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Event Photography: Homescape Tour 2012

Nothing like a sunny fall day for admiring low-water use landscaping in Tucson.

This past Saturday’s Homescape Tour attracted more than 100 people to 13 private residences and one public elementary school. The tour was organized by Tucson’s Watershed Management Group (WMG).

Although I wasn’t able to participate in last year’s inaugural event, I added my place to the WMG tour list as soon as the 2012 date was set. It was time to show the public how the WMG Co-op has helped me create an urban oasis in central Tucson.

Backgrounder: I’ve hosted three WMG Co-op workshops, and you can get caught up on the action in the following posts:

  1. April 2010 – Yard Tuneup
  2. October 2009 – Tear Down the Wall
  3. August 2008 – Berms and Basins

Saturday morning was pretty busy, then there was a noon hour lull. Time to ease out of tour guide mode and into a lunch break. Munch-munch-munch from that box of crackers.

Well, what should I see but the riders from the BICAS tour. Time to put down the cracker box and pick up the camera…

Event photography - riders arriving at my house during BICAS tour of water harvesting sites in Tucson, Arizona

BICAS led a leisurely ride of many of the home tour sites along a bicycle-friendly route. The ride started out with about 20 people and was down to a dozen by the time it reached my place.

I took advantage of the opportunity to promote the upcoming Bike to Beer! ride. Hey, I’m part of the Bike to Beer! Organizing Troika. Gotta do my job!

Event photography - riders reading Bike to Beer brochures at my house during BICAS tour of water harvesting sites in Tucson, Arizona

After the Bike to Beer! brochure study session, it was time for my Water Harvesting on the Cheap slideshow. Featuring all sorts of ways that you can conserve water in the yard without blowing your lunch money…

Event photography - riders watching slideshow at my house during BICAS tour of water harvesting sites in Tucson, Arizona

All told, I had about 60 visitors on Saturday, and it was great fun! I can’t wait to host a Homescape Tour stop next year.

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