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

Make Your own Pyracantha Jelly

Pyracantha (or firethorn) is a thorny evergreen plant in the family Rosaceae, which is great for use as a hedge, but also produces a wealth of edible tiny red berries (pomes). In many parts of the country the berries are ready for harvest in the late fall, but in warmer climates like southern Arizona, the […]

Let the Red Wine Flow

This is Kief Joshua Manning. Kief is a wonderful young man my friend and I met when we stopped in for a wine tasting at his Italian Gothic vineyard in Elgin, Az over the weekend. Open seven days a week from 11 am to 5 pm, this is a must-visit in “winery row” in Elgin, just thirty-five minutes south […]

Baja Fairyduster

One of the many plants erupting in color at Tohono Chul Park in northwest Tucson, Arizona (www.tohonochulpark.org)  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 […]

Harvest Time

For all you southern Arizonans who love to pick fresh produce right off the vine, Apple Annie’s Orchard will be opening tomorrow – Friday July 1-for the 2011 season.  Green beans, squash, corn and tomatoes are ready now, with peaches ready to pick closer to the end of the month. Yummy! 2081 W. Hardy – Willcox, AZ […]

Happy New Year

It’s been a couple of rough years for most people as our economy toppled, but just as these little red jewels accent the gray days of winter, may your new year be punctuated with gems – of success, joy, satisfaction and contentment. Image registered with U.S. Office of Copyright. Reproduction or use prohibited without proper licensing from Martha Lochert.

Ocotillos

It’s hot and dry. We desert dwellers are waiting for the monsoon rains to kick in, but even in the midst of the harsh environment there is color and beauty. I photographed these ocotillo cactus at 1/200 sec at f14 with ISO 200 on a Canon 50D with 28mm lens. Image copyrighted. Reproduction & usage prohibited without proper licensing. […]