In Memoriam

For my second Dad on this special day as we celebrate your life through a day of memorial Joseph Holck March 28, 1927 – November 6, 2011 http://www.kajukenbo.info/kajukenbo/holck.html (The following poem was emailed to me. Source and writer is unknown.) Somewhere a journey begins at the end of the worldly existence we know, Where a […]

Apple Annie’s Apple Harvest

It’s that time of year again; time to pick apples and Asian pears at the Apple Harvest Celebration going on now at Apple Annie’s Orchard in Willcox, AZ. During the weekends of Aug. 27-28, Sept 3-5 and Sept. 10-11 you can start the day with a pancake and hot apple topping or cider syrup breakfast from seven-thirty […]

Give Me Three Grains of Sand and I’ll Grow

I have a few close friends who struggle through life just to make ends meet. They aren’t lazy or unmotivated people. They work hard, are full of great ideas, have fantastic people skills, and are generous to others, but somehow survival is a constant struggle. Yet they do survive – and with joy in their hearts. […]

Prickly Pear Flower Buds

In February we had three days of temperatures that hovered at about fifteen degrees fahrenheit. These kind of temperatures just don’t happen in a place like Tucson, but this winter they did. My city is still showing the signs of the freeze by the numerous palm trees sporting brown crowns, citrus trees which have totally died and thousands […]

Happy New Year

It’s been a couple of rough years for most people as our economy toppled, but just as these little red jewels accent the gray days of winter, may your new year be punctuated with gems – of success, joy, satisfaction and contentment. Image registered with U.S. Office of Copyright. Reproduction or use prohibited without proper licensing from Martha Lochert.

Basil After a Rain

Yum yum; homegrown organic sweet basil. This little guy was covered in raindrops and photographed in the early morning light at ISO 100 with my macro lens at f2.8 at 1/500 second for limited depth-of-field, creating a single point of focus. Here’s a recipe of mine for salad you might want to try, if you have some […]

Springtime in February

It’s Valentine’s Day; the middle of February. There’s another five weeks of winter, but today was like a beautiful spring day in Tucson. We’ve had some cold wet days lately, but today was sunny and calm with a high temperature of seventy four degrees. Yippee! This photo is of the succulent aloe ferox (Bitter Aloe) flowering as though spring has arrived. Doesn’t the rich […]

For Harold Jones …

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 […]

Pollen Fest

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 […]

Sacred Datura

SACRED DATURA is a night-blooming perennial plant which grows wild throughout Mexico and the southwestern portion of United States. It produces large white flowers and blooms through the summer on plants which can reach three feet tall, then generates thorny seed pods which open when fully ripe. It is also referred to as Jimson Weed, Indian Apple and […]