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Earning It The Hard Way 11/9/2018
Have you ever watched a movie and felt the excitement for the person watching it for the first time? You just stare at the other person intently as a punchline you know by heart is about to be said, you both laugh hysterically and now you have this bond shared through this movie. I feel the same way when it comes to hunting. I get a lot of excitement by sharing in this adventure with other people. I am not lying when I say I will take anyone hunting with me that wants to experience it and is serious about it. I have even offered to help drag out deer with people just because I like being around other hunters and sharing in the experience. Well recently, I got a text from a buddy after he shot a buck in the Sam Houston National Forest. I offered to help drag it out and he accepted. As I headed out the door, I grabbed my camera gear to document his first buck on public land.
Teal Season - 2018
I have been a fan of waterfowl hunting since my first duck hunt with my dad when I was around 13 years old. Before that I had only been deer hunting and was unaware of what awaited me one morning in a duck blind in south Louisiana. The teal and mallards poured into the decoys in front of us as I unloaded my 12 gauge Beretta as fast as I could. The smell of gunpowder, the pain in my shooting shoulder, watching the dog retrieve and the smiles and hugs shared that morning on the marsh are something I will never forget. From that day forward I always had a thing for duck hunting.
I can’t get enough of whitetail deer. As I drive down country roads I find myself scanning the timber edges or glancing out into fresh cut fields for signs of deer movement. I love the thrill of the chase from October 1 to January 31 and when I am not looking at them through my 5-pin bow sight, I like to stalk them with my Canon. If you like whitetail deer as much as I do I hope that you enjoy these photographs.
When I can’t hunt for waterfowl with my Beretta, I try to hunt them with my Canon EOS 77D. Granted not all of these birds are classified as waterfowl, but they are the types of birds that you will see almost every time you step foot in a duck blind.
An assortment of other critters, both big and small, that I have photographed from the Gulf Coast to the Wasatch Front in Utah.
For the Birds
Where my family and I live in Texas offers a wide array of other birds to photograph from pelicans on the coast, to red shoulder hawks that hunt the many farms around us, to the hummingbirds that frequent our property. They also offer a great opportunity to practice photographing birds in flight to help build some skill for when the ducks start flying in the fall.
Sometimes I forget that I can zoom back out with my lens and capture the beautiful landscape that the animals I photograph call home.
Sundial Peak - Utah
In 2018 I made a trip to Utah for a work related conference and decided to make an overnight trip to Sundial Peak. If you go to Salt Lake City you have to at least make the day hike up there if the weather is right. These photographs just capture the image of what I was seeing that day, but they cannot capture the sounds of the waterfalls, the smell of the freshest air you can imagine or the briskness of winter still trying to hold on. I have more pictures in the post under Stories titled “Utah is Rad”, give it a read.
When we first moved to Magnolia in 2016 I started to call our house the “Ranchito”. Larger than your average residential property, but not quite the ranch I hope to have one day. The Ranchito is not only our home, but it is a way of life. Ranchito Life is all about slowing down and soaking it all in. I love this place. My family love this place.
The Big Apple
I never thought I would like New York City. I love being outdoors, in the country and away from metropolitan areas, but NYC changed that for me. It was a trip that my wife and I made to go see Foo Fighters play at Madison Square Garden (best concert I have ever attended) and we ended up seeing a few of the main tourist attractions. NYC is a beautiful city, a strong city and I ended up loving the city. We will definitely go back.