Santa Clara Ranch

4/6We got up at 5:40am, said hello to Molly and Bert (two of the permanent Harris hawk residents that perch near the ranch house), and joined Alisha, Gavin, Hector, our guide, at breakfast. Then we drove the short distance to Blind #2 for the morning to see a wide assortment of birds, some dessert cottontails,…

Heading to Texas

3/31 We left home at 7:30am a day later than we’d planned due to some nasty weather. We stayed steady on the road and arrived just north of Atlanta, GA in time for lunch at Farmhaus Burger. The food was really good with lots of vegan options. We stopped in Montgomery, AL and had dinner…

Cruizin’ the Caribbean

For a couple of years we have discussed taking a cruise with my cousin, Angel and her husband, Kevin. The Covid pandemic created a bit of a roadblock for all of us. A few months ago however, we were finally able to schedule an eleven day cruise with Princess Cruise Lines. The trip took us…

Costa Rica Workshop (part 3)

T12/17oday we head for the Cloud Forest (it will be cold there) for a few days. Despite Alan’s camera issues, we are having a blast! Nikon is to blame for the problems; their weather sealing is supposed to be some of the best in the industry. There are two other Nikon D500 cameras at this…

Costa Rica Workshop (part 2)

W12/15e got up @ 5:30 this morning and took some final photos of the tropical birds from the porch, had breakfast, then loaded up into the van toward our next location; Catarata Del Toro, to photograph the waterfall and some hummingbirds. We spent all day in the gardens using multiple multi-flash stations to photograph hummingbirds…

Costa Rica Workshop (part 1)

Last summer I listened to the Wild and Exposed Podcast, which, on that day, was featuring photographer Hector Astorga. Hector manages the Santa Clara Ranch in Texas. The ranch is well known for catering to nature photographers with comfortable blinds, and overnight accommodations. Hector talked about the ranch, and about the workshops he leads outside…