Holiday Special!

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Recent sunset. To give you an idea of what the property is like - not only am I on the property, but so are these beautiful saguaros. Our even blind is just beyond the saguaros.

Recent sunset. To give you an idea of what the property is like – not only am I standing on the property, but so are these beautiful saguaros, and our evening blind is just beyond the saguaros.  It is a beautiful location.

Looking for a last minute Christmas gift for the photographer in your life?  Maybe that might be you!  We have a great special from now until December 22.

Book an overnight stay in 2018 at Desert Photo Retreat and pay only $200 for one photographer, or $250 for two!  This gives you exclusive use of both photography blinds for the afternoon / evening and the following morning.  You won’t be sharing with any other photographers.  Plus, feel free to photograph the beautiful night sky!  And, you will have full access to our cute little Airstream.  As a guest said to us yesterday, staying in this Airstream is “way better then any hotel”.  Pay now for a 2018 reservation.

 

Javelina Family

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Javelina mom with young, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

Javelina mom with young, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

I suspect years from now our pack of javelina (are they called packs?) will still be talking about December 7, 2017 as it had to be their greatest day ever!  First, heavy wind over night knocked down the feeders in all three of our bird locations, so not only were they able to find quail food, but also found lots of expensive high quality food usually reserved for the cardinals, wrens and pyrrhuloxia .

But later that day they discovered the wind had blown open the door on our shipping container and once inside they found where I keep the quail block.  Jackpot!  I must say, I had my hands full shooing these feisty guys out of the container!  Especially the last two who really didn’t want to leave.

Unfortunately it hasn’t been as good of a month for the javelina babies.  There were 6 when I first arrived, and they now appear to be down to 3.  Last winter they started with two babies and kept them alive all season.  I believe they are the sub-adults I’m seeing now.

Arizona Photo Retreat Christmas Gift

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A Northern Cardinal during a recent sunset at the Desert Photo Retreat near Tucson

A Northern Cardinal during a recent sunset at the Desert Photo Retreat near Tucson.

We are taking reservations for the 2018 season here at the Desert Photo Retreat – and a session here would make a great Christmas gift for the photographer in the family!

We have something for everyone.  Experienced photographers can visit on their own, and even spend the night if they prefer.  I also have group workshops, or can offer private workshops for those who are looking to improve their photography.

We have been getting more birds then ever, and the gray fox and javelina are also regular visitors.  Not to mention the beautiful landscape and night sky!  Check out the website for more information.

Javelina Babies

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Javelina with young, near Tucson, Arizona.

Been very busy here in Arizona – among other things, the photo blind had flooded this past summer and required a lot of work to clean up.  So, yesterday evening I finally took some time and photographed from the blind myself.  It is so fun watching these guys!

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Harris Antelope Ground Squirrel.

Harris Antelope Ground Squirrel.

Been too busy for photography so far, so thought I would share one from last spring.  We have a bunch of these guys running around right now!

Photo Desert Retreat Update

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Baby javelina last night at the Desert Photo Retreat near Tucson, Arizona.

Baby javelina last night at the Desert Photo Retreat near Tucson, Arizona.

It has been a very busy week down here in the desert – renting tractors for the road, moving our RV, setting stuff up etc.  Along with the work, there has been some good news and bad news to share, lets start with the bad news.

Despite making a special trip to Arizona in August to work on the water, the water drip clearly stopped working again right after we left.  So when I arrived on the property there wasn’t a single bird, the place was disappointingly desolate!  A check of the game cam showed no activity as well, definitely discouraging.

Now the good news.  Within one day of getting the water going and feeders up, I already had birds returning, and within three days it was back to normal!  Now a week in, I seem to have more wildlife then we ever did last year!   I think in part that has to do with the hot dry fall Arizona has experienced – the food / water options are more limited.

Also, the gray fox pair is still around, been seeing them every afternoon and evening.  In addition, the javelina are now a group of 19 strong, including 6 little babies – a couple can hardly walk correctly yet.  The javelina used to come by every couple of days last year.  This year, they come by every couple of hours hogging the quail food, so I may need to make some feeding changes, but the babies are fun to watch.  More to come.

Back to Arizona!

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Gray fox, near Tucson, Arizona.

Gray fox, near Tucson, Arizona.

Flying back to Arizona today to re-open the Photo Desert Retreat. I’m really looking forward to seeing the birds and wildlife again, especially the gray fox pair that became such regulars. I’ll be curious to see if they had a family, I’m thinking they did!

Cool Award

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Mountain biking on the Flume Trail, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Mountain biking on the Flume Trail, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Pardon a little self promotion, but this fancy award showed up in the mail recently. Actually it if from 2015, but has been in the Alaska Airline Magazine offices. They tell me I won the award for Northwest Excellence in Journalism in the photography category so that sounds very cool. However, the main takeaway – the Flume Trail at Lake Tahoe is an awesome place to mountain bike!