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

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 […]