Always fun to add the photo of a location that has been picturefied 9 million times before, but at least I got up early for this one. I had to. It was another 6 a.m. delivery at the Tucson International Airport which I can now do in my sleep, which is a good thing since I am usually still asleep when the drop is made. In my back seat was my fresh-out-of-the-box iPhone 8 Plus with its new photo editing tools that let you make a complete mash-up of anything you aim at.
The Ghost Ranch motor lodge, first built in 1941 and now on the National Register (read about it here), is a Tucson treasure and its sign is not only semi-world renown but--as they say in the historic preservation game--has tremendous integrity of association. The lodge was designed by famed architect Josias Joesler and owned by Tucson bigwigs Arthur and Phoebe Pack, and the cow skull motif was gifted by friend and artist Georgia O'Keefe--presented free of copyright restrictions as a wedding present. Holy Bovinae Osteology, Batman! The skull has to be one of the most iconic images in the Southwest and if I were the current owner I'd probably be marketing it for top dollar to the Burj Khalifa or something.
The old Ghost Ranch Lodge & Restaurant neon sign on Miracle Mile is a natural at this hour. Due to its orientation, it's difficult to get a shot of the sign with the setting sun behind it, so first light is the preferred scenario. It was just me and the pigeons and some guy needing a buck. I gave him a buck, O'Keefe gave us history, I got my photo, and Apple is $799 richer. Everybody's happy.