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 […]
Imagine my surprise when I was preparing my yard for a party in May and noticed this in one of my trees, not one hour after having trimmed some of the branches. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous, given five days later I was going to have 85 guests in my backyard who […]
I was watering my plants and found this on a kumquat leaf a few weeks ago. At first glance I thought it was a bird dropping. I am not certain, but I think it was a Common Mormon (Papilio polytes) Swallowtail butterfly in the making. If so, his ugly appearance as a caterpillar changed dramatically […]
The Buckeye is the state tree of Ohio. The nut, by many locals, referenced as: The Buckeye; a worthless nut. For the most part that is pretty true. The seed is poisonous to humans in its raw state and the only wildlife that eats it is the squirrel. But historically, it was anything but useless. According […]
Ladybug – paying no attention to me and defying gravity on a spring day. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
It’s already been in the low 90’s this week in Tucson and today I saw the first grasshopper of the season while I was doing some yard work. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
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 […]
Tag team pollen collectors take a water break on a Spring day. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
A Great Blue Skimmer Dragonfly rests at the Sweetwater Wetlands on a summer afternoon. I love how the background resembles a Claude Monet painting. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
A Sharpshooter, or large leafhopper of the Cicadellidae family, forages for liquid on a leaf at Mt. Lemmon. The common name derives from their forceably squirting unused water and carbohydrates away from their bodies after extracting the trace nutrients. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Spring has arrived; enjoy! Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Not much needs to be said … just a pretty photo of a busy lady beetle. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Last weekend I took a ninety minute ride over to Willcox, Arizona and while exploring a field of sunflowers came across this tiny Spotted Cucumber Beetle. At first I didn’t notice it because they are so small. I was photographing the bees pollinating the flowers when I noticed the diminutive insects, which were about the size of a […]
This spider is a Western Spotted Orb Weaver (Neoscona oaxacensis). I came upon it as I was strolling through an outdoor Mexican pottery shop in Tubac, Az. Like a zebra, the orb weavers each have their own unique pattern of spots. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
Spring will soon be upon us and already the cycle of life has begun again. The pollinators are extremely important in that cycle. Almond crops depend entirely on the honey bee for pollination at bloom time, while blueberries and cherries, are 90-percent dependent on honey bee pollination, according to the American Beekeeping Federation. http://www.abfnet.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=14 This bee has been […]
On a recent “macro-ing” trip to Mt. Lemmon my friend and I encountered this unique-looking creature, which is a fly, not a bee. We spent a long time following this little guy from plant to plant trying to photograph him as he went about his business. This particular fly with the orange body and stiff protruding […]
Call me a nerd. Sunday I spent a wonderful day at Mt. Lemmon with my friend Jim. He has a new camera system, so we went “macro-ing” for tiny wildflowers and whatever wee little critters we could find. After a few hours hiking around, joyful in the treasures we had captured with our macro lenses, we joined […]
I photographed this Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum) at Agua Caliente Park. Known, and named, for the natural hot springs, Agua Caliente on Tucson’s far northeast side is a wonderful place to spend a morning. The park includes nature trails, ponds, hot springs, numerous birds – including wild owls, diverse plant and insect life and an art gallery. http://www.pima.gov/nrpr/parks/agua_caliente/index.htm Image registered with […]
Last night was “black lighting for moths” night at Gardner Canyon. I wanted to capture a variety of insects before sunset along the creek bed like I did last year. The monsoon rains haven’t kicked in; however, so the stream was dry and the bugs were sparse. I did find this little gem on a […]
A cucumber beetle enjoys an Arizona Tickseed (Coreopsis californica var. newberryi) before sunset in the northern Sonora Desert. Image copyrighted. Reproduction, file sharing & copying prohibited without proper licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
After dinner this evening we had an uninvited guest. He almost went unnoticed, due to his diminutive stature, but when he started to scurry across the lace centerpiece he caught my eye. Being less than a sixteenth of an inch long and moving quite quickly, it was a challenge to photograph him. This is a less-than-perfect […]
On a hike with my son on the very solitary Loma Alta Trail in the southern part of the Rincon Mountains we encountered a patch of New Mexico Thistle growing in the wild grasses and partial shade of a sandy wash bed. The constant hum of the bees filled our ears as we made our way […]
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It’s officially Spring and the honey bees are already busy pollinating the flowers and collecting their treasure to take back to the hive. This little guy has been busy visiting the blue lupines, as you can see by the orange pollen sacks on the tibia of his back legs. By the time he finishes with his work those […]
We haven’t had a particularly cold winter in Tucson, but I’m still looking forward to the end of the season and the beginning of Spring because that means we can start taking some excursions to create images of little critters so tiny one needs a macro lens to capture them, like this half-inch long grasshopper nymph I photographed in […]
I had the good fortune to study fine art photography under the instruction of Harold Jones at the University of Arizona in the early 1980’s. Harold was at the George Eastman House, founded the Light Gallery in New York & was the founding director of the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson before becoming professor of photography at […]
Here is a long-haired caterpillar I photographed in Gardner Canyon last summer. I’ve been waiting to post it for months while I positively identify it, but I give up! I’m pretty sure it is a moth larvae and going by photographs I’ve come across in my research, it looks like a Gypsy Moth. Most of the caterpillars […]
Pleasing Fungus Beetles enjoying pleasant tasting fungus in southern Arizona. Image copyrighted. Reproduction, copying & file sharing prohibited.
This morning started with my normal routine: get up, feed the dogs, open my son’s bed room door and say “good morning, Aaron; time to get up,” make his lunch for school, let the dogs out, water the plants on my porch, open the door again “Aaron, open your eyes,” check my email, make my bed, open the […]
This morning I awoke to a lovely surprise: my night-blooming pipe cactus had errupted in a showy display of flowers – 12 of them! So I went out with my point ‘n shoot camera, since my pro cameras were all at the studio, to capture the blooms and got the added bonus of catching a Carpenter Bee enjoying his […]
The other day I did my daily morning routine of watering the plants on my patio. Being a more drought tolerant plant than my potted plants, it had been awhile since I had watered the bougainvillea which flanks the wall by my swimming pool, so I headed on over to give it a good soaking. As […]