Saguaro Cactus in Bloom

It’s May; time for the fleeting once-a-year blossoms on the Saguaro cactus. If you want to photograph them, get up early in the morning, as they are night-bloomers and their blossoms soon wilt in the sun. These were photographed at about 10 AM and already show signs of burning up from the sunlight. Image copyrighted. Reproduction and […]

Pink Cereus Flower

Generally I’m not a fan of the color pink, but this beauty caught my eye when it bloomed in the front yard of one of my neighbors. As it turned out, this was just the first of several dozen blooms which erupted in wash of fuscia over her collection of cactus. These are night-blooming Cereus, which are […]

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 […]

Spider in the Morning Sunlight

The other day I did my daily morning routine of watering the plants on my patio. Being a more drought tolerant plant than my potted plants, it had been awhile since I had watered the bougainvillea which flanks the wall by my swimming pool, so I headed on over to give it a good soaking. As […]

“Black Lighting” for Moths

I recently had the pleasure of “black lighting” with some entomologists and botanists in Gardner Canyon, southeast of Tucson in the Santa Rita Mountains. While it was still light they set up a white scrim to which the moths and other insects would be attracted, and then set up black lights powered by generators on either […]