Arizona Photo Tour

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Wildflowers at the Desert Photo Retreat near Tucson, Arizona.

Wildflowers at the Desert Photo Retreat near Tucson, Arizona.

We have a few spots left for our Arizona Photo Tour!   This is an awesome all inclusive photo tour based at the famous White Stallion Ranch.  There we will be able to photograph the wranglers and all types of Western activity, along with a rodeo from inside the ring!  Plus, with all the rain we have received, should be seeing some amazing wildflower for landscape opportunities along with Arizona’s famous sunsets.  Plus, we will spend some time photographing the birds and wildlife at the Desert Photo Retreat – this is a perfect time for migrating birds.  We will also visit the world famous  Sonoran Desert Museum, and even the Colossal Cavern!  Plus more!  We will cover a lot of what Arizona has to offer!

This is all inclusive, even transportation.  You get your self to Tucson, we will take care of the rest.    Check out the above link for details.

White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, Arizona.

White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, Arizona.

 

 

Picacho Peak Poppies

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Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona.

Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona.

I have spent the last two days traveling up to Picacho Peak State Park where the wildflowers, especially the poppies are looking great!  I believe this is the beginning of a great desert wildflower season!  These photos were from today (Tuesday).

Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona.

Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona.

Lindsey Vonn

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Lindsey Kildow, now Lindsey Vonn at the Slalom race during the 2004 Chevrolet U.S. Alpine National Championships, Alyeska Resort, Alaska.

Lindsey Kildow, now Lindsey Vonn at the Slalom race during the 2004 Chevrolet U.S. Alpine National Championships, Alyeska Resort, Alaska.

Back in 2004 I was excited to pick up a press photo pass for the U.S. Alpine National Championships which were being held just an hour and a half from my home.  I was excited to see and photograph the likes of Bodie Miller and Daron Rahlves and Julia Mancuso.  Fortunately I also photographed the lessor known athletes as well.  Little did I know then, but one of them one,  become the most successful female alpine skiers in history!

Back then she was known as Lindsey Kildow.  I remember her because she had fallen early on and scratched her chin and always had a band-aid on it.  I actually have a fair number of photos of her skiing and at the podiums as she had a successful Championships.  It is fun to look back at the images of her as little did anyone know then, she would soon become a household name!  So this weekend she is retiring from skiing – cheers to a fantastic career!

Spotted Towhee

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Spotted Towhee at the Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

Spotted Towhee at the Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

Having fun with a Spotted Towhee on this rainy Sunday. This is a new species for us this winter – now I just need to get it up to a better perch.

Sedona Talk

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A rainbow over Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek, Sedona, Arizona.

A rainbow over Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek, Sedona, Arizona.

Had a great time in beautiful Sedona, Arizona where I did a couple presentations for the Sedona Camera Club.  It was fun!  This will the third of five presentations scheduled so far this winter.

Sedona newspaper

My Camera Trap Photography Setup

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Camera trap setup, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

Camera trap setup, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

A lot of people have been asking about my camera trap setup, and how I’m able to get the animals to face me.  We here are some photos.  I built a temporary wall to not only protect my camera, but to limit access to the water hole.  My camera is in the wood box, and I have wireless flashes in the two plastic containers.

Front side of my camera trap.

Front side of my camera trap.

This is the view from the other side showing the water hole.  On the left you can see my trigger which here I’m using a Cognisys Sabre which has a very sophisticated LIDAR (like laser) system.   If you want to learn more, I’m offering an ongoing workshop where I cover many of the aspects of camera trapping, and then we set your camera up for the night.  You should come away with something as we have multiple visit to the water hole each night. Last weekend I had a guest come away with two gray fox and a full moon in the same frame!  For more information:  Camera trapping photo workshop.