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.
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.
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 […]
It’s the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. Cheers! http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
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 […]
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.
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
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 […]
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.
… 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.
Summer wildflowers abound in Colorado. Some of the flowers are the same as we see in southern Arizona, but ours burn out by the beginning of May, since we are so much hotter, while the ones in Colorado are at their best in summer and into the fall. This is a Campanula routundiforia (Mountain Harebell). It grows […]
Lovely little asters catching a bit of sunlight coming through the Aspen canopy in McClure Pass near Marble, Colorado. Image copyrighted and registered with Library of Congress. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
My friend and I were on a trip to Sedona when she captured me making macro photos of some wildflowers. This photograph illustrates an important, yet overlooked thing that a photographer should have, in addition to their equipment: flexibility … seriously! MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Summer wildflowers in the cool mountain air near Estes Park, Colorado. I could wake up to this every day! Image copyrighted & registered with Library of Congress. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Just testing a lens for sharpness at maximum aperture (minimum depth-of-field) on a yellow rose in my yard. It passed. Enjoy and have a nice day. Photo copyrighted. Use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Dianthus barbatus, or “Sweet William” is part of a genus of 300 species, which includes carnations. Sweet Williams are short-lived perennials which were first noted in the English botanist John Gerald’s garden catalog in 1596, but Dianthus are native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. I like growing Dianthus because they are pretty hardy through […]
The graceful flow of stamen over orange lily petals … http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
Wishing all mothers a day as beautiful as this rose. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
It’s been warm enough here in southern Arizona that the Silverpuffs (Microseris linearifolia) yellow flowers have already faded and their seed heads have formed. Image copyrighted. Licensing for use obtainable from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
The California Poppies are gracefully unfolding their petals … http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Licensing for use may be obtained from Martha Lochert.
Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea) is a perennial desert wildflower that grows from one to three feet high in dry, rocky and sandy soils up to 3500 ft. in elevation and blooms throughout the spring, summer and fall. http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SPAM2 It produces a steady supply of pollen to honey bees and other insects, but according to the United States Forest […]
Even though it’s warm and the wildflowers are already showing their faces here in southern Arizona, people in the northeast are experiencing something quite different. Don’t worry, my friends, winter is almost done and spring is just around the corner for you too. Look at this and envision the warm rays on your skin. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from […]
Butterflies are hard to photograph. Getting oneself to the right angle to show facial detail, and have it in focus before it flutters off is a challenge. That alone is a test, but add to that using appropriately shallow depth of field to blur the background and getting the face in focus is even harder to […]
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 […]
Yellow Stonecrop (Amerosedum lanceolatum) is a drought tolerant perennial which lives in the western half of North America at elevations from 5,000 ft. to 11,500 ft. As the name implies (sedum” from the latin “sedo” meaning “to sit,”), the plant likes to live (“sit”) on rocks or gravely well-drained ground. I came across these in northern […]
This image I created of some wildflowers seemed appropriate to post today, seeing as how they are called White Easter Bonnets. Have a wonderful day! Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Stop and enjoy the beauty along your path today. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
I recently returned from a two-week camping trip through Western Colorado. Several areas, including the Golden Gate Canyon State Park northeast of Idaho Springs, and along state route 36 between Estes Park and Lyons, are home to Prickly Rose shrubs, in addition to the many varieties of conifers, Aspen and Birch trees. The Prickly Rose […]
Here it is July 29 and my blog still has a 4th of July posting on it! I guess I have been AWOL with my blog posts, but I spent 15 days camping in the high country of Colorado and am just getting back into the groove. The cool weather was a nice respite. This […]
Time for another wildflower season in Arizona! Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone. May you feel the love that gives us life and breath on this and every day. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.