From the issue: “A violent storm showers the desert with lightning bolts.” The issue included several more storm photos, along with a story about how University of Arizona scientists were researching new ways to pinpoint lightning strikes. Photo by William L. Wantland.
If you’re looking for a reason to send something via U.S. mail, look no further: A new book of stamps from the U.S. Postal Service features paintings from the Hudson River School art movement, including Thomas Moran’s Grand Canyon.
The “forever” stamps, available in books of 20, are the 12th installment in the USPS’ American Treasures series. The other three stamp designs are Thomas Cole’s Distant View of Niagara Falls, Asher B. Durand’s Summer Afternoon and Frederic Edwin Church’s Sunset.
Of Moran’s painting, the USPS had this to say in a news release:
Thomas Moran is represented by the 1912 painting Grand Canyon, from the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. The painting embodies Moran’s ability to convey scenes that are both idealized, but also recognizable to people who have seen the actual landscape themselves. “My aim,” Moran said in 1878, “was to bring before the public the character of the region.”
You can buy the stamps at any post office or on the USPS website.
We’ve been closely following the Burrito Bracket, a FiveThirtyEight project in which burritos around the country face off, March Madness style, to see which is the best burrito in America. Arizona’s own Carolina’s Mexican Food advanced to the Sweet 16 with its red machaca burro, but last week, it lost out to a Los Angeles bean-and-cheese burrito in a closely contested semifinal.
Some of us here can personally vouch for the deliciousness of Carolina’s burritos, but there are plenty of other great burrito joints in the Grand Canyon State. In fact, it’s a travesty that the FiveThirtyEight bracket included only one other Arizona restaurant, Vincent’s on Camelback in Phoenix. (While Vincent’s is a fine establishment, its entry was a lobster chimichanga, which isn’t really a burrito and also isn’t on the menu anymore.)
This isn’t the first time we’ve polled you on this, but you tell us: What’s the best burrito in Arizona? (We’ve started with a few old favorites in this poll, but feel free to add your own suggestions.)
Do you love wildlife? Do you also love the Grand Canyon? If your answer is “yes” to both questions, start making plans to attend Grand Canyon National Park’s Celebrate Wildlife Day, taking place Saturday, September 13, at the South Rim.
Park rangers and other experts will share information about the Canyon’s wildlife and endangered species, including raptors, condors and elk. The family friendly event will feature several activities for kids, too. And at 1:30 p.m., the park will celebrate Yaki Point’s designation as a Globally Important Bird Area.
For more information on the event, click here.
Wow, you guys. You really brought it for this week’s “stormy weather”-themed Friday Fotos. What follows is only a fraction of the incredible images we received. Have a great weekend, and stay safe out there!
PROGRAMMING NOTE: Friday Fotos will be on hiatus for the next two weeks because our blog editor is having a baby. (Actually, his wife is doing most of the work.) We’ll have “classic” Friday Fotos galleries the next two Fridays, and we’ll resume doing new Friday Fotos the week of September 8.
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