Sunday, July 24, 2016

Route 66 Indian trading post jewelry

Bracelet, stamped with a kachina symbol and STERLING,
one of the marks used by
Maisel's Indian Trading Post of Albuquerque NM, mid 20th century.
Ring unmarked.
The seller told me that the stones in both pieces are stabilized Kingman turquoise. If you don't want an answer plucked out of the air, don't ask. I guess all that matters is it's nice-looking turquoise, set in older mass-produced sterling silver for the tourist market.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Large Navajo Bolo--the kind of drama we like

Navajo Bolo. 5-1/2" by 2-1.2". Unsigned.
Flint set in sterling.
With pops of turquoise and Mediterranean coral.
Handmade sterling leaves.
Early 3rd quarter 20th century.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Gomphrena globosa (Globe amaranth)

This pot of Gomphrena, an annual, was planted in 2011. It keeps performing as the blooms dry and produce seeds. If you're lucky, seeds will find their way to other spots in your garden. A lone seed germinated in a neighboring planter of Gallardia (blanket flower).


Friday, July 8, 2016

Broken but not spent

Hollyhocks, Albuquerque, July 8, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Roadrunner, of the bird type (Geococcyx californianus)

This guy was perched in my front garden when I pulled the trash barrels out toward the street this afternoon.
Two shots, just in case the first one didn't work out.

I moved in to get a better shot, but my hands were unsteady. I expected what he did next.

True to his name, this roadrunner has hopped down from the railroad timber and leaned forward to bolt.