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 […]

Catching that Moving Target

This is one of the thousands of seagull inhabitants of Mono Lake in central California which I photographed a few summers ago. I pulled up this photo as I was assembling samples of “panning” to show my photography students. Panning is a technique where one tracks (with the camera) a moving subject at the same […]

Bach’s Cactus Nursery

The other day I was with a friend at Bach’s Cactus¬†Nursery and saw this gorgeous cactus flower in bloom. Though they have been in business forty-two years (since 1970), I had never visited the expansive five acres of nursery space and¬†twenty-four greenhouses which sit on the ten-acre¬†grounds of¬†Dan and Diane Bach’s¬†business. If you are in […]

Sunset Beauty Moment

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 […]


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 […]