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 […]
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 […]
I planted my first apple trees last April. They are still sweet little four-foot popsicles, but apparently they like where I planted them because they started budding a few weeks ago and are now in full bloom. It isn’t officially spring, but it is in Tucson – and the varieties I planted (Dorsett Golden and Anna) are […]
The calming beauty of another lovely Arizona sunset. Even when they are simple, they are beautiful. Enjoy your weekend. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Contact Martha Lochert for licensing.
It’s Valentine’s Day, but this day is not just for sweethearts. It is a celebration of love – for all who have a heart to give and receive love. May you share your love and accept love back on this and all days. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
Happy World Wetlands Day! I bet you had no idea … This photo was made at the Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson, Arizona. It is lush with swamps and marshes, wild birds, dragonflies and other critters. https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater-wetlands Image copyrighted. Use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.marthalochertphotography.com
I walked out on my porch and this beautiful little hummingbird was taking a rest. I thought he was hurt, since his wings were out. Usually the hummers fold their wings in close to their bodies when they stop flying. He patiently awaited while I went in to get my camera, then crouch down and move within […]
Maybe this detail of the face of a sunflower will make those in cold climates feel a touch warmer, even if just for a moment. 🙂 Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Another New Year’s Eve is upon us and it seems the overwhelming consensus is that 2016 can not end soon enough. There seems to have been a disproportionate amount death this year – and I am not just reacting to all the celebrities who have passed (and there have been a lot), but I have […]
A walk in the woods is liken to a nice cup of hot tea. It replenishes the spirit and soothes the soul. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted and registered with US Library of Congress. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
A detail of the beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture on the “White Dove of the Desert” – Mission San Xavier del Bac – founded as a Catholic Mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. It is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona, built 1783 to 1797 by Ignacio Gaona and his native American O’Odham workforce. http://www.sanxaviermission.org/History.html Image […]
Friday, November 11, 2016 (Veterans Day) is the last of the free entrance days to our national parks, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the national park system. So take advantage and enjoy the beauty! A list of parks waiving the fee can be found, state by state here: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm Image copyrighted. Any use requires […]
This election has been ugly and divisive. Others have been. Others will be. Social media allowed everyone to be a campaigner and push their opinions, and mis-information, which made it all the more ugly. Certain individuals felt they could somehow sway their “friends” by name calling, and basically, insulting their intelligence. Others voiced their opinions […]
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Early October is harvest time for grape varietals in southern Arizona. Most people think desert when they think of southern Arizona, but the Elgin, Sonoita and Willcox areas – where elevation is higher at 4300 – 4700 ft. – is perfect for vines. There are numerous vineyards to visit and enjoy an afternoon of tasting. […]
Just what is lichen? It’s the symbiotic union of algae and fungus, with fungus being the dominant partner. Its combined form is different from either the fungus or algae. Some varieties cling to rock surfaces and grow in a carpet-like state, while others branch out from the surface of damp wood in a more three-dimensional form. It […]
Bees and other insects like cicadas have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies (exoskeleton). So when they are ready to grow, they molt. The process begins with them taking on air, water or raising their blood pressure. http://www.insectidentification.org/process-of-molting.asp Once the shell is detached from the muscles and internal organs, the insect can climb […]
In honor of all who perished on that horrible morning fifteen years ago – of all nationalities – and all who put themselves in harm’s way to save the lives of others. We do still mourn. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
There is a welcome, distinctive smell in the desert when it rains, which comes from the creosote bush (Larrea tridentata), shown here. We desert dwellers will say “it smells like rain” but what we are actually smelling is the creosote, shown here. Did you know they could live thousands of years? According to Steve Archer, […]
Columbine (Aquilegia) growing by an aspen tree in southwest Colorado. The blue columbine, also referred to as the Rocky Mountain Columbine-White and Lavender species, is the state flower in Colorado, but the genus includes 60-70 species of high-altitude-loving perennials. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
On a path in the canyon, next to Oak Creek, sits a strange little assemblage of rock piles in the cool of the early evening light. In the secluded, quiet space and soft light the stacks seemed animated – as if they had assembled to wait for communication from the mother ship! It was magical. Image copyrighted and registered with […]
Brothers – on their way to the East Fork of the Cimarron River in southwest Colorado. Life is good. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
I like the latent tension in this photograph between the peaceful glow of the city lights and the painful needles on the saguaro cactus. It’s a sort of commentary on life in Tucson. Those of us who live here are ever-vigilant to not get poked; not get dehydrated; not get sun stroke; not get bitten by scorpions or […]
I love making Gazpacho, but I find that every time I make it, I serve way too much. I can eat a huge bowl full, with a hunk of crusty bread, and call it a meal, but the average person doesn’t, in my experience, want that much soup. They would prefer the soup not be the […]
My daughter is getting married in Carmel, CA in October, so we have been watching the Soberanes Fire closely, ever since it started and her soon-to-be in-laws were evacuated from their Carmel Highlands home, which sits very close to the wedding venue. Luckily they are safe and have another home to go back to […]
… because sometimes just pausing to enjoy the simple beauty of a rose is all we need. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted & registered with US Library of Congress. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
This post is for the photo hobbyists I teach. Don’t be afraid to use motion to your advantage. Yes, we want to capture clear and stunning photos, but sometimes showing motion is the very thing that adds interest to a photo and makes it transcend a sterile documentation of an object. I could have photographed this […]
A friend of mine posted on Facebook this morning about how the sound of the bugs (she thought it was the June Bugs) was driving her nuts. I informed her that that piercing buzz was coming from the cicadas, whose ringing fills the air every summer in the desert, as they are on an annual […]
It’s going to be a scorcher this weekend in Tucson, Az with projected temps of 110 degrees. Stay hydrated, my friends! Image copyrighted. Use requires licensing. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
It’s Earth Day. Please don’t be one of these people … http://www.marthalochertphotography.com
Somebody asked me how to photograph ceramics. There’s not one answer to that question. Here are a few samples of options I have chosen. The first is a Raku urn by Joni Pevarnik that I photographed. I placed that on a 6 foot piece of textured art board, curved to create a seamless background, and […]