Thursday, April 16, 2009


As I was driving out of Palo Duro Canyon I looked left and saw the black stripe which turned out to be an eroded cave - mini slot canyon - in the cliff wall. Nice colors which were going away fast. Simple shot with the 100-400L IS braced on the window of the car, engine off of course. Ever wonder why the kids didn't like going on trips with me? Dad! Can we get going now???

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

More Bluebonnets????

This trip to/through Texas was a different route and either the bluebonnets were at their peak or at least they were along this roadway. I had to stop again and shoot a few images.  I used my 100-400L IS lens and a Kenko extension tube.  Nice combination for close up work.

Cool Shadows

During my short hike last evening along the stream in Palo Duro Canyon I came upon the neat shadows in this scene and took a few images; experimenting with the angle and the exposure to get what I liked. This was my favorite from the shoot.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Texas Turkey

Made a sales call in western Kansas today then headed south thru the Oklahoma panhandle and into the Texas panhandle. Stopped at Canyon for the night and took a drive out to Palo Duro Canyon for a hike. Naturally I had the camera gear along and happened onto a tom turkey with three hens. They were about 100 yards away on the same trail but coming towards me slowly. I picked a nice secluded spot off the trail and waited. With two other toms clucking away behind me, this foursome was headed right to me to run them off. I was losing light but didn't want to move at all. Wind was in my favor. They advanced fairly close and in fact one of the hens came close enough to almost knock off with a rock. The tom got irritated with me and the other toms when he finally saw me sitting there with one of his hens so close. It was nice to be out of the car and walking but this was a real bonus!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Finally made it to Ziggy's place in Texas! With all the trips to Texas none have been close. This time was different. I came within about 10 miles so I had to go and shoot a bird or two with Ziggy in his front yard. Nice layout! Plenty of room for two shooters and the snag was hollowed out with bird seed inside.

Texas Bluebonnets

Saw a large patch of flowers along a roadside in Texas on Tuesday so I stopped and took a few minutes to take a few photos.