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I hear the thunder

Posted in Nature and wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2011 by bayouphoto

How far off I sat and wondered. As I was heading home, late yesterday evening. I saw this storm gathering. When the lightning strikes started I pulled over in a hay field and quickly set up the camera. I got about 20 shots before it got too close. when I got home only one had some lightning strikes.

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Camera settings were ISO 100 f22 30 seconds using a polarizer. I post processed with Lightroom, Nik filters Pro contrast and Silver Efex 2


Bandera, Tx.

Posted in Nature and wildlife, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2011 by bayouphoto


After getting out of the hospital, on Thursday, I returned to the camp at Guadalupe river. I stayed there that afternoon and put some seed on a stump and made a little blind. I got a picture of a black crested Tufted Titmouse.The next morning we moved the camper to Bandera. We did not have a reservation for Friday night and had planned to move to Pedernales Falls state park. That was further away so we decided to use the small RV park on the Medina river. It is just one block from downtown Bandera and very close to the EMS station. Located on the Medina river it is cheap and well maintained but does lack much shade.I walked under the bridge to the city parkYes the river is this greenI walked up the hill one block to eat at the Old Spanish Trail restaurant. After eating I took a short tour down main street.The deer were literally in peoples yards.On Saturday we rode back to the city park to see if the scissor tail fly catcher was thereWe left early Sunday morning. It wasn’t the trip I expected but it was a trip none the less.

Texas adventure day 3

Posted in Nature and wildlife, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2011 by bayouphoto

On Monday we awoke to deary conditions and misting rain. We decided not to travel very far. We headed toward Bandera, Tx. but in Boerne we saw a sign for the Cibolo nature center. Located on Cibolo creek it offers some nice butterfly and bird habitat.

The first bird we encountered was in the parking lot. I have yet to identify it.While Beth went in the visitor center I watched the hummingbird feeder and caught this Black-chinned hummerI had to use manual exposure and my external flash to capture it as it was quite dark under the trees.

Out back they had many feeders and a bird bath.We rode into Bandera because the city park is on the Hill country birding tour. Beth got some good photos of a scissor Tail fly-catcher but my camera failed to write my photos to the card. There were many warblers and other birds in the overgrown fields but the rain kept us in the van. I did get a photo of this swift doing a mating flight.There were deer everywhere, even right in people’s yards.We decided to call it a day after having lunch at the Old Spanish Trail restaurant in Bandera. We planned to finish the Hill country birding trail in the next few days but a phone call from the VA hospital changed all that.

Hilburn Tulips

Posted in Nature and wildlife with tags , , , , , , , on March 14, 2011 by bayouphoto

Every March I make the short trip to Wisner, La. to see the tulips at The Hilburn house. They plant over 500 bulbs every year and open their yard for people to walk around and take photos. There is no charge and they do this strictly on their own money. I was there around 2 PM and there were 5 or 6 other people viewing and taking photos.Every year is a different color scheme.


Posted in Nature and wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2011 by bayouphoto

The trees and flowers may think it is spring but the weather and calendar still say it is winter. I awoke to cold again this morning. Late yesterday evening I put on my fleece and went out to shoot blossoms LOL. Kind of an oxymoron. Anyway here are a few from the yard.Red bud tree against an ornamental pear.Red Bud treeFirst Iris of the yearRed BudPear treePear tree blossoms

Donnell’s farm

Posted in Nature and wildlife with tags , , , , , , , on March 6, 2011 by bayouphoto

Located in Tensas Parish, on Hwy 128, just west of Buckhorn WMA is a fenced in Game farm. The high fenced area is primarily for raising quality whitetail deer. They also have a small herd of elk and sometimes can be found close to the highway. When I was headed over to Lake Bruin I had the opportunity to photograph them as close as they ever have been, for me.

They also haveĀ  a small herd of Bison(Buffalo)It is a way for us to view these otherwise western creatures.

Birds and squirrels

Posted in Nature and wildlife with tags , , , , , on March 4, 2011 by bayouphoto

A few of the wildlife from Lake Bruin park. I saw some cedar waxwings and a few other birds I never got close enough to. I did get a few photos.

Bluebird building her nest.Red Headed woodpecker(I saw several but never close for a good photo)Male BluebirdCarolina Wren.There were two of these white tailed squirrelsThere was plenty to keep me occupied