Downtown Boise

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.

Lacey - March 22, 2011 - 9:52 PM

Haha I knew some of those people from the hair school one guy worked at my school when I was there!

Kathy Grover - March 23, 2011 - 12:28 AM

I think I am going to work harder on convincing you to set up a Flickr account and tag these photos with “Boise.” Then even more people could see your extraordinary work. But meanwhile, this has made my day.

Megan - March 23, 2011 - 12:43 AM

How fun to see some of the sights I had forgotten about! Now to see them in person in two short weeks! Eek!!! 🙂 - March 23, 2011 - 9:07 AM

That is so sweet Kathy, and this will surprise you, but I did set up a Flickr account briefly for the friends portraits as I submitted one of Linda’s in the Kodak Gallery contest. Before I do anything more, however, I need to learn how to do an effective watermark (hint, hint).

Linda Johnston - March 23, 2011 - 9:23 AM

Wow Mary, these are really excellent–OF COURSE. I get so used to seeing things that I don’t really SEE them or marvel in their beauty. Through your lens the beauty of the moment, the person or the object shines all on its own without the distraction of its surroundings. The landscapes and skylines are breathtaking. Thanks for recording the beauty of our little corner of God’s world. - March 23, 2011 - 9:27 AM

Wow, wasn’t expecting that Linda, but thanks. We’ve all been to a few downtown cities in our lives and those of us here know we have one of the cleanest and most vibrant. Between two jobs this is my 16th year of working in the heart of downtown and I love it!

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