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Drawn, scribbled, or snapped on Tumamoc Hill, Tucson's sacred mountain.

– by Paul Mirocha,
Artist-in-Residence

 

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Barbara’s Tiny Notebook

Apr 9, 2016 | One Comment
Barbara’s Tiny Notebook

THESE SKETCHES are part of a series drawn on Tumamoc on a small pad I can hold in one hand. I used a cheap ballpoint pen I found somewhere.

Sonoran Desert: The Poem

Mar 3, 2016 | No Comments
Sonoran Desert: The Poem

When Kristin, the acquiring editor at UA Press, got my last batch of drawings for The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide, last year, she burst out laughing. I took that as a positive response.

Tumamoc Hill in Journal of the Southwest

Jan 20, 2016 | No Comments
Tumamoc Hill in Journal of the Southwest

WHEN ARTISTS AND SCIENTISTS talk to each other, they often do things that neither would do on their own. Tumamoc artists and poets join the Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers in the Journal of the Southwest.

Invisible Birds

Dec 25, 2015 | No Comments
Invisible Birds

I HAVE TO ADMIT that I drew this Canyon wren while I was in Minnesota, using photographs and Google searches. It’s the drawing that went onto the Tumamoc roadside signs. I was under deadline pressure so my vacation to visit family got tangled up with work.

Happy Saguaro Drawing

Dec 22, 2015 | One Comment
Happy Saguaro Drawing

LEO MIROCHA, 5-years old, drew some saguaros. Yes, on Tumamoc Hill. This children’s art was prompted by an explanation of the better than average monsoon we had in 2015 and the extended winter rain due to the current El Niño event.

On Randomness

Oct 20, 2015 | 4 Comments
On Randomness

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY AFTERNOON. A Tuesday. I was walking across the parking lot between buildings at the Desert Lab when I noticed a large, localized storm cloud moving in from the north.

What the Ancestors Ate

Sep 20, 2015 | 2 Comments
What the Ancestors Ate

The September/October issue of Edible Baja Arizona features an article by me and my daughter, Anna Mirocha, about prehistoric foods. Here you’ll find the missing prologue…

Tumamoc Signs

Aug 17, 2015 | One Comment
Tumamoc Signs

AFTER A YEAR of walking past 15 empty sign frame along the Tumamoc road, many people might have thought their purpose was to encourage visitors to do their own imaginary interpretation of the landscape. But no.

Mondays on the Mountain

Jul 15, 2015 | 2 Comments
Mondays on the Mountain

THIS PAST SPRING, artists met weekly on Monday mornings on Tumamoc, to work out in the wild open landscape, with their chosen medium, on whatever caught their attention.

Post Cards from the Lab

Jun 17, 2015 | One Comment
Post Cards from the Lab

MY FRIEND, Joel Floyd, recently sent me scans of two vintage post cards he owns of the Carnegie Desert Botanical Garden on Tumamoc Hill, published in 1908 and 1920.

A Room with a View

Apr 22, 2015 | One Comment
A Room with a View

At the right time of year, there’s a beautiful view of that light hitting the Tumamoc Desert Laboratory and the Santa Catalina Mountains. It took some exploring to capture this photograph.

Big Party at Tohono Chul Gallery

Feb 15, 2015 | No Comments
Big Party at Tohono Chul Gallery

Tohono Chull Gallery will host a grand opening this Friday, Feb. 20 5:30–7:30pm for two exhibitions currently showing in their galleries: Tumamoc Hill: Art, Culture, and Science in the entry gallery, and Sonoran Desert: Large and Small in the main gallery.

Marlon Evans: O’odham Poet On Tumamoc Hill

Feb 7, 2015 | No Comments
Marlon Evans: O’odham Poet On Tumamoc Hill

Marlon loved Tumamoc Hill. He walked to the summit every day to be there at dawn and see Baboquivari Peak, the sacred mountain and center of the world, easily seen from Tumamoc.

Tumamoc at Tohono Chul

Jan 28, 2015 | One Comment
Tumamoc at Tohono Chul

Tumamoc artists published in This Piece of Earth: Images and Words from Tumamoc Hill are showing work form the book and new work open now at Tohono Chul Gallery until March 15.

Please Protect Tumamoc

Jan 7, 2015 | 2 Comments
Please Protect Tumamoc

This is one of my favorite pieces of art found on Tumamoc last year. Two of these home-made signs were roughly taped to an empty sign-post on the Tumamoc Road last fall by an anonymous visitor.