This is my 1,000th post since I started this blog back on September 11, 2009. My wife, Ann and my dear friend and fellow photographer, Deb, (her website) both talked me into writing articles about photography and the great hobby of birding. I had no writing experience of this nature and I was a little apprehensive. However, after I got started, I discovered I could just type away and let my thoughts flow.
Looking back, though, I wonder how in the world was I ever able to think of a different subject 1,000 times. But, as you have known, I have come up with some catchy titles. Some very easy, some with a little tongue-in-cheek humor. Ann accuses me of having a weird sense of humor. If you don’t catch my puns the first time, well, I am sorry. 🙂 I do have one reader, Beth, from Winters, Texas that catches them all, and gets a chuckle out of all of them.
During the ten years duration of this blog, so far, I have went through about three different cameras and more lenses than I can count. Well, that is an exaggeration but you get the picture. (pun intended). I love getting into new equipment. I can also look back and see how my photography and photo editing has greatly improved over the time.
I have always tried to include photographs in each of my posts. This article will be no different. I think I will celebrate this fine occasion with a few of my best.
This bobcat has to rank up with one of my favorites. I shoot a lot of wildlife; mostly birds, but I can’t resist photographing an animal as beautiful as this. Especially when one gives me such a great opportunity as this. We were outside of Middle Concho Park here in San Angelo, when he strolled through the brush and sat down and gave me a staring look. And great poses. As most of you know, I shoot from my mobile photo blind, i.e. my Ford Escape. It enables me to get closer than I would if I was on foot.
One of my favorite haunts to do landscape photography is Big Bend National Park. It is a spectacular, magical place. Desert scenes, mountains, canyons to many to count. All of which was created by something akin to the ‘big bang’. This photo shows some of remnants of a long-time ago volcanic episode. I guess the photo shows some of my Ansel Adams influence. The boulders strewn among mountains of ash.
Also in Big Bend National Park, we were heading west towards Santa Elena Canyon, when I looked through my rear-view mirror. As the sun was setting in the west, of course, it was reflecting back towards Mule Ears peak. I stopped the car and took this show. Never forget to look behind and see what you might have missed.
Of course, this photo has to be one of my most interesting and challenging experience. We were with friend out near Lake Nasworthy dam, and some herons and other birds were grazing in some rocky pools near the foot of the dam. I observed this guy doing a little fishing. I watched him for a while as he would dive his head quickly and come up with a fish. I put my camera and long lens on a tripod from about 75 feet away. With the camera set on high-speed shutter, when he started to dip his head I pressed and held the shutter at about 20 frames per second, through his process. This is my lucky result, as he quickly shifted the fish so he could swallow it head-first.
When photographing birds, nothing is more exciting that shooting the raptors. The Red-tailed Hawk ranks as one of my favorites. We were traveling north towards Ballinger, Texas one day when this creature rose from the grass on the left side of the road. I had my camera on my lap. I quickly drove right onto the shoulder, and grabbed it in time to catch the action as it flew by.
From the big to the little. Photographing the tiny birds presents an exciting challenge. Especially the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. To me probably the fastest, quickest of them all. Always on the move, flitting through the sometimes dense brush. By the time, you think you have a shot, he disappears from the viewfinder, and he is on another branch or twig. But perseverance pays off. The red crown sometimes shows up on the crown making the result more exciting.
Well, I think that wraps up this latest, but not my final post. I will continue on and see how far this journey takes me. So stay tuned for my 1,001th entry in a few days.
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