Went out this morning with my rifle and camera. The rifle was for feral hogs. The camera was for images like these.
Shot with Nikon D300 and Nikkor 300mm f/4.0. Handheld and braced against the edge of my deer blind. I think the 3rd and 5th images are my favorites from this series.
Alec gave me a hand preparing one of my deer stands and scouting the area.
We found these growing out of the creek bank while following some turkey tracks
Alec in front of stone outcropping that looks like a cave entrance. This was fertile ground for a 7-year-old boy’s imagination.
This is the general area where men such as Charles Goodnight established ranches and drove cattle before moving his operation to the Texas panhandle. This area saw a lot of conflict between Texas settlers and Comanche and Kiowa raiders. The original road to Fort Belknap went right through the area shown in this photo. Fort Belknap was the northernmost fort among a series of frontier forts intended to protect Texas settlers from Comanche and Kiowa raiders. The forts ran from near the Red River down to near the Rio Grande.
In the past few years drought and wild fires have hit this region hard. The grey areas on the far hillsides show the aftermath of the 2011 wild fires which burned much of the red cedar and oaks that cover these hills.
My results are better this week than last. I spent some time in Palo Pinto County out in the brush and hill country. There were many potential subjects that caught my eye. Here are a few. All shot with my Nikon D700 and Nikkor 28-70 f/2.8 lens hand-held.
Barrel Cactus in Palo Pinto County Texas
Palo Pinto County, Nature Stone Outcroppings
The Sky Comes Alive With Color at Dusk
1940′s-era Native Stone Ranch House Several Miles West of Weatherford
According to the owner of the place this house was built for a grandmother on the family ranch back in the 1940s but unknowingly it was built in a flood plain. The river is about a 1/4 of a mile away and not visible from this location, but it has flooded three or four times over the decades where the water was waist-high in the house. It was understandably abandoned as a dwelling.