Great News!!!

This will be a short post.  I just wanted to share with you the news that my owl on nest photo was published on the front page of the San Angelo Standard-Times, Saturday morning, June 11.  It was a very pleasant surprise.

Great Horned Owl on nest.

Great Horned Owl on nest.

Of course, it is not the first time that I have had my work published.  My work has appeared in several magazines including a cover on the National Wildlife Magazine a few years back.  Recently, a Canadian magazine chose a photo for their cover.  I have also been on the cover of several authored books.  Other publications include Wild West Magazine, Texas Farm and Ranch Magazine, Photographers Forum Magazine, and Texas Heritage Travel Guide.  More info on my published achievements can be found by clicking the “About Me” link at the top of this page, or here.

Anyway, it is always a thrill to see my photographs published in print media.  Thank you for listening to me brag.  I can’t help it. 🙂

Miscellaneous Photos and other Shout-0uts

I’m still browsing through my archives and I have come up with one that is really a self-portrait.  I remembered this image when reading Katies Camera Blog.  She had an amazing dog portrait there.  This is of me many years ago with Spike, my best friend.  Now deceased.  Picture quality not great, but it doesn’t take away the special sense of love I had for him.

"A man and his dog"

And speaking of portraits, check out Photos by Holly.   Her latest post shows that she is really an excellent portrait photographer.  I have been following and admiring her photographic exploits since she first got started, not too long ago.

Lynda, over at her Life-on-the-Farmlet blog commented that she liked that I was pulling my flying hawk images from my archives.  Well, here’s another one for you.

Red-tailed Hawk in flight

I love photographing hawks of all types, and when I can catch one in flight, I am the most happiest.

This photo below was taken several months ago at Spring Creek Park near Lake Nasworthy.  While driving through, Ann and I spotted this young Great Horned Owl in a tree.  I had published one image of the owlet back then, but I found this one that I think is a bit sharper.

Young Great Horned Owl

In yesterday’s post I talked about Luckenbach, Texas.  My good friend Ross McSwain corrected me on one point.  It was really Waylon Jennings, who wrote and sang it, that made the song famous, and by association, the village(?) of Luckenbach.  Of course, Willie Nelson, also helped in the cause as it is one of his favorite songs.

For those who have never been to Luckenbach, it is a tiny place to be sure.  It has the post office/trading post, a dance hall, and a couple of houses, and that’s about it.  It is located about 12 miles southeast of Fredricksburg, Texas.

Ross McSwain, by the way, is a local author, columnist, and a historian, in my view   His Out Yonder columns for the San Angelo Standard-Times are full of stories and facts about west Texas.  I am proud that he chose my photography for the cover of his book,  See No Evil, Speak No Evil.

I hope you enjoyed this post and the pictures.  Click on any of them to see enlargements.

The Day it Finally Rained……….

I stole that title from a head-line in our local newspaper, the San Angelo Standard-Times.

Last night we finally had some thundestorms come dancing through. The weather bureau at the airport recorded .47 inch.  Nearly a half an inch.  Not much, and only a teaser, but we take what we can get.  We now have a total of 3.41 inches for the year.

Here is a recent picture of a Golden-fronted Woodpecker that I thought you may enjoy.  It is one my favorite woodpeckers, because it is so photogenic.  Click image to see an enlargement.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 500mm IS lens with 1.4 tele-converter
  • 1/400 sec. @ f7.1
  • ISO 800
  • Lens focal distance  700mm
  • Metering – center weighted
  • Aperture priority