Nov 222014
Starting Line for 2011 El Tour de Tucson.

Here celebs, athletes, and lovers of cycling get ready to start the 2011 Tour De Tucson, downtown Tucson.

Tucson, AZ — November 22, thousands will flock to downtown for the running of El Tour de Tucson. The race attracts over 9,000 cyclists from novices to professional athletes. The first race starts at 7:00 AM. The races span distances from ¼ mile to 111 miles. The 42-mile route is basically flat and great for the first-times. The longer routes include dry but sandy river crossings. All routes offer aid stations with water and snacks.

Founded in 1983 the goal was to make this bicycling event the nation’s largest for charity-fundraising while educating the community of the benefits of cycling. With a start of 198 riders the first year which raised over $5000 for the Amrican Diabetes Association the race has grown much. In 2010 over $1,600,000 was raised. Tu Nidito Children & Family Services, the American Parkinson Disease Association, Water For People, Ben’s Bells Project, Big Brother Big Sisters of America, Diamond Children’s Medical Center, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are some of the organizations which have benefited from El Tour de Tucson.

The finish is located at Armory Park, 6th Avenue at 13th Street. Immediately following the race is a fiesta!

This year Gabrielle Giffords, former U.S. Representative is scheduled to ride in the event.

Nov 052014

Butterfly Magic can warm a cold Tucsonan.

Butterfly Magic, Tucson, AZ — When the mercury starts to dip the best place to go in Tucson is the Butterfly Magic exhibit at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Here is a “sketched” version of a fine specimen I found.

If you go, I would suggest a macro lens, clothing fit for a warm environment, and a good flash with a way spread out and soften the light. In the old days that would mean rubber-banding a white hanky to my flash. Today I carry on overpriced piece of white plastic that fits perfectly on the end of my flash.

Also patience is needed. This is not a place where you can expect great action shots. This is a place to move slowly and be systematic in your search for fine creatures to photograph.

Also, you might have a problem when you bring your camera in. If you left it in your cold car and then brought it into a humid warm environment you just might have a fogged lens like you have never seen. You could wait for the lens to unfit internally and externally, or you could stick in a little hand warmer in your bag and warm up your camera a little before you arrive. I have never tried this trick but it should work. It was recommended by one of the more than capable volunteers at the exhibit.


SMC Pentax-A 645 45mm ƒ2.8
ISO 400, ƒ4, 1/50

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