Drama on the Guadalupe River

Drama on the Guadalupe River

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Flying the Fence

Browtine's Turn

Now it's my turn...CLICK!

Jumping Whitetail

When life binds.....jump!

Candid Girl


Sitting Sun

Peace Y'all!

Motherly Love

Velvet Sunset

Wide Open Skeletons

A Saguaro cactus skeleton reaching to the sky

Chollo Cactus Cross

Somewhere on the high plains of Socorro County New Mexico...I'm reminded of how simple our relationship really is.

The Staredown

Blackbuck Antelope fighting to hold prime territory....HELLO LADIES!

Green Anole Prowl

Bromeliaceae on Wet

Dusty Sunset - West Texas

Late Evening Stroll - Wild & Free Blackbuck Antelope

Feral Blackbuck Antelope, Iindegenous to India, roam wild and free in the Texas Hill Country.

The Hitching Post

Parking in Bandera Texas.....some things never change.

In The Light

Alert and alive....life in the sunshine!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mount Guadalupe Texas

Where the west begins. The large rock outcropping is El Capitan, mount Guadalupe is the ridge just behind the Spanish Dagger in this photo. The highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet.

Foggy Sniff

This scene is January in South Texas. The whitetail rut is in full swing and this buck is "lip curling" (sniffing the wind for female doe scent), in the hope he can sniff up a hot female. Fog brings heavier air, moisture laden, allowing scent molecules to carry for greater distances. A whitetail buck will lick his nose, increasing his sense of smell, and smell the air in this fashion with his head held high.

Velvet Warrior

Friday, September 18, 2009

Venado Grande @ Twighlight

I caught the old boy sneaking through the brush....he never knew I was there watching him over his shoulder.

Long Focal Sunset

Tres Amigos

I spotted this treo sunning themselves on an H-Post. A morning warm-up scene near Sonora Texas. The odds of them sunning in this pose, very much like military dress-down formation...for those of you who have served and know what I'm talking about.....is pretty darn rare. I was fortunate to close-down roughly a quarter mile stalk through the brush to capture this scene. They flew off immediately after this photo....they noticed me in the brush after my "CLICK."

Natural Ballet

A stick protruding from the water....the water is absolute glass!

Lean Into The Light

I found myself beating around the desert in Eastern Arizona one evening. This scene simply popped up on me as I roamed.

Thermonuclear Thunder

Give me THUNDER! This scene was captured near Leakey Texas. Hurricane Katrina was 12 hours offshore her impact to New Orleans. I mention this simply because the heat in this photo is roughly 107 degrees, no upper level steering winds, due to Katrina's huge influence to the South East in the Gulf of Mexico and an Upper level low centered in West Texas. This thunderhead exploded from the heat and as it grew below, it's top-most outflow had no upper level wind opposition above allowing this very rare mushroom cloud formation. At times the skies of Texas will simply blow you away....this is a very rare formation y'all! :)

Underway At Sea

A Loggerhead Turtle cruising the South Padre National Seashore surf line. It's hard to really notice the true size of this guy by this photo.....he's roughly 200-250lbs and rougly 40-50 years in age. Loggerhead sea turtles live a long time and they sexually mature at 20-30 years of age. Pretty amazing animals and it's an absolute joy to witness them living wild and free along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline.

Wings of Motion

A Wild Rio Grande Gobbler simply bustin a move!

Nature's Children

Innocence in it's purest form.

Busted but not Broken

I managed to catch this guy walking along an old game trail. He recently broke his right mainbeam, note the deformed size toward it's end. This area is filling with blood, circulating through the growing antler in spite of the break. I'm sure within a day or two after this photo, this broken beam finally severed...no harm to the buck in anyway but his year with this new hairdo (stubby right horn growth) was the talk within the whitetail family LOL!

The Matriarch

She's a cutie in spite of her age!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Adios Mr. Mayfly

A large pumpkin seed bream strikes Mr. Mayfly in one quick dash...dinner is served! The circle of life continues on.

Mayfly Hatch - Uh Oh.......

Drama on the Guadalupe River during a late summer evening. Things don't look good for Mr. Mayfly and the more he beats his wings on the water in an attempt to free himself....he's sending a signal to others below.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Purify The Soul

The Guadalupe River near Shumacher Crossing. I find myself here frequently.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Black Bee Killer with a Wasp (Robber Fly)

I'm certainly glad these guys don't weigh 3 pounds! Amazing creatures...they wait patiently along the Guadalupe River bottom watching bees and wasps work flowers and mud, regular bee/wasp activities, before flying out from their hide and seizing their prey in mid-air. After the seizure, they perch and dine. Drama is everywhere and who needs TV?!?!?! :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Blacktip Smile

Toofies meet Rob - CLICK! Released back into the Gulf of Mexico immediately after this candid.