Arizona Photography Workshop

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Pyrrhuloxia at the Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

A Pyrrhuloxia at the Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

This spring I will be offer a couple of Arizona Desert Photography Workshops!  I have been doing workshops in Anza-Borrego for many years now, but this one will be at our Desert Photo Retreat.

The Desert Photo Retreat sits on a beautiful 10 acre parcel in the mountains north of Tucson.  We have 2 permanent blinds and other feeders perfect for a photography workshop.  We will photograph birds, mammals, landscapes and even wildflowers – we may be one of the only places in Arizona with a wildflower bloom this spring thanks to some selective watering.  The group size is limited to just 4 people, so I can give plenty of attention to each person and includes dinner!  Follow the link for much more information.

Gray Fox at Sunset

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Gray Fox near Tucson, Arizona.

Gray Fox near Tucson, Arizona.

A gray fox last night at the Desert Photo Retreat.  By the way we still have some great dates available this season if you are looking to photograph out here.

I finally have the gear I need for night photography and camera trap photography – I’m looking forward to doing much more.  It is amazing how much wildlife is here at night.

This the favorite perch for our gray fox pair (along with the hood of our car) for scouting out our camp, the water drip and bird feeders.  I know this is its favorite because it has left me some nice gifts (scat) as it marks its territory like gray foxes like to do on top of rocks.

This was a 3 flash setup.  However, this was the only frame I captured where the rim light flash behind the rock didn’t fire.  Just as well as I had that flash a little too bright.  I was hoping he would have been just 10 minutes earlier as we had a wonderful sunset.

Bobcat

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

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

Although we see our local pair on gray fox make the rounds and check out the bird feeders every evening – I have been generally surprised at the lack of other wildlife at night.  I hoped, and suspected this had to do in large part with my game camera that now actually has javelina teeth holes in one of the sensors.

So last night I put out two brand new game cameras.  Wow, there is a lot that goes on out here at night!  The camera at the water hole captured the gray fox pair at 4 different times during the night.  Plus, this bobcat who made himself at home.  A great-horned owl stopped in for a bath.  Plus, skunks, javelina even a small mouse.

I pointed the second camera at some hummingbird feeders and it showed a steady stream of bats coming in for a quick drink!

I will soon begin setting up remote triggers and flashes to capture more professional images of this activity – excited about all the possibilities!

Alaska Bear Photo Tour Opening!

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Sow with Triplet Brown or Grizzly Bear spring cubs, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Sow with Triplet Brown or Grizzly Bear spring cubs, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Our Alaska photo tours for 2018 have all been sold out for a number of months.  Unfortunately one of our guests recently received a serious medical diagnosis and is going to have to push their visit back one year.  This opens up a rare spot for this long running very popular photo tour.  The first person with a deposit will get the spot.  So if you want to spend your days up close and personal photographing these amazing animals this trip if for you!  Here are all the details:  Alaska Bear and Puffin Photo Tour   Thanks!

Fox at Play

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Gray fox at play

Gray fox at play.

Looks like when I’m away the fox will play!  I made a quick trip to Alaska and back to check on our house.  While I was gone, I left a game camera at the waterhole.  It was fun to see the activity up there.  A single adult fox shows up regularly, but it isn’t very often I see both adults at the same time.  This same night both adults came down to camp and sat on a rock not far from Janine and the campfire – sorry I missed that moment!

Phainopepla

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A Phainopepla

A Phainopepla.

Phainopepla are regulars at the Desert Photo Retreat, but can be difficult to photograph since they don’t go to feeders.  I was able to photograph this guy yesterday as he has gotten very comfortable with my presence.

Lower Blind

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The finished lower blind.

I completed construction of the second blind last week, and now with blinds positioned for morning and evening we are ready for prime time!  In fact, we had guests here the past two nights and have about 15 nights already booked for this season.  The most recent guests said staying here “was magical”.

I have worked hard over the last two seasons building blinds, fixing waterlines – the list is long and not interesting, but now I’m excited to be shifting gears and getting back to photography and workshops at the Desert Photo Retreat!

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