It’s that time of year when the prickly pear cactus start budding flowers. They are so interesting looking – especially through a macro lens. The tiny polka dots on the pads are normally not visible to my naked eye. This one, which is native to Mexico, is an Opuntia ficus-indica. https://worldofsucculents.com/opuntia-ficus-indica-indian-fig-barbary-fig-cactus-pear/ Fruit, which may or may […]
Happy first day of spring from Tucson – where the cactus are starting to sprout new buds, just like the citrus trees and wildflowers. This is a macro (close-up) photo of a cholla cactus. They’ve been called jumping cholla because the individual sections seem to jump out at passersby. The reality is, the passersby move […]
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 […]
Well, I’ve been busy and ignored my blog for awhile … three months. My last post was in honor of the first day of spring. I guess now that it’s summer, it’s about time I post something! It’s been incredibly hot here the last few weeks – with afternoon high temperatures hitting 116! At least […]
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.
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
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 […]
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 […]
One of my favorite places is Muir Woods in northern California. Walking through the giant Redwood forest is grounding; Mother Nature is in charge. The beauty of this forest is its richness in both the large and the small inhabitants. That old figurative expression can be applied quite literally here; it is easy to actually “miss […]
Well, another summer is in the books and fall is upon us. Enjoy this beautiful time of year! http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Use requires licensing.
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 […]
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
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 […]
This is the spearmint plant I have growing in a pot on my porch. The slightest movement of the leaves creates a wonderful aroma. I started growing it mostly as an experiment after seeing it for sale at my local nursery. I’ve always liked the smell of spearmint, but wasn’t sure what I would do with it. […]
Wear your sunblock, kids … This is not the first time I have been cut into, and I’m sure it will not be that last, given that I am of Irish descent, but have lived my entire life in Arizona, where the duration of sunshine (in the Sonoran Desert in which Tucson sits) is second only […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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
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 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
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.
The California Poppies are gracefully unfolding their petals … http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Licensing for use may be obtained from Martha Lochert.
It’s hard to imagine photographing the brilliant blue of a peacock’s feathers, knowing you are not going to show it, but sometimes the most colorful subjects are interesting in black and white instead. This image was the result of an assignment I gave one of my photo classes when we were at the zoo. The […]
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 […]
The Anasazi were showing off their family units in petroglyph paintings centuries before someone came up with those stickers to put on the back window of the car! Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Another spider web photo for my friend Mary Ann taken at the Cactus Forest Trail by the Rincon Mountains in Saguaro National Park, which we accessed from the east end of Broadway. http://www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm This one looks like a necklace or the lace overlay on a Victorian dress. It’s amazing that such delicate strands can support […]