Even the Hummers Need to Stop and Rest

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 […]

Cautiously Waiting For Traffic To Clear – Just Like His Mother Taught Him

This traffic-savvy roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) has more common sense than a lot of humans I see wandering out into a major thoroughfare to cross the road.   Image copyrighted. Use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com

Briar Patch Inn – Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona

      Need an escape from work, from the city, from cell phones, from email, from Facebook and from technology in general? The Briar Patch Inn on the banks of Oak Creek in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona, Arizona is where I would suggest you go. It is a charming family owned property with free-standing casitas […]

Uncompahgre Wilderness – within the San Juan Mountains of Colorado

The Uncompahgre Wilderness in southwest Colorado is a 102,721 square mile U.S. Wilderness area in the north-central region of the San Juan Mountains about ten miles east of Ouray. Elevation ranges from 8,400 to 14,309 ft. There are two fourteeners (peaks with elevations exceeding 14,000 ft) and at least twenty-five thirteeners within this wilderness area and […]

Meow

I know there is a long-standing debate (which will never be resolved) about whether a dog or a cat is “better” or more desirable as a pet. I would be on the side of the dog-lovers if the discussion was strictly about unending love, affection and loyalty, but I also find cats fascinating. Some cats are quite […]

Lounging Lizard

According to Saguaro National Park, the diet of a Desert Spiny Lizard is insects, spiders, centipedes, lizards, and occasional plant material. So I guess they are part-time cannibals! Yikes! At least they are not venomous. Only two lizards in the world are venomous – the Gila monster (which we also have in Tucson) and the […]

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 […]

Reid Park Zoo – Otter

It’s hot; time to cool off like this curious little otter at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona who just got out of the water to look at his spectators. He is an African Spotted-Necked Otter (Lutra maculicollis). I think the otters are my favorite animals at the zoo. Image use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. […]

Animal-Related Service Day

My city of Tucson, Arizona was once home to the Guinness World Records Tallest Dog, a Great Dane named Giant George. Over the years I had the pleasure of photographing him on two occasions – the first time for general publicity purposes when his owner, Dave Nasser, was originally preparing his application with Guinness, and […]

America The Beautiful

The vast expanse of land from Yosemite to the Sierra Nevada Mountains is such a welcomed respite from the noise and hubbub of city life. Relatively few cars drive on the smaller state routes, so time spent in quiet solitude is only interrupted by the occasional moo from the cattle grazing the land.  Even in summertime, the air is […]

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 […]

Male Harris Hawk

Most raptors are solitary creatures, but the Harris Hawk  hunts in cooperative groups of two to six. They are non-migratory and build nests of sticks in trees, cacti or man-made structures. The males are smaller than the females and grow eighteen to twenty-four inches with wingspans of three-and-a-half to four feet. The regal bird in this photograph is […]

Westminster Valentine Doggies

Monday is Valentine’s Day, but it’s also the start of the 135th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – the second oldest sporting event in the country. It will be held at Madison Square Garden & aired on television Monday and Tuesday night. See the following link for coverage times. http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/2011/show/tv.html Now we know not […]

“Hey you: I’m ready for my close-up!”

Sometimes the tabletop “product shot” is not a product at all, but rather a trio of show dogs in the studio for their magazine photo shoot! This is Nancy Hill with her Pekingnese Butch, Tinkerbell & Sundance captured in an “in-between takes” moment during their session. Need a portrait of your dog or a gift certificate […]

Ground Squirrel

Yea, yea, squirrels are cute … unless they are fighting in your attic at 3 AM! The winter before last was horrible. For six weeks we had squirrels in our crawl space following a total re-plumb of my house. The contractor didn’t put the vent cover to the crawl space back on the side of the […]