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Photo Essay: Brush and Bulky Treasure Hunt

Twice a year, the City of Tucson has a Brush and Bulky Pickup. Which prompts thousands of Tucsonans to lug their old couches, busted-up bookshelves, cracked flower pots, and tree branches out to the curb. For those of us who enjoy the creative re-use of castoffs, the weekend before Brush and Bulky Pickup means one…

Nature Photography: Snowy Morning

Since I didn’t win the slumbering championship last night, I decided to sleep in. All the way ’til 7:25 a.m. Time to rise and shine and go outside for a look at the snowfall in the yard. No, I’m not kidding. This is a blog post about snow in Tucson, Arizona. It’s a sequel to…

Nature Photography: Snow Day in Tucson

Being a native Pennsylvanian and photoblogger, I’m will never pass up a good snowstorm. Those flakes start falling, and I’m outside with the camera. But wait a minute. I’m writing this post from central Tucson, Arizona. This is the desert! It doesn’t snow here! Oh, yes it does. Here’s the evidence from my place. Poor…

Graphic Design: Illustrated E-zine

You know what they say about the shoemaker’s children having no shoes? Well, I plead very guilty to that charge. Take, for example, my “Word, Pictures, and Design” slogan. You would think that I’d be in show and tell mode in my monthly Project Update e-zine. Yeah, you would think. But, up until this month’s…

Bicycle Photography: Workshops in Tucson

If my Official Bike-tography Bike could talk, it would tell you about all the interesting places it has gone while carrying camera gear. Here it is, awaiting the next assignment at El Tour de Tucson 2012… What is bike-tography? It’s the art of combining bicycling with photography. And it’s my photographic passion. Between 1980 and…

Photo Essay: Where Greenways Sprout

My central Tucson neighborhood is one of those places that grows on you. It wasn’t my first choice of places for home buying, what with all that talk about the high crime rate west of Euclid Avenue. But, given my modest and wildly fluctuating freelancer’s income, this area is all I could afford. I confessed…

Nature Photography: The Gifts of Winter

Winter is still very much in evidence here in Tucson. My frost-damaged container garden is an ongoing reminder of a recent cold snap. The good news is that some of the leafless plants are still alive… That cold snap caused my mesquite tree to drop leaves all over the yard, driveway, and sidewalk. Here it…

Bicycle Photography: Ride On, Tucson 2013

The word spread around Tucson like wildfire: “Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick Dempsey is coming to town! And he’s going to be organizing a big ride with racer Tom Danielson and Bicycling magazine editor Peter Flax! Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 20! The hastily organized event was called Ride On, Tucson, and you just HAD…

Nature Photography: Tragic Garden

My usual gardening posts are filled with happy-looking plants in my xeriscape. Or shots of what’s poking its head through the soil in my kitchen garden. Sorry, but there won’t be much joy in this post. We’ve just emerged from a hard freeze here in Tucson. Almost a week of overnight lows in the teens…

Photo Essay: On-Again, Off-Again Winter

Winter in southeastern Pennsylvania is one of those trips through months of waist-deep snow and sub-zero temperatures. In some years, you get the full arctic treatment. (Years 1985 and 1986, I’m looking right at you.) Other years? Let’s say that winter is on one day, then off the next. Here’s a nostalgia trip through my…

Photo Essay: Seagull Street Gang

My childhood memories of Philadelphia are not good. In the 1960s and 1970s, the place had a well-earned reputation as a crime-ridden hellhole. For suburban kids like me, Philadelphia was the #1 place to stay out of. And so we did. But, as they say, that was then and this is now. During a late…

Photo Essay: The Rehearsal

In November 2012, I started taking classes at The Studio for Actors. The long-term goal is to create a show about my bicycle travels through all 50 of the United States and living car-free in Tucson. This show will combine storytelling, photos, and live music. While it’s fun to talk about long-term performance goals, there…

Construction Photography: What a Waste

Late last week, I spotted a City of Tucson streets department worker marking the sidewalks outside my house. Being the curious type, I went out to ask him why he was doing such a thing. Answer: The sidewalks that have shifted or buckled need to be replaced. Well, to me such a task spells just…

Event Photography: Rainy Earthworks Workshop

This past Thursday, Tucson was visited by something we hadn’t seen for a while: Rain. Our soggy guest stayed around for the weekend and was most welcome. On Saturday morning, a nearby neighbor hosted a Watershed Management Group (WMG) earthworks workshop during intermittent showers. More than a dozen people turned out, including this couple from…

Website Redesign: Metabolic Profiling

September 2015 update: The website has been redesigned since this post was published. If you’re running a pharmaceutical company, you want to know that the compounds you’re developing are safe for human consumption. If you’re a patient, you want the same assurance. Both of these needs are the concern of Metabolic Profiling Inc., a startup…

Event Photography: Shooting Chickens

Last week, I got a request from Tucson’s Food Conspiracy Co-op: Could I photograph their 5th annual Chicken Coop Tour? Well, sure! I’ve always wanted to shoot a bunch of chickens. What a great way to spend this past Saturday, which happened to be a lovely sunny day here in Tucson. The Chicken Coop Tour…

Travel Photography: Going Back to Bisbee

It’s been almost 18 years since my last trip to the mining camp-turned artists’ colony and tourist destination, Bisbee, Arizona. I’m pleased to announce that I broke my Bisbee fast yesterday. Bisbee is one of those places that’s easy to love — and satirize. Matter of fact, a local bumper sticker describes Bisbee as being…

Photo Essay: Living Off My Land

Yesterday was my eighth house-iversary. Meaning that it’s been eight years since I first became a homeowner. Being in charge of a 56-year-old house that sits on a small plot of land in central Tucson has been quite the learning experience. One of my ongoing areas of study is self-sufficiency. To what extent can I…

Bicycle Photography: El Tour de Tucson 2012

This past Saturday marked the 30th anniversary of El Tour de Tucson. Once again, this event attracted thousands of bicyclists and a a really fast guy beat out the rest. That would be Arizona’s speediest chiropractor, Scottsdale’s Eric Marcotte, who has won the 110-mile race for three years in a row. No Eric pictures here….

Event Photography: Fall 2012 Bicycle Swap Meet

It’s mid-November, the fall rains have returned, but wet weather won’t stop thousands of bicycle enthusiasts from swarming to the intersection of 5th Avenue and 7th Street near Downtown Tucson. What’s the occasion? The Fall 2012 Bicycle Swap Meet. Once again, it lives up to its billing as the shopping place with just about anything…

Nature Photography: Tripping at the Zoo

Just got back from visiting friends in Peoria, Arizona. Another great time with my host, Judy Vorfeld, and her ever-irreverent brother, David Crook. Case in point: We’re at the Wildlife World zoo in Litchfield Park. It’s the 1 p.m. feeding time for the Lory Parrots, and zoo patrons are encouraged to participate. So, David decides…

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