The many highs of living in Texas

A large winter blast was bound for Texas Friday. During the day there was a light drizzle facilitating cool moody conditions for video and bird photography. Birds do the craziest things on and around feeders in rain. Street lamps safe to perch on when dry become hazardous slippery objects when wet. The most adaptive figure how to cope. Adverse conditions also allow me to practice for variable situations come spring.

I was so happy with my session that I made a little video from my session that day. You may watch it on Vimeo below.

Friday night my wife and I were glued to the TV at the risk of severe weather. We were fortunate to only have high winds.

Saturday I awoke to the sight of powdery snow sprinkled on neighborhood rooftops and in my back yard. What a gift! Texas residents say, “only in Texas” when it comes to our crazy weather. The state is so large it’s inevitable to experience her many personalities. I drove to San Antonio from the greater Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex, a four hour drive, through hurricane Harvey spiraling northward from Corpus Christi. It’s hard to rationalize how large my state is until you drive through the vast rain bands of a hurricane like giant rhythmic tidal waves spaced out on the hour.

I sprung into action with my camera the first moment I felt like I had enough light. The birds love to forage when it’s super cold from what I’ve observed. My family’s yard was the place to be having set plenty of seed on the ground. Outside was teeming with avian life with White-crowned Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Juncos, Bewick’s Wrens, House Sparrows, House Finches, Orange-crowned Warblers, Starlings, Cowbirds, and Goldfinches, my newest visitor of 2020.

Sunday

I had plans to clean the bird baths and feeders on Sunday. As far as photography goes my plan was to get a little drone footage, test out my new gimble for my smartphone, and to photograph any birds if possible. Sunrise was absolutely gorgeous. My Mavic Mini has served as a bridge into videography for me. When a director wishes to establish a new setting in a tv show they most likely will use a montage of air footage captured by drones. I’ve always wanted to establish a since of “place” to my vivid detailed closeup bird and flower photography. I’ve had people see my prints in person inquiring which state park I was at. I don’t flock to my subjects. I let them come to me. That means I am either at home, at work, or somewhere in between.

My work heralds my home and Texas. Weekends such as the last remind me why I just love and have to share it! So few do…

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