Tucson Gem, Mineral + Fossil Showcase – January 29 – February 13, 2011 – Information

The recent tragic events in Tucson will not diminish the Tucson Mineralogical and gem/craft scene. Tents are going up around town as life goes on in our wonderful state.

Was in the 70’s today in Tucson and likely to be all week+.  There is always a possible time for some changing weather here this time of year. The “La Niña” weather event occurring at this time will tend to keep us mostly sunny and dry.  Who knows?  May be flirting with 80 degrees farenheit by early Feb.

Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase – January 29 – February 13, 2011 – Official Information.

The gem and mineral activity in the private sphere, as far as I am aware, begins a week to two ahead of the Jan29 starting time.  And as a final note; one of the last of the gem shows is the oft promoted Big One at the convention center.  It gathers many vendors from shows that have ended around town along with its own usual ones. It tends to not have the atmosphere of the many outdoor and hotel shows that I like.


At the official end of some shows, some vendors may remain along with dramatically falling prices for gift like items.  These rapidly get picket through.

Tucson International Airport; A Tourist Attraction?

Growing up around the Chicago area,  I was a little familiar with major airport scenes.  Midway and O’hare would see us dropping in on very rare occasion to watch the planes take off and land. It was our version of taking a vacation. We lived under a major Midway flight path, before Midway entered its more minor airport phase.

My father was in the Air Force in World War 2, so he was familiar with airplanes.  To us kids, airplanes were for warriors and the wealthy to travel in, not us.  We did not even have a car.  But it sure was cool to watch them planes come and go, imagining the world as your destination.

Well Tucson’s airport in nothing of the magnitude of major ones. It has undergone much improvement over the last several years, and is now quite nice and efficient.  When I drop in to pick folks up or send them away, I wander around the art and other exhibits scattered around.  There is quite a bit of cool stuff that seems to be on some sort of exhibition circuit.

Anyway.  Here are a few pics. from the baggage area of AA.  Last time I showed the airport, a copy of the Mars Lander was there.

Small section of U of A wood and wildfire exhibit showing a small part of the tree ring data.


-When picking up luggage one can check out local places to visit.  I’ve been to both of these; very nice and informative spots.



-Crowds?  Hardly ever.  Little rushes before and after flights, otherwise clear sailing around the airport terminal.


The airport and vicinity has plenty of parking and shuttle service, not too easy to get lost there.

Tucson’s Springs of Gold—- Flowers

Seems the Palo Verde’s will be shinning this spring a little more than usual. There are at east two major kinds, these early ones that produce affluent clouds of yellow or gold, and a bit later I think the Blue Palo Verde’s bloom, still yellow but with somewhat more spaced out and perhaps larger Flowers.

These in the photo’s are just starting to get going March 26 2009—-




-More of my photo’s from Tucson Area Here

The Crystal Ball Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows 2009

The Crystal Ball. About 2 feet in diameter


-The Great Wall of Tucson. Or. Interstate 10 expansion.


-Over my head




And Oh Boy! I took some shaky video from my compact camera. I’ll put that up here later.

Tucson AZ 7/18/08

Here are some Tucson scenes from yesterday.

A mesquite tree near Coffee Exchange.

And inside Coffee Exchange on a warm afternoon.

On Fourth Ave.

The alternative Fourth Ave Vibe.

And off Fourth Ave at an Italian restaurant.



and not to forget Trader Joe’s, if you ever wondered what those bells were about.