Posts Tagged ‘South Texas’
Nature Photo Camp!If you know any youths looking for something fun to do this summer, suggest Ruth’s Nature Photo Camp for Kids! The camp is conducted every summer at the Valley Nature Center in Weslaco, Texas! See the attached photo and contact the VNC at (956) 969-2475 to register. Cameras and experience are not necessary! This camp is fun for youngsters interested in learning about nature and photography. Be sure to click on the image below to see the entire photo.
Happy Night!It’s late, the evening of June 15th, National Nature Photography Day! I went out awhile ago with my iPhone 6+ and was delighted to discover one of the first Night-blooming Cactus of the season. It was only 8:45pm, but it was in full bloom! I’m attaching a photo I took of it, hand-held, with my phone camera. It’s somewhat noisy and I could probably do a better job with my DSLR, but I wanted to enjoy the moment of discovery more than I wanted another photograph of a night-bloomer. I’ve got a yard full of these cacti and look forward to seeing them bloom the next several weeks! NOTE: Be sure to click on the image to see the full-sized view of the photo.
Tooter!A friend and neighbor of mine allows me access for photography. A few years ago I heard the tooting of a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl there but didn’t find it. I knew then that the bird was on the Endangered Species List and that I would return and find them there eventually, but it took me time to study their habits and learn more about them. Last night I brought Tracie Martin, a non-photographer friend, to visit the property. Within a couple of minutes after our arrival, we heard the little guy tooting away and eagle-eyed Tracie spotted him. I was able to get some nice photographs, including one on a dead-snag perch with a blue-sky background. This morning I returned with my long-time friend and photo buddy, Debbie Thomas, and we both photographed the bird successfully. At one point the little bird flew to a tree just a few feet in front of us, but neither of us moved. It was more enjoyable to observe him without having to look through binoculars or a camera lens. There are at least two birds on the property and I’ll be returning often to see, study and photograph them in close proximity. Let me know if you’d like to join me. I’ve posted my favorite photo from this morning below. Be sure to click on the image to reveal the entire photo.