The calming beauty of another lovely Arizona sunset. Even when they are simple, they are beautiful. Enjoy your weekend. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Contact Martha Lochert for licensing.
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, […]
The sunset light in this land of sandstone monoliths and mesas is incredibly beautiful every time I pass through. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
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, […]
It was 108 degrees today where I live; there is no disputing it is officially summer … Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
Ocotillo cactus at sunset at the head of Douglas Springs Trail in the Rincon Mountains – Tucson, Arizona. Image copyrighted. Any use required licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
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 […]
There is nothing like the intensity and the frequency of good sunsets in the desert southwest. I’m ready for some doozies, so here’s hoping that posting a good one will bring them on! We’ve had a few great ones this week as a result of the smoke from the wildfires in New Mexico, but it […]
White Prickly Poppy (Argemone mexicana) or “Cowboy’s Egg” at sunset in Gardner Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains of southern Arizona. 1/125 second at f 7.1 – ISO 3200 with diffused fill-flash All parts of this year-round bloomer, known by the Aztecs as “nourishment for the dead” have psychoactive properties. Shamans used it for journeys to […]
It’s a beautiful time of year in southern Arizona. The high temperatures have dropped to the mid-seventies and the light has become distinctly autumnal as the days are getting shorter. We desert-dwellers are enjoying incredible hiking, biking, running, barbecuing and basically “anything outside” weather! Image copyrighted. Use and/or reproduction prohibited without licensing from Martha Lochert.
As we move into fall, the cooler evening temperatures in the desert southwest make for some terrific hiking conditions. This photo is from Saguaro National Park West http://www.nps.gov/sagu. Arrive before sunset, while the gates are still open and enjoy a hike, a photo excursion, a bike ride or just a drive through with the windows down. Image […]
I sat on my porch as the sun set in July and watched the clouds build in this, the first of the summer monsoon storms. The monsoon officially goes until the end of September and though we’ve had some intense storms, complete with micro-bursts and uprooted trees, it’s dry this week. Hopefully we’ll get some […]
… just another typical gorgeous Tucson sunset from Saguaro National Park East. Image copyrighted. Reproduction & copying prohibited without proper licensing. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com
There is a window of time at the end of the day where the light becomes animated and magical; where the plants glow with a soft golden orange hue. It only lasts for fifteen minutes or so. We photographers call that “sweet light.” This shot is from the end of that period – just past the […]
The yellow woolly daisy (Eriophyllum wallecei) is a diminutive plant in the sunflower family with half-inch wide heads that bloom from March through June in the desert washes and open sandy soil of the southwest United States and northern Mexico. I photographed these after sunset with a macro lens, a dragged shutter (to show ambient light in the sky), […]
Spring is almost here and the weather in Tucson is delightful. Last evening my friend George and I took advantage of the perfect temperature and road our mountain bikes from her house to the bicycling/walking paths which flank the usually dry-as-a-bone Rillito River. We’ve had an unusually wet winter; however, so the river is still flowing. Lots of people […]
This was today’s sunset sky. I sat with my mother and son on the front porch and enjoyed the progression from pink to fire orange to subtle violet and peach. As we watched, I was reminded how special the Arizona sunsets are as my son, who is deep in the throws of college applications and entrance exams, […]
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