Tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 22) is the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere, but for those of us in the United States, it is also National Public Land Use Day. Entrance fees are waived to national parks, recreation sites and public lands, so get out there and enjoy some nature! For more details: https://www.neefusa.org/npld
The California poppies are making a nice accent for the Bishop’s Cap (Astrophytum ornatum) cactus. What a beautiful spring day in the Sonoran Desert! http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted; use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
It was a foggy morning in the Sonora desert after a day of rain. The last time we had thick morning fog like this was in 2015. Since it is such a rare occasion, the landscape becomes magical and surreal when it does occur. Image copyrighted and registered at US Library of Congress. Any use […]
I love the interesting shapes and designs nature creates without the intervention of humans … Image copyrighted. Use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
This little waterfall flows from the dense, texture-filled woods of Oak Creek Canyon (near Sedona, Arizona) then spills into Oak Creek. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Just across the road from Molas Lake, south of Silverton, Colorado, is a pristine little alpine lake called Little Molas Lake. As the name implies, this lake is much smaller than its neighboring lake. It is also more peaceful, in my opinion. There are not very many people here at one time, since there is […]
Situated just 6 miles south of Silverton, Colorado, Molas Lake is a 137-acre Silverton-owned campground with 58 tent and RV sites next to a 25-acre lake. The alpine lake is surrounded by stellar views and is a great spot for those who want to camp, but have the conveniences of shower facilities, a camp store, […]
Tsegi Canyon in northeastern Arizona on the Navajo Nation reservation sits just off US Route 160. Tsegi means “in between the rocks” in Navajo and is descriptive of deep canyons with sheer walls. The canyon walls and ground are a symphony in oranges and rusty-browns – from the oxidized iron present in the sandstone and […]
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 […]
The calming beauty of another lovely Arizona sunset. Even when they are simple, they are beautiful. Enjoy your weekend. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Contact Martha Lochert for licensing.
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
A walk in the woods is liken to a nice cup of hot tea. It replenishes the spirit and soothes the soul. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted and registered with US Library of Congress. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It’s going to be a scorcher this weekend in Tucson, Az with projected temps of 110 degrees. Stay hydrated, my friends! Image copyrighted. Use requires licensing. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Since yesterday was Halloween, I thought this glowing orange rock from Oak Creek Canyon was apropos; it looks like a huge shriveled pumpkin thrown out into the woods for the wildlife to enjoy! Photo copyrighted. Use requires licensing. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
This moment of beauty brought to you by Oak Creek Canyon in northern Arizona. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted & registered with US Library of Congress. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
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.
The sunset light in this land of sandstone monoliths and mesas is incredibly beautiful every time I pass through. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
It was 108 degrees today where I live; there is no disputing it is officially summer … Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It has been very hot these last few weeks. Look at this and be cooled, my friends in the desert! Image registered with U.S. Office of Copyright. Any use requires licensing. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Oak Creek rushes through Oak Creek Canyon north of Sedona, Arizona before dusk on a gorgeous Spring day. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com