And the music plays on …

Four years ago today my father passed away. He was a piano and vocal music educator for forty-two years and for at least seventy-six of the eighty-two years his life spanned, he played the piano. His accomplishments included being the piano accompanist for the Von Trapp Family’s Stowe Singers in Stowe, VT. when he was just 19 years […]

Happy Feather Tree

My Feather Tree (Chilean Mesquite Tree) is in bloom. I’m happy. I have pampered three of these extremely slow-growing thorn-less mesquite hybrids from seed for about six years now and this one is only about two feet tall. They are a deciduous plant, so every winter they drop their leaves. Hearty to ten to fifteen degrees fahrenheit, they are usually […]

Didn’t Think I Would See Snow Today

Only a month into Spring and it’s suddenly gotten very hot. Our daytime high in Tucson is forecast for 101 degrees tomorrow, so today a friend and I chose the cooler air on Mt. Lemmon for our photo excursion in search of wildflowers, which we did not find, and insects, which we did. In addition to the millipede, sharpshooters, […]

Ground Breaking for Tucson’s Modern Streetcar

Ground breaking ceremonies took place in Tucson, Arizona this morning for the 3.9 mile modern streetcar project which will link the University Health Sciences Center to 4th Ave, downtown, and the Mercado District west of I-10 sometime in late 2013. The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) project will create a fixed-rail / electric system at street […]

Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog

Today, April 10, 2012 marks the release of the North American version of Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog, published by Grand Central Publishing. It was originally released in the UK, Australia and New Zealand last year. My photographs were on both the front and back covers of the original release. It is […]

Aeonium decorum

On a “macroing” excursion I saw this gorgeous Sunburst Aeonium (Aeonium decorum) in the nursery at Tohono Chul Park ( and was taken by the visual rhythm of this plant. I’m not a fan of baby  pink, but accenting the sage green and soft yellow, it is stunning. Aeoniums are members of Crassulaceae, in the succulent family. Most are native to […]

Pima County Courthouse

This photograph shows a Moorish & Spanish Colonial influenced architectural detail from the Pima County Courthouse in downtown Tucson, Arizona. Designed by Tucson architect Roy Place and completed in 1929, it replaced two earlier buildings, including the original courthouse built in 1868 when Tucson was the capital of the Arizona Territory. By 1912, when Arizona became the 48th state, the […]