Among my favorites during my recent visit to Jay Leno’s world-class collection of automobiles and motorcycles is his stunning 1963 Porsche 356 Carrera 2.
Beautifully restored over forty years ago by Long Beach’s own John Willhoit, this 356 is powered by the original four cam 2-liter engine. One of fewer than 500 built, the car continues to be one of the most desirable Porsche automobiles, and originally sold new for around $7,000 (which may sound cheap by today’s standards, but was one of the more expensive sports car of its time).
Jay and his team at Jay Leno’s Garage were kind and gracious enough to allow us to photograph this splendid Porsche under their giant studio lightbox.
The view of Camelback Mountain from Taliesin West. Scottsdale, Arizona
In the 1940s, when Frank Lloyd Wright learned that power lines were going to be built on the edge of Taliesin West, interrupting the view across the valley towards Camelback Mountain, he started a fight to stop the construction, demanding they be buried underground. When his protests, including letters to President Harry S. Truman, failed to produce the results Wright wanted, he threatened to relocate to Tucson.
Of course, he never did make the move, but he relocated the entrance of Taliesin West towards the rear of the main building.
The Bald Eagle has been the emblem of the United States since 1782
The Bald Eagle has been the emblem of the United States since 1782.
The Bald Eagle’s recovery is an American success story. Forty years ago, the bald eagle, our national symbol, was in danger of extinction throughout most of its range. Habitat destruction and degradation, illegal shooting, and the contamination of its food source, due to use of the pesticide DDT, decimated the eagle population.
Habitat protection afforded by the Endangered Species Act, the federal government’s banning of DDT, and conservation actions taken by the American public helped Bald Eagles make a remarkable recovery. Bald eagles no longer need Endangered Species Act protection because their population is protected, healthy, and growing.
The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA; 16 U.S.C. § 1531 et seq.) was signed into law by Republican President Richard Nixon on December 28, 1973. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled “the plain intent of Congress in enacting was to halt and reverse the trend toward species extinction.”
Read more about the Bald Eagle’s road to recovery at https://www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/history/index.html
A common sight at my home in Scottsdale, bobcats (Rufus Lynx) would often sit on the boulders in the front yard, presumably waiting for a desert cottontail to hop on by… at least I hope they weren’t looking at me as a potentially tasty treat!