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.

Pollen Fest

This morning started with my normal routine: get up, feed the dogs, open my son’s bed room door and say “good morning, Aaron; time to get up,” make his lunch for school, let the dogs out, water the plants on my porch, open the door again “Aaron, open your eyes,” check my email, make my bed, open the […]

Cereus Hildmannianus

This morning I awoke to a lovely surprise: my night-blooming pipe cactus had errupted in a showy display of flowers – 12 of them! So I went out with my point ‘n shoot camera, since my pro cameras were all at the studio, to capture the blooms and got the added bonus of catching a Carpenter Bee enjoying his […]

Steel Mill – Steubenville, Ohio

                               At one time named the dirtiest city in America because of the horrible air quality from the Weirton Steel and Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Mills, Steubenville, Ohio’s air is now relatively clean, but only as a result of the mills closing and/or drastically cutting back production when steel manufacturing started being outsourced to China and […]

Spider in the Morning Sunlight

The other day I did my daily morning routine of watering the plants on my patio. Being a more drought tolerant plant than my potted plants, it had been awhile since I had watered the bougainvillea which flanks the wall by my swimming pool, so I headed on over to give it a good soaking. As […]

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 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 […]

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. […]

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!   […]

What we photographers will do…

Sometimes my job as photographer is very glamorous. I get dressed up and photograph black tie events with distinguished guests such as Henry Kissinger, Shimon Perez, President Bill Clinton, his Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr. Maya Angelou, etcetera. Then there are the other photography sessions – the ones that are, shall we say,  a bit less glamorous. For those, […]

Synchronized Swimming

This week my home town of Tucson, Arizona is hosting the U.S. Open Sychronized Swimming Competition, which makes me think of this photo I created of some wanna-be competitors out at Agua Caliente Park. They’ve got good form, sychronization & even a nice overall design element … on a 10.0 scoring scale I give them a 9.85!