First Day of Autumn

Red-orange leaves from Sedona, Arizona to usher in the first day of fall. It’s still hot in Tucson, but eventually we will get some fall color on the few trees we have here that go through the change. Have a happy and healthy autumn! Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert

Baja Fairyduster

One of the many plants erupting in color at Tohono Chul Park in northwest Tucson, Arizona (  is the Baja Fairy Duster (Calliandra californica). It is a soil and drought tolerant shrub which grows to five feet and blooms year-round, though more heavily in the Spring. It can take full sun, but is also hearty down to twenty degrees. As […]

Prickly Pear Flower Buds

In February we had three days of temperatures that hovered at about fifteen degrees fahrenheit. These kind of temperatures just don’t happen in a place like Tucson, but this winter they did. My city is still showing the signs of the freeze by the numerous palm trees sporting brown crowns, citrus trees which have totally died and thousands […]

Desert Chicory

Desert Chicory (Rafinesquia neomexicana) is a member of the sunflower family. It is a wildflower in the open desert of the southwest United States in elevations from 500 – 4500 feet.  I found these on the Douglas Spring Trail in the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson, Arizona.  They have a long flowering season of February through July. If […]


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 […]

Land of the Lizards

It’s hot in the Sonora Desert. The daytime high’s are still hovering around 106 degrees as we near the end of August. The dogs & cats are lazing in the shade or inside their homes, birds are perched on branches with their mouths open and the lizards are scurrying around, stopping only long enough to do some […]

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 […]