Perching Boulder

  Texas Canyon, which lies about twenty miles east of Benson in southeast Arizona and easily accessed from I-10, is full of huge granite boulders. This one rests at the south end near the Amerind Foundation and, as many of them are, is precariously balanced in a way that seems to defy gravity. Image copyrighted. Any […]

World Wetlands Day!

Happy World Wetlands Day! I bet you had no idea … This photo was made at the Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson, Arizona. It is lush with swamps and marshes, wild birds, dragonflies and other critters. https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater-wetlands Image copyrighted. Use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.marthalochertphotography.com  

Happy 100th Year of the National Park System

Friday, November 11, 2016 (Veterans Day) is the last of the free entrance days to our national parks, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the national park system. So take advantage and enjoy the beauty! A list of parks waiving the fee can be found, state by state here: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm Image copyrighted. Any use requires […]

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 Yin and the Yang of Life in the Desert

I like the latent tension in this photograph between the peaceful glow of the city lights and the painful needles on the saguaro cactus. It’s a sort of commentary on life in Tucson. Those of us who live here are ever-vigilant to not get poked; not get dehydrated; not get sun stroke; not get bitten by scorpions or […]

Garrapata State Park and The Carelessness of Selfish Hikers / Campers

  My daughter is getting married in Carmel, CA in October, so we have been watching the Soberanes Fire closely, ever since it started and her soon-to-be in-laws were evacuated from their Carmel Highlands home, which sits very close to the wedding venue. Luckily they are safe and have another home to go back to […]

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.

Spring Will Be Here Soon!

Even though it’s warm and the wildflowers are already showing their faces here in southern Arizona, people in the northeast are experiencing something quite different. Don’t worry, my friends, winter is almost done and spring is just around the corner for you too. Look at this and envision the warm rays on your skin. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from […]

Quack …

  Simply put, the Rocky Mountains are gorgeous. This is a photograph of Duck Lake off state road 381 (Guanella Pass Rd. south of Georgetown, CO)  just south of the summit of Guanella Pass. It is part of Pike National Forest. Already considered high country at approximately 11,000 feet, the surrounding peaks are as tall as […]

Prickly Rose

I recently returned from a two-week camping trip through Western Colorado. Several areas, including the Golden Gate Canyon State Park northeast of Idaho Springs, and along state route 36 between Estes Park and Lyons, are home to Prickly Rose shrubs, in addition to the many varieties of conifers, Aspen and Birch trees. The Prickly Rose […]

Gates Pass Ramada

The perfect spot to watch a fabulous southern Arizona sunset is Gates Pass in the Tucson Mountains. This photo taken at the tail end of a sunset, captures the ethereal quality the wispy clouds and piercing stars exhibited that night. I decided to include the ramada, which seemed to add to the somewhat Twilight Zone feeling […]

Happy 75th – Golden Gate Bridge

Eighty-three years ago today (August 15, 1929), Joseph Baermann Strauss was appointed Chief Engineer for the Golden Gate Bridge project. His original bridge design was for a cantilever-suspension hybrid, but by the time it went into production, that design changed to the full-suspension bridge we all know. When the bridge opened in 1937 it was the […]

America The Beautiful

The vast expanse of land from Yosemite to the Sierra Nevada Mountains is such a welcomed respite from the noise and hubbub of city life. Relatively few cars drive on the smaller state routes, so time spent in quiet solitude is only interrupted by the occasional moo from the cattle grazing the land.  Even in summertime, the air is […]

Be a Good Steward or Stay Out

The current state of the Horseshoe Two, Wallow and other fires devastating Arizona, is a reminder to be appreciative of  the beauty that surrounds us, which is fragile and fleeting. Yesterday all 1,780,000 acres of Coronado National Forest http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/ was officially closed, which includes the Catalina Mountains shown in the background of this photo. Between the extremely dry […]

Waiting for Some Rain

It’s June, which in Tucson means it’s hot and dry. Our monsoon won’t kick in until about the first week in July, so for now the native prickly pear cactus are looking flat and dehydrated. Add to this heat and super low humidity the winds we have in April, May and June and the ever-present […]

Hope Camp Trail – Tucson

On this day a year ago I was hiking with my son on the Hope Camp Trail, also known as the Loma Alta Trail, since it’s trailhead is at the north end of Camino Loma Alta Road. Drive east on Old Spanish Trail to Camino Loma Alta and turn left (north). The last half-mile or […]

Diggin’ the Desert in Fall

It’s a beautiful time of year in southern Arizona. The high temperatures have dropped to the mid-seventies and the light has become distinctly autumnal as the days are getting shorter. We desert-dwellers are enjoying incredible hiking, biking, running,  barbecuing and basically “anything outside” weather! Image copyrighted. Use and/or reproduction prohibited without licensing from Martha Lochert.

Cooling Desert Temperatures

As we move into fall, the cooler evening temperatures in the desert southwest make for some terrific hiking conditions. This photo is from Saguaro National Park West http://www.nps.gov/sagu. Arrive before sunset, while the gates are still open and enjoy a hike, a photo excursion, a bike ride or just a drive through with the windows down. Image […]

Lake Vallecito

Yesterday was the first day of fall and the end of lazy summer days at the lake, picnics in the mountains and barbeques in the back yard. Time to pack up the toys of summer and get back to business. Image registered with the U.S. Office of Copyright. Reproduction prohibited without licensing from Martha Lochert.