LOWELL and BISBEE

Bisbee is a copper mining town that has, some how,  flourished since the mine closed. The steep landscape and opulent architecture, from the boom days, make the town uniquely attractive. Lots of interesting pubs, bars and restaurants, and an atmosphere of 1960’s counter culture, have given Bisbee a whole new life.

Just outside of Bisbee is, what’s left of, the town of Lowell. In the 1950’s the mine pit was expanded to extract more copper and most of the town was consumed in the expansion. What is left (Eire Street) appears to have been frozen in time. Crumbling buildings, closed businesses, old cars, weeds and debris. A fantastic and confusing place.

© John Lovett 2018
Reflections in a junk shop window

© John Lovett 2018
Bisbee graffiti wall

© John Lovett 2018
Chainsaw on a roof

© John Lovett 2018
Rustys Snacks

© John Lovett 2018
Main Street Bisbee

© John Lovett 2018
Captivating display of ancient dentistry.

© John Lovett 2018

© John Lovett 2018
Bisbee mine  head

© John Lovett 2018
Mine Site

© John Lovett 2018
Shell servo, Lowell

© John Lovett 2018
Cadillac from space

© John Lovett 2018
Outside Lowell Gym.

© John Lovett 2018
Welcome

© John Lovett 2018 © John Lovett 2018

© John Lovett 2018© John Lovett 2018 © John Lovett 2018 © John Lovett 2018 © John Lovett 2018

ON TO TOMBSTONE

After the workshop at Tanque Verde Ranch, we picked up a hire car in Tucson and headed over to Tombstone. The old town is still pretty well intact, but relies heavily on tourism, so has a bit of a theme park air about it. Lots of cowboys, bar girls and guns, but the old historic locations are all well preserved and very interesting.

From Tombstone we drove out to a few old ghost towns and abandoned mining towns in the region. We discovered some great old buildings in various stages of decay.

© John Lovett 2018
Rain across the prairies between Tucson and Tombstone

© John Lovett 2018
Main street Tombstone

© John Lovett 2018

Cowboys on the boardwalk

© John Lovett 2018
Stage coach into town

© John Lovett 2018
Stage coach out of town.

© John Lovett 2018
Some local beer and wine in the Crystal Palace, followed by a mighty meal and a band that didn’t play cowboy songs – well not many anyway!

© John Lovett 2018
Beautiful old Hotel on mainstreet.

© John Lovett 2018
Well preserved backstreet cottage.

© John Lovett 2018
Not so well preserved facade from more recent times.

© John Lovett 2018
Slowly crumbling cottage in the old mining town of Gleeson.

© John Lovett 2018One of the last surviving cottages in Gleeson.

© John Lovett 2018
Once a thriving business – now part of Gleeson’s collection of decaying buildings.

© John Lovett 2018
Remains of the old Gleeson Jail – no wardens, no prisoners but plenty of patriotic flags.

© John Lovett 2018Well preserved store in the old town of Pearce

© John Lovett 2018

More – of I don’t know what?

TANQUE VERDE RANCH

Just outside Tucson, Arizona, is the Sonoran Desert. Tanque Verde Ranch is situated in the desert and joins the Sonoran Desert National Monument. The ranch was our venue for an enjoyable 5 day painting workshop organised by MISA.

Tanque Verde Ranch was a large cattle property in the early days, but now runs around 200 horses for visitors to explore the many desert riding trails.


Old, now abandoned, homestead.


Original Homestead


One of the ranches horse wranglers


Desert riders – heading for the blueberry pancake breakfast overlooking the mountains


Desert Bunny


Wagon from the wild wild west


Cowboy singer at a dinner under the cottonwoods – only sang cowboy songs.

Javelinas.


Wrangler with his horse


Outside the wranglers Quarters.


Horse yards


I love these American cowboy saddles.


Used horseshoes


Black and White, Red and Brown

Big old French Percheron


Wranglers Ropes


Tired and dusty


Desert Bathtub


Across the desert to the mountains

Saguaro Cactus

© John Lovett 2018
Sticks from the dead Saguaro cactus used for building.

© John Lovett 2018
Cactus Flower

© John Lovett 2018
Humming Bird

© John Lovett 2018Desert House Finch

© John Lovett 2018
Gambel’s Quail

© John Lovett 2018
Happy Horses

© John Lovett 2018
Tanque Verde Ranch accomodation

ROCKY MOUNTAINS

Following a great workshop in Calgary, we spent a few days with friends John and Lyla. We did a road trip up to Canmore and through the Rockies to Jasper. The scenery was spectacular and John, being a geologist, gave us a great insight into the landscape we were traveling through. He also arranged for bears, mountain goats and rock hopping mountain sheep to be spread out along our route! What a treat.

255A feast of ribs and chicken at John and Lyla’s.

256

251Late nesting Robin – Canmore

241  243 Tiger Lilly

245 Intense Blue/Green lake above Canmore.

252     260 261 262

239

257

248

249

The three small dots on the white line at the bottom left of this glacier are huge 6wd buses.

244

Mountain Sheep shedding their winter coats.

247

250

Peyto Lake and matching Jacket.

259

263

242

266Jasper

238

265

NORTH TO CANADA

After our workshop at Dillman’s we headed off to Toronto to meet up with my brother and his wife for a few days.  We had an apartment in the downtown area and spent our time exploring the district, visiting some fantastic pubs, restaurants and museums.

218We enjoyed the area around Kensington Markets. Lots of interesting shops and cafes.

219 220Photographer suffers near miss from car on wrong side of road as subjects look on with amusement.

221 Naked Tai Chi

254222 223 Car Garden

253Street art with hanging basket

224 Long forgotten balcony

225 226

Calgary Owls

Helmut, from Inglewood B&B in Calgary, took me to see a family of owls he has been watching for the past five years. It was interesting to learn about their habits and history as we explored the bush to find them.

228 232 US161309233Owl Food

WISCONSIN

Another great workshop at Dillmans Bay Resort. A fantastic group of people, beautiful surroundings, lots of painting in a big well lit studio and wining and dining in the surrounding towns. What a lot of fun.

193 Chipmunk eating breakfast

194Riveted Tinny

195

199

201 Loon

205 Baby Blackbirds blown out of their nest

207

208

209Woody Guthrie songs on an Appalachian Dulcimer.

210 211 212 Antonio’s new hat

213 237

MONUMENT VALLEY

 

From Brisbane, Australia to Flagstaff, Arizona via LA and Phoenix is a long haul. We were jet lagged and weary when we collected our hire car and drove into town to a motel.

Next morning, bright and fresh, we headed down Route 66 and peeled off north to the Utah/Arizona border and the spectacular landscape of Monument Valley National Park.

148Old Trading Post along the northbound Highway180

190Strange sign leading to an Indian Reservation.

150

153Goose Necks on the San Juan River

156Mexican Hat

181Bridge across the San Juan River.

160San Juan Motel perched above the river at Mexican Hat – a mecca for bikers from all over the country. This group were from Florida via Texas.

173

159

157

185

162Small scale oil drilling – Mexican Hat

163Patriotic Cowboys.

164

165

167

171

174

179

182

184

188

187…Off into the sunset