Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

2016 In Review

TWENTY-SIXTEEN WAS A BIG YEAR. New clients were booked, revenue milestones were reached, shutter clicks were off the scale, and the official year-end tally of My Butt In An Airline Seat surpassed 15,000 miles. In this video, you’ll find a smattering of my 2016 work from The Olympic Range to the Seychelles. Much appreciation to YETI and Frontiers International Travel, […]


South Plains Sojourn

South Plains Sojourn

  I LOVE THE TEXAS PANHANDLE. Some folks who live there despise it, and I get that. What’s to like about a flat place that smells like cow pies, where blowing dust can find your toothbrush, and where snow can drift as high as your barn…that is, if your barn survived that twister which spun your house off […]


Year of the Quail

Year of the Quail

AS I’VE WRITTEN HERE previously, there is a positive relationship between rainfall and quail hunting in Texas. Yes, there are habitat issues that can be blamed for their extinction in many areas east of IH-35; but on the quail factory ranches of west and south Texas, lack of birds in certain years just ain’t that […]


Nostalgia, And All That

Nostalgia, And All That

MY EARLIEST RECOLLECTIONS of duck hunting were on the shallow bays and flats of the Texas Coast. I began tagging along with my dad at about age 8, and there was a period of time in those early years when I didn’t know that ducks even landed on fresh water. Eventually I was exposed to […]


Hey! Behind Ya!

Hey! Behind Ya!

SINCE TEXAS IS TYPICALLY ASS-BROILING hot from Memorial Day through Thanksgiving, the concept of fall is essentially lost upon us Lone Star folk. We don’t have changing leaves or a pumpkin harvest in September, so we have to rely on things like Walmart store decorations, ESPN, and the sudden appearance of school buses to tell us […]


Dog Days

Dog Days

IF YOU’VE LIVED IN TEXAS for any length of time, you know that bombastic statements about the weather will typically circle back around in the form of a platter heaped tall with crow. Some doomsayers, this spring, were predicting that our central Texas lakes would never fill again. Now we’ve got weather-folk proclaiming that our 7-year […]


Fifty Shades of Orange

Fifty Shades of Orange

THERE’S AN OLD ADAGE among upland bird hunters that goes something like this: When it rains in Texas, it rains quail… Profound, is it not? While big chunks of the state are still in a drought, by definition, there are a few pockets of Texas scrubland that received timely rainfall for quail nesting, and those counties […]


Opening Day

Opening Day

LAST FALL I DID an assignment shoot for Outdoor Life magazine where they asked me to pick out a place that dove hunters frequent and capture the experience of opening day. I chose Hondo, Texas. That published spread has just come out in the magazine, so I now have the green light to share a few images from that shoot. […]


Independence

Independence

Blake Brown, the morning after his last college exam  FOR EACH OF THE PAST 16 years, my wife and kids and me have spent a good chunk of the summer in Port Aransas,Texas. If you’ve never been there, here’s a bullet synopsis: Great fishing Okay beaches Great eating Great fishing In the early years of […]


Spring, Finally

Spring, Finally

NOW, GRANTED, I HAVEN’T shoveled a driveway this winter, nor I have lost sight of lawn furniture beneath drifting snow; but it’s been dang cold down our way too and I’m glad to be back in shorts. I can’t recall a year when I still had fishbelly legs this far into April. [cue gnashing and […]


Orale!

Celebrating the low-impact angler. A collection of fly-fishing scenes via kayak and canoe from Texas to the Yucatan.


Bird Out!

Bird Out!

I love photographing dogs. They’re sometimes moody just like people, but they typically don’t expect much and they’re always eager to please. A few weeks back I spent an afternoon with outfitter Foard Houston at Sandy Oaks Ranch in Devine. Foard had some quail that needed flushing and some dogs that needed working. That’s always […]


Down, But Not Out

Down, But Not Out

Those are wild bobwhite quail, aka Nature’s Nachos. I shot this image two weeks ago in the southwest corner of Texas on a ranch that was char-broiled by the recent drought of record. From 2009 through this past June (when it rained a foot in six hours) this particular ranch received less than 10% of […]


Back In The Saddle

Back In The Saddle

Well, after seventy-odd days of weather blowouts, punts from the end zone, domestic responsibilities, and myriad other calamities beyond my control, it felt REALLY good to get back on the water with a camera. Texas coastal weather conditions have been pretty crappy this spring, but early last week I snuck through a window with light […]


Big Water Ducks

Big Water Ducks

The dead-of-winter can be punishing for duck hunters, even here in the balmy south; but last week my son Blake and I drew three perfect weather days for our annual Texas Coast duck hunt with Brad Smythe. Scattered clouds, pleasant temps, and just enough wind to keep the birds moving. This year it appears that […]


That’s Terrific Bass!

That's Terrific Bass!

It’s the main drag on the UT campus, an iconic peak in West Texas, a virginal image worshipped by the Catholic Church, and a plucky little bass that only lives in a handful of Central Texas rivers. We can all agree on the spelling, but pronunciation is all over the map. Texan |  Gwa-duh-loop Texican […]


The Opener

The Opener

This is where it starts. This day marks the abrupt shift between summer and fall. Not so much with the weather because it’ll be hot as a kiln for at least another month. But this is when the dogs get jicky and you’ve got a new license and there’s football on TV and it’s okay […]


A Texas Blitz

A Texas Blitz

There’s an inedible bullet-shaped fish in the Gulf that has been cursed by offshore fishermen for as long as anyone can remember. Like most Texans I’ve always called them bonito, but on a recent trip to North Carolina I learned that they’re not an actual bonito, which is more closely related to the mackerels. These […]


Private Photo Assignments

Recently I’ve been booking a few private assignment shoots for folks that want a unique and lasting record of a special gathering of friends, clients, or family. I’m offering that program again this fall and here’s how it typically works: You schedule a cool event or trip that involves hunting, fishing, or outdoor activities I […]


Them Redfish

Them Redfish

I love redfish. Have I mentioned that? Specifically I love redfish that wag their tails on slick-ass summer mornings when I’ve sweated through my shirt by 7:30 and the air is so heavy that it feels like I’m breathing through a damp towel. As usual, I spent the better party of July in Port Aransas […]


Puff Daddy

Puff Daddy

From my dimly-lit perspective, there are few hunting scenes finer than a lovesick turkey strutting and gobbling within ten yards of my shotgun barrel. Down here in balmy Texas they’ll often start their spring strut in early February. And depending on range conditions, weather, and the number of serviceable hens; they may stay haired-up well […]


Rain Makes Bass

Rain Makes Bass

What a difference a year makes. By this point last spring we had gone nearly three months without measurable rain and most Texas rivers were dropping fast. By June we were well into the “drought of record” and by September a good portion of the state was on fire. In my 47 years I’ve never […]


The Waterline

The Waterline

I’m a creature of habit. That serves me well with most things, but not photography. One of the toughest challenges that I have in creating marketable imagery, is overcoming my tendency to shoot the same angles when returning multiple times to a favorite locale. Last week, my son Blake and I drove down to Rockport for […]


That Good Time of Year

That Good Time of Year

Per the usual, I shucked all things pressing in late June and bagged a few days with family, friends, Port Aransas and redfish. We had a four-day burp of high water with Tropical Storm Arlene but things returned quickly to normal: calm waters, strong tides, sunny skies and mobs of tailing fish. Determined to broaden […]