For 3 hours today, 102 performers of all types did their thing along downtown streets. Acts included mime, dancing, music, martial arts, magic tricks, skateboarding, street theater, graffiti art, acrobatics, jump rope tricks, and more.
The Curb Cup is an opportunity for anyone with an act to perform. The audience wanders from act to act and votes on their favorites. Those acts with the most votes win small cash prizes, and the top vote-getter has their name inscribed on the Curb Cup trophy.
The famous Curb Cup Trophy
A grand crowd came to watch the show; they came with families, friends, dogs. Some spectators were their own act....
But, as Shakespeare wrote, all the world's a stage.
Rock rose bushes are in bloom. I love how sunlight glows through the delicate petals of this flower.
We have a bush in our back yard that has white blossoms. This morning as I was leaving for work, I watched as -- just for a moment -- the sun illuminated one white rock rose flower, turning it into a glowing golden-white. Truly a morning glory....
One of Boise's historic elementary schools, built in 1913. They spent the past year totally refurbishing the building and landscaping, and now it's ready for students, who will be coming through the doors tomorrow morning.
I love the detail around the doorway.
School reminds me of the smells of floor polish, old wood, disinfectant, and sweaty kids (we didn't have A/C until the new addition was built). Classes began in mid-August in the Midwest. You knew your carefree summer days were numbered when the cicadas began their buzzing songs in the evenings.
A special treat today: we saw a new documentary, "Bad Writing." It's a funny, honest, and wry look at one man's quest to become a writer. Vernon Lott interviews writers who have "made it" to get their insights about writing and the literary world. If you've ever dreamed of being an author, novelist, poet, playwright, check this out. It will be available on Amazon Video-on-Demand September 7. http://www.badwritingthemovie.com/bw/Home.html
The kind that fly, not the kind some people drive. :)
The birds that frequently visit our feeder appear to be Black-Chinned hummingbirds. One of them, a male with a black head and purplish throat, keeps watch over the feeder from a nearby juniper. If another hummingbird flies too close, or sneaks a few sips, the "sentry" dive bombs the interloper and chases it away. It's amazing to watch them as they dart and zoom across the yard. The speed of their wings (as they hover to feed) is astonishing.
This is one of the many joys we have living in our new place. I hope to nab a few photos of the tiny "jewels" in the future.