when they began construction; the church was built as a cruciform. The completed cathedral was dedicated in 1921. Below is a drawing of St. John's found online.
Every July, the mass of Saint Ignatius is held during the Basque festival. As part of the ritual, the statue of St. Ignatius is carried down the street in a procession to St. John’s. The mass is performed in Basque and features the Bihozetik Basque choir and the Oinkari Basque Dancers.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
This building was dedicated in 1883 as “The City Hall” fire station, as Boise City Hall was located on the second floor. Then, in 1889 the building was renamed “Central Fire Station.”
Here’s an old-time photo of the fire station from City of Boise website.
And today, it’s a designated historic building that houses shops and restaurants.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
It’s been a hectic week at work, so now it’s time to relax by a soothing stream…
Time is but the stream I go fishing in. I drink at it, but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains.
~ Henry David Thoreau
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Not “The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines”, but a long-time old-Boise business.
Sign seen in a dry cleaner's emporium: Drop your pants here.
In a dry cleaner's window: Anyone leaving their garments here for more than 30 days will be disposed of.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Under this rooster is Jim’s Coffee Shop, a bona fide Boise institution. For some colorful info about Jim’s, check out this.
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Over second and third cups flow matters of high finance, high state, common gossip and low comedy. [Coffee] is a social binder, a warmer of tongues, a soberer of minds, a stimulant of wit, a foiler of sleep if you want it so. From roadside mugs to the classic demitasse, it is the perfect democrat.
He was my cream, and I was his coffee -
And when you poured us together, it was something.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Monday, February 02, 2009
Continuing with the CDP theme from yesterday, here is a “path” through the Hyde Park area (of which I’ve written before). It’s a small historic district with shops and restaurants. On the right is Goody’s ice cream parlor.
Across the street is the Hyde Park Bar and Grill, and just beyond that, in the light blue building is the post office/used bookstore.
After a couple of weeks of fog and smog, it was wonderful to see the sun again!
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Giraffes are native to southern Africa in arid and savanna zones – warm weather places. This guy was inside because the weather was too cold and wet. But when summer comes he’ll feel right at home. Here, he pauses before getting back to his “salad”.
Coiled, relaxed -- but watching me from its heated glass cubby. This python is used in demonstrations for the public, so is used to being handled by humans. They live in the wild in parts of Africa, south Asia, The Philippines, Australia. Although snakes make me really nervous, I have stroked the skin of a python during a zoo demonstration a couple of times (the old “face the fear” kind of thing). Their skin is quite beautiful, especially when they move and their skin ripples in the light.
This Cottontop Tamarin is native to Colombian rainforests. Because of increasing devastation of their habitat, they are listed as critically endangered. Quite small and dart about quickly; hard to catch on camera. Their little faces seem so human. This one looks like some of us feel on a Monday; a little freaked out and having a bad hair day :>)