2022-10-04 Davis Mountains

Davis Mountains State Park has its origins in the 1930s as a Civilian Conservation Corps project to help lift the broken economy out of the depression. Miles of trails were constructed across the 2,709 acres of this property, along with a sixteen room lodge. In 1967, 101 campsites were added, including many with full or … Read more

2022-09-22 Santa Ana NWR

I learned a new word recently: “Documentarian”. The Oxford Dictionary’s first definition is “a photographer specializing in producing a factual record.” I believe it perfectly describes the goals I set for myself as I wander this amazing continent in search of experiences in the natural world. Sometimes the images I capture are lovely, and sometimes … Read more

2021-02-04 Laguna Vista and Laguna Atascosa

My time in Brownsville is winding down, so I wanted to visit a location that I enjoyed very much during my spring visit last year. Laguna Atascosa NWR was one of the few birding venues that remained open during the pandemic, and it saved me from missing out on meeting the birds I drove several … Read more

2021-01-02 Big Bend’s Ross Maxwell Drive

New Year’s Day and Saturday night, I stayed in Terlingua (Texas). I waited there until I could take advantage of my Sunday night reservations for camping in Cottonwood. Saturday morning I drove south to explore the southern reaches of Big Bend. I’d been to the Sam Nail Ranch last March (2020), while on the inbound leg … Read more

2020-03-13 After 3 Days At The Triple R

[Addendum: Because I was using the older Sibley’s Guide, where Tufted Titmouse  and the Black-Crested Titmouse  were lumped and I failed to check other resources, I misidentified the original images on this post. I’ve made the appropriate edits now, and all should be correct.] Crystal City provided me with a three day reprieve from the … Read more

2019-10-27 Sunday at Arivaca

As I wound up my Autumn 2019 Arizona expedition, I wished I had more time to linger and explore. I’d have liked to of spent more time this south-central region of the state and visit Madera Canyon, Tubac and Patagonia, but I’ve decided to drive through Arivaca then push for Poway. I’d considered another Salton … Read more

2017-10-27 A Week At Southeast County

As a part of project to study the inland wetlands of San Diego County, the San Diego Natural History Museum’s science team spent the week at a property in the southeast county located east of La Posta Road, near to the Mexican border. The acreage has been heavily grazed. Recently acquired by an non-profit organization … Read more

2017-06-17~20 Cottonwood Springs (Part 2)

On my previous post I shared images of the players in the Rat Theater, but I also had some nice avian encounters during this expedition. Mockingbirds, Mourning Doves and House Finches were numerous at the water hole in the front yard of the house we’d been provided by the park services. We had Say’s Phoebes, … Read more

2016-11-29 Tuesday At Cottonwood Spring

Some of you may recall I stayed at this location at the end of September with the science team from the San Diego Natural History Museum. It was my first serious session photographing in the “Rat Theater“. I was so preoccupied with my rodent subjects, I neglected some birds that were at the springs. I … Read more

2016 – November Birds In The Mojave

When I’m camping with the science team from the San Diego Natural History Museum, I try to find time to meet the local birds. Autumn migration can provide some nice surprises, but there are several residents that can usually be found in the area. The Black-Throated Sparrow, the Cactus Wren, the Rock Wren, the Bewick’s … Read more