Smells Like Rain; It’s the Creosote

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, […]

Thanksgiving Abundance

  A bounty of harvested pumpkins for this Thanksgiving week. It’s really something to ponder. There are bounties in our lives that go unnoticed. Stop and notice them. Sometimes they are like this pile of pumpkins that I photographed – haphazard, disorganized, even chaotic – yet in their random state they become a beautifully orchestrated arrangement. […]

Groovy Dutch Messenger Bicycle

At a recent studio session, one of the ladies in a group I was photographing, arrived on the Dutch messenger bicycle shown here. My immediate reaction was to ask if I could photograph her bike, since I have a friend who would dig seeing it, since she also owns a Dutch messenger bike. I love the […]

Globe Mallow

Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea) is a perennial desert wildflower that grows from one to three feet high in dry, rocky and sandy soils up to 3500 ft. in elevation and blooms throughout the spring, summer and fall. http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SPAM2 It produces a steady supply of pollen to honey bees and other insects, but according to the United States Forest […]

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! http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert

Lounging Lizard

According to Saguaro National Park, the diet of a Desert Spiny Lizard is insects, spiders, centipedes, lizards, and occasional plant material. So I guess they are part-time cannibals! Yikes! At least they are not venomous. Only two lizards in the world are venomous – the Gila monster (which we also have in Tucson) and the […]

Japanesque Desert

The dried flowers of a yucca silhouetted against the Tucson sky was the base for this Japanese-inspired art piece. Simplicity of form and the interplay of negative and positive space make this a satisfying image for me. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com

Gates Pass Ramada

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 […]

Signs of Spring

Today I was gifted an adorable miniature cactus with these beautiful orange flowers. Though my macro lens makes them appear fairly monumental, they are diminutive blossoms smaller across than the size of a dime. They made this cold and rainy day a bit brighter. Thank you, my friend.   Image copyright Martha Lochert http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com

He’s a fly not a bee …

On a recent “macro-ing” trip to Mt. Lemmon my friend and I encountered this unique-looking creature, which is a fly, not a bee. We spent a long time following this little guy from plant to plant trying to photograph him as he went about his business. This particular fly with the orange body and stiff protruding […]