Taken at the end of Charley’s street, in the same series as Ottowa River Sunset. You can see the same pier on the left, but the poles are not crooked.

Nesting Mourning Dove


This mourning dove looks a little disgruntled. She had no privacy because she built her nest close to the path at the Desert Botanical Gardens.

At the end of Charlie’s street, which dead ends at the Ottowa River. His neighbors have piers and boats and back porches on the river. I took this picture with my Sigma 10-20 at 20mm.

Single Pink Fairy Duster


Single blossom of the Pink Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla) shrub, taken at the Desert Botanical Garden.

This is the Waller holler. My Great Grandmother’s house was situated in the little valley between the 2 roads in the middle of this photo. We traveled to Carthage, Tennessee every summer when I was growing up, and we usually stayed for two glorious weeks.



This damselfly was very cooperative. He stayed very still while I got closer and closer, trying to get a good composition with his shadow. Maybe he was resting after a long day of flitting around the river. 

High desert barbed wire fence


Little Mormon Lake was just a moist depression when we passed by, but the high desert was kind of green from summer rains. Barbed wire fence does the job it’s meant to do: keeps the cattle off the roads and wimpy people like me off the land.

Passiflora Details


Now you can see why they call it a passion flower.

Spooky Lucia di Lammermoor Violin Bow Shadow


The last time we played Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Arizona Opera was in 2007. I stood in my bass-playing spot and surreptitiously took pictures of the people around me in the pit, but Toru caught on and ended up posing for me.


I’d like to say that I planned this shot but it was mostly an accident. I was going to take a picture of Melanie the cellist on her way to the pit in the Orpheum Theatre. About to press the shutter, I noticed the man behind her, and did not have enough time to refocus.


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