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A couple of nights ago, in preparation to view and photograph the  Perseid meteor shower, I went up to the deck of suite 401 at the Gym Club Suites to try out photographing the stars with our Nikon D600.  Before that I went online to learn how to set the ISO,  f-stop and shutter speed.  With my new found knowledge, I managed to take a few photos of the stars and was confident that I would be able to capture a few shooting stars later that night.

Starry skyI got up about quarter after 2 Monday morning and went up to the deck again.  Now that all the bars were closed, I was happy that it was darker and that I was able to see the stars much better.  It was so pleasant up on the deck – crisp cool air and a sky full of stars and  an occasional shooting star.  Every time I pressed on the shutter, I was hoping that a shooting star would appear at the direction my camera was pointing at.  No such luck.  Now I can appreciate much more the meteor photos I see on the internet.  But, I did get some interesting pictures.

B-mountain long exposure

The Perseid meteor shower show will continue tonight, Tuesday August 13, 2013.  Although last night’s show was to be more impressive with more than 60 meteors every hour,  tonight’s show will peak at dozens of shooting stars every hour.

Tonight or any clear nights, there are places you can drive to within 10 minutes of Old Bisbee where you find yourself far away from city lights and be able to see dark sky full of bright stars.   Take highway 92 towards Sierra Vista, a couple of miles pass Safeway – anywhere you can find a place to park.  You can also drive up to the Old Divide for a good view of the sky.  Tonight will be a good one to view the Perseid meteor shower.  Maybe you’ll be lucky and capture one on you camera.

For more information of this year’s Perseid meteor shower and live stream of tonight’s meteor shower, click HERE.

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A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

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Do you know Bisbee has magnificent waterfalls?  You can see them only after heavy monsoon rains.  If you should be in Bisbee during the monsoon season (July to mid September), be sure to take a drive to see this rare beautiful sight after it rains.

Starting from Old Bisbee, drive west on Hwy 80 and through the Mule Pass Tunnel.  Just 2 miles after you’ve passed the tunnel, there is a turnout on the left side of the highway where you can park.  Before you make the left turn, you should be able to hear the water running – a waterfall right next to the highway.  You’ll get better view of the waterfalls if you walk (southeast) towards Hidden Meadow Lane.  With your camera ready, look across the highway and up… zoom in.

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Cochise County Sheriff Department has encouraged people not to climb up to the falls.  Water makes the rocks very slippery – dangerous for the climber as well as the rescuers.  Just a week ago, a teenager was hurt there:  fractured back, broken ribs and elbow.

Enjoy the photos and videos.  Leave the climbing to the pros.

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A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites

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hummerEver held a humming bird and felt the beat of a itty-bitty heart 250 times a minute?

First watch this:  A story about trapping and banding a hummingbird.  The trapping method at the San Pedro may be different, but for each bird that is caught, the same information is measured and recorded.   The Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (SABO) website has a whole page dedicated to Hummingbird Banding on the San Pedro River.  Hummingbird banding at the San Pedro River is open to the public.  The 2013 summer schedule is as follows:  June 29, July 6, 13, 19, 25, August 2, 10, 16,24, 30, September 4,14, 21, 28, October 5 from 4pm to 6pm.  Call the San Pedro House at (520) 508-4445 for more information and to confirm schedule.

Don’t you now want to hold one of those precious little hummers and feel its heartbeat?   Plan on going to the San Pedro House on one of those dates above and come visit Bisbee.

San Pedro House (SPH) is only a 20-minute drive from Old Bisbee.  The address is 9800 Hwy 90 at the River, Sierra Vista, AZ 85650.  SPH opens daily 9:30am to 4:30pm.  Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.  Visit their website for other events (bird walk, education forum, spring festival)  that may interest you.

San Pedro River also offers numerous photo opportunities.  Enjoy some of the beautiful photos take by Bisbee photographer Charlene Mitchell at the River HERE.

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A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites

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The 4th annual  Cochise College Pit Fire Festival is only 5 days away.

Found an awesome photo of last year’s (2010) pit fire.  It’s actually a curved trench.  It’s beautiful!  Wonder what new ideas they have for this year.

Place:  Cochise College Douglas Campus 4190 West Highway 80 • Douglas, AZ 85607

Date/Time:  November 10, 2011, Thursday, 5pm-9pm

Take a look at the video from last year’s pit fire for a glimpse of what to expect this year.

http://vimeo.com/stephencrout/cochisecollegepitfire2010

Read from our previous post on this special ceremics firing process.  http://wp.me/pBlmp-8X

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A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites

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Last weekend, our suite 201 Rainbow’s End, was once again the bridal suite – this time for our beautiful bride Sharon.  The bride and groom had chosen the top of Mule Mountain in Bisbee to exchange their vows at sunset.  What a great idea!!  I hope the newlyweds will share with us some of their pictures.

The road up to the mountain top has recently been graded and the packed gravel road although steep at times is quite well maintained.  To go from Old Bisbee, take Hwy 80 W through the tunnel.  Turn right on Old Divide Road.  Once you’re on top of the tunnel, turn left onto Juniper Flats Road and continue up the mountain.  It is possible to go all the way up to the communication towers.

Al and Kelly Bossence of theBayfieldBunch.com who make their home in Arizona during the winter months the last few years explored the Mule Mountain this January.   Al wrote a wonderful blog with lots of beautiful pictures: http://thebayfieldbunch.com/2011/01/atop-tombstone-canyons-northern-edge.html.  Maybe it’ll inspire you to take a drive up there the next time you visit Bisbee.  (A couple of links on the article are no longer good.  There are the current links:  re. Todd Bogatay http://www.toddbogatay.com/; best retirement living – Bisbee http://www.frugal-retirement-living.com/retire-to-Bisbee.html.

Notes:  1.  You’ll need to get a permit from Bureau of Land Management to hold a wedding ceremony on BLM land.  2. If you’re interested in seeing more of Bisbee, go to Al’s photo Album https://plus.google.com/photos/117858411710794543295/albums/5412944773572742833?banner=pwa.  Al takes BEAUTIFUL pictures.

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A blog about Bisbee and events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, a registered historical landmark;   renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building;  now it is fully furnished for travelers to Bisbee and Southeast Arizona a place to curl up for the night ~ a home away from home, instead of just a hotel room.

For more info: www.bisbeelandmark.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites

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Last year I posted 12 reasons to come to Bisbee to do your Christmas shopping because of the unique shops and services that are offered.  To read the first 12 reasons, click  HERE.   This year I will continue with …

REASON #13   The Bisbee Fiber Shop   – 26 Howell Ave., located at the basement of the Bisbee Y Building (formerly YWCA).  Website: http://www.bisbeefiberarts.com/index

 For the Fiber Enthusiasts

Members of the Bisbee Fiber Arts Guild sell their fiber art through the shop.  The studio in the basement of the local Y is devoted mainly to loom weaving.  The Guild also hosts a variety of classes that are open to the public.  There are weekly sessions on weaving, spinning, knitting and felting.  Visitors to Bisbee are welcome to connect with our local fiber enthusiasts.

Once a year, normally in May, there will be a Fiber Arts Festival at the Bisbee Farmers Market.   The Guild members also take an active role in the annual Cochise County Fair demonstrating weaving and spinning.  Contact info and class info can be found on their website above.

The Fiber Shop is open Fridays through Sundays beginning Thanksgiving weekend through April.  The inventory is always changing but usually includes rag rugs, hand knit and woven shawls and scarves, gloves and mittens, purses, fine quality fiber tools, unique hand spun and hand painted yarns for knitters, recycled silk yarn, alpaca and wool fiber, lovely hand crafted ornaments, special sweaters and much more.  They’re perfect for gift giving.

REASON #14   Divine Teas & Novelties   -51 Main Street, website:  http://www.bisbeefiberarts.com/index

Lilith

Lilith of Divine Teas & Novelties offers a full range of teas from around the world and local growers as well as spices, tea accessories, baked goods, premium chocolates, silk scarf,  jewelry and jewelry boxes.

Divine Teas sells tea and herbal teas.  They offer many varieties of tea: white, yellow, green, oolong [Chinese tea], and black.  Don’t know the difference?  Go to their new website and click on the link on Tea Information.

It is said to be the only store in Arizona that blends its own teas.   Some of their 35 different kinds of specially blended teas are Goddess Brew Tea, Peppermint Tea, Orage Spice Tea, Pomegranate Green, Arianrhod’s Tea.  You may catch Lilith blending teas when you walk into the shop.  Lilith’s blends come in teabag form or as loose tea leaves.  They make great gifts for your tea-loving friends.

Divine Teas & Novelties also offers its establishment for small group (5-10) meetings or a place for new and old friends to have a fragrant cup of tea together and chat.   On a cold day, one can pick up a cup of hot tea to go and continues on with one’s shopping.

REASON #15   Bisbee Stitches, The Teeny Tiny Toy Store    -15 Main Street, website:  http://bisbeestitches.com

Jill Richards wrote about the Teeny Tiny Toy Store in her blog :

“Teeny Tiny Toy Store, which Hundley shares with fellow artist Hywel Logan, comes by its name honestly — it’s about the size of a walk-in-closet. Hundley and Logan use the space as both store and studio. The shop’s shelves are tidy, and Logan’s paintings hang wherever there’s a free spot on the walls. Hundley’s distinctive Stitches are perched at eye level next to brand-name toys — including an Alfred Hitchcock “The Birds” Barbie. The shop also sells action figures, wind-up robots and handmade President Obama dolls.”   — read full story

New stitches on 12-18-10

Visit their blog where they feature their latest stitches.  Better yet, visit the tiny toy store and pick up some lovable dolls for the favorite kids in your life.

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A blog about Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, a registered historical landmark;   renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building;  now it is fully furnished for travelers to Bisbee and Southeast Arizona a place to curl up for the night ~ a home away from home, instead of just a hotel room.

For more info: www.bisbeelandmark.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

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Note:  Originally written on September 13, 2010.

We just had a wonderful weekend in Bisbee.  The weather was perfect for the plein air artists as well as for those who spent their day touring the nine beautiful gardens in Bisbee.

The Bisbee Bloomers Garden Tour

This year there are nine gardens on the tour.  Three are in Old Bisbee behind the Courthouse, one near the Hwy 80 West Bend exit and five in the Warren area.  http://ow.ly/2EncL

The three gardens in Old Bisbee are more difficult to get to — a lot of walking up the hills but it was worth the effort.   Below are pictures from the Old Bisbee gardens.

First thing I saw when I entered the garden - a Bisbee art car.

Every inch of the car is decorated -- closeup of the top of the car.

I believe this one is the people's choice winner.

An outdoors living space at the corner of the garden

A most interesting plant-red & black berries w/blue flower

Another one of Bisbee's stairs on the way to the garden

This is garden #2.

Notice the dragonfly handle?

 

Look at the details painted on this wood stool next to the front door.

Is this Creeping Charlie (ground ivy) growing between the rocks?

The garden near the Hwy 80 West Bend exit has an amazing view of the highway and  houses along Tombstone Blvd on its north.   As you walk up towards the house, you’ll see a mountain lion about to jump down into the garden from the top of the rock wall.

Captured a mountain lion jumping into the garden.

Of course, the mountain lion is not real.

View from Garden #4's deck

Terry Wolf, singer, song write, graphics artist and photographer, singing for the garden tourists.

Javelinas run wild in the hills of Bisbee.

An outdoors sitting area; wall colors are very typical of Bisbee.

 Warren gardens on the Tour:

Garden #5 in Warren

A popular spot for the birds.

A secret summit in Bisbee.

Tropical hibiscus are getting very popular in Bisbee gardens.

 

I would love to go back to this garden again -- see the next five pictures.

This reminds me of my old fish ponds.

 

This is what an okra plant looks like - it's in the mallow family.

Cute miniature water lilies.

Beware!

A garden with room for lots of guests.

Colorful coleus - they all need to be indoors in the winter.

The Bisbee Plein Air Competition

http://ow.ly/2Eozj

Even though the competition started on Friday.  A lot of the painters did not start painting until Saturday.   Here are some of the photos of the day’s events.

Young artist ages 8-18 also compete for cash prizes.

Another young artist.

Terri started painting at 6 in the morning.

All the paintings were displayed at the Grassy Park to be judged.

Display of paintings from the 8-18 division.

Spectators can place bids on the paintings they want to purchase.

At the Grassy Park, there's music by Shade, featuring Duane Reilley on saxophone.

Winners!

All in all, it was a festive Saturday.  Many of the paintings were sold.

Other posts:

http://kaiathomas.blogspot.com/2010/10/2010-bisbee-plein-air-comopetition.html

September 12  Weekend Events in Bisbee:

Plein Air competition and Bisbee Garden Tour are annual events on the second weekend of September. 

Bisbee Farmers Market at Vista Park    8am-12noon

Bisbee After 5 Art Walk     5-8pm

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A blog about Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, a registered historical landmark;   renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building;  now it is fully furnished for travelers to Bisbee and Southeast Arizona a place to curl up for the night ~ a home away from home, instead of just a hotel room.

For more info: www.bisbeelandmark.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

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