Mother Nature is the artist. I just collect the memories…

About Me

Cookie-Cutter Brown Trout

It’s fall in the Eastern Sierra.  That means the flows on the Lower Owens River are down around 200cfs, the brown trout are active, and the surface action is predictable. So are the cookie-cutter brown trout…

One of several photo copy, cookie-cutter browns

This time of year is my favorite for fishing.  The fish are very active, the flies are predictable, and the weather is typically awesome.  I’m looking forward to many more days of warm sunshine and dry-fly action…

Thanks for looking!


A Beautiful Morning

My daughter has been begging me for a dog…specifically a Chihuahua, for the last 6 years and change. Me…I don’t like Chihuahuas.  Yippy, snappy, barky, bitey, toe-biting rat dogs…I always said we would get a dog “someday”, but stressed that we would not get a Chihuahua.  I’m such a sucker…

Yup…my daughter walking her 4-month old Chihuahua, Fleur…

This is them. 2 peas in a pod in only 3 days…

I went and hung out with this puppy for about an hour before I ever told Zayne anything about her.  She is actually a very well-behaved puppy, and very easy to train.

Anyhow…on our little walk around the desert this morning, I took a few pics of the local Autumn wildlife…

Great Basin Fence Lizard

Common Sideblotch

All in all, it’s a beautiful morning.  And yes…I know my kid is wearing 2 different shoes…

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 


Been A While…

Wow.  It’s been quite some time.  A lot has happened.  Initially, I was unemployed for a little bit, and anyone that has ever been there knows that priorities change.  The internet had to go.  Time was spent looking for a job, pounding the pavement, rather than walking the streets looking for photographs waiting to be taken.  Money got tight, gas prices rose, and activity in my life ran down to a minimum.

But I’m back.  I’m working, making money, and putting my camera back in hand, and priorities back in line.  So by way of a re-introduction, here’s just a few random shots that have helped pass the time…

Zayne and Great Basin Gophersnake

Spike and Andee

My son and his girlfriend hunting for petroglyphs in the Volcanic Tablelands.

Goldfinch

Zayne enjoying Hot Ditch. Natural reflection from the water cured backlight shadows nicely.

Random front yard flower

1982 Shovelhead Custom Rigid. She will be mine. VERY soon…

So…yea…just a few shots to say, I’m back.  And things are getting better.  Thanks for stopping by!!


My Son, the Dragon…

Had my son outside breathing fire for a few photos this evening…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


It’s Been a While…

I’ve been slackin’ on the posting.  Work has been incredibly busy, and I’ve had no time to go out and shoot photos.  It’s been hectic, to say the least.  But I brought the gear to work the other day, went in a couple of hours before I was scheduled, and took some shots…

Cooper's Hawk

 

Jeremy and Cindy examining a Golden Eagle

This Golden Eagle was found hopping on the ground, unable to fly.  An early exam revealed dehydration, near-emaciation, and all of his primary feathers broken on one wing.  The flesh and tendons are viable, no signs of electrocution, and was given subcutaneous fluids, and fed gently.  He is recovered well enough to be transported to a facility with on-staff veterinarians and raptor specialists, and after full-recovery, he will be brought back to us for release.

Love Dove-European Collared Dove

This dove came to us as a tiny baby.  We raised her up, big and healthy, and tried to release her, but she came back and hangs out at the center.  There are other doves in the area, and they all get along well, so we’ll let her stay…

Roadrunner

This young Roadrunner is completely wild.  He has never been a patient at the center, and doesn’t appear to be even remotely injured.  He just hangs out in the desert behind the center, and has gained enough confidence to allow us to approach him…sort of.  We don’t get closer than a few feet, but I have passed directly underneath him whilst he was perched on this branch several times, and he is less than 6″ above my head, so…pretty bold Roadrunner…

"Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore!'"

 

First Flight of Freedom

Lenore came to us as a little nudie baby, orphaned, naked, cold, and starving.  She grew into a big, healthy, beautiful Raven.  I was quite fond of Lenore, and shared pictures of her a few weeks ago.  She’s a big girl now, and we released her the other morning to be free as she can be…

Thanks for looking!


Raptors at Work

If you follow with any regularity, you probably know that I recently started working as a wildlife intern at Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care.  We rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife.  It’s a very labor-intensive job, and very time-consuming work, but it is the best job I’ve ever had…

Great Horned Owlets

These baby Great Horneds are really awesome.  They’ve been here for a little while now, and pretty soon we’ll start getting them hunting live prey and prepare them for release.

Red Tail Hawk scheduled for release in the next couple weeks

This Red Tail was shot with a pellet gun.  Lucky for him, the pellet fragmented without causing a ton of major damage to the wing.  He is healing fine and flying well, and is scheduled for release very soon.

Adult Great Horned Owl

This Great Horned was one of my first intakes at the center.  You can see his right eye is injured.  We aren’t exactly sure what happened, but he seems to have good vision.  He’s ready for test flights and live hunting in preparation for release, as well.

Lenore

This Raven came to us as a young baby.  She’s pretty darn sweet, and will probably be released soon.  I couldn’t resist an old feeling, B&W treatment and an Edgar Allen Poe reference…

Thanks for looking!


I LOVE my new job!!!

Yup…got a new job.  I told you guys I was fired while my son was in town.  I was a bit pissed at first.  Afterall, who can blame me for getting upset?  I was fired for not working hard enough…for free…on my days off…but I digress…

Shortly after getting fired, I found out that the local wildlife rehab center was hiring.  I have been an Educational Volunteer with Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care, doing educational shows and presentations for a couple of years now.  Cindy is a wonderful lady with a tremendous amount of knowledge and a heart of gold, and she always respected my reptile knowledge.  When I found out they were hiring for summer wildlife interns, I jumped at the chance.  Luckily, out of a rather large field of VERY experienced individuals, Cindy gave me a chance.

So here’s some pictures of our current patients…

Juvenile Red Tail Hawks

 

Juvenile Red Tail

This poor guy above was electrocuted.  Unfortunately, it is likely that he will never fly again.  His wing is wasted, and may even need to be amputated as the flesh continues to atrophy from the injury.  Hopefully we can get a permit to keep him as an educational bird, but…that’s a mighty big “IF”…

Nestling Great Horned Owl

 This is one of 3 nestling Great Horned Owls we have right now.  All 3 were orphaned, but otherwise healthy.  They are strong, healthy, and will be released to live in the wild as soon as possible.  We also have an adult GHO, but she has a pretty bad wing laceration, and she stresses out really easily.  She’s doing well, and we expect a full recovery and release soon, but I didn’t want to stress her out with photos…

Nestling Red Tail Hawk

 

Nestling Red Tail Hawk

 This is Lucky.  Lucky is a nestling Red Tail Hawk.  He was found on the ground, out of the nest, no adults anywhere to be found, and he was FAR too young to be alone.  An extensive search of the area revealed no signs of parents or siblings.  We don’t know why or how Lucky was orphaned, but we sure are trying to raise him right.  He’s strong, he’s full of attitude, and hopefully, with some flying time and hunting lessons, he will be released back into the wild before fall.

My mom always said, and I always believed her…things happen for a reason.  Getting fired from the pet shop SUCKED.  Getting this new job at the rehab center is a dream come true.  When one door closes another opens, and this door is one I’ve been wanting for a long time.  Stick around.  I plan on sharing a TON of photos of our rehab adventures this summer…

Thanks for looking!

P.S.–Please checkout Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care’s website.  It’s a fantastic, non-profit institution funded entirely by private donations and volunteer efforts.  We are sometimes the only thing standing between these fantastic creatures and death, so give ’em a look, and see what it’s all about.  If you live in the area, we can always use rescue volunteers, and you could even volunteer to work hands-on at the center.  It’s not a job for everyone, but everyone that does it is vastly rewarded…


Backyard Bird Watching

Backyard bird watching.  It’s almost cliché.  People are hustlin’ and bustlin’ around this great big world of ours, and not leaving anytime to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.  Money is tight, job security is low, taxes and inflation continue growing…  It seems the only thing we have any ability to control anymore is how we respond to the rapidly changing stimuli.

That’s why I LOVE my backyard.  Let me explain…  I live in the High Desert.  My house is situated at about 5,000′, right on the feet of the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in eastern California.  I can look out my living room window and I have an unobstructed view for close to 10 miles, all the way up the western slope of the White Mountain peaks, which is the western most border of Nevada.  Now…there is a major highway running through there, and a multitude of high-power, high-tension lines zig-zagging back and forth.  Views are spectacular, but these ugly lines are very destructive to landscape compositions.  But the wildlife is incredible…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

It’s amazing how curative a backyard like mine can be.  I’m gonna tell you guys a little secret…I lost my job last week.  Yea, right in the middle of my visit with my son, I found out that I was no longer employed.  But it’s OK.  I had an incredible week visiting with my son, and my emotional well-being has never been more positive.  Even being unemployed and quickly running out of money, I can’t help but smile.  I walk out back, and it just happens.  Something will come through.  I have a lot of experience in a lot of fields.  I’ve done everything from flippin’ burgers and pouring drinks to antique restorations and hotel management.  I also found out about some pretty cool job openings in my area, including backcountry habitat recovery and wildlife rehabilitation, and not only would I LOVE to have either of those jobs…I’m fairly well qualified for both.  So something will come through.  Just gotta ride this wave for a few days…

Thanks for taking the time to stop and look!