Bears are Hungry, But They Don’t Need Your Help

While you’re out on your summer camping trips, don’t forget to be bear savvy, so you don’t come back to a destroyed camp like this guy did near Ward, Colorado. Leave no food sitting out except for when you are preparing and eating it and NEVER have any food, drinks (other than water) or fragrances […]

Cautiously Waiting For Traffic To Clear – Just Like His Mother Taught Him

This traffic-savvy roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) has more common sense than a lot of humans I see wandering out into a major thoroughfare to cross the road.   Image copyrighted. Use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com

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 […]

Lounging Lizard

According to Saguaro National Park, the diet of a Desert Spiny Lizard is insects, spiders, centipedes, lizards, and occasional plant material. So I guess they are part-time cannibals! Yikes! At least they are not venomous. Only two lizards in the world are venomous – the Gila monster (which we also have in Tucson) and the […]

Malayan Tiger

This is Baheem. He is a thireteen year old male Malayan Tiger who lives at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona. The zoo also has a female Malayan tiger named Sita, who is one month older than Baheem. reidparkzoo.org Malayan tigers (Panthera tigris jacksoni) come from Asia. Their stripes, like our fingerprints, are unique to each […]

Reid Park Zoo – Otter

It’s hot; time to cool off like this curious little otter at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona who just got out of the water to look at his spectators. He is an African Spotted-Necked Otter (Lutra maculicollis). I think the otters are my favorite animals at the zoo. Image use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. […]

Web Basics

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.

Catching that Moving Target

This is one of the thousands of seagull inhabitants of Mono Lake in central California which I photographed a few summers ago. I pulled up this photo as I was assembling samples of “panning” to show my photography students. Panning is a technique where one tracks (with the camera) a moving subject at the same […]

Male Harris Hawk

Most raptors are solitary creatures, but the Harris Hawk  hunts in cooperative groups of two to six. They are non-migratory and build nests of sticks in trees, cacti or man-made structures. The males are smaller than the females and grow eighteen to twenty-four inches with wingspans of three-and-a-half to four feet. The regal bird in this photograph is […]

Dragonfly

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 […]

Ground Squirrel

Yea, yea, squirrels are cute … unless they are fighting in your attic at 3 AM! The winter before last was horrible. For six weeks we had squirrels in our crawl space following a total re-plumb of my house. The contractor didn’t put the vent cover to the crawl space back on the side of the […]

Wild-Hair Caterpillar

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 […]

Cardinal

Last winter I spotted this male Cardinal sitting in my Tangelo tree on a crisp December morning. Luckily I had one of my cameras at home with a 200mm IS lens already attached. I snapped two shots through the window of my family room and then he flew away. Wow, I guess his ears are burning: I haven’t spotted […]

Land of the Lizards

It’s hot in the Sonora Desert. The daytime high’s are still hovering around 106 degrees as we near the end of August. The dogs & cats are lazing in the shade or inside their homes, birds are perched on branches with their mouths open and the lizards are scurrying around, stopping only long enough to do some […]

What we photographers will do…

Sometimes my job as photographer is very glamorous. I get dressed up and photograph black tie events with distinguished guests such as Henry Kissinger, Shimon Perez, President Bill Clinton, his Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr. Maya Angelou, etcetera. Then there are the other photography sessions – the ones that are, shall we say,  a bit less glamorous. For those, […]

Synchronized Swimming

This week my home town of Tucson, Arizona is hosting the U.S. Open Sychronized Swimming Competition, which makes me think of this photo I created of some wanna-be competitors out at Agua Caliente Park. They’ve got good form, sychronization & even a nice overall design element … on a 10.0 scoring scale I give them a 9.85!