Friday, November 30, 2012

Need a family portrait? New December Special. Family Portrait sittings $80.00 for up to 10 people. Applies to the Metro Phoenix area only. Special portrait packages available. The more you order the more you save!! Time is running out-appointments are filling fast! Book now! E-mail requests to or use the scheduler on this site. Turn around time approximately 10 days or less. Karen Neuberg Obscure Observations Photography Mesa, AZ

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Did you know that Obscure Observations Photography is a small stock company? It began as a stock company in 2003, featuring primarily landscapes and nature scenes. I expanded into Fine Art with gallery displays and a leasing program. The site features rights managed stock, and a royalty-free section is currently being "built". Those who posed for portraits have provided releases so that if you need a photo of a mother-daughter duo or a teen model or a baby for your newest brochure, there are many selections available. The royalty-free site features many active senior citizens at home, work and play. Check us out. Flower shops & florists will find a variety of beautiful blossoms to enhance any ad. Vets will find a selection of dogs, cats, and other animals that may be hung in the lobby of your service. Hotels, doctor offices and restaurants will find a gorgeous variety of landscapes for purchase or lease. My webmaster and I are working each month to add new and interesting photos to the site, and to increase selections in our royalty-free site. Pricing is reasonable. Current copyright laws and releases apply. Karen Neuberg, Owner/Photographer Obscure Observations Photography
On my website for the month of December I am featuring a new series called Aquatic Finds. During our recent trip to Portland, we stopped at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is huge. The most fascinating finds were jellyfish of all colors, sizes and shapes. I am featuring them this month in our Picture of the Month and the Featured Series. I think you will find them as strangely beautiful as I did. They can be bad news to swimmers in the ocean, however. The best thing is to enjoy them in an aquarium and not be swimming with them. Next month, we will feature more of our Aquatic Finds. Check out the website at to see more jellyfish photos. Peace from the Desert... Karen

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving! Have a blessed day. Enjoy your pumpkin pie, homemade bread and turkey! As my friend said in her blog today: the mantra for the holiday is food, food and more food! Eat hearty! You who watch the parade will have a great time, and footballs fans, well... don't go berserk over a game after eating all that food!! It could be dangerous! Peace from the Desert... Karen
These are the winners for the Upstream People's Gallery exhibition beginning Dec. 1. My thanks to those who chose these for the exhibition. I am proud of these roses taken on my recent trip to Portland - the City of Roses. Peace from the Desert... Karen

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

This was taken along the California coast. It was a foggy, drizzly trip with little or no sunshine. I had hoped for brighter, more colorful pictures. It was a trip I'd always wanted to take, so now can cross it off the bucket list! More pictures later as I work my way through the memory cards. This one was taken on my tablet. Peace from the desert. Karen
Not watching the debate. Work to do. These guys and their constant interruptions and arguments make me TIRED! What good does it do anyway? And the analysts drive me nuts, regurgitating everything said and trying to figure it out. Who asked for their opinion anyway?? Aren't we bright enough to hear and decide on our own?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

This gorgeous blossom was photographed in Portland, OR recently. I took a jaunt up the Pacific Coast Highway and "enjoyed" an immense amount of fog and drizzle. A few clear days here and there enabled me to get some good shots at the Chinese Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Portland Rose Garden. I added some of the roses to the blog on my website at These included the Photo of the Month, and a Featured Series. Please check it out. I will be adding a new feature page of just roses to the website very soon. Plan to check back frequently. Peace from the desert... Karen

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It has been a rainy week here in AZ. But it was needed and we are happy to have it. Some areas really got hit with lots of wind and rain; that is called a microburst for those of you who don't experience AZ weather. An area East of my part of Mesa, closer to Apache Junction, was one of the places hit hard. The streets were quickly flooded and some people were stranded in intersections or crossing low areas. The fire department was very busy pulling people out of the flooded areas, and the electric companies were very busy righting poles and stringing new lines. Yuma, on our western border with California was hit the next day, and experienced a lot of downed poles, broken trees and flooded streets. (The photos shown are from a microburst in my area two years ago, when all the power poles along the canal were toppled onto the homes nearby.) Arizona is not the only place being pounded - Las Vegas got a good drenching and was flooded as well. So goes the monsoon. The weather forecasters say it is about over. We'll see - I believe it got off to a late start and may linger awhile. Wishing you a more peaceful week... Peace from the Desert... Karen

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Welcome to 'almost' September – the weather is still very warm in most parts of the country. I am suggesting getting out and doing things that will keep you cool. Swimming, water parks, carnivals or amusement parks are a few things you can do. With that in mind we are featuring a local train park, the Adobe Mountain Train Park, which will give rides to the public beginning after Labor Day. The entire park and all the trains, tracks, buildings and accessories have been built by a group of men devoted to their hobby. If you live in Arizona, this would be a great way to spend part of your weekend and the breeze riding the moving train would cool you off some. I really enjoyed riding it with my family and friends and took many pictures enroute. Hope you enjoy your September. Peace from the desert… Karen

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I like the fading light in this photo. It was taken at sunset last November in the mountains of Arizona. Just enough light to add some color but still silhouette the tree. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Peace from the desert... Karen

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I’ve been Mariposa hunting; or in French, Papillion hunting. Over the years I have photographed a great number of butterflies and have managed to get some great shots of them. I thought it was about time I shared some. I wear a lot of butterfly jewelry and someone once asked if a butterfly was my totem. I guess it is; to me a butterfly symbolizes freedom, change and beauty. There is a play entitled “Butterflies are Free” and that has always stuck in my mind; but to be free they have to go through one of the most complicated metamorphoses imaginable…spinning that cocoon and changing from that somewhat homely caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly. Their freedom is short-lived for they don’t have a long life span, but they travel far and wide during that time fluttering about, pollinating flowers and bringing beauty to our gardens. They are a curiosity to children, a delight to nature lovers, and it is said if you are “kissed” by a butterfly you will have good luck. A line I have now adopted for my own is “if nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies.” Peace from the desert… Karen

Sunday, July 8, 2012

MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER KAREN NEUBERG has been photographing "obscure Arizona" for several years, along with many other places of interest. Her photography, while sometimes featuring well-known sites, most often leads you to back-country areas beside the still water of woodland creeks, through meadows of desert flowers to magnificent mountains and colossal canyons. Large rock formations and mountains are favorites of Karen's and she has traveled and photographed extensively in the mountains and canyons of Arizona and surrounding states. She is particularly proud of the Antelope Canyon series. She has also traveled across the U.S. and features some of her photography from those travels. She was one of few who were allowed to photograph Kartchner Caverns a few years ago during a special photographers' tour promoted by the Diamondback Foundation and the Arizona State Parks Department. Karen's photography has been exhibited at the Arizona State Senate and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. There is a permanent display at the Arizona County Supervisors Association. She has exhibited at the Art on Boston Gallery in Chandler, AZ and has exhibited in three online galleries: The Saatchi Gallery in London, England; the Upstream Peoples Gallery, Omaha, NE; and in the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO. Karen offers her photography as stock photography for all publishing entities, both rights managed and royalty free. In addition to her nature photography, she features cityscapes, waterscapes, animals and people of all ages. Visit the new royalty free site. Karen is readily available to shoot your birthday parties, graduations, corporate events, and offers portraiture (both outdoor, natural-lighting and formal). Call now to book your next event. You may contact Karen at or (602) 558-5503.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


June is circus time in Arizona so rather than fireworks I thought I'd do a circus theme. I love the pageantry, the elephants and the high wire acts. I had a lot of fun putting motion into these photos. Being the purist I am, they were shot at high speed originally and showed little blur even though the characters were in motion. I enjoyed seeing what I could do with them! Let me know what you think... blurry or non-blurry??? The elephant was not meant to be blurred. Enjoy your summer!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Please be very careful this 4th of July with fireworks or any incendiary things.  The Western US is burning like crazy.  We don't need any more to start.  Take it easy and be safe.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Shot a great 50th anniversary/renewal of vows ceremony on June 16th.  What a great group of people to work with.  All the adult children and grandchildren were wonderful to work with.  Makes this kind of work worth doing!! 

Keep up in mind for your small wedding or anniversary celebrations.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Thinking back over the photographs I have featured over the last five years, it occurred to me that I have never featured the Grand Canyon. I wondered why? I have photographed it a few times and actually liked many of the photos I took; I made it into an exclusive series; but I have never featured it on the website. Perhaps because there are so many photographs of the Grand Canyon; perhaps because every photographer, from amateur to professional, has photographed it and shown off their photographs. Perhaps it was in keeping with my tagline "We Don't offer the Obvious" and after all, the company name is Obscure Observations. However, no matter how many times you see it, or how many times you see photographs of it, it is never the same. The shadows are always changing, highlighting different places on the deep formations; the sunrise is never the same, again highlighting different places on the formations. The same is true of sunset. There is that moment at sunrise or sunset when the world is blue; and you have to be there to capture it. These are the moments that bring us back to the Grand Canyon, again and again. Its fascinating lighting, the shadows; its coloration, the many hues of red sandstone; its fascinating sculptured rock formed by the great waterway many miles below, the Colorado River. So visit it often and resound its glory. I for one will never tire of seeing it. I hope you feel the same.

Peace from the desert . . . Karen

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A fellow photographer, Janice Sullivan, has had one of her photos used on the June cover of Outdoor Photography.  I would like to extend my congratulations to her!!  Celebrate Janice at SJP @sullivanjphotog for the June cover on OPMag/ @outdoorphotomag win a $20 gift card/ @amazon at

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Peace from the desert...  Karen

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Greetings! A brilliant yellow desert marigold brightened my path and I just had to take its picture. Here it is for you to enjoy as well. I'm experimenting with the background, so let me know what you think. All feedback is appreciated. Peace from the desert... Karen

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Sorry I just discovered that the link goes to the private quarters of Photospecifier, and not to a point where you can open the photo. I have posted the photo on this blog. You can go to and search for me by name..Karen Neuberg. I have several galleries featured. The latest, to which I am still adding, is Colorful Close-ups. Visit me there... Peace from the Desert... Karen

A Very Yellow Rose

Hello! It has been awhile since I have had a moment to write.  Among thing I have been doing are adding to my gallery on Photospecifier, a place to connect with Interior Designers and other artists to beautify offices and public buildings.  Please click on the link below to see one of my roses featured in my latest gallery. 

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Peace from the desert... Karen

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hello! Geee! March is winding down, and it seems like I just wondered where February went. It has been a busy month. Great photo shoot the other day; clients now looking at proofs to choose. Now that the proofs are done, I thought I'd play with some of my floral images. The ones attached are of the same bromeliad; one with glowing edges and the other with the neon glow treatment. Hope you enjoy them. Enjoy Spring now that it has sprung, and stop and smell the flowers.

Peace from the desert... Karen

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Blog and Thumbtack

Hi everyone! Just thought I'd let you know that I have signed up to use Thumbtack as a lead service. Look me up on there for any needed services - such as portraits, weddings, Quincenera, Bar Mitzvah, any family gathering or milestone event.

Hope to hear from you soon. Portrait, Event & Stock Photography

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March is fleeting

If you like clouds and storms or are a weather-follower, you will like this photo. It is from this past monsoon season, and I thought it was a fantastic stormy sunset.I love the sun here in Arizona, but every now and then you just need to see a great storm. We have some gorgeous sunsets here in AZ, the stormy ones, or those with clouds are the best.

March is fleeting, and my writing is lagging. It has been such a busy and diverse month. No excuses, just no time. Please continue to check back, and read my blogs from time-to-time.

Peace from the desert... Karen

Thursday, March 1, 2012

As Walls Go

You may not like walls as much as I do, but they have personality. I’m speaking of old walls here, not these new ones that surround the yards in every neighborhood and make you feel imprisoned. Old walls have character: blotches of old mortar, cracks through which vines or other foliage grow, or evidence of an old advertisement painted on it eons ago. They display something of the past, a history of the area, or time-forgotten items that were sold in the local apothecary. Old walls are mostly of brick – red, deeper reds, some pinkish in tone, but symmetrically equal and consistent in size.
The walls may lean a little now, but as we grow older so do we. Old walls feature gardens in front of them; an occasional bench where one can muse the character of that wall, or perhaps they show evidence that another building existed in that space at one time. They make you wonder just what that building could have been.

This paragraph is part of the Orations on my website for the month of March. To get a description of the picture shown here and see others in my new "As Walls Go" series, please visit

Peace from the desert... Karen

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! Photo taken in Scottsdale's Civic Plaza. Hope it was a great day and evening for all you lovebirds out there.
Happy Statehood Day and Happy Centennial Arizona! 100 years of existence! May the next 100 years be more profitable and less troubling for the State. 'Twas a cold, cloudy and somewhat rainy day to celebrate, but looks as though it was done before the rain.

Peace from the desert... Karen

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Obscure Observations

Obscure Observations

January's Gone!

Where did January go? I suddenly realized I hadn't posted anything since the first of the month! And now February is here!! This photo was published on my website ( a featured photo for February. I thought I'd share it here as well. In late January, we took a quiet back-road trip between the lakes and I loved this one of Apache Lake. The day was a little gloomy, but the sun came out enough to highlight the rocks and give me this shot. Arizona winter at its best.

Peace from the desert... Karen

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a great year in 2012. Hope all your dreams come true, your finances be on the upswing, your health excellent, and your blessings bountiful. May your friends be true with helping hands.

The above picture is from poppies in my front yard last year. They are through the ground and reaching 4" tall right now... This year's crop promises to be even bigger and hopefully as colorful as the last two.

Peace from the Desert... Karen