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 […]

Car Show – Tucson Hot Rod Association

It’s time for the 4th Avenue shopping district to block off the street for the Tucson Street Rod Association’s 37th annual car show as part of their yearly “Rodder Days” events. http://www.tucsonstreetrodassociation.com Hundreds of meticulously cared for cars will line a three-quarter mile stretch of street this Saturday – May 7, 2011 from 8 AM until 3 PM. I’ve been to the show for […]

Hope Camp Trail – Tucson

On this day a year ago I was hiking with my son on the Hope Camp Trail, also known as the Loma Alta Trail, since it’s trailhead is at the north end of Camino Loma Alta Road. Drive east on Old Spanish Trail to Camino Loma Alta and turn left (north). The last half-mile or […]

Race for the Cure – Tucson

Today I was up at 5:30 AM preparing for my annual in-kind photography donation to the Susan G. Komen Tucson affiliate’s 13th annual Race for the Cure.  http://www.komensaz.org  This photo taken from a scissor lift above the starting line and shows a small section of the over 10,000 participants who showed up despite a cold morning left […]

Yes, This is Tucson!

With a sixteen degree overnight low, even running water was frozen in my home of Tucson, Arizona. This is a nine-foot high fountain at Catalina United Methodist Church, which I drove by today on my way to a job. Needless to say, I had to turn around and snap some shots of the fleeting sight. The pigeon perched […]

Make-shift Memorial

I’m proud of the vast majority of my fellow citizens who have united their hearts and minds to grieve over the senseless shootings of just three days ago. Tomorrow was supposed to be the first day of classes for the spring semester at the University of Arizona, but that will be delayed until Thursday. Instead, McKale Stadium on campus, […]

A Tucson Tragedy

It’s Sunday January 9, 2011 and approaching the end of a very sad weekend in my city of Tucson, Arizona. Yesterday a twenty-two year old shot our state representative Gabrielle Giffords in the head from point-blank range at a community meet-and-greet she held in front of a local Safeway store. After shooting her he open-fired on the […]

“Hey you: I’m ready for my close-up!”

Sometimes the tabletop “product shot” is not a product at all, but rather a trio of show dogs in the studio for their magazine photo shoot! This is Nancy Hill with her Pekingnese Butch, Tinkerbell & Sundance captured in an “in-between takes” moment during their session. Need a portrait of your dog or a gift certificate […]

Diggin’ the Desert in Fall

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.

Martha Lochert Photography

… a sampling of some of my work. Call me if you need commercial photography, studio headshots, senior portraits, pet photos, publicity photos for bands or solo musicians, product shots photographed or special event coverage such as weddings, Mitzvahs or corporate events. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com (520) 290-6322 Active board member of: http://www.asmptucson.org

The Tail End of Sweet Light

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 […]

Cone Flowers in the Morning

These Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica) are a wildflower in the Lizard-Tail family which bloom from May through August in moist alkaline soils of  northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. According to Spellenberg’s Sonoran Desert Wildflowers,  the indigenous people use the flower for medicinal purposes: as a tea for stomach ailments, as a salve for skin problems, in a poultice for […]

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. […]

Woolly Daisy

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), […]

Silverpuffs

Silverpuffs (Urapappus lindleyi) are in the sunflower family and grow in open areas below 6,000 feet in much of the western United States. They bloom from March – June. I found these growing in my front yard and photographed them with a 60mm macro lens at ISO 100 for 1/800 second at f/4, which gave a nice […]

Desert Chicory

Desert Chicory (Rafinesquia neomexicana) is a member of the sunflower family. It is a wildflower in the open desert of the southwest United States in elevations from 500 – 4500 feet.  I found these on the Douglas Spring Trail in the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson, Arizona.  They have a long flowering season of February through July. If […]

Street Rods

Yesterday the funky shopping strip on 4th Avenue transformed into a classic and hot rod car enthusiast’s dream as the Tucson Street Rod Association held its annual car show as part of their 36th Annual Rodder Days. Hundreds of meticulously cared for cars in a rainbow wash of colors lined about a 3/4 mile stretch of street […]

Fiddlenecks

Rancher’s Fireweed / Devil’s Lettuce (Amsinckia menziesii) of the Borage family glistens in the back-lit sun on Cactus Forest Trail in Tucson, Arizona. It’s flowering season is March through May in mostly weedy or grassy places below 5,000 feet in the western United States and northwestern Mexico. The fiddleneck flower cluster uncoils, leaving the new blossoms accessible to the […]

Cactus Forest Trail

Thanks to a very wet winter, wildflowers are giving Tucson a great show right now. Yellow and orange African Daisies and Poppies fill yards where the homeowners have planted wildflower seeds, and in the outlying desert areas to the north and west yellow Brittlebush is abundant, but at the base of the Rincon Mountains on the east side of town, the dominant […]

Race For The Cure

It was a sea of people as far as the eye could detect at the start of this year’s 12th annual Susan G. Komen for Southern Arizona 5K “Race for the Cure” at Reid Park in Tucson, Arizona.  This was the 10th year I’ve donated my services to capture the action and emotion of the day in […]

Comedian Richard Lewis

With forty years in the business sixty-two year old comedian Richard Lewis still has what it takes to entertain a crowd, as seen in this photo from a show at Centennial Hall in Tucson. He was this year’s performer at the annual Hillel Foundation (www.uahillel.org) fundraiser. If you see him, be ready to stay engaged as you try […]

Honey Bees of Spring

It’s officially Spring and the honey bees are already busy pollinating the flowers and collecting their treasure to take back to the hive. This little guy has been busy visiting the blue lupines, as you can see by the orange pollen sacks on the tibia of his back legs. By the time he finishes with his work those […]

Rillito River Walk

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 […]

Household Hazardous Waste

Saturday morning I photographed a B’Nai Mitzvah rehearsal then switched gears and scooted over to Eastside City Hall to document the monthly collection of household hazardous waste in Tucson, Arizona for the Environmental Services Department to use on their web site. Our city has three outreach sites (Eastside City Hall at 7575 E. Speedway, Tucson Water Plant #2 at 1102 W. […]

Giant George

Well, it’s official: Guinness has confirmed that Tucson, Arizona’s George, the Great Dane,  is not only the tallest living dog in the world, but the tallest dog EVER recorded. Congratulations George on your new ranking in the Guinness World Book of Records! George measures  43″ from floor to shoulder and is 7 feet 3 inches […]

Mighty Saguaro

I live in the lower Sonora Desert – the exculsive home of the saguaro cactus. I came upon this one on a hike through Saguaro National Park a few weeks ago. The area was established as a national park by President Herbert Hoover in 1933. http://www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm This is a nice specimen because, though it is in the process […]