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In the parking lot of the Town & Country Mall:



There's no news about the identity of the skeleton; unlike Bones, these things take time and don't usually make news once the discovery is cleared away...



I don't like this church largely because it goes WAY too far (I think) in blurring the lines between church and state (it campaigned for Prop 102, the no-gay-marriage amendment, and has a big "Pro-Life and Pro-Family" thing on its marquee going all time), but it does have a pretty fountain. I did attend mass there once, before everyone in America moved forty steps to the right:





I enjoyed taking pics of the ravens (they may have been blackbirds or crows of some kind - I note as I digitize the photos there's a spot of red on their cheeks, but there aren't any crows native to this area, and the common raven is, well, common...):





I framed this one:


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emerybored
Aug. 16th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
I saw my first raven in northern AZ. CREEPY. He was staring at me like I looked tasty.

That's weird about the skeleton. Is there a branch of the mob in Phx?

Living in Houston, I drive past Joel Osteen's monstrosity on my way to my very inclusive, wonderful, caring church. Most don't know this, but his church is in the building that the Rockets used to play in before they built the Toyota Center downtown. The ego it takes to create a church out of a sports stadium...
sillymagpie
Aug. 16th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)
Is there a branch of the Mob in Phoenix? Yeah. But they don't know if it was a murder or if a homeless person crawled under the building for shelter and died there.
wildrider
Aug. 16th, 2011 11:25 am (UTC)
Ravens are keen! And you probably did look tasty. :D

What Maggie said. There's pretty much mob activity in any big city, I guess.

We do have several wonderful, affirming, inclusive churches here, but alas, none of them are Catholic. :P

emerybored
Aug. 16th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
If you like the pomp and circumstance without all the judginess and guilt, a Rite I service at an Episcopal church might give you that. I know a lot of people who convert to Anglicanism purely because of the lack of judgement.
wildrider
Aug. 17th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
I looked around in Phoenix for an open Episcopal church just for that, but the especially inclusive masses were on Saturday night, and I'm not religious enough for that. :) So far no Episcopalian church here has the open and inclusive sign out for ALL services, but it's getting better.
cornerofmadness
Aug. 16th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
oh interesting about the skeleton

love the raven pictures
wildrider
Aug. 16th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, I posted about it back the day they found it -- kinda freaked me out, since it's someplace I go frequently!

cornerofmadness
Aug. 16th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
i must have missed that entirely since that's the stuff that fascinates me
wildrider
Aug. 17th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
Happened on August 4, so it'll be around then.
cornerofmadness
Aug. 17th, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
oh okay
sillymagpie
Aug. 16th, 2011 06:35 am (UTC)
Those are most definitely ravens. The red is probably some sort of camera effect--maybe sun on glossy feathers. You can always tell a raven because, besides being big, they look like they're wearing a big, shabby housecoat. :-)
wildrider
Aug. 16th, 2011 11:27 am (UTC)
That's what I figured after looking over the bird book (the size alone, as well as the shape of the beak, is pretty much a giveaway), but it's still interesting.

ljs
Aug. 16th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
Amazing pictures.

[hugs]
wildrider
Aug. 17th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
Hugs!

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