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 […]

Church Rock. I Could Pray Here …

  This is Church Rock in the Navajo Nation off  US-160 west of Kayenta in northern Arizona. (36°44’02.9″N 110°07’07.1″W) I think it is aptly named.   Reverence  noun rev·er·ence \ˈrev-rən(t)s, ˈre-və-; ˈre-vərn(t)s\ :honor or respect felt or shown :  deference; especially :  profound adoring awed respect http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary I felt that here. Though just off the highway, […]

The Cattle Have a Church

This 200′ sandstone column is called Church Rock. It sits just off US Route 191 near Monticello in southeastern Utah. As the lore goes, in the 1930’s Maria Ogden and her Utopian community Home of Truth had plans to chisel out the entire center of this rock to create a church. They got as far […]

BKW Farms – Organic Wheat

This is Ralph Wong of BKW Farms in Marana, Arizona. The family cotton farm established in 1942 now also grows organic wheat, the first crop of which they are ready to harvest. Thank you, Wong family! Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com

Minimalist Landscape

Founded in 1882 after the Santa Fe railroad laid an 88-mile track between Benson and Nogales, the Santa Cruz Valley towns of Sonoita and Elgin have a rich history in cattle ranching. In the 1880’s as many as 3,000 head of cattle shipped to markets in the East each day. (http://www.thenogaleschamber.com/Portal/LivinginSCCounty/Sonoita/tabid/66/Default.aspx) This land is still used for […]

The house needs a little work, but the views are fantastic …

I recently took a trip through the northeastern part of California, travelling back home through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I was in awe of the beauty of this space. Snow-capped mountains sat majestically soaking up the mid-day sun, no tourists eyes gazing upon them except those of my travelling companion and me. We came upon this […]

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 […]

Florida Lake

“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau   Image copyright Martha Lochert. Reproduction, copying and file sharing is prohibited.

Moonrise in the Desert

There’s no time better than October in the Sonora desert for an evening or night-time stroll. Put on your walking shoes, grab a friend (perhaps a walking stick or flashlight too, depending on where you are venturing) and head out to enjoy the beauty of the desert while the weather is so perfect!   Image copyrighted. […]

Catalina Mountains from Sabino Canyon

I know, I know, pretty postcard-ish, but hey, it’s pretty isn’t it? The desert is actually pretty lush if you just switch from thinking rich green means lush. I took this photo when I got done shooting a group shot of a family of 23  at Sabino Canyon in late April.   ***Unauthorized copying, reproducing and […]

Bird’s Eye View – Northwestern Cochise County

It’s funny how one’s perception of the land is so different from ground view. I’ve driven past these land formations all my life. They span to the south of I-10 just west of the town of Benson in Cochise County, Arizona. In the distance is Mt. Wrightson in the Santa Rita Mountains. As a child, I […]

The Road Not Taken

  By Robert Frost    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;   Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better […]

Land of the Wind Turbines

Last week my son and I drove my daughter back to Los Angeles for another year of school at USC. Mid-way in our drive we went through a most surreal area near Palm Springs which is home to a sea of wind turbines. I’ve driven past this area numerous times, but I never get bored with […]

Saguaros and the Night Sky

A thirty second exposure and about twenty manual bursts of an off-camera flash was used to make this photo, which was created from out of the darkness of the very secluded community of Saguaro Ranch in far northwest Tucson. Beyond the glare of the city lights and traffic, this is a most peaceful place where stars shine brightly. […]