Wildflower Photography with Jeff Parker

Central Texas is the wildflower capital of the world in early spring. This workshop features a mix of classroom instruction, activities and shooting. The finale is a sunset shoot where you can put to use the techniques learned during the course of the day.

Of course, the petaled models that “pose” for us will depend upon the grace of the weather but, by late-March, Red Belly Ranch often sports both Texas and sandyland bluebonnets, wine cups, Indian paintbrush, Indian blanket, antelope horn and other milkweed, false garlic, slim-pod milk vetch, fringed puccoon, spiderwort, wild-plains indigo, phlox, vervain, verbena, fleabane, evening primrose -— and then some.
Includes a delicious Mary O Meal.

Wildflower Photography with Jeff Parker

Central Texas is the wildflower capital of the world in early spring. This workshop features a mix of classroom instruction, activities and shooting. The finale is a sunset shoot where you can put to use the techniques learned during the course of the day.

Of course, the petaled models that “pose” for us will depend upon the grace of the weather but, by late-March, Red Belly Ranch often sports both Texas and sandyland bluebonnets, wine cups, Indian paintbrush, Indian blanket, antelope horn and other milkweed, false garlic, slim-pod milk vetch, fringed puccoon, spiderwort, wild-plains indigo, phlox, vervain, verbena, fleabane, evening primrose -— and then some.
Includes a delicious Mary O Meal.

NATIONAL PARKS: Big Bend National Park

Story and photography by Jerry Ginsberg

North America, United States, Southwest, West, Big Bend, Big Bend National Park. .Tornillo Flats in rugged Big Bend National Park in Southwest Texas.

Tornillo Flats

 

Deep in the southwest corner of Texas sits the lightly visited, yet fascinating Big Bend National Park.

Situated near the northern end of the vast Chihuahuan Desert, Big Bend features more scenic variety than we usually find in a desert park. If you have an appreciation for the innate beauty of the somewhat harsh desert, a photo trip to Big Bend could be for you. Major landforms include the Chisos Mountains and the rugged Sierra del Carmen, but that’s only scratching the surface. Continue reading

South Texas for the Wildlife Photographer by Jeff Parker

Painted bunting by Jeff Parker

Painted bunting by Jeff Parker

Images and text by Jeff Parker

The desolate landscape of the South Texas Brush Country doesn’t look like much, but the biodiversity makes it one of North America’s best places for wildlife photography. It definitely ranks high on my list!

Scientists classify South Texas as a “semi-arid, sub-tropical” region. The result? Lots of wildlife! That includes a large number of bird species living at the far northern edges of their ranges.

Many—e.g. Kiskadee, Green Jay, Audubon’s Oriole, Couch’s Kingbird—are known as “South Texas Specialties.” And spring migration dramatically boosts the number of photogenic subjects that fly your way. By the end of April the summer breeders, such as Painted Buntings, Varied Buntings, and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers have arrived.

The best photography occurs when the animals grow hot and thirsty and flock to water to drink and cool off. Painted Buntings, in particular, really like their baths! This makes late-May and June prime photography time in the South Texas Brush Country.  Continue reading

VOLUNTEERS OF NANPA: Kathy Adams Clark

Kathy Adams Clark, (c) Jon Holloway

Kathy Adams Clark, (c) Jon Holloway

Kathy Adams Clark is a professional nature photographer who runs the stock photo agency KAC Productions. Her photography has been published in many magazines, books and calendars, including six books she coauthored with her husband Gary Clark; the latest being Portrait of Houston (Farcountry Press, 2012), which was reviewed in “Bits & Pixels” in the Spring 2013 issue of Currents. She and Gary also produce a “Nature” column in the Houston Chronicle. Continue reading