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Travel Photography: Vermont Ramblings

My two previous posts covered Vermont’s annual fall color extravaganza and the impact of a (we hope) once-in-a-lifetime disaster. Time to look at some other aspects of the Green Mountain State. My visit to Vermont coincided with the peak of the fall colors. It also rained just about every day that I was in the…

Photo Essay: Vermont Recovers from Irene

During the final weekend of August, Hurricane Irene was approaching the eastern United States. Since I have family back there, I called to make sure that everyone was all right. The phone conversation with my Aunt Jean in Vermont had a very worried tone. About Hurricane Irene, she said, “It’s as big as Europe!” After…

Travel Photography: Vermont Fall Foliage

Just got back from visiting family in Waterbury, Vermont. October in the state of Vermont means one thing: Fall Foliage. The aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene was very much in evidence, but it didn’t stop the annual party thrown by the trees. Let’s start our fall foliage tour at the Waterbury Public Library… The library…

Nature Photography: Sudden Storm

This past Tuesday, the 2011 monsoon season busted loose with its last hurrah. Which prompted a photographic frenzy around here. First stop on the frenetic home front picture tour: The garden. Is it raining out there? Yes!!! I’m looking forward to the day when the seedlings (which are still too small to see in the…

Nature Photography: Garden Planting

I’ll start this post with yet another lament about Tucson’s 2011 monsoon season. It’s been a real hit-and-miss sort of thing. Take, for example, this approaching storm. Looks like it’s going to dump buckets of rain at my place, right? It didn’t. But Tucson’s South Side got almost three inches of rain. So much for…

Website Redesign: HBCU PSM

September 2015 update: This website is no longer online. The HBCU Mid-Atlantic Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Alliance is a group of predominantly Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. These universities are developing and offering new Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree programs. PSM degrees offer science and/or mathematics…

Nature Photography: Rain, Rain, and More Rain

For the past week, Tucson’s weather has done a pretty convincing imitation of the Pacific Northwest. We’ve had nearly 2.5″ of rain. As I write this, thunderstorms are moving into the area. Many of our recent storms have started slowly. Subtly. You don’t think that much will come from them. Take, for example, this dampening…

Bike-tography: The Book

When I was in my early twenties, I set the goal of bicycling through all 50 of the United States. I accomplished this over a twelve-year period, traveling more than 15,000 miles in the United States, plus a bit of Mexico and Canada. Traveling without the protective bubble of a vehicle provides a wonderful opportunity…

Event Photography: Happy Birthday Tucson

On August 20, 1775, a bouncing baby city was born. Its name? Tucson. It’s been 236 years, and the Old Pueblo still has quite a bit of bounce. It was certainly in evidence at one of the biggest events in the month-long celebration of Tucson’s Birthday. The big event? 2nd Saturdays Downtown, which brings tens…

Photo Essay: Building Garden Basins

Well, the monsoons have been with us for more than a month, and count me as unimpressed. I was hoping for giant storms with lots of rain, loud thunder, and bright lightning. And I’m still hoping. So far, our rainfall has been scanty, and the sound and light shows have been lackluster. In the meantime,…

Photo Essay: Greenway Envy

In my previous post, I offered a tour of Tucson’s new Fifth Avenue Greenway. This post is about a nearby neighborhood that’s suffering from a severe case of greenway envy. Let’s set the stage by talking about the weather – again. As noted in recent posts, Tucson is experiencing its summer monsoon season. Which means…

Photo Essay: Greenway Park Ramble

Looks like our monsoons have taken a vacation. Other than brief sprinkles, we haven’t had rain in almost a week. So, with thunderstorms not threatening Tucson’s Tuesday evening, I decided to ramble around the neighborhood. First point of interest was the new Fifth Avenue Greenway, which has transformed the look of this alley between Waverly…

Nature Photography: More Monsoon Madness

As if a rollicking good Independence Day storm wasn’t enough. The weather provided additional fireworks on the 5th of July. Just like Independence Day, yesterday’s tempest was a late afternoon special. It started with a ferocious wind and clouds that turned everything dark and ominous… The rain came down, and yes, I’ve said this already,…

Nature Photography: Monsoons Rival Fireworks

The summer monsoon storms have busted back into southern Arizona. The festivities started late last week with a couple of after-dark storms that were loud and rowdy enough to deprive anyone of a good night’s sleep. Not that our July 4th afternoon storm was quiet and understated. Far from it. When it came to noise…

Photo Essay: Downtown Tucson Revisited

In my previous post, I talked about the good, bad, and ugly aspects of Downtown Tucson revitalization. Time for an update. I noted a messy situation in the Aviation Underpass, which is on one of the main routes in and out of Downtown. In recent months, this area had turned into one of the littering…

Photo Essay: Downtown Tucson Revitalization

Yesterday evening, I did my 100th Meet Me at Maynards walk around Downtown Tucson. While I padded along in the 100-degree heat, I shot the following photo essay. It’s intended to show the positive and negative sides of Downtown Tucson’s revitalization efforts. First, the positives: Let’s start with Meet Me at Maynards itself. It’s been…

Best of Bike-tography: Top Bicycling Images

Bike-tography is one of those words I made up to describe two of my favorite activities, bicycling and photography. Bike-tography is the act of combining the two. Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a highly opinionated selection of my best bike-tography images.

Photo Essays: Graffiti Eradication

Graffiti is one of those blights that never seems to go away. These days, it seems as if any object is a tempting target for taggers. Central Tucson certainly isn’t immune from the graffiti plague. Street signs are especially vulnerable… When they’re not being stolen, traffic safety devices are also quite the target… Locally, there…

Event Photography: 2nd Saturdays First Anniversary

2nd Saturdays Downtown celebrated its first anniversary this past weekend. This event has been drawing tens of thousands of people to Downtown Tucson for arts, entertainment, shopping, and good old fashioned people watching. The Ronstadt Transit Center isn’t known for its musical entertainment, but haven’t you always wanted to sing a song while waiting for…

Photo Essays: Traffic Calming

Do you live on one of those streets where there seems to be no speed limit? So do I. And, sorry to say, those speed tables further up the street don’t seem to help at all. The speeders slow down enough to go over them without wrecking their suspensions, then it’s off to the races…

Event Photography: Tucson Folk Festival 2011

The official 2011 Tucson Folk Festival photo gallery is up and ready for you to enjoy! Feast your eyes on images of performances, workshops, the Songwriting Contest, the Folk Women’s Jam & Song Circle, the Children’s Show, and Tucson Folk Festival scenes.

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