I work downtown and I love that. We have the most beautiful downtown business and shopping district than most cities around — hands down. I often carry my camera to work, taking opportunity of breaks and lunch hours to find things that interest me. Here are a few of my favorites.
Outside the Grove Parking Garage stands this artwork memorializing the long-ago Chinese District and marking the canal that runs underground. It’s only during the early morning or late evening hours that these lights are visible.
Last fall there were two teenage boys riding their bikes around the fountains. I stopped and asked if I could take their picture and they were more than happy to oblige doing all kinds of stunts for me. I originally took this with detail but decided I liked it in silhouette better.
This next picture makes me smile. I saw this group from a distance but couldn’t discern what was going. It wasn’t until I was closer that I realized they were a group of young people from a local Hair Salon School and it wasn’t until I was in their direct line of fire that I realized they were just out having a good time giving away free hugs! Yes, I got hugged too, and you know what? I liked it!
Are you doing your part in the rat race? This artwork, called Sidney’s Niche by Rick Thom son, is painted on the side of an outside escalator. It was originally commissioned in 1992, then re-created in 2002 so is a familiar sight of Downtown Boise. I took liberties with changing the colors.
This was taken this February from the inside looking out. It was foggy that morning and it somehow made me think of what Afghanistan might look like with the heat and sand in the air (random thought I know). Normally you would see forever down Main Street but not this day. If you look really close (while squinting) you might see the cross of Table Rock. I love that cross. Another landmark of our great city.