Homeward Bound from Texas 3/31/2007

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After a great week in Texas photographing birds and wildlife, Moose and I headed for the San Antonio airport at o’dark thirty this morning only to be told that our flights had been cancelled due to weather. By the time we reached the ticket counter, there were no flights left today. I was told that the soonest I could fly back to Portland was Tuesday and Moose was tomorrow, Sunday. Well, needless to say, that was totally unacceptable as we both needed to be in Boston for Photoshop World on Monday. Heck, I could drive home in less time. I quickly got on the phone and called Southwest Airlines and found flights for both of us out of Austin so we rented a car and boggied the 70 miles to Austin in style in our PT Cruiser. Moose is on his way home and I will, hopefully, arrive home late this evening. Just before departing for his gate, Moose captured this image of me settled in for a VERY LONG wait. I found a nice little corner with a table, power and am busily catching up on work.

Photo captured with D2Xs, 17-55, SB-800 on Lexar digital film.

Texas Hill Country 3/30/2007

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Moose and I headed to the Texas Hill Country to check it out. Our hosts, the Langfords and Jays took us on a tour of the area. It poured all day long…my fault, I am told. When we tried to get back to the ranch to retrieve our car and head to San Antonio to catch our flight, we found ourselves stranded on the wrong side of Block Creek. Water was pouring over all the bridges between us and our destination. (It had risen several feet in just a few hours.) After some creative driving by our gracious host, Larry, we finally made it back to the ranch, forded the Creek once again and made it back to San Antonio in time to catch our flights. While we were waiting for the creek to subside, I found this Red Eared Turtle hunkered down in his shell waiting out the storm.

Photo captured by D200, 17-55mm AF-S on Lexar digital film.

So Texas 3/29/2007

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I love photographing from the sunken blind at Steve’s place. Not only did it get us out of the wind, it put us right down at bird’s eye level. This Lark Sparrow was enjoying his morning meal when I trained my lens on him and captured this image. What a great place! I absolutely love So Texas. I love it so much that I have already booked my dates for next years safari.
In fact, I have one more opening in this year’s safari May 6-11. Contact me if you are interested

So Texas 3/29/2007

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There’s alot more than birds in So Texas. While Moose and I were photographing birds today, this guy wandered by…he’s a Javelina. I was able to capture a few images before he disappeared back into the brush. You never know what will wander by while sitting in a blind.