Ramrod Ranch (Bird Blind Photography Workshops)
PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS: Spring “2015” Season Schedule: focusing on Warblers and Spring Migrants…with instructor Bruce Finocchio and Oliver Klink.
Come visit the Ramrod Ranch and have birds enchant your senses. May is a time of great activity, with migrants coming to drink, nest, and feed their young. The Ramrod Ranch is really a magical place to experience all that Nature can offer.
Each session limited to five photographers for personal instruction, so please sign up at the link below to register and confirm your spot. (All sessions from 2009 to 2014 sold out)
2015 Spring Dates:
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and May 10, 2015
See some of my 2014 images at: https://brucefinocchio.wordpress.com/bird-blind-workshops-at-the-ramrod-ranch/2014-ramrod-ranch-images/
Linda Rutherford says: “Thanks for all your help! I really appreciate your willingness to help new photography students. The Ranch is a very special place that was wonderful to visit.”
Nancy Wold says: “Bruce, your photography continues to fill my soul! You capture the heart of nature.”
Homestead Style Accommodations Available at the Ramrod Ranch
My accommodation is rustic; it is really a wood hunting cabin. I compare it to the wood cabins at Curry Village in Yosemite where there are beds in one big room. We do have an inside private bathroom, refrigerator, stove in the kitchen for cooking, and generator for power. It’s not for everyone. There are hotels about 25 miles away in Soledad or in the Carmel Valley if you prefer.We sleep with sleeping bags, if you’re traveling by plane or don’t have one, then I can provide you with one. Or you can bring you own sleeping bag and pillow if you want.
Over sixty-six years ago, my dad wanted a place of his own to go deer hunting. Thus, the ramrod ranch was born. A son’s duty is to follow his father footsteps in learning about guns and hunting—a rite of passage into adulthood. Somewhere along the way, around eighteen years of age, I started to break from my father’s path. I saw death up close and personal with the dark, black, shining eye of a black-tail deer buck gone dull and gray with death by my own hand. This is the moment that changed my life; setting me on the path of cherishing life, rejecting the killing that comes with hunting.
Now no hunting is allowed. My friends and I have developed the property for nature photography; especially for bird photography by building a couple of permanent ponds on the property. If you feed birds, they will come, so we place perches and feeders around our little ponds–arranging the perches to obtain the best and cleanest backgrounds. From mid April on the rains stop and the country dries out, during the hot summer months our little ponds provide life-sustaining and precious water for all the bird species around. In addition to food, water is a prime attraction for birds. How they do like to bath and clean their feathers!
There are two ponds; each attracts its species, a few species only using one pond. Most species found at both ponds. Two different habitats; one pond is closer to the brush covered hillsides, the other in the more open oak grasslands near the cabin. We use photo blinds and place them next to the ponds, so with the right photographic equipment you can get frame filled images. It is just marvelous to watch birds in their nature habitat, going about their lives, acting completely natural. To hear a group of California quail calling around your blind is music to the senses. Sometimes a few mammals will surprise us and come to drink too. Chipmunks are my favorite, as they bustle and scamper about, they always make me happy. I have never seen a sad chipmunk.
I love this place! It is in my heart—it is where I grew up and learned to love the natural world. It’s where I make “nature images that sing to your heart”. Come to our bird photography workshop and I will share it with you.
Wildlife and Nature photographer
*All images taken at the Ramrod Ranch
Please Note: Due to the unpredictability of wildlife, no particular image or species is guaranteed. Weather, seasonal conditions, food availability, all affect the abundance of wildlife in a particular season or area. The Ramrod Ranch is no different in this respect.