Shades of Rose

I’ve got ranch guests at the Laguna Seca Ranch this week who brought props for their photos. It seemed a little odd to have additional color at the water hole, and I didn’t take many images, but when I saw this Pyrrhuloxia on my computer monitor, it stopped me in my tracks. Does it look like a painting to you, too?
Pyrrhuloxia on a lichen-covered perch with a backdrop of Indian Paintbrush flowers

Pyrrhuloxia on a lichen-covered perch with a backdrop of Indian Paintbrush flowers

Bath Splash!

I guided two photographers at the Laguna Seca Ranch yesterday. The afternoon was mostly cloudy so I didn’t expect to take action shots, but a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher suddenly appeared on a dead snag over the ranch pond. Suspecting what he was about to do, I made a quick camera adjustment (to 1/2500 second) and captured photos of him as he flew up from his bath-on-the-fly. What a thrill it was to see the results!20150413_LSR_4075

Bonus Bee

Last week I had planted an attractive section of Prickly-pear Cactus with blossom buds in the sand in front of one of the Laguna Seca Ranch’s photo blinds. I hoped a bird would pose as it looked through the curve of the cactus pad, and it happened yesterday morning. What I didn’t expect was the honeybee to come along at the same time as the Long-billed Thrasher. When I inspected the photo, the bonus bee was sharp!Photographer

Wet But Wonderful!

This morning six of us photographed at the raptor blind on the Laguna Seca Ranch. A few Crested Caracaras came in within a few minutes but the skies were still, dark and cloudy. When it started raining, four of us opted to stay and see what would happen; we were rewarded with a wonderful performance by several Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. Here is the parting shot from the last bird I photographed.Photographer

It’s About the Light!

I enjoy photographing at the Laguna Seca Ranch in the early morning and late evening; making this photograph was no exception. As the sun sank and the photo blind area went shady, the last sunlight struck the grassy background behind this Black-crested Titmouse as the bird and its mate came in for a late bath.
Black-crested Titmouse

Black-crested Titmouse