3 Day Workshops at Santa Clara Ranch in Deep South Texas.
The Rio Grande Valley is becoming one of the premier hotspots for nature photographers in the country. It has been a world class destination for birds (with over 500 species in the area) for many years. The "Valley", as we locals call it, is also known for its variety in reptiles (over 150 species documented) and mammals (150+ species live here).
Santa Clara Ranch is a 300 acre wildlife sanctuary that is comprised entirely of virgin brush land. The ranch is a real gem in its diversity of wildlife because of the nature of the property, brush land that has never seen a plow blade and wildlife that will never be hunted. 6 blinds that hold up to 4-6 photographers each are strategically placed throughout the property. 2 morning sunken blinds, 3 afternoon sunken blinds and 1 afternoon elevated blind for raptors make up the permanent blinds here at the ranch. All blinds have birds feeders and all blinds have waterholes to attract birds, mammals and reptiles.
Cost of Photo Tour - $1500.00 per photographer
All meals and lodging included.
Transportation not included but arrangements can be made for transport to and from the McAllen International Airport. We do suggest to have your own ground transportation if staying longer here in South Texas. Many other great destinations for photography are close by (South Padre Island, Santa ANA NWR, Bensten State Park, etc.)
Two Dates to pick from:
Spring Session – April 7-10, 2011
Fall Session - September 1-4, 2011
We are limiting the number of photographers to 6 per session so you can get our full attention and have unlimited exclusive access to the blinds during the tour.
Lodging is at the new Santa Clara Ranch photographers’ house complete with beds, bathrooms, modern kitchen, plenty of plug-ins for laptops, comfortable furnishings, central heat and air, and easy access to blinds within 1/4 mile of the house. All meals included in price.
Hector D. Astorga - local Rio Grande Valley Award Winning Nature Photographer. Hector won the First Grand Prize in the Valley Land Fund Wildlife Photo contest in 2008 - Small Tract Competition. In 2010 he won top honors again by winning First Grand Prize in the Pro Division and First Grand Prize in the Open Division of the Valley Land Fund photo contest.
Dr. Beto Gutierrez - Santa Clara Ranch's owner. An award winning photographer with over 30 years experience in photographing nature. Nobody knows Santa Clara Ranch better than Dr. Beto. Born and raised in Rio Grande City, TX, Dr. Beto knowledge of the South Texas brush land is immeasurable. A competitor in almost all the Valley Land fund photo contests, he won 3rd Grand Prize in 2008 in the Texas Shootout.