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December 26, 2012

on vacation:

Adelaidetulip.jpg Gary Sauer-Thompson

Suzanne, Ari and I are at Victor Harbor for the Xmas week. Suzanne then goes back to work for week, before we have ten days or so at American River on Kangaroo Island.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 7:36 AM | | Comments (1)


Hello, and Merry Christmas! The comment I have is not about this lovely tulip, but a comment posted about a photo back in 2007. You posted a question to "cam" on
[Posted by: Gary Sauer-Thompson | November 26, 2007 2:37 PM].
I came across the photo of the Desert Foothills Presbyterian Church while doing a search for an image of it. The person who made the original post of the photo had some unfortunate things to say about the architecture, design and location of the church. Since my father helped design the church, I thought I would set things straight, at least with you. The church was described as looking like "an office building". The photo was taken during construction, as was noted, but the photographer/blogger obviously did not bother to even drive up the driveway and into the parking lot of the church. This church blends carefully into the surrounding desert, and is xeriscaped to comply with local building codes. The photograph is not of the "front" of the church. The front is not visible from the street. The front of the church is a gigantic bank of windows looking out and up to the magnificent boulders above. The parking lot side faces south, and shows only clerestory windows, to conserve energy, especially in the summer. In the winter, the curtains on the clerestories are opened to heat the church. The deep covered patio achieves the same goal. The north side of the church, shaded and protected by the boulders, is where the beauty of the church lies. One of those giants was incorporated into the body of the church, offering stored heat and a built in metaphor to "build your church upon the rock". The pillar with the cross is a nod to the original incarnation of the church, a small chapel, which served the community for many, many years before it was replaced by the larger building.

The rest of the comments by "cam" are equally short-sighted. Yes, people who enjoy motorcycles ride up on the weekend. Yes, there are cowboy themed bars and restaurants. But that is because actual cowboys still live in Carefree and Cave Creek. Free range cattle still roam near-by. Carefree was called a "bedroom community" by the writer, but few people who live there commute anywhere. They live and work there. Many are retired, but there are artists, merchants, restaruanteurs and others. There is a thriving school district. Carefree was indeed intended originally as a resort community, in 1962. It has become a heart-and-soul community, with an active city counsel and one of the largest Kiwanis organizations in the country.
I wish I had seen this original posting in 2007, so people need not have been under the impression left by "cam" for so long.

Thank you,