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 […]

Bee Glowing in the Morning Light

It was a hot day at Tohono Chul Park in Tucson, Arizona. The bees weren’t about to start their pollen collection until they got a drink out of one of the fountains on the property. I love how this bee is back-lit by the sun and appears to glow. Image registered  with U.S. Office of […]

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 […]

Aeonium decorum

On a “macroing” excursion I saw this gorgeous Sunburst Aeonium (Aeonium decorum) in the nursery at Tohono Chul Park (www.tohonochulpark.org) and was taken by the visual rhythm of this plant. I’m not a fan of baby  pink, but accenting the sage green and soft yellow, it is stunning. Aeoniums are members of Crassulaceae, in the succulent family. Most are native to […]

For Harold Jones …

I had the good fortune to study fine art photography under the instruction of Harold Jones at the University of Arizona in the early 1980’s.  Harold was at the George Eastman House, founded the Light Gallery in New York & was the founding director of the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson before becoming professor of photography at […]