Show Results are in…..and the winner is…..

I participated in the annual “Anything Goes, Almost” art show competition put on by the San Angelo Art Club.  I had entered two photographs, but because I have been under the weather for the past several days, I was unable to attend the opening reception and judging.

I did get a phone call this morning from one of the club members, and she told me that one of my images, “Winter Wren”, had won third place in the photography category.  So I will be getting a cash award and a ribbon.  I was hoping for a first place, but of course, it always is up to the judges.  Besides, I haven’t been to the gallery to see the photographs that beat me out.

The second piece that I had entered and was my personal favorite, “Hawk in Tree”, apparently failed to place.  I will show both of them to you, and you can see what I entered.   The frames pictured here are digital, and not the real frames that are hanging in the gallery.

"Winter Wren" - third place

"Hawk in Tree"

So back to the cameras and I will see what I can do about improving my place at the next show.  As a side note, I might mention that I entered one of my water lily photos in this same show about three years ago.  I did win first place in that competition.  That same image won 4th place color against 27,500 other color entries in a contest sponsored by Canon and Photographers Forum magazine.  Fourth place doesn’t sound like much, but since it was 4th in about 27,500 entries, I was rather pleased.  There were no sub-categories in that competition.  Just simply color or black-and-white.

Win or lose, I really enjoy entering competitions.  I think that over the years I have won four first place, six second place, and more thirds than I care to admit to.  Also there were several, honorable mentions, but that’s like being kissed by your cousin. 🙂

Of course, there also is the chance one the above will sell at the show, as they will be hanging at the gallery through April 30.

Finally, some Vermilion Flycatcher images

Where did summer go.  Yesterday morning the temperature here in San Angelo got down to 38 degrees.  It was been cold all day.  Had to turn the heat back on.  What the heck is going on?  But, as we say out here in west Texas, just hang around and things will change.  The forecast for the coming weekend is the mid nineties.

The title of this post reflects the frustrations that I have had the past three years in trying to photograph those tiny creatures.  I have seen them before, don’t get me wrong, but I have never been able to get my lens locked on to them for a good picture.  But that changed last week on our trip to the Big Bend National Park.

The two following photos are the results of that endeavor.  The Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) in the top picture is the male.  The second one is the female.  Both are tiny, shy birds.  They are possibly relatives of the phoebes.  These images were captured at Rio Grande Village Campground in the park.  I mounted my Canon 7D on a tripod with my 500mm and 1.4 teleconverter.  Standing under some trees I had a good view of the birds flitting around.

Vermilion Flycatcher - male

Vermilion Flycatcher - female

In other news, I decided to enter an art show put on by the San Angelo Art Club.  Their club consists mostly of paint artists, but twice a year they have an “Anything Goes, Almost” show and artists of all mediums are invited to enter.  They have a competition and give out cash prizes and ribbons for each medium.  Maybe I can get lucky.  I dropped off two of my latest creations this morning.  If I do win anything, you will be among the first to know.

So, I bid you adios from this post.  Click on the images to see enlargements.