Category Archives: nature

The Retreats at El Rancho Robles now open in Oracle, Arizona

What was the 1930’s El Rancho Robles Dude Ranch in Oracle, Arizona is now open as the Retreats at El Rancho Robles. It has been newly restored to its past glory, a wonderful group retreat and event facility. It is a beautiful setting. Visit their website to see accommodations and photos – elranchorobles.com.

Oracle, Arizona is a great place to take photos too.

To view our SLIDESHOW of Oracle, ArizonaCLICK HERE.

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Watch out for rattlesnakes in the foothills of the Tucson Catalina Mountains

Rattlesnake by SearchNetMedia
Rattlesnake, a photo by SearchNetMedia on Flickr.

We have spotted two large dead rattle snakes in the neighborhood during the last couple of weeks. As the temperature at night drops into the 60’s and 50’s, these venomous snakes may seek warmth on the neighborhood streets.

Bring a flashlight on evening walks. Also, consider Professional Snake Avoidance Classes for your Dog. We are not associated with, nor do we endorse the one in the link above, but we are sending a dog to this one for training.

The snake in the photo was one we encountered while walking another dog in the Rillito River in Tucson. We never saw it as we walked right up to it and were close enough for it to strike. They stay so well hidden in the shadows.

So, be cautious out there!

Featured Artist – American Impressionist Alan H. Curtis


Alan H. Curtis, Tucson area resident, is best known for his “plein air” style of impressionism. His paintings capture the beauty of the American scene, from the dynamic landforms of the desert to waterlily-filled ponds of Eastern Massachusetts and the golden hills of Northern California. Curtis has spent his life recording on canvas the scenes, people, and places most important to him.

Among the recordings are paintings of his six children. His current studio is in Northwest Tucson.

In his own words, an artist should be more than a painter. “An artist should build boats, be able to fix cars, create beautiful gardens, cook delicious meals, bake homemade breads, and whip out an occasional masterpiece.”

Alan Curtis’ studio gallery is open for private showings only.

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CurtisGalleries.com, the online studio of American Impressionist Alan H. Curtis.

Curtis’ work, which has been featured in American Art Review magazine, holds a unique ability to capture both subtle and dramatic emotions. His paintings and prints reflect his talent for capturing diverse American themes, such as a hot eggs-and-bacon breakfasts, dramatic Southwest landscapes, California’s blooming hillsides, and the flower harvesters of Half Moon Bay.

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Alan H. Curtis (1943- ) hails from a family of artists – CurtisGalleries.com

Uncle Howard Curtis (1906-1989) – http://www.capeannmuseum.org/ and PHOTO
Aunt Eleanor Curtis (1910-2008) – http://www.capeannmuseum.org/collections/artists/eleanor-curtis/
Father Roger W. Curtis (1910-2000) – www.rockportartassn.org and AskArt
Brother David P. Curtisdavidpcurtis.com

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Other paintings of Alan H. Curtis can be viewed online at John Stayman Fine Art:

http://web.artprice.com/store/John-Stayman-Fine-Art/

Oracle State Park is OPEN

Oracle State Park by SearchNetMedia
Oracle State Park, a photo by SearchNetMedia on Flickr.

Oracle State Park had its Grand Re-Opening last month. Visit Arizona Highways blog has some great info about the Re-Opening. With the so weather perfect, this a great time to visit.

Discover Arizona

Western Bluebirds are back in Tucson and the Santa Cruz Valley

Western Bluebird by SearchNetMedia
Western Bluebird, a photo by SearchNetMedia on Flickr.

Discover Arizona

Beautiful time to visit Sabino Canyon

Thimble Peak by SearchNetMedia
Thimble Peak, a photo by SearchNetMedia on Flickr.

Click here for a SLIDESHOW. Saw deer yesterday.

Javelinas are going green in the Tucson Catalina Foothills

Going green? by SearchNetMedia
Going green?, a photo by SearchNetMedia on Flickr.

We have had reports of javelina knocking over trash cans in the Catalina Foothills this last week. All raided trash bins were taken out the night before pick up.

Happy Thanksgiving

Birders at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson

For more information on Sweetwater Wetlands, visit TucsonMenu.com.

Cool off above Tucson at Rose Canyon Lake on Mount Lemmon

Rose Canyon Lake by SearchNetMedia
Rose Canyon Lake, a photo by SearchNetMedia on Flickr.

For more information on Rose Canyon Lake and other recreation areas, visit TucsonMenu.com.

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