Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The End is Near (Patagonia, AZ)

It is the end of January...so soon?  If we were leaving on schedule, we would only have 2 weeks left on the Preserve.  Yep, we have been here 2 1/2 months, but we decided to spend one more month here (leaving 11 Mar).  I have to admit that I will be ready to move on.
Water Cress growing in the creek
With 6 more weeks, I should be able to get a lot more wildlife and nature photos.  I hope you are not getting tired of them.  The Preserve should be getting new feathered visitors as the weather warms up.  We are certainly seeing more Coatimundi and Javalina around the creek.
I feel like my photo taking has improved this winter since I was able to go out almost every day.  Of course, the wildlife subjects have been quite a challenge and I do believe I have learned a lot on how to be sneaky and sit still.  For the last couple of weeks, I have been taking photos in RAW format instead of JPEG.

My camera can take both formats at the same time.  Can you see a difference? Or is it just me?
I finally got a photo of the Belted Kingfisher, but I am not happy with them.  I will keep chasing that bird up and down the creek until I am happy with my photo or I run out of time.  If you look closer at the top photo, you will see 2 fish in its bill.  Pretty good catch out of a shallow stream and on one swoop.
a 2 for 1 swoop

Dan has uploaded a few videos of the wildlife on the Preserve.  They are fun to watch!  If you would like to see them, click on the link above.

Tuesday Treasury
This treasury is dedicated to wolves.  I hope to see one in the wild someday.

Color My World with water colors!

Freebie Page
I added a new My Memories Scrapbook freebie and a tutorial for making your own Valentine's Day cards on the Freebie Page.


  1. You are already a master photographer. I will miss those wildlife shots when you leave. Congrats on the kingfisher.

  2. Such great photos. I can see the difference with RAW. I wonder if my camera can do that?

  3. Definitely RAW for me! Going to have to see if my camera can do that too - what fun! The watercress looks good enough to eat!

    1. Hi Mary, If your camera can do RAW, you might want to check your photo software to make sure it can work with RAW. I find out the hard way that Photoshop Elements8 is not compatible with Nikon D7000 RAW images, but Picasa is.

  4. I could never tire of your nature photos - they're amazing! Beautiful treasuries, too. :D


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