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Cactus glowing at sunset from about a week ago, near Tucson, Arizona.

Cactus glowing at sunset from about a week ago, near Tucson, Arizona.

I haven’t posted in a week – I made an unplanned trip back to Alaska due to the passing of my Dad unfortunately.   I’m now back in Arizona.

24 Hours at the Desert Photo Retreat!

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Javelina, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson.

Javelina, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson.

It has been some 24 hours at the water hole! I haven’t used my real camera yet as I want the animals to get used to our presence again, so I have been using the game cam. But, we had 8 deer cross the hillside above the water hole. Another 8 or so javelina. Gray fox showed up in the game cam 6 different times during the night, usually about an hour apart, sometimes two fox at the same time. Not sure if I’m seeing multiple animals, or just the two making repeat visits. We had two separate visits by a great horned owl who enjoyed a bath. We even had a hooded skunk!

That doesn’t include all the birds we are seeing during the day! We had our 6th new species in a week this morning, a Hutton’s vireo.

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Desert Sunset

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Sunset last night at the Desert Photo Retreat, Tucson, Arizona.

Sunset last night at the Desert Photo Retreat, Tucson, Arizona.

Seems like there is always more to do when we arrive then I expect, so I haven’t had anytime for photography, that is until last night – how can I not pull my camera out for an Arizona sunset!

Desert Photo Retreat Update

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Gray fox pair.

This is our gray fox pair at the water drip next to our RV last night at around 6:00 p.m. We haven’t seen the fox during daylight hours yet this year, but I’m sure any time. So far each night they arrive a bit earlier.
 
We are off to a great start here at the Desert Photo Retreat – in just our first 4 full days, we have already had 4 new bird species!  I hope to have the real camera out soon!

Camera Trapping Photo Workshop

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Gray fox, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

Gray fox, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

Here is the third photo workshop we will be offering this winter at the Desert Photo Retreat – I’m sure we will add more down the road, certainly one concentrating on birds is likely, but starting with these three for now.

If you really want your wildlife photography to stand out, close wide angle lens images are the way to do this!  Especially of rare animals.  A look at the recent Wildlife Photography of the Year competition confirms this, as many of the images were captured with camera traps, or at least with camera remotes.

I am excited to announce a workshop on camera trapping!  This is an exciting one as there aren’t many places where you can offer such a workshop and come away with successful images the first night!  I’m so confident, that I’m offering a $100 money back guarantee if you don’t come away with a photo!  I’ll be providing everything, you just bring your camera, lenses and tripod.  I’ll have the camera trigger, we will most likely use the Cognisys Sabre, but the Camtraptions trigger, or even a Pluto are possibilities.  I have Nikon flashes, along with wireless triggers for any camera system, flash stands.  Everything you will need!

I will spend the afternoon explaining the process, talking about the challenges and how to over come them.  I will go over all the gear, techniques and many other considerations.  Then before sunset we will set everything up.   The next morning we will discover your reward.

This is basically run as a private workshop, so any open date is an option.  So head to the website to get all the details:  Camera Trapping Photography Workshop.

Also offering Night Sky and Stars Workshop  and an Awesome Arizona, an all-inclusive, in depth photo tour.

Night Sky and Star Photo Workshop

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Star trails from the Desert Photo Retreat near Tucson, Arizona.

Star trails from the Desert Photo Retreat near Tucson, Arizona.

Thanks to lots of requests over the years, I have decided to add a Night Sky and Star Photography Workshop!   Here I will cover everything from the gear, apps and techniques, to actually getting out and photographing a variety of scenes including a series for star trails in which I will cover the assembly the next morning.  Lots more details, just follow the link!

 

Awesome Arizona Photo Workshop

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Gray Fox, Arizona.

Gray Fox, Arizona.

Announcing a brand new Arizona workshop that I’m really excited about – Awesome Arizona Photography Workshop.  I’m excited about this because it will include so much!  Birds, mammals, landscapes, a few days at a working ranch with cowboys and cowgirls, the amazing Sonoran Desert Museum, the Colossal Caverns and finally the historic Mission San Xavier del Bac.

Plus, it is all inclusive! (except alcohol)  You get to Tucson, and we take care of the rest.  Airport transfers, transportation, all meals, and finally lodging at the White Stallion Ranch, a place that is consistently among the top 20 rated places on Trip Advisor nationwide!

The timing is great, we should have a variety of wildflower and cactus flowers.  We often see reptiles this time of year, and also migrating birds.  I could go on and on, but you can find the details if you follow the link.

We are putting the final touches on some more workshops this week – keep an eye out for a night workshop, and an animal camera trapping workshop as well.