Wine in the Making

Grapes maturing on the vines before the fall harvest at Coronado Vineyards in Willcox, Arizona. The vineyard, located not far off I-10 by the Dos Cabezas Mountains, grows Malbec, Syrah, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese varietals and is the only winery in Arizona that has a full-service restaurant, in addition to their tasting room. The Wine […]

Vinegaroon

When I was a kid there was an episode of Gunsmoke which opened with Marshall Matt Dillon describing how a law-breaker would be squashed like a vinegaroon under the boot of the law! I had no idea what one looked like back then; I just thought it was a funny word. Ever wonder what a vinegaroon looks like? […]

Malayan Tiger

This is Baheem. He is a thireteen year old male Malayan Tiger who lives at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona. The zoo also has a female Malayan tiger named Sita, who is one month older than Baheem. reidparkzoo.org Malayan tigers (Panthera tigris jacksoni) come from Asia. Their stripes, like our fingerprints, are unique to each […]

Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke (Gerum triforum), sometimes referred to as Old Man’s Whiskers, is a perennial wildflower. It get’s it’s name because after the flowers fade and the seeds form, long smoke-like seed tails become visible. I found this one growing in the Rocky Mountains near Ward, Colorado. It is in its pre-flower stage. Image copyrighted. Use […]

Leading Lines in Photo Composition

In my composition class, one of the things I teach my students is how the use of leading lines within an image can strengthen the composition and direct the viewer to the main subject. In this photo, incorporating the sidewalk pulls the viewer into the composition and creates a more three-dimensional space within a two-dimensional […]