Posted by: Laura Pierce | October 13, 2014

Saguaro Cactus & a workshop in Tucson, AZ

Saguaros in Tucson's Eastern Park

Saguaros in Tucson’s Eastern Saguaro National Park

It was fun to travel to Tucson and teach a 3-day workshop for the Olde Pueblo Rug Hookers! I’ve never been to Tucson and I was surprised by the beautiful mountains that embrace the town.

Saguaro with Tucson in the background

Saguaro with Tucson in the background

My hostess, Kathy Kovaric, lives outside Tucson and took several different routes into Tucson each morning to show me around the town. On the last day, she treated me to a drive through the Eastern section of the Saguaro National Park, and stopped several times so I could get out and take a few photos. Every plant in that park has stickers… I soon found out!

Yellow flowers and Paddle Cactus

Yellow flowers and Paddle Cactus

It was early in the day and many bicyclists and joggers were already in the park, enjoying the views of Saguaros before it got too hot!

Water wise 'Stick Plant'

Water wise ‘Stick Plant’

The ‘Stick Plant’, on the left, usually looks pretty lean and mean, but if it gets enough water; it puts out lovely little leaves and always sports a red flag at the top of each ‘stick’!

Saguaros with mountain backdrop

Saguaros with mountain backdrop

For me, the light is such an important ingredient in an artistic photograph. The morning light and the saguaro landscape was an inspiration; a lovely bit of creative play before the last day of workshop. The workshop participants had a wide variety of projects to work on and I really enjoyed working with everyone! I was quite busy and didn’t take the time to take photographs of the participants and their projects. Hopefully, they will send photos of their finished projects soon!

Fields of old military airplanes

Fields of old military airplanes

It was fascinating driving by fields and fields of ‘moth-balled’ military planes at Davis Monthan Air Force Base. The dry atmosphere of Arizona keeps the airplanes well and they provide parts as needed.

I’d love to go back to Tucson and am dreaming about going to the Old Pueblo Rug Hookers Annual Hook-In, Saturday, January 24, 2015, 9 am – 4 pm at La Paloma Country Club, 3660 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718

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  1. Great photos, Laura! I’m at Buckeystown, MD at a workshop with Sarah Guiliani. Was hoping that Sarah would be here, but she isn’t. Sally D’Albira is here tho.

  2. Hi Toni,
    having fun at Buckeystown, eh! i look forward to hearing about your project. please give my regards to Sarah and Sally. hope to get back east again soon… and i’ll visit you!

  3. Laura, thanks for the great newsletter ….as always! I do look forward to it and your photos are spectacular. Love the cactus shots. Elise R

    • Hi Elise,
      glad to hear from you! i think i need to design a Tucson rug… with saguaro, paddle cactus and the mountains!

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