Apples On The Way?

I planted my first apple trees last April. They are still sweet little four-foot popsicles, but apparently they like where I planted them because they started budding a few weeks ago and are now in full bloom. It isn’t officially spring, but it is in Tucson – and the varieties I planted (Dorsett Golden and Anna) are […]

Even the Hummers Need to Stop and Rest

I walked out on my porch and this beautiful little hummingbird was taking a rest. I thought he was hurt, since his wings were out. Usually the hummers fold their wings in close to their bodies when they stop flying. He patiently awaited while I went in to get my camera, then crouch down and move within […]

White Dove of the Desert

A detail of the beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture on the “White Dove of the Desert” – Mission San Xavier del Bac – founded as a Catholic Mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. It is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona, built 1783 to 1797 by Ignacio Gaona and his native American O’Odham workforce. http://www.sanxaviermission.org/History.html Image […]

Columbine Beauty Moment

Columbine (Aquilegia) growing by an aspen tree in southwest Colorado. The blue columbine, also referred to as the Rocky Mountain Columbine-White and Lavender species, is the state flower in Colorado, but the genus includes 60-70 species of high-altitude-loving perennials. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.

Motion Is Your Friend

This post is for the photo hobbyists I teach. Don’t be afraid to use motion to your advantage. Yes, we want to capture clear and stunning photos, but sometimes showing motion is the very thing that adds interest to a photo and makes it transcend a sterile documentation of an object. I could have photographed this […]

83 Years Ago – Construction Began in The Bay

Eighty-three years ago today (Jan. 5, 1933), construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge. 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 […]

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. […]

Those Busy Beavers …

I was walking in the woods and came across this tree. A beaver felled it. According to  http://http://animals.mom.me/long-beaver-chew-down-tree-11371.html it probably only took about five to ten minutes! I wish I would have seen it in action. While beavers can seem to be a nuisance, they actually help us in many ways. By building their dams, they create a […]

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, […]

I Miss Film

(Don’t worry, this isn’t yet another post on the whole worn-out, tired debate over which one is technically better – film or digital!)   I miss the days of film. On this day, I needed to pull some old medium-format negatives to scan. The process of looking at each negative with a loupe on the light table we […]

Briar Patch Inn – Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona

      Need an escape from work, from the city, from cell phones, from email, from Facebook and from technology in general? The Briar Patch Inn on the banks of Oak Creek in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona, Arizona is where I would suggest you go. It is a charming family owned property with free-standing casitas […]

Once Upon a Time, A Cold One Was Waiting …

This must bring back some memories for some older folks. A-1 beer was a product of the Arizona Brewing company from 1933, when brothers Martin & Herman Fenster founded the company, until it was bought out in 1964. They used the eagle in their logo from 1942 until 1958 when Anheuser-Busch forced them to remove […]

Chocolate Strawberry Yumminess

Chocolate-covered strawberries are delicious as is, but presentation makes them even more appealing. How they are photographed makes or breaks their appeal, as well. The quality and direction of the light makes a difference – in this case, soft window light from the side, not the front, to create dimension. There are plenty of places to […]

New Parking Payment Options Via Go Tucson

Yesterday I spent mid-day on University Blvd. and Congress St. in 104 degrees photographing the new parking meters being put in by Park Tucson (formerly named Park Wise). The photographs are for a promotional campaign to get the word out that there are now numerous choices in paying the meter. In addition to the traditional […]

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 […]

Leading Lines to Strengthen An Otherwise Boring Subject

  As a commercial photographer, my assignments vary from day-to-day. Sometimes my subject matter is stunningly beautiful and other times it is mundane or rather uninteresting. What I have to think about on the days when my job is to photograph the mundane is how I can create the most interesting imagery, given the subject matter? […]

Hashtag Happy

I love when my clients have fun. Despite planning, organizing and implementing the annual Torch Awards luncheon for ethics in business, the staff of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona still managed to have fun at the post-awards mixer last Thursday. That’s a good thing; it makes work enjoyable and business relations prosper when […]

Twisted …

The colorful and charming columns on the front of the historic YMCA building in Tucson designed, along with the main building, in 1930 by architect Annie Graham Rockfellow, are reminiscent of the twisted columns on the Roman Baroque altars of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. These, of course, have a southwest flair with the lizards crawling on and peeking […]

Blood Moon

This morning those of us up at 4:58 am PST had the treat of seeing the lunar eclipse. Though the coloration lasted a bit longer, the actual time the moon, earth and sun were in alignment (in “syzygy”) was just under 5 minutes – that’s the shortest of the century. http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/04/us/total-lunar-eclipse-blood-moon/ I threw my Canon 5d Mk III on […]

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 […]