Category Archives: Late Summer

Death Valley National Park

I have the pleasure of living about 2 hours outside of Death Valley National Park. This makes for a great shooting environment all different times of year. So far, within the last 2 months I have gone twice. Here are some of the images that I’ve gotten while in the Californian desert lands.

And here is a shot of me standing on the edge of Dante’s View.

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The Road to Pahrump

This is a series of images taken along Highway 160, and a side road that heads west toward Death Valley National Park.

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Bat Country

The worlds largest colony of Mexican Free-tailed bats migrates from Mexico to a natural cave near San Antonio, Texas every year for the spring and summer months.  They come to give birth and to fatten up for the winter before heading back south.

I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to go and photograph and watch the return of the colony after staying out all night feeding.  These are some of the images from Bracken Cave where they nest.

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Bracken Bat Cave is located near the Natural Bridge Caverns and the grounds are quite nice.  Here are some images of the surrounding area.

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Lucky Connection

I really love photographing geography and landcape photography takes me back to my original love of the art sometimes.  This is one of those times.  Yesterday my wife and I flew from Indianapolis to Austin with a connecting flight in Phoenix.  At first, I thought this would be quite an annoyance as Phoenix is very much out-of-the-way but it turned out to be a great photo-op.  I’ve only been out to this area of the country once before, and it was by bus.  Seeing the desert and mountains from above gives everything a much different look.  I’ve had the pleasure of photographing from a plane in the past, and it turns out that the window seat of a commercial airliner and an iPhone go hand-in-hand.

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Home on the range

Today I photographed a very nice home for an interior decorator boutique in Kingsland, Texas. The home is a waterfront property on Lyndon B. Johnson Lake and is featured in a “Parade of Homes” starting next week.

I love getting to shoot stuff like this, so I jumped on the opportunity when it was brought up. Unfortunately the only shot I didn’t get was a nice exterior shot because the front lawn and landscaping were still in the process of completion. Here are some of the images from today.

Spending a Saturday at Port Aransas, Texas

I just got back from a little road trip to Port Aransas for the day and to spend the night. It was really nice spending the time with my fiance’ and getting to photograph and swim in the gulf. I’ve never seen blue water in the Gulf of Mexico quite like this. Schools of minnow’s swam around our feet, and a few small sand sharks and trout made their way around us. Some fish jumped out of the waves, and we had fun watching the action. We even saw a few jellyfish.

After swimming for a while we took a walk up to a large fishing pier and watched the people fishing and hanging out.

All in all, it was an awesome trip and I can’t wait to go back.

Cheers!

Wildfires scorch the Hill Country

The hills of central Texas have been blazing with smoke and flames for the past few days. Wildfires have destroyed hundreds of homes standing on this dehydrated ground. I have been fortunate that my home (or apartment rather) has not been in the path of the hot beast. I went out and photographed some of the areas surrounding Marble Falls for the paper I work for, and these are the images mostly from the Spicewood area. Luckily the fires had been contained when I shot these.

Shooting bovine

I tried to find longhorn cattle to photograph twice within the last two days. I don’t know if because the weather has been hotter this weekend than any other this summer or if they were just grazing in fields away from me. These are the only cows I saw and none of them had horns of any length.

This flood gauge I found a little humorous because we are in the middle of a long drought here in central Texas.

Mi motocicleta

My baby, the Black Mamba.

2011 Marble Falls Drag Boat Races

Wow, do these boats move! And I mean fast! This is LakeFest at Marble Falls, Texas.

I’d never had the chance to shoot something like this before, and I wanted to take full advantage of this unique opportunity. I had press credentials from the paper I work for to get a closer view than the rest of the crowd and was able to get right on the edge of the water.

This is just like drag racing on an asphalt track (which I have never been to either), but instead is on an open body of water. This event marked the 20th year for the races to fall upon the city of Marble Falls in central Texas. The boats are put in separate classes and race each other accordingly with the “Top Fuel” class leading the excitement with speeds above 250 mph.

A world record was set while I was there shooting and I got a few nice shots of it happening. The boat “Problem Child” driven by Daryl Ehrlich set the record of going 1,000 feet in 3.39 seconds at a speed of 261mph. Damn.

Here are the images:

Not only does everyone have an interest in fast boats at this event, everyone drives a truck. This is Texas after all.

This is the boat and driver that beat the previous record to make the world record in Top Hydro Fuel category. Daryl Erlich driving “Problem Child.”