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on Mar 31, 2007 in Random Thoughts

6th Day in TX – 03.31.07

So, we’re at the airport at 4am to head back home, lightning has been lighting up the skies since sunset and it’s still at it. We walk in to the terminal to see this horrendous line and an itty, bitty piece of xerox paper saying our fight hand been canceled. An hour and a half later we get to counter, Laurie can get home by Tuesday and I can get home Sunday. Since we both have to be in Boston on Monday for Photoshop World, we need to find a better option, fast. Laurie gets on her cell phone and instantly has us flying out of Austin. Back to the rental car desk, back on the freeway and back to another airport. I always have my D200 w/28f1.4AF on my shoulder so while I had time, I went around the Austin airport and made some images. Hopefully, between my very tired eyes and working on battery power, the B&W graphic looks OK. Surviving my first Laurie Excell WildTour, I...

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on Mar 30, 2007 in Random Thoughts

5th Day in TX – 03.30.07

So, how did you spend your day? Well, Laurie & I are in the TX hills and man, it’s a REALLY cool place! We’re the guest of some really, really nice folks who gave us a killer tour. Now they had no control over the rain (which was actually Laurie’s fault) but we wish they did. What you see here is Block Creek and our car is on the other side! The rain poured and the creeks rose so our hosts had to do some fancy driving to get us back to our car so we could head to the airport. Both Laurie & I are looking forward to coming back here, when it’s a little drier! Photo captured by D200, 28f1.4AF on Lexar digital film PS…I forgot to mention that the water was over the sign just a couple of hours...

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on Mar 30, 2007 in Wildlife Photography

4th Day TX #2 – 03.29.07

Another common bird that I enjoy is the Catbird. It’s quite the character and all morning long, it lived up to expectations. We only had a morning session today because we booked it up 5hr north to the hill country to check out some other very cool ranches. Photo captured by D2Xs, 600f4 AFS II on Lexar...

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on Mar 30, 2007 in Wildlife Photography

4th Day TX – 03.29.07

Up bright and early, even with the huge winds we decided to be in the blind by 7am. We have a number of blinds to choose from at Steve’s Ranch, we went for the ground level blind thinking the birds would be stuck on the ground with the wind. We were rewarded for our trouble with some great shooting of what many consider “common” birds. This Lincoln Sparrow wanted to get the dust off and in the process, providing us a killer photo opp. Photo captured by D2Xs, 600f4 AFS II on Lexar digital...

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on Mar 28, 2007 in Wildlife Photography

3rd Day TX #2 – 03.28.07

There’s a snake in the grass, and I’m not talking about Laurie and her sneaky tricks! Texas is known for many things, one of them is their rattlesnakes. Our host today, Steve, wrangled this nearly 6′ long rattler for us as it tried to slip away into the shade. Laurie and I had a good 30min with this Wester Diamond-backed Rattler working about three feet away from it. It was gorgeous female who was quite happy when we went back into our blind and got back to the business of photographing birds. Photo captured by D2Xs, 70-200VR w/1.7x on Lexar digital...

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