I am starting to see a bit of a trend here. Post some rock climbing photos, then post some animal photos, post climbing, post nature. I’ve never really considered myself a bird photographer, but I have to admit, every now and then, it’s kind of fun. Last weekend was the last weekend of deer season. I sat in a blind, patiently waiting my opportunity. Saw some little guys, but nothing worth taking. Then I started noticing how many birds were flying around, and it was getting close to giving up time anyway, so I decided to grab some shots of what was happening. So on the last day of deer hunting season, this is what I shot. Hopefully next time, I will see Richards bird. Don’t worry, the next post will have some rock climbing photos in it.
My last post, just below this one, was about cows… More so, it was about light, and opportunity, and being in the now and getting the chance because you were prepared/ lucky to be able to seize the moment. When I shared that blog with friends, the consensus feed back from multiple people was pretty much: “Oh…. cool…. so you got anymore climbing pics?” Well here ya go… My last trip to Hueco for New Years, minus some that I am holding onto. Enjoy.
As a photographer, I am definitely an advocate of the saying “always have a camera with you.” Of course now a days it’s easy because everyone carries around a cell phones with a camera. But don’t worry, this isn’t another blog of how someone captured something awesome with their cell phone camera. Don’t get me wrong, those things are great and can be handy in a pinch, but obviously you aren’t going to get get the clarity/ definition/ resolution etc. I don’t always live by the above phrase, but I definitely take it on all road trips and any time I am traveling somewhere. While I am driving, I am always looking for something awesome to photograph (while paying attention to the road of course). The only problem with that is, a lot of times you’ll end up passing an opportunities **queue red tail hawk that swoops down and snatches the bunny rabbit in the field 10 ft away from you** But every now and then something will happen, the light will change, and an opportunity will present itself to where you have to make that decision to stop the car, make a U-turn, get out of the car and take a photo, making sure you avoid 70 mph 18 wheelers, snakes, and fire ants in the tall grass on the roads shoulder. While driving to Houston to visit the fam for Christmas, right around the Golden Hour, the sun broke past a front that had been over our head. The light was beautiful. It’s not something you get to see everyday. The sun lighting up the fields and the dark clouds. But all I see is fields… this is kinda boring. Oh wait, check out those cows up there… That’ll work. I’m turning around.:
Ok. NOW it’s official. I went through my second observation and became a guide for Hueco Tanks. It’s awesome. I feel like a kid in a candy store. So much to see, so much to do, so much more access to the park etc etc. Here are some images from my some of my first tours that I took out back in the beginning of December. Enjoy:
This is my obligatory Ann Raber shoe shot: