Day 13, today 02/25/17, was “ruff”. I heard the coyote about 8:30am but the winds were so bad they didn’t wanna come out of hiding. Really, it was a great morning when I got there at 6am. Was a little delayed cause I drove up to find the gate entry post damaged, had to figure out a way to get on to the property. It was cold, at 46Â° and calm, not too bad at that hour, come 7:45am though someone turned on the fan, cause the winds were kickin’!!! Very uncomfortable when out in an camo blind being pelted from all angles. I was at the Center Trap and very little shielding around me. I decided to call it at 9:00am and made my way out. But as you can see by the flag, the winds were higher than the 13mph posted on the NWS page. Better luck next time. Love a good sunrise, and today was fabulous again!!!
Today was enlightening and “painful” in a few ways. LOL … a city girl I am, trying to be a Texas “brush girl” is a bit hard. Caught the tip of my finger in a limb cutter aka lopper. Almost took it off, but it only hurt once, as my brother Rick would say. Anyways, I found where the “pack” is, so hoping for better luck tomorrow. We will see. Here is a “bad” photo of the 3 I saw today. It was from far off and through huisache, can’t use it, but I can share it here. They knew I was there. I was up wind, unfortunately. Trying again tomorrow for Day 13!!! sgs
I was at the ranch by 6am and set up by 6:15am, it was dark and foggy, but I waited, and I waited, and I waited. Long wait!!! The sun was directly in front of me, but it was behind the fog and clouds. Made for a very interesting morning. I heard the cattle in the field to the southwest of me and as they were coming into the Center Trap, they saw a âstrange thingâ in their field. Scared them, again!!! LOL!! Anyways, sometimes itâs hard getting up in the morning and being somewhere before dawn, but itâs worth it. Next time I face west, might prove a better plan!! Went out hiking the northwestern pasture and then a little of the northeastern pasture. My ârideâ is out due to the forward/reverse switch going bad. Ordered it last Saturday, the delivery has been a nightmare. The company somehow got me confused with a lady from Karnes City. Wow!!! Parts were delivered there Thursday. After contacting the company, they said they fixed it. NOT!! I received a notice on Friday from UPS saying they were here to pick up a part left here by mistake. Oh my. I found the other family and was able to pick up one part today, the other was picked up by UPS on Friday, but they refused to pick the second package up. Ish. Oh well, got one part now letâs see what happened to the one I really need!!! smh All I can do is laugh!!
Day 10 was a “destress” day for me. Hadn’t been to the ranch in almost a week due to a cracked windshield. Turned out, the whole thing had to be replaced, done, now back to work!!!! Rough week at work too, so this was MY time. Found a bunch of pigs at the Southeast pasture by the Center Trap, looked like 30 as they ran off, but probably less than 15 since the majority were piglets. The landowner will probably be setting traps. As I was leaving, I saw them at a ranch next door in the field, the adult male was huge!!!! Glad they didn’t come back. I didn’t spot anything, but it was good to sit under the big blue sky and see God’s work in action!!! Hoping to get out there again 02/18/17. The sunrises and sunsets have been fabulous!!Â s
February 14, 2017
Our Heavenly Father is always looking out for us and leading us where we need to be when He wants us there. In 2012, I was humbled and thrilled to have had 3 of my photos accepted and published by Texas Parks and Wildlife. It was a dream of many years in the making. When I was a kid, 3rd grade (1st time around, was held back because of being raised with Spanish as a first language) I requested photos from TPWL and they were sent to me. I was fascinated with our Texas Wildlife and these photos inadvertently guided me to what I would someday do. As I grew older I picked up a camera and started learning more about wildlife. I even took a workshop with Leroy Williamson, a renown TPWL Photographer back in 1994-95. I had a little cheap 200mm lens on a Canon A2 camera, I thought I was going places. One thing that I always dreamt about, was someday being published in TPWL, the #1 Wildlife Magazine of Texas. I thank God for having given me this opportunity not only once, but now twice (one of my eagles was accepted for the March 2017 edition of Texas Parks and Wildlife, so look for it). This is a very awesome, humbling and blessed feeling. I teared up when I was told about it back in December 2016. And I thank God every day for being able to see His work in the wild. I also want to thank the other folks who helped hone the âgiftâ I have received: my Mom and Dad for sure, they supported me so much, Sean Fitzgerald, Larry Ditto, and Paul Denman to name a few!!! Thank you guys for putting up with me!!! Thank you all for being part of this page!!!!! God bless you!! Will post the photo later. These are from the 2012 submissions that made the magazine!!
Note posted on Facebook 02/23/17
It finally made it. The magazine hit the shelves today. Looks awesome. Again, to Him be the Glory, couldnât have done it without His guidance, He always puts the right folks in my path!!! Great article about the eagles too!!! To all the young ladies and gents out there that doubt their abilities in the gifts they were blessed with. Donât âbullyâ yourself by saying âI canât do that!!!â Always believe in yourself, keep trying to better your gift, never give up, because with practice, you will make it better. Another person might have the same talent, but itâs how “you” use it and how “you” allow âHimâ Above to use it for His works that make it right. Never doubt yourself, learn all you can about your âgiftâ. Study it, apply it, do good by it. You will be blessed big time, even if it is in your sunset years. Blessings to all!!
Love a good sunrise. Today, day 9, was another morning, but not what I was looking for. It will happen tho, just seems to happen when I need to be at work. Anyways, found my problem on my new Canon 7D Mark II, for anyone else who owns one. The exposure compensation needle is on the right side of the screen during Manual Mode Operation, that is why my Roadrunner photos were not what I wanted. I accidentally had it on Manual Mode and didn’t see the needle. Most of us are use to it being at the bottom of the screen. Very important to have the needle tell you if the exposure is correct when you make the photo. The needle is at the bottom on AV and TV, but not at Manual. Watch for it, it can mess up a shot. Have an awesome weekend!!
I finally take my buggie out for spin and spotted 2 Roadrunners (1 first) the other followed and I grabbed my camera, and I went, darn, I forgot my tripod!!! Â We always try to take what we need into the field. Sometimes, you need everything, sometimes just a couple of things. Well, I needed my tripod. Had to rest the camera on the steering wheel, but still didn’t work so good. Then I had problems with exposure. Wasn’t watching my levels. The photos were way over exposed, they aren’t submission quality, so I thought I’d share this one. Too far away and a little weird looking (exposure levels) but viewable. The neat thing about this “blog” you will see my errors!! LOL Â Enjoy!! btw, my buggie stopped 10 times, guess I will need to get that forward/reverse switch after all!!
Day 7…..Had an awesome afternoon at the Barnhart Q5 Ranch 01/29/17. Very productive and even got visited by a local ranch owl later in the afternoon. But this Harris is just too camera shy. I will get him eventually!! LOL He did let me get closer this time. He is starting to get use to me. đ Great behind shot!!! LOL
“Noooooooooooo, donât take my picture!!!!” This Harris is a little shy. LOL đ ** Day 6 was a little chilly, overcast and very windy after this shot was taken on 01/27/17, but the morning turned out to be very productive. Saw my first bit of fur, aside from Hank the cow dog and a couple of wayward rabbits, but Saturday was fabulous in many ways. The Prairie Blind was busy, wonât say what I was given to photograph, cause I truly believe God gives us what He feels we are ready for. But a young deer came by when I least expected it. I was just firing away at a âsurpriseâ visit from some other critters, and turned to my right and there he was. Wow!!! Almost couldnât get his body into the frame of the camera he was that close. Wonât show here, because of the very visible distinguishing features he had, but hoping to submit that one eventually!! Not going out today, raining, colder that yesterday (and it was cold yesterday), plus I have to perform “Domestic Diva” duties around the house. Started early yesterday, cleaning walls, curtains and washing. Ahhhh, the life of a female photographer. Canât just go out and shoot, you have to take care of the house too!! LOL đ Have a great day!! s
Day 5, 01/22/17, was rough and extremely windy, but got tons of photos. Was out there before sunup so I was able to get a sunrise!! đ Over 390 shots of it!! LOL Gave me a lot to choose from!!! It was absolutely gorgeous!!! Check the flag out. This is mounted at the entrance to the main house. WOW!! Believe me, I would have been blown away if I hadn’t been sitting in a blind all morning. đ Even the woodpecker was having problems hanging on!!!