Grasshopper – Chilling instead of Hopping

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 […]

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 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.

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 […]

Easter Bonnets for your Easter Sunday

This image I created of some wildflowers seemed appropriate to post today, seeing as how they are called White Easter Bonnets. Have a wonderful day! Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com

November Sunflowers

My country is defined by diversity – not just in the people, cultural heritages, etc., but in the topography and vastly different climate zones as well. It’s almost December and the sunflowers are just finishing their season in Arizona. While Chicago is looking at 32 degrees for a high tomorrow, ours was 84 degrees yesterday. I’m glad I […]

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. […]

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 […]

Tucson Mountain Park

A view from Tucson Mountain Park west of Tucson, Arizona via Gates Pass. This is a great area for picnicking, road biking and hiking, but don’t bring your dogs, as they are not allowed in the park. Within the boundaries of the 20,000 acre park are:  the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum  (www.desertmuseum.org), Old Tucson Studios […]

Peaches … yummy!

Yesterday I had a photography job in Tombstone, so when we got done my assistant and I made a side trip to Apple Annie’s Orchard in Willcox to pick peaches before heading back to Tucson. They are right in the middle of “peach mania” which runs through mid-August. The orchard was quiet, since we were there on a […]

Lady Beetle

Last night was “black lighting for moths” night at Gardner Canyon. I wanted to capture a variety of insects before sunset along the creek bed like I did last year. The monsoon rains haven’t kicked in; however, so the stream was dry and the bugs were sparse. I did find this little gem on a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Moonrise in the Desert

There’s no time better than October in the Sonora desert for an evening or night-time stroll. Put on your walking shoes, grab a friend (perhaps a walking stick or flashlight too, depending on where you are venturing) and head out to enjoy the beauty of the desert while the weather is so perfect!   Image copyrighted. […]

Bird’s Eye View – Northwestern Cochise County

It’s funny how one’s perception of the land is so different from ground view. I’ve driven past these land formations all my life. They span to the south of I-10 just west of the town of Benson in Cochise County, Arizona. In the distance is Mt. Wrightson in the Santa Rita Mountains. As a child, I […]

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 […]

Saguaros and the Night Sky

A thirty second exposure and about twenty manual bursts of an off-camera flash was used to make this photo, which was created from out of the darkness of the very secluded community of Saguaro Ranch in far northwest Tucson. Beyond the glare of the city lights and traffic, this is a most peaceful place where stars shine brightly. […]

Green Lynx

This little spider is a Green Lynx (Peucetia viridans). I found him crawling around on a plant by a stream in the Santa Rita Mountains of southern Arizona. That I saw him at all is remarkable since, besides the fact that his color blends so perfectly with the plant, he is only 1/4 to 1/2 inch big!   […]

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!