My Promotion to Freshly Pressed

I would like all to know that the following post, click this link:  Middle Concho Park,   has been selected to Freshly Pressed by

I am honored.  This is the second time since I started blogging that one of my posts has been selected.

Go to to see this and other deserving posts.

The cute Scaled (Blue) Quail

In going through some more images from the past, I remembered these that are from early summer of 2007.  The Scaled Quail (Callipepla squamata), also known as Blue Quail.  A medium-sized, short-tailed quail with a tufted crest.  Feathers have a scaled appearance.  In my opinion, the numbers of them in west Texas are diminishing, as I haven’t seen them as often as I used to.

I have been fortunate to sell one of my photographs to an advertising agency.  Here I have three more images that you may enjoy.  They were taken about four years ago, when I was still using an old Canon EOS 20D, but still had my Canon 100-400mm lens.  I used Partial metering, at Aperture priority on all these images.

Scaled Quail

1/250 sec. @ f8 – ISO 400

Scaled Quail

1/400 sec. @ f5.6 – ISO 200

Scaled Quail

1/640 sec. @ f5.6 – ISO 200

I hope you enjoyed these images.  Click on any of them to see enlarged photos.

My Review of Puffin Pad, Light Weight Camera Rest, an Alternative to the Beanbag

Originally submitted at Adorama

Puffin Pad, Light Weight Camera Rest, an Alternative to the Beanbag

An excellent buy

By Bob Z. from San Angelo, TX on 9/14/2011
5out of 5

Pros: Good Stability, Folds Small, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly

Best Uses: Wildlife, Sports/Action, Landscape/Scenery, Travel

Describe Yourself: Semi-pro Photographer

Was this a gift?: No

I do a lot of bird photography and I find this to be the perfect aid for photographing from my car. I use a 500mm super-tele and it is just like using my tripod. I have also used it on the hood of my car, on picnic tables, and fence posts.  I strongly recommend it.