Total Lunar Eclipse

As many of you know, last night was a total lunar eclipse easily visible in North America. I decided to capture the progression of the eclipse so I went out into the dark desert at 10:30 pm and set up my camera. The full moon started out so bright I hardly needed a flashlight to walk around all the cactus and take several photos. As the eclipse progressed, the night became pitch black. During that almost complete darkness the stars looked brighter than I have ever seen them and star-gazing in Arizona is an incomparable experience. However, the pitch black night did have some drawbacks. I was sitting amongst all the prickly cactus, wild animals and I am sure a few snakes with only a flashlight . When a coyote ran very close by me, I almost called it quits. However, with the moon beginning to glow a blood red, I knew I couldn’t pack up quite yet. Below are some of the images from that night.Lunar eclipse in the Tucson Desert

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Family Portraits at Catalina State Park

A couple weekends ago, I went with a family to Catalina State Park in North Tucson to do their portraits. The weather was beautiful and the family was great to work with. The children loved getting their pictures taken and were excited to be hiking all over the park. We hiked up a trail that followed the ridge of a mountain. There were spectacular views and great desert scenery. Cagle1Cagle2Cagle3

Oro Valley Family Portraits

Last weekend I photographed a family at a hiking park in Oro Valley. The light was beautiful just before sunset and I couldn’t have asked for better scenery. The family was a lot of fun and we had a great time walking the trails and capturing great images. Family Portraits in Oro ValleyFamily Portraits in Oro Valley Family Portraits in Oro Valley Family Portraits in Oro Valley

Catalina State Park Hike

With the recent snow on the ground, I decided to go hiking at Catalina State Park in Tucson, AZ. The park has beautiful scenery and trails into the mountains. The streams were running and all the saguaros were covered in snow. I took my parent’s dog Caesar for company and I think he had as good a time as I did.

Saguaros and Pusch Ridge Mountains Cactus in Winter Desert Landscape Winter Desert Landscape

Snow in the Desert

As most of you know, Tucson and Phoenix received a few inches of snow on Wednesday. It is  rare to see snow in the lower elevations of Arizona. Thank goodness I hadn’t packed away my snow clothes from Boston. As the snow fell, I went out into the backyard with my camera and dogs to take some photographs. It was so quiet and beautiful.

Backyard Tucson Snow Cactus in Snow Snow in the Desert Saguaro with Snow Dogs in Snow Saguaro in Winter Snow My Snowy Backyard Snowy Sunset

Maternity Photoshoot For My Sister

My sister Shandra and her husband Michael are almost six months pregnant with their first child. It is a very exciting time for all of us, but I am especially looking forward to being an aunt. As I am hosting her baby shower this April (April Showers), I wanted to take some photos for the invites, but also for sentimental reasons. We are having the shower in Tucson, AZ so I wanted to incorporate the desert landscape and also my sister loves the desert. Here are some of my favorites.Maternity Ddesert

umbrella in the desert Maternity photos Umbrella maternity photos My sisters maternity photos Maternity photo with desert theme

Desert Landscapes

On a trip back home to Tucson, I was able to take some desert landscapes of my backyard. Sunsets are amazing in Arizona every single night, but they are always unique. I also did a light painting of a saguaro one night with the full moon in the background.

Saguaro and moon

Saguaro and full moon

Colorful Desert Landscape

Tucson HDR landscape

Tucson Desert and Sunset

An HDR desert photograph

Arizona Sunset

A sunset with Saguaros

Desert Orange

A desert sky with oranges and blues