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 […]

The Yin and the Yang of Life in the Desert

I like the latent tension in this photograph between the peaceful glow of the city lights and the painful needles on the saguaro cactus. It’s a sort of commentary on life in Tucson. Those of us who live here are ever-vigilant to not get poked; not get dehydrated; not get sun stroke; not get bitten by scorpions or […]

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? […]

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 […]

Spring Will Be Here Soon!

Even though it’s warm and the wildflowers are already showing their faces here in southern Arizona, people in the northeast are experiencing something quite different. Don’t worry, my friends, winter is almost done and spring is just around the corner for you too. Look at this and envision the warm rays on your skin. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from […]

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 […]

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 […]

Malayan Tiger

This is Baheem. He is a thireteen year old male Malayan Tiger who lives at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona. The zoo also has a female Malayan tiger named Sita, who is one month older than Baheem. reidparkzoo.org Malayan tigers (Panthera tigris jacksoni) come from Asia. Their stripes, like our fingerprints, are unique to each […]

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 […]

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 […]

Raising Money for Pediatric Cancer Research

Yesterday was  the fifteenth annual Tee Up For Tots Golf Tournament, which raises money for pediatric cancer research at Steele Children’s Research Center and Diamond Children’s Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. Every year since the very first tournament,  I have donated my photography services and my friend Dave Sitton has given his time as the master […]

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 […]

Give Me Your Tin, Your Aluminum, Your Cardboard, Your P.E.T, Your HDPE …

Today marked the grand opening of the new 57,500 square foot, fully automated state-of-the-art RE Community Recycling facility on east Ajo Way in Tucson, Arizona. Rather than a ribbon cutting, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and dignitaries, pushed the “start” button to turn on the high-tech sorting machines in the facility. Eighty new green jobs for Tucson exist thanks to this […]

Gates Pass Ramada

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 […]

Keep Our Small Businesses Going

In February of 2010, Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation Ray LaHood came to Tucson to present us with a check for $63 million dollars in federal stimulus money to fund our downtown modern streetcar project. On April 12, 2012 the Regional Transportation Authority broke ground on the 3.9 mile streetcar line that will link […]

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 […]

Silly Succulent

My Uncle Louis is a cartoonist (www.louisdunn.com) and I think he could make a wonderful cartoon commentary from this photograph of Hobbit Jade I made today. It is such an animated and cartoon-like plant, I’m  sure he could have great fun with it. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com

In Memoriam

For my second Dad on this special day as we celebrate your life through a day of memorial Joseph Holck March 28, 1927 – November 6, 2011 http://www.kajukenbo.info/kajukenbo/holck.html (The following poem was emailed to me. Source and writer is unknown.) Somewhere a journey begins at the end of the worldly existence we know, Where a […]

Bugtoberfest

It’s time for the 15th annual Bugtoberfest at Chirco Automotive  in Tucson, Arizona – a weekend for the Volkswagen enthusiast. Events start today with bbq’s, car runs and campouts and culminate with a car show on Sunday from 8 AM to 3 PM in the Chirco parking lot at 9101 E. 22nd St. VW enthusiasts love their cars, no […]

Waiting for Some Rain

It’s June, which in Tucson means it’s hot and dry. Our monsoon won’t kick in until about the first week in July, so for now the native prickly pear cactus are looking flat and dehydrated. Add to this heat and super low humidity the winds we have in April, May and June and the ever-present […]

Dragonfly

I photographed this Variegated Meadowhawk  (Sympetrum corruptum) at Agua Caliente Park. Known, and named,  for the natural hot springs, Agua Caliente on Tucson’s far northeast side is a wonderful place to spend a morning. The park includes nature trails, ponds, hot springs, numerous birds – including wild owls, diverse plant and insect life and an art gallery. http://www.pima.gov/nrpr/parks/agua_caliente/index.htm Image registered with […]

Prickly Pear Flower Buds

In February we had three days of temperatures that hovered at about fifteen degrees fahrenheit. These kind of temperatures just don’t happen in a place like Tucson, but this winter they did. My city is still showing the signs of the freeze by the numerous palm trees sporting brown crowns, citrus trees which have totally died and thousands […]