Perching Boulder

  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 […]

World Wetlands Day!

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  

Happy 100th Year of the National Park System

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 […]

Smells Like Rain; It’s the Creosote

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, […]

Land of the Rock People

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 […]

The Yin and the Yang of Life in the Desert

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 […]

Garrapata State Park and The Carelessness of Selfish Hikers / Campers

  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 […]

83 Years Ago – Construction Began in The Bay

Eighty-three years ago today (Jan. 5, 1933), construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge. Joseph Baermann Strauss was appointed Chief Engineer for the Golden Gate Bridge project. His original bridge design was for a cantilever-suspension hybrid, but by the time it went into production, that design changed to the full-suspension bridge we all know. When the […]

Those Busy Beavers …

I was walking in the woods and came across this tree. A beaver felled it. According to  http://http://animals.mom.me/long-beaver-chew-down-tree-11371.html it probably only took about five to ten minutes! I wish I would have seen it in action. While beavers can seem to be a nuisance, they actually help us in many ways. By building their dams, they create a […]

The Tree Keeps Giving

Just south of Texas Canyon in Cochise County, Arizona stands this dead tree. It might be dead, but it is still a “giving tree.” Where once it gave shade, now it serves as a natural sculpture in the surrounding landscape for those who may happen to notice. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.

Church Rock. I Could Pray Here …

  This is Church Rock in the Navajo Nation off  US-160 west of Kayenta in northern Arizona. (36°44’02.9″N 110°07’07.1″W) I think it is aptly named.   Reverence  noun rev·er·ence \ˈrev-rən(t)s, ˈre-və-; ˈre-vərn(t)s\ :honor or respect felt or shown :  deference; especially :  profound adoring awed respect http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary I felt that here. Though just off the highway, […]

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 […]

The Cattle Have a Church

This 200′ sandstone column is called Church Rock. It sits just off US Route 191 near Monticello in southeastern Utah. As the lore goes, in the 1930’s Maria Ogden and her Utopian community Home of Truth had plans to chisel out the entire center of this rock to create a church. They got as far […]

Spring Will Be Here Soon!

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 […]

Crested Saguaro

Carnegia gigantea (Englem.) Brit & Rose forma cristata, better known as a crested saguaro is a rarity, occurring only once in every 250,000 saguaro. http://www.nps.gov/sagu/learn/nature/why_crested.htm The cause of the mutation is not definitively known, with some biologists professing it is the result of a genetic mutation and others believing it is the result of either a lightning […]