Do You Know This Lady?? The mystery of the 1961 Yalova girl….


I am getting away from my usual subjects of nature and wildlife, to ask all of my readers in 168 countries, “Do you recognize this lady?”

Yalova Mystery Girl

It all started yesterday, when I received this sketch from one of my readers, Audra Yocum of Coweta, Oklahoma.  She was browsing a thrift store when she came across the picture.  She loves black and white pictures and decided to purchase it.  As a reader of my blog, she found a resemblance to a caricature of me that you can find in chapter 4 of my Yakkety-Sax Man page.  It tells of my musical experiences in Turkey.  She wanted to ask me if I recognized the lady.  Click HERE to read it.  Here is that sketch.

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Both caricatures were made at the same event.  I know.  I was there.  It was an event at the NCO club at Karamursel Air Force Base, about ten miles from Yalova, Turkey, which in turn, was about 60 miles west of Istanbul.  The event was a dance, and a troupe of performers from the USO had arrived to entertain.  Among them was a caricaturist that was making sketches of anyone in attendance that wanted one.  I have long forgotten his name.  That was 56 years ago.  Here is a close-up of his signature.

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I would like to believe that the lady pictured was a lady that was enjoying my saxophone music.  She is wearing her dancing shoes.  If she is alive, I would imagine that she is probably in 70s or 80s by now.

Anyway, the coincidence is so amazing.  I appreciate Audra letting me use her photo for this post.  She, like me, is interested in knowing who the lady is.  I didn’t recognize her as anyone I knew personally after all of these years.  She was probably a military wife, or girl friend.  Definitely not a child, as there were no children in attendance.

It will be interesting to see if anyone does happen to recognize her.

So, I hope you enjoyed this post, and are intrigued by the mystery.  I will get back to my regular programming soon. 🙂

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Bob and Ann’s Great Adventure at San Angelo State Park


Ann and I are retired, as you all know.  Ann, after 38 years as office manager for the local Coca-cola Bottling Company;  me after two tours with the U.S. Air Force and several years as a self-employed business man.  Once, an owner of a lawn and landscape company and twelve years as a contractor for the San Angelo Standard-Times.  Now, even though I am retired, I am still a successful wildlife photographer, being published in several national publications.  But you can read more about my other shenanagans by clicking on many of the buttons at the top of this blog.

Now you may be wondering what we do with all of this time on our hands.  Ann is 78 years of age and I have just turned 83.  As you know we both have a love of wildlife, specifically birds at the present time.  So, since we live only three miles from San Angelo State Park, that is where we spend much of our time.

Our daily routine goes something like this.  I am usually the first to awake, around 6:00AM.  I get the coffee pot going, turn on the news to Fox and Friends, and check my iPad to see who is beating me at Words with Friends.  By 7:00, I have usually disturbed Ann enough that she awakens and joins me for another cup of coffee.

We discuss our plans for the day.  That usually includes discussing a birding trip, usually to the state park. So we decide to put off any chores that should be done around the house.  It can always be done the next day.  We get dressed, load up my cameras and assorted equipment.  She gets snacks and her bird listing note-book.  We head to Rosa’s Mexican Cafe for a breakfast burrito and taco to go.

We have an annual pass so it is economical to spend time at the state park, and we also have access to the gate combination in case we get there early.  After going through the gate, we head for one of the two boat ramps that are accessible to O. C. Fisher Lake.  There are about a dozen more ramps to the lake, but because of the extreme low level of the lake, they are about 500 yards or more from the water.  We like to park and watch for waterfowl while eating our breakfast.  We can usually get to see Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, American Coots, Great Egrets and assorted sandpipers and small sparrows.  One particular day, we were out of the car as I was trying to photograph some American White Pelicans.  Ann was a couple of feet behind me.  A Bobcat rushed through, chasing a rabbit, and almost knocked Ann off of her feet.

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Great Egret

When we have finished eating, we start our drive through the park, driving slowly at about 5 MPH.  This particular morning we decide to head for the Isabel Harte mulit-use area.  Trails, picnic tables, etc.   Taking some back roads to get there we can sometime see hawks, owls and other small birds.  One particular area we slow almost to a stop and look carefully for Verdins or Yellow-breasted Chats that have been seen.  We are always looking for that next surprise.

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Great Horned Owl

Once at the Isabel Harte area, we head for a favorite spot for warblers and other tiny birds.  It is basically just a large shrubby area.  We park so we have a good view.  With patience we can see and photographer, Orange-crowned Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Blue-gray Gnatchers, etc.  It is always great fun to try to photography these flighty tiny birds.

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Orange-crowned Warbler

After spending some time there, we reverse ourselves and head back for the other side of that area of the park.  On the way we may see Bobwhites and Greater Roadrunners.

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Greater Roadrunner

Numerous Loggerhead Shrikes.

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Loggerhead Shrike

Eventually we reach the other usuable boat ramp that I mentioned earlier.  From there we can sight American Pelicans far out on the lake.  Also there are  more coots, Ring-billed Gulls and Red-winged Blackbirds.  On occasion we have seen Peregrine Falcons streaking across the lake.  About ten years ago when there was more water in the lake, three Roseate Spoonbills arrived and spent a week.  A  rarity, as they are usually found near the gulf coast.  But that is the fun of birding.  You just never know when you might get a nice surprise show up in front of you.

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Belted Kingfisher

Our drives through the park usually take about three hours, depending on how much time I spend getting (or not getting) photographs.  We stop at the blind sometimes if there we are not too tired, but we actually have much more fun and and success just on our drives.  We then head for the house, where I download the morning’s images for editing and Ann brings her monthly listings up to date.  Then, how about a little nap. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this little narrative about a day in our lives.  Feel free to comment.  Please. 🙂  We like to hear from you.

Back in San Angelo


They say that it is fun to get away, but always nice to come home again.  Well said.  But…….I am ready to get away again.  I confess, I love traveling all over this great state of Texas, albeit most of my destinations are in the western part of the state.  Uvalde sounds like a likely stop for us in the near future.  We will see, so stay tuned.

I might add that I erred in my last post when I said we were in Jefferson Davis County.  Actually, the name is Jeff Davis County.  It was named after, but shortened, for Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865

After spending several days, sorting and tossing over 1,000 images from our Davis Mountains trip, we finally got away Wednesday morning.  We headed for San Angelo State Park, one of our favorite birding venues.  Here are a few images from there.

I don’t usually take time to notice doves as they are so plentiful I take them for granted, but for some reason or other, I saw this Mourning Dove in the early morning sun, and decided to take a shot.

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Mourning Dove

Driving along another of the many roads that wind through the park, we saw a Cooper’s Hawk land in a tree.  I stopped the car, stepped out and set my camera on the roof of the car.  We were about 80 yards away, but I didn’t want to try to get closer, not wanting to spook hime to fly.

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Cooper’s Hawk

A few minutes later, he did decide to fly.  We watched and saw him land out to our left, in another tree.  This time, he was facing away from me.  I was still able to reach him with my 150-600mm lens.

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Cooper’s Hawk.

There weren’t too many photo ops, even though we saw many species.  Here is a Lark Sparrow, trying to hide in a bush.

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Lark Sparrow

We decided to head for home after that as the temps were starting to rise.  But we were surprised before we got out the gate.  Crossing the road in front of us was this Porcupine.

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Porcupine

That’s all for this post.  Catch me in another few days. 🙂

Happy Birding!!

2018 Calendars on the way.


2018 Calendar

Just a brief post to let you folks know that my beautiful 2018 Texas Tweeties Calendar has been ordered.  It will be here in around August 1.  If you are interested in one contact me  They have proved to be very popular in past years so it would behoove you to get yours as soon as possible.  Just contact me at bobzeller@pobox.com.  They are 22.95 plus 7.00 shipping.  Not a bad price for 12 of my photographs. 🙂

Thank you, and Happy Birding!!

Catching up again.


Well, here it is the fifth of June already.  My sale on Saturday went pretty well.  I sold many photographs, but I still have many left.  I am talking about my excess of framed photos that were taking up space in my storage area.  But I met and made new friends, some that had been unaware of my work.  Also, I have found that I have many more new readers that have logged onto this blog.  I welcome you.

For you newbies that are reading this, at the top of the page you can see several buttons that link articles about me and my various adventures.  Check them out.  I think you will enjoy them.  I wrote them all, and I am impressed, too.  I have some new photos to share here today, and I hope they impress you as well.  Click one any of them to see some beautiful enlargements.

My favorite bird to watch for in the spring, the Painted Bunting.  One of the most beautiful birds in the state of Texas, and one of the most sought out by birders and bird photographers.  I think this is one of my best of that specie.  But I often say that every time I photograph one.  I am always happy when they make their spring arrival.

Painted Bunting

The Blue Grosbeak is one that I always anxious to see each year.

Blue Grosbeak

This Yellow Warbler flew into our bird blind at San Angelo State Park.  The first of the year for me.

Yellow Warbler

The Golden-fronted Woodpecker is the predominant woodpecker in the San Angelo area.  I am always impressed with the brilliant coloring of the male.  The female is absent of the little red crown.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

This Great-crested Flycatcher is the first one that I had ever seen close enough to photograph.  They are rare in this area, but they can be found with careful searching.  It easy to confuse them with Ash-throated Flycatcher that are plentiful here.

Great-crested Flycatcher

So that is all for this writing.  Of course, I will be hitting the field again the next several days, in my never-ending quest for more photographs.  So watch for another post in a few days.

In the meantime, I have prints available for all of the images you see on this blog.  If you are interested, just contact me at bobzeller@pobox.com.  If you are one of my bird coffee mug collectors, click here to see what I have added.  Just click the one you like and purchase information will appear.

’til the next time, Happy Birding!!

 

 

 

Great opportunity, to obtain my work.


I have a great opportunity for you readers that live locally, or within driving distance of San Angelo.  Let me explain.

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As many of you may know, I used to travel extensively in west Texas, doing art shows, etc.  I had a trailer that I hauled my framed prints, back-drops, tables, etc.  But as I aged, I quit doing those trips several years ago.  All of those framed prints sat in storage since then, as I had no outlet for them.  Now I am going to do the unthinkable.  I am going to sell all of them, approximately 75 in all, at my cost of the frames, glass, mats, etc.  In other words, from 25.00 to 35.00 each, on average.  They all retailed from 90.00 to 150.00 and more.

I also will have my regular un-framed prints on sale, too.  Regular price 30.00, marked down to 25.00 for this event.

This sale will happen in my front yard at 4401 White Ash Ln., San Angelo.  Saturday morning, June 3, from 8:00 until noon.

I hope to see some of you here.  For more info you can contact me at 325-656-6241 or e-mail at bobzeller@pobox.com.

If you are wondering, I am not retiring from photography or blogging.  I just will not keep any stock of framed photographs on hand.