Animals Just Won’t Say “Cheese” – Taking Better Nature Photos

(Revised 01-24-20. Originally published 04-18-15) As should be apparent from this blog, I love taking pictures.  I always have.  At times I have gotten rather serious about it.  At one time I had a color darkroom and owned nearly a dozen nice cameras...

The Answer to What to do When It’s Too Cold to Go Out & Take Pictures

It was a beautiful, sunny morning and, as usual, I was going to go out to sit in my chair by the lake. That's where I try to spend at least a little time each morning, sitting with my camera and binoculars.  The birds are always active to some extent plus it is just a...

“My” Belted Kingfisher Is a Photography Expert

Anyone who knows me probably is aware that I have a pair of Belted Kingfishers that I have been trying to photograph for over two years. These birds are my photographic nemesis. While I see them frequently, I rarely get a "shot" at them with my camera. They normally...

I Saw the Greatest Nature Show Ever (And Not on TV)

I have always been a big fan of nature shows on TV. My DVR records them daily. This morning I got to see the greatest nature show that I've ever seen. My DVR didn't record this one, but it is recorded where it will never be forgotten.  Many of my mornings start...

Birding is HOT During the Summer – Is that a cliche?

Summer is not really the most popular time for birding in East Texas. There are likely two reasons for that. First and not surprisingly, East Texas summers are HOT. That definitely affects us birders. It really is not quite as much fun to get out in the woods when the...

Spring in the Lost and Found Box

We had a big storm blow through the Lake O' the Pines area last night. For a while, the winds were rather fierce accompanied by a drumming rain that brought a bit of hail and just a touch of thunder and lightning. It was "interesting" for a little while, but nothing...

Appreciating Spring Can’t be Done on the Computer

With the arrival of Spring, even after not much of a winter, my life changes. I am not crazy about being inside all the time anyway, but with Spring, it is all I can do to spend any time inside. After all, how many Springs do we have in our lifetimes? Maybe 70 good...

Taking Pictures of the Common in Uncommon Ways

I am big on making lists and setting goals. That really does not extend itself to New Year's Resolutions for I  basically perform the same function on no less than a monthly basis. It is sort of how frequent drinkers look at New Year's Eve. They may not go out that...

Get Back! No Pictures For You

I try to have a picture with each of these little messages, blogs, stories or whatever they are, but this time I was not fast enough to take one. I was grilling butterfly pork chops and turned to go back in the RV to get a plate when I saw a large bird out of the...

Growing Up in the Woods of East Texas

Let me start this with what sounds like another version of "when I was your age, I walked four miles to school and it was uphill both ways" story.  I was actually born at St Paul hospital in Dallas, but then it was back to the farm in Newsome, Texas (Camp county...