Monday, April 23, 2012


"If you don't leave a comment - I don't know you were even here."

Frank - my friend and "student" and I traveled to the top of Mt. Lemmon on Saturday (several times as I forgot some crucial pieces of hardware) with a mission to photograph the Lyrid Meteor Shower. The shower is typically not a very "rich" shower - producing on average 15- 20 meteors per hour. Hardly worth staying up for. But the conditions here in Tucson were ideal - clear skies, warm (relatively for a site that is at 9,500 ft), and no moon.

I was suffering from severe CRS (Can't Remember S&*t) and forgot some mounting plates to mount the cameras to the tripod and GEM mount. Frank had to drive me back down the mountain where we met my wife and daughter who kindly agreed to meet us half way with the hardware needed. Feeling particularly exhausted due the chemo I was on - Frank helped me setup and calibrate the mount and cameras. I started the 5 hours worth of exposures at 9:30pm and went to bed - waking at 5:00am to shutdown the cameras and put them away out of the impending sunlight. My thanks goes out to Frank - a good friend and good sport.

Below are images from the two cameras of the shower a combination of the frames that showed meteors over the cameras 6 hours of integration - 30 second exposures at ISO 6400 and wide open F/2.8 and F3.5 lenses. Very few meteors were caught as apparently the shower had peaked at 5 pm local time - while it was still light out in Tucson.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


On Friday April 6th, 2012 the Arizona Illustrated crew from PBS was out to do a story on the Raptor Free Flight program at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Frank and I were fortunate enough to be in the crowd for the "show". They setup cameras in the desert, in the trees and in the crowd to capture every aspect of the event. Here are a few images of the crew at work. Click on the pictures for a slideshow and larger view.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Day at the Museum II

A photo essay of a a day at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Click on the pictures for a slideshow and larger view! Enjoy.

I'm pretty sure that the rattlesnake is my power animal. Last fall I stepped on one by accident outside my front door and it didn't bite me. Seen here this guy crawled right up to me while I was waiting in line for the free flight program. We exchanged a few acknowledging looks and he moved silently off into the desert.