Tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 22) is the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere, but for those of us in the United States, it is also National Public Land Use Day. Entrance fees are waived to national parks, recreation sites and public lands, so get out there and enjoy some nature! For more details: https://www.neefusa.org/npld
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 […]
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
Blue … doors, shutters, clothing http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
The birds know where to be on a hot sunny day … http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Swim suit season is around the corner. I guess it’s time to stop packing it in and get to the gym! http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
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, […]
The ducks were having a mid-day chat by the pond about just who’s who, in case there was any question regarding turf! http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
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 […]
May this day bring you a sense of hopefulness; of new life; new beginnings; joy & re-birth. Happy Easter. Image copyrighted. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
The California poppies are making a nice accent for the Bishop’s Cap (Astrophytum ornatum) cactus. What a beautiful spring day in the Sonoran Desert! http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted; use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
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 was a foggy morning in the Sonora desert after a day of rain. The last time we had thick morning fog like this was in 2015. Since it is such a rare occasion, the landscape becomes magical and surreal when it does occur. Image copyrighted and registered at US Library of Congress. Any use […]
I love the interesting shapes and designs nature creates without the intervention of humans … Image copyrighted. Use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
This little waterfall flows from the dense, texture-filled woods of Oak Creek Canyon (near Sedona, Arizona) then spills into Oak Creek. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
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
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 […]
I sometimes give private photo instruction or teach classes on mastering one’s camera and on photo composition. One thing that comes up in every class is my instruction to get protective filters on their lenses. It’s much easier and cheaper to unscrew a scratched or broken filter than to buy an entirely new lens. I […]
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, […]
Well, what do you know; it’s national photography day! Go out and make some great, or not so great, images today. 🙂 http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. No use without licensing from Martha Lochert.
Mount Bierstadt ( elevation 14,065 feet), is the summit of the Chicago Peaks on the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. It is accessible from Guanella Pass, which stretches from Georgetown south to Grant, Colorado. This is a gorgeous area, but be prepared. Even if you don’t hike the dog-friendly (on leash) 7.3 […]
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.
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Do you want to photograph the fireworks? 1. Get as close as you can. 2. Use a tripod. 3. Set your camera to ISO 200 and your exposure mode to manual, then set the shutter speed at 6 seconds and aperture (lens opening) to f11. 4. Watch where the first fireworks burst and aim the […]
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 […]
It’s the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. Cheers! http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
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 […]