I don't see many horny toads in my yard, but I can always find them on these buildings.
Horny toads climb the cast stone facade of St. Augustine cathedral downtown. The entire facade shows its sense of place with prickly pear, agaves and saguaros, as well as the lizards.
The cast-stone facade was designed in 1928 by D.B. DuBois, Henry Jaastad and E.D. Herreras.
That's a horny toad -- called a Tumamoc in Tohono O'odham -- crawling up the right side of the former Owls club in the El Presidio neighborhood downtown. The owl is a little hard to see in the shadow, but it is there in the window.
The Owls club was built in 1902 by a group of bachelors who said they wanted a place to nest before they married. Henry Trost designed the mansion.
By the 1980s, the building had fallen into total disrepair and the facade was gone. Robert Boucher of Bisbee was hired to re-create the facade. He did a masterful job.
The building was purchased a couple of years ago by a Tucson-based national environmental group, the Center for Biological Diversity. Just the people to care for owls and horny toads.
Robert Boucher, working with architect Mike Frank, also designed and created the fantastic facade on the DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy law office. That's at the northeast corner of East Broadway and Tucson Boulevard.
You have to get close to the building to truly see the facade, and it's worth a visit. There's a cow skull, yuccas and cactus galore. And then there are the even more delightful critters in the next image...
Pack rats at work. Are they using that pot as a nest?