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 […]

Jane Lynch

About a week-and-a-half ago I photographed the annual Hillel Foundation fundraising concert on the campus of the University of Arizona. I have done this for at least the last sixteen years and it is always entertaining, even though I am working. This year Jane Lynch was the headliner and she was fantastic. She is such a performer […]

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 […]

The Stuff We Learned in Grade School Came In Handy In Our Fifties …

Hopefully everyone knows to never look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse. We had about a 45% solar eclipse here this afternoon and decided to protect our eyesight and have some fun being able to see it. Did you ever make a pinhole camera in elementary school? We made a small, precise hole in […]

Save the Boobs; Save the Lives

We’re nearing the end of breast cancer awareness month. Get those mammograms scheduled, ladies. And men, don’t forget that breast cancer is NOT just a women’s issue; men get breast cancer too. Locals, put March 22, 2015 on your calendars for Tucson’s next Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – raising money for breast cancer […]

Spray the Photographer!

A few days ago I photographed the award breakfast for the employees of El Rio Healthcare in Tucson. A normal award breakfast photography job would entail capturing candid photos of the attendees during the breakfast, followed by photos of the speakers on stage during the program, presenting plaques to the award recipients and few more candid photographs at […]

Meow

I know there is a long-standing debate (which will never be resolved) about whether a dog or a cat is “better” or more desirable as a pet. I would be on the side of the dog-lovers if the discussion was strictly about unending love, affection and loyalty, but I also find cats fascinating. Some cats are quite […]

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

Wine in the Making

Grapes maturing on the vines before the fall harvest at Coronado Vineyards in Willcox, Arizona. The vineyard, located not far off I-10 by the Dos Cabezas Mountains, grows Malbec, Syrah, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese varietals and is the only winery in Arizona that has a full-service restaurant, in addition to their tasting room. The Wine […]

Leading Lines in Photo Composition

In my composition class, one of the things I teach my students is how the use of leading lines within an image can strengthen the composition and direct the viewer to the main subject. In this photo, incorporating the sidewalk pulls the viewer into the composition and creates a more three-dimensional space within a two-dimensional […]

Reid Park Zoo – Otter

It’s hot; time to cool off like this curious little otter at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona who just got out of the water to look at his spectators. He is an African Spotted-Necked Otter (Lutra maculicollis). I think the otters are my favorite animals at the zoo. Image use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. […]

Alien Head Boulder

Last summer I was on a camping trip in the Pinaleño Mountains of southeastern Arizona and came upon a campsite filled with huge boulders that seemed carefully placed and oddly alien-like in their appearance. I can’t wait to get back for another camping trip on this beautiful mountain. With 7000 feet of vertical relief, more than […]

No Need for Oil Paint and Canvas

Painters can only simulate the beauty of nature and the arrangements it creates. The pattern of the bubbles; the interplay of greens, rusty orange, yellows and browns; the rhythm of the varying shapes; and the subtle highlight speckles from the sun on the water are all perfect in their placement in this little stream. As I look […]

CCP Next Conversation

  I was recently honored to photograph the attendees of The Next Conversation – a weekend of discussions at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) on the campus of the University of Arizona. I spent five year (1981 – 1986) at the UA and many hours in the CCP, though at its former site, attaining my BFA […]

Advanced Oxidation Process

Yesterday Tucson Water dedicated the newly completed Advanced Oxidation Process facility, which uses hydrogen peroxide and UV light to remove the contaminant 1,4-dioxane from the drinking water supply. http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/AOP It is a very involved process, but in a nutshell, what happens is that after going through cartridge filters, hydrogen peroxide is injected. Water then flows […]

Motorists: Please Stop Behind the Bike Boxes!

Tucson is implementing some new road markings to aid in keeping our cyclists safe while sharing the roads with automobiles. The lime green areas painted near intersections are called “bike boxes.” They are for bicyclists to use when stopping at an intersection, but not for cars to use. These boxes will allow the bicycles to […]