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Travel Photography: Visiting the Phoenix Zoo

There’s something about visiting the zoo. You can’t help but wonder who’s being more closely scrutinized, the animals or the humans. Let’s begin our tour at the pelican beauty parlor. Nothing like preening with a whole crowd watching. Not that this pelican cares… If you’re a giant iguana, you can pretty well forget about having…

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…

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: 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,…

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…

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…

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