Five Fabulous Days

A Thirsty Young Gray Fox Laps Up Precious Water From A Small Pond

I just spent five fabulous days at my Ramrod Ranch, setting up my photo blinds for bird photography, adding new perches, and preparing backgrounds by clearing grass around the ponds.

Because of my serious back injury, there was a period of 767 days from early 2015 through early 2017 that I was unable to go to my sacred place. During this visit, I reconnect to this place again, emotionally and spiritually. These five days I soaked in all the bird life. I took moonlight walks each evening, hearing a Great Horned Owl hooting its deep voice on a nearby hill. Each day I was surprised by a special and rare bird species. First, it was a Yellow Warbler, then, a Nashville Warbler—my first real photographs of this bird. The next day a Sharp-shinned hawk came by the cabin pond searching for its next meal.

The third and four days a Pacific-sloped Flycatcher made an appearance. I love Flycatchers; they are very shy but I got some very good images with good backgrounds of this wary bird. It seemed to favor the five o’clock hour to make an evening show.

However, it was the fifth day and my last morning where up by the water tank and the large main pond that I was graced with a special visit by a Gray Fox. They are so beautiful. It was thirsty and ran around the pond just feet away from me. For once I was prepared by having my 100 – 400 mm lens ready so I could zoom back and forth, getting wide-angle full body shots as well as tight portraits. This moment lasted only a minute or so but was so wonderful it seemed to last much longer. It is also forever imprinted on the view screen of my mind.

A Portrait Of An Alert And Watchful Gray Fox

That’s not all, the Gray Fox, made a second appearance twenty minutes after the first, still thirsty. It drank again. The few quail around scattered deep into the brush. I was blessed and felt honored by sharing these few moments with this beautiful fox.

Water Drops From A Gray Fox’s Chin As It Raises Up From Drinking

Due to a recent cancellation, I have spaces available for the October 6 and 7th, if you would like to share nature with me, and take the journey to become a better nature photographer.

It’s an incredible experience to watch birdlife so close, behaving so naturally as if you aren’t even there. I have included a couple of images of this beautiful Gray Fox and one of the Pacific-sloped Flycatcher. If I can capture these images, it possible for you to do so too. Let me teach you how.

For more information and to register, follow this link to my signup page.

A Pacific-sloped Flycatcher Tilts Head As It Searches Its Surroundings

Author: Dream Catcher Images

Nature, Bird, and Wildlife Photographer Mission Statement: Restore your life’s essence, experience a child-like wonderment and reconnect your spirit with our mother earth. My mission, as the owner of Dream Catcher Images, is to create beautiful photographs that hauntingly sing to one’s heart of the earth and its magnificent wildlife. Through this imagery, a sense of awe about the sacredness of life is shared and communicated to the image viewer or a workshop participant.

8 thoughts on “Five Fabulous Days”

  1. Hi Bruce,

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

    Best, Marlene Cohen

    On Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 10:08 PM Dream Catcher Images by Bruce Finocchio wrote:

    > Dream Catcher Images posted: ” I just spent five fabulous days at my > Ramrod Ranch, setting up my photo blinds for bird photography, adding new > perches, and preparing backgrounds by clearing grass around the ponds. > Because of my serious back injury, there was a period o” >

  2. The RR….. …does this mean that RR is “up and running” ??…THAT is good news. Christopher

    1. Hi Christopher, Yes, I am photographing from the blinds, as my gray fox images attest to. I still need to do more cleaning and decide what I am going to do about the refrigerators. The fence has fallen down in my places, including the gate post. Everything needs a lot of work. However, I had some great night walks, especially under the full moon. Earlier during the Labor Day Weekend, I saw the Crescent Moon in the west just after sunset hanging over the Carmel Valley, a very bright Venus as high as I have seen it in the west-southwest sky, directly south was Jupiter, and burning brightly, more brightly than I have ever seen in the southeast sky was a red ruby, planet Mars. It was an incredible arch across the valley that I’ll never forget.

  3. So glad you got back to your sacred space there on the ranch Bruce. These images are beautiful. I’m needing a good picture of a Nashville Warbler – besides just their butt 🙂 Where can I find out more about booking time there?

  4. Awesome Bruce … Just refreshed my memory with the incredible moments we had there together.

    Good luck with the workshop … Oliver.

    Oliver Klink – 408-910-6701 –

    Black and White Photographer of the Year 2018 Critical Mass Top 50 artists – 2018 & 2016 People’s Choice Award, Black and White Magazine 2017 Seeing in Sixes Top 50 artists by LensWork – 2017


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