ImageSpotlight: Mexican Ground Squirrel

Mexican Ground Squirrel.  Canon 1DMkII | 500/4.5 | ISO 400

Mexican Ground Squirrel. Canon 1DMkII | 500/4.5 | ISO 400

This Mexican Ground Squirrel provided a most pleasing pose at one of the water holes locatedĀ at the Campos Viejos Ranch. They are constantly on the alert and the sound of the shutter caused this fine specimen to pause as if to momentarily say….”one more click and I’ll jump”.

Campos Viejos is a premier hunting and photography ranch in South Texas. For further information about photographic opportunities there, contact ranch owner Hardy Jackson.

Until next time, good light and keep shooting. –KEVIN

ImageSpotlight: FDR Waterfall

 

Waterall at FDR State Park. Canon 7D | ef-s 10-22mm wide-angle lens.

Waterall at FDR State Park. Canon 7D | ef-s 10-22mm wide-angle lens.

FDR state park contains over 9,000 acres with more than 40 miles of hiking trails. I’ve probably only seen 4 of those miles but what I’ve seen has been a great. It has a blend of hardwoods and pines, creeks, and small waterfalls. With recent rains, I decided to explore the areas waterfalls hoping that the water would be flowing freely. Since I’d never walked the trails before, I decided to pack light with only my camera, a single wide-angle lens, and various filters. In my haste to hit the trails, I drove off and left the tripod at home. We all know that the tripod is the most important accessory of all so this was a major gaffe on my part.

I stopped at the visitor center and inquired about the best waterfall location. Based upon their advice, I started my hike along the trail they suggested. The trails were pretty and peaceful and I was enjoying the walk but it took about 1.5 to 2 miles to hit the first waterfall. It was nice, but not what I was looking for so I pressed forward. A mile or so down the trail, I came across the waterfall pictured here. Without a tripod, I had to find a way to brace my camera so I utilized a big rock, my camera bag, and the lens hood to prop up the front end of the lens. I could have worked the scene more with a tripod but I was pleased to come away with this given the situation. In any case, I had fun and I’ll be back another day.

Until next time, good light and keep shooting and always remember your tripod. –KEVIN