Cone Flowers in the Morning

These Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica) are a wildflower in the Lizard-Tail family which bloom from May through August in moist alkaline soils of  northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. According to Spellenberg’s Sonoran Desert Wildflowers,  the indigenous people use the flower for medicinal purposes: as a tea for stomach ailments, as a salve for skin problems, in a poultice for […]

Not Everyone is Watching the Olympics…

Apparently this group of bird watchers at Agua Caliente Park in Tucson preferred scouting for Northern Flickers on a gloomy gray Sunday morning over sitting at home watching the Olympics. Their consensus: the bird gets an 8.3 for color, song pitch and flying style. I give the bird watchers  a 7.5 for tightness of formation, synchronized binocular […]

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!