Sunset Beauty Moment

White Prickly Poppy (Argemone mexicana) or “Cowboy’s Egg” at sunset in Gardner Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains of southern Arizona. 1/125 second at f 7.1 – ISO 3200 with diffused fill-flash All parts of this year-round bloomer, known by the Aztecs as “nourishment for the dead”  have psychoactive properties. Shamans used it for journeys to […]

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 […]

Grasshopper

We haven’t had a particularly cold winter in Tucson, but I’m still looking forward to the end of the season and the beginning of Spring because that means we can start taking some excursions to create images of little critters so tiny one needs a macro lens to capture them, like this half-inch long grasshopper nymph I photographed in […]

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 […]

Wild Child Katydid

Have you ever seen a baby Katydid? As a mature insect, their beautiful green color and shape is interesting and appealing, but as a nymph, they are downright fascinating. Their color scheme and pattern is striking and unique. I didn’t know what I was photographing when my macro lens caught this wildly colored itsy bitsy creature […]

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!   […]

“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 […]