Arizona

Photography Workshop: Downtown Tucson

This past Saturday, a handful of photographers met outside of the Downtown Main Library. We’re all members of the Tucson Photography Meetup group, and we’re always up for a chance to improve our skills. Our instructor was Roger D., who gave us a series of assignments to tackle. These included three studies in motion: Freezing…

Event Photography: Fall 2008 Bicycle Swap Meet

This past Saturday, thousands of bicyclists converged on Fourth Avenue near Downtown Tucson. While many of the two-wheeled legions rode to the semi-annual Bicycle Swap Meet, there was more looking than riding. With so many people gathered in one place, it was hard to get more than a couple of pedal strokes in. Besides, there…

Construction Photography: Water Harvesting for Commercial Properties

Last month, Tucson became the first American city to require water harvesting for new commercial developments. The new city ordinance requires new developments to meet 50 percent of their landscaping water budget with water that falls on the property. To show how the ordinance will work, the Ward One City Council Office is creating a…

Event Photography: All Souls Procession ‘08

Tucson’s dearly departed got a unique tribute during the 19th Annual All Souls Procession. This one-of-a-kind parade started shortly after sunset this past Sunday. Marchers gathered at 4th Avenue and University Boulevard, then wended their way Downtown for a grand finale at the Franklin Street Docks. I divided my time between being an observer/photographer and…

Event Photography: Living La Vida Verde

This past Saturday, Tucsonans held a huge party for the earth. Thousands came to Downtown to celebrate La Vida Verde. The festivities included tasty solar-cooked meals like this stew… Our furred and feathered friends also got into the act. Meet Hopi, the career-changing Harris Hawk… Hopi is a two-year-old male that came into the Forever…

Event Photography: National Park(ing) Day

Today is National Park(ing) Day in Tucson and other cities. It’s an an opportunity to celebrate parks in cities and promote the need for more parks by creating temporary public parks in public parking spaces. Tucson’s insta-parks were created by a wide variety of public and private entities. City High School set up an outdoor…

Event Photography: The Solar Society

Here in Tucson, we have an ample supply of sunshine. Which means that we can harness that natural energy and put it to good use. I’m part of a small group called The Solar Society. It’s made up of people who want to develop and build devices that use solar power for home use. Examples…

Nature Photography: Rain, Rain, and More Rain

This just in: The Arizona Daily Star says, “The three-month period from June through August tied for the 16th-warmest and was the 40th-wettest summer on record.” The Star also notes a summer rainfall of 5.28 inches, which is 0.67 of an inch above normal. The Star is reporting the rainfall measured at the Tucson International…

Event Photography: Wheelchair Basketball

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Tucson Lobos have basketball practice at the Northwest Center. The Tucson Lobos are Tucson’s only community-based wheelchair basketball program. They strongly believe that if you use a wheelchair, or if you’re missing a limb, you can still play sports. The Lobos play against teams in the western U.S. and northern…

Event Photography: National Night Out 2008

This past Tuesday, communities all over the United States gathered for National Night Out Against Crime and Drugs. Tucson’s festivities included a get-together at the Northwest Center in Mansfield Park. Severe thunderstorms kept attendance below the usual triple digits. They also forced the cancellation of several other NNO events. Weather notwithstanding, we enjoyed some high-quality…

Construction Photography: Yard Makeover

This past Saturday, the Watershed Management Group helped me get my yard into better shape. Permit me to explain… After I moved in here, I set about the task of planting a xeriscape so I wouldn’t spend a fortune on water bills. In addition to planting low-water use plants, I tried to contour the property…

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