Posts Tagged ‘upland birds’

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 […]


Rivers and Fields

Rivers and Fields

WHEN ONE LIVES IN TEXAS, one might think that Idaho would be cooler in August. Right? The mountains, the desert, downtown Boise: anywhere in Idaho would be cooler than Austin, surely…right? I was really looking forward to my Idaho assignment a few weeks ago when Austin was pegging 100, every day; but a funny thing […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Flat and Windy

Flat and Windy

Oh my golly…it’s 2011. How did that happen? As it has been for the past umpteen years, the Texas Panhandle was the scene of my last hunt and photo shoot of the year. We found manageable weather and scads of birds up in the flat country and I was able to fire quite a few […]


The 2010 Holiday Grab Bag

The 2010 Holiday Grab Bag

Instead of showing you some cool new stuff that I shot in November (which I don’t have, because I was playing hooky in a deer blind) I’m now going to shift gears and thank the folks that have allowed me to perpetuate my twenty-five-year existence without cubicles, neckties, or shiny shoes. So, without further adieu, […]


Oh, Give Me a Home…

Oh, Give Me a Home...

In this frenetic and oddly connected world in which we live, it’s always nice to have an opportunity to actually shake hands and spend quality time with folks that you’ve otherwise known only through email, Facebook, text messages, and the intertubes. As many of you know, for the past year I’ve been contributing photos and […]


Point!

Point!

Folks who know me will attest that quail hunting is one of several things that I get all yippy about. Unfortunately the 2009-10 Texas bird crop wasn’t much to yip for. After two consecutive blistering summers there were scant few coveys and lots of bird dogs and hunters riding the bench. I actually went the […]


Stepping Into Fall

Stepping Into Fall

Opening Day I had big plans in September to spend quite a bit of time in the field with doves, dogs and camera gear. In Texas, dove season typically brings a change in the weather, and this year we were needing one in a big way. After months of parched pastures, dusty roads, dry tanks, […]


Unplugged in the Neo-Tropics

Key West This was our seventeenth year (parents, siblings, kids, et al) with the same dates, same guides, and undoubtedly some of the same tarpon. In some years we’ve hit it perfectly (late May/early June) and in other years the planets were mis-aligned. We had some goofy west winds and poor visibility that hindered a […]