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
There is a beautiful place tucked away in an offshoot lake of Lake Tahoe, California called Fallen Leaf Lake. Lily Falls feeds into the lake and is a magical space secluded from the tourist traffic and watercraft of the heavily trafficked Lake Tahoe. A friend and I spent time photographing the seductive waters of this […]
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 […]
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 […]
Yellow Brittlebush and a grove of “baby” Saguaro cactus on a Spring day in Tucson, Arizona Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.