Bears are Hungry, But They Don’t Need Your Help

While you’re out on your summer camping trips, don’t forget to be bear savvy, so you don’t come back to a destroyed camp like this guy did near Ward, Colorado. Leave no food sitting out except for when you are preparing and eating it and NEVER have any food, drinks (other than water) or fragrances […]

Creative Use for Plastic Bottles

These women were in a 4th of July “Whatever Floats Your Boat” race across Sahuarita Lake in their creation made from all recyclable plastic bottles! They won 1st place in the AMATEUR category, but also 1st place in CROWD FAVORITE 🙂 Nice job, ladies! You had fun and brought joy to all who watched. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com

Our Planets Rotate Around the Sun – And None of Them Are Flat!

Used to chart movements in the heavens of other astronomical problems, the nine-ringed armillary sphere has been in use since at least AD 140 Greece. The center sphere originally represented the earth, in keeping with Ptolemy’s idea of the planets orbiting the earth. It later came to represent the sun with the Copernican theory of planets, […]

Prickly Pear In The Spring

It’s that time of year when the prickly pear cactus start budding flowers. They are so interesting looking – especially through a macro lens. The tiny polka dots on the pads are normally not visible to my naked eye. This one, which is native to Mexico, is an Opuntia ficus-indica. https://worldofsucculents.com/opuntia-ficus-indica-indian-fig-barbary-fig-cactus-pear/   Fruit, which may or may […]

Spring Brings New Growth

Happy first day of spring from Tucson – where the cactus are starting to sprout new buds, just like the citrus trees and wildflowers. This is a macro (close-up) photo of a cholla cactus. They’ve been called jumping cholla because the individual sections seem to jump out at passersby. The reality is, the passersby move […]

It’s Cold, Elsewhere

As we enjoy lows in the 40’s and high’s in the upper 70’s in Tucson, Arizona, I think of those who are experiencing record snowfall and bone-chilling cold, single-digit high temperatures today. Keep warm and be safe as you go out into the world today. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com

Edible Christmas Tree

  So, I saw one of those 30 second video recipes on Facebook originally posted in Spanish on kiwilimon.com (at twice the quantity) and thought I’d give it a try at our annual holiday lunch at the studio. Everyone seemed to like it, so here’s my slightly altered recipe from the theirs.   CREAM CHEESE […]

Happy Autumn

Something calm and soothing for your weekend respite on this first weekend of autumn: lily pads and a tiny waterfall by some airplane plants at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, Arizona. I love the spatial disparity in this photo. The water level appears lower than the lilies, making them seem to float above the water level, […]

An Aspen by the River

It’s such a relaxing sight to watch the Aspen leaves rustling in the breeze and gently reaching over Clear Creek on the eastern slopes of the Rocky mountains in Colorado. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted and registered with the US Library of Congress. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.  

Tranquility in the Rockies

Just across the road from Molas Lake, south of Silverton, Colorado, is a pristine little alpine lake called Little Molas Lake. As the name implies, this lake is much smaller than its neighboring lake. It is also more peaceful, in my opinion. There are not very many people here at one time, since there is […]

Molas Lake – Camping with Comforts

Situated just 6 miles south of Silverton, Colorado, Molas Lake is a 137-acre Silverton-owned campground with 58 tent and RV sites next to a 25-acre lake. The alpine lake is surrounded by stellar views and is a great spot for those who want to camp, but have the conveniences of shower facilities, a camp store, […]

Tsegi Canyon in the Navajo Nation

Tsegi Canyon in northeastern Arizona on the Navajo Nation reservation sits just off US Route 160. Tsegi means “in between the rocks” in Navajo and is descriptive of deep canyons with sheer walls. The canyon walls and ground are a symphony in oranges and rusty-browns – from the oxidized iron present in the sandstone and […]

Bruschetta – yum , yum

Here’s a fairly simple lunch or appetizer I make, since I grow my own basil and always have some ready to use. You might want to try making it too. 1/2 loaf French baguette – cut into 1/4 to 1/2″slices (or 1 loaf, if it’s a tray of appetizers for a group). Spread each piece with a […]

Beautiful Flowers are Sometimes Toxic

    A night-blooming Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii) trumpet flower starting to uncurl is a beautiful thing, but the plant is also a toxic hallucinogen. It’s in the nightshade family, along with tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant, but unlike those, is not edible. Sphinx and Hawk moths are common pollinators of the plant. To learn more about […]

Grasshopper – Chilling instead of Hopping

Well, I’ve been busy and ignored my blog for awhile … three months. My last post was in honor of the first day of spring. I guess now that it’s summer, it’s about time I post something! It’s been incredibly hot here the last few weeks – with afternoon high temperatures hitting 116! At least […]

Paddy Pig

I am of Irish descent through both my mother and my father’s side of the family. Every St. Patrick’s Day my mind fills with memories of my paternal grandmother Cecile Margaret Catherine McKeon and her ever-present cookie jar from which we all sneaked cookies. Decades ago it was affectionately named Paddy Pig. I don’t know when Paddy […]

Perching Boulder

  Texas Canyon, which lies about twenty miles east of Benson in southeast Arizona and easily accessed from I-10, is full of huge granite boulders. This one rests at the south end near the Amerind Foundation and, as many of them are, is precariously balanced in a way that seems to defy gravity. Image copyrighted. Any […]