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BioBlitz at Kleb Woods

October 05, 2017 - Tucked away in Tomball, TX is my birding home away from home - Kleb Woods. Yesterday, there was a BioBlitz, a day devot...
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Choo-Choo!!

September 27, 2017 - We took a ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad last weekend. Most of the day was quite rainy but it was still a...
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2017 Solar Eclipse

August 22, 2017 - In spite of abundant clouds and not being able to travel to the totality zone, I captured my first solar eclipse photos.
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Point Reyes National Seashore

August 10, 2017 - I am a big fan of our nation's national parks. When I spent a day and half last month at Point Reyes National Seashore i...
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Baltic Cruise

June 26, 2017 - I've been off on adventures and am about to leave on another. But, before I do, I wanted to share a few photos from a re...
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Spring Babies

May 03, 2017 - There have been many many baby and fledgling birds to enjoy the last couple of weeks! Loggerhead Shrike Blue Jay...
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Great Horned Owlets, 2017 Edition, Part III

April 25, 2017 - Owlets doing some bug-watching. One week later, one owlet "branched", climbed from the nest, and explored a tree limb. T...
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Featherfest 2017

April 18, 2017 - The first weekend of April I attended Featherfest, an annual birding and nature festival in Galveston, TX. I'd signed u...
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Great Horned Owlets, 2017 Edition, Part II

April 05, 2017 - Spent a couple more hours with the Great Horned owlets. They are simultaneously shy and curious. And, they are growing s...
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Great Horned Owlets, 2017 Edition

March 28, 2017 - I am fortunate again this year to be able to watch a Great Horned Owl nest. Got my first views of the owlets yesterday....
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Valley Specialties

March 25, 2017 - There are a number of birds that, if you'd like to see them in the U.S., you generally need to venture to south Texas in...
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Maps and Mummies

February 27, 2017 - The Houston Museum of Natural Science held one of their fabulous Pixel Parties on Sunday night. I love these events! The...
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Happy Valentine's Day 2017

February 14, 2017 - Smile and do something joyful today! ~ Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, October 2016
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The Merlin

January 15, 2017 - You get up really early, drive an hour and three-quarters to find some lovely birds at Anahuac NWR, and it's foggy. And,...
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Winter Birds

January 12, 2017 - With today's high temperature predicted to be 79 degrees, it's hard to imagine just how cold it was here in Texas this p...
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2016 Sixteen

January 03, 2017 - It's that time of year when photographers post "my favorites from 2016" so here's my take on that - Kirsten's 2016 Sixte...
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Chase Bird

December 30, 2016 - It started when someone posted a photo on a Facebook bird group. "Wow, that's a NICE bird," I thought. Two and a half ho...
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2016 Birds

December 19, 2016 - It's that time of year again. Grab a cup o' your favored beverage and sit for a spell to enjoy a video of 2016's birds....
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Christmas Vacation 2016

December 15, 2016 - On average, every other year for the past 12 or so years, I've taken a holiday vacation to the Christmas Markets in and...
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Take Your Camera Everywhere

November 28, 2016 - I recently took a road trip to Florida to care for my mother post hip-replacement. I was able to snap a few photos along...
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Chasing Butterflies

October 27, 2016 - The last couple of weeks, after the summer birds had gone, before the winter birds had arrived, we had a bumper crop of...
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10/1/16 Balloon Glow Timelapse

October 15, 2016 - 500+ shots in 20 seconds! 10/1/16 Balloon Glow at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
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Up Up and Away with Crystal Blue

October 13, 2016 - An amazing ballooning experience! Click for the full balloon ride story...
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Balloons!

September 26, 2016 - I like balloons. I bought a Mickey Mouse balloon inside a balloon at Magic Kingdom a few years back; dragged it around f...
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Flowers at His Feet

September 19, 2016 - This quote from "Les Misérables" seemed a perfect match for this image. The photo is a focus-stacked composite of eight...
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Photowalk Fun

September 18, 2016 - Last night I participated in a big sponsored photowalk event. It was not all it was cracked up to be. It was hot and rea...
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Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

September 12, 2016 - Earlier this year, the Bayou Bend Partnership completed restoration of the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern and opened it to t...
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Todd Lake

September 08, 2016 - One beautiful August night at Todd Lake in central Oregon + three photos + many hours in Photoshop = The original sho...
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Smith Rock Sunset

September 01, 2016 - Here's a sneak peak of what I'm shooting in central Oregon this week. "Smith Rock Sunset" Stars, milky way, etc. pho...
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Shall We Dance

August 26, 2016 - The other night I dreamed of a hummingbird, fuchsia and blue and... it's too faded now to recall. But, it's made me go b...
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Nambia 2016

August 10, 2016 - I discovered Adobe Spark a couple of weeks ago and thought it might be a good format to present my recent Nambia photo s...
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Hottentots Holland Day Tour with Birding Africa

July 19, 2016 - When I began to plan my Namibia trip, it became clear that RT airfare to/from Cape Town was going to be significantly le...
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"Kings of South Georgia" is Wildlife Photo of the Day for 7/14/16!

July 14, 2016 - A happy moment of recognition today, "Kings of South Georgia" has been selected as the Wildlife Photo of the Day for 7/1...
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"Aren't You Afraid to Travel Alone?"

June 17, 2016 - I can't help my enthusiasm. In a few days I depart for South Africa and Namibia. When I tell people where I'm off to and...
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Black-billed Nightingale Thrush

June 13, 2016 - Hello! I am the Black-billed Nightingale Thrush. I can be found in Costa Rica and Panama. Listen for my song - https:/...
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Arizona Is Not Just Desert

June 08, 2016 - The Waterfall Trail at Fossil Creek near Pine, AZ is not a place you decide to just pop over to. You must intend to visi...
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Arizona Birds, Part II

June 06, 2016 - "Hey, Kirsten - got any more bird photos from Arizona to share?" Well, of course I do! Eared Grebe Abert's Towhee...
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Petrified Forest National Forest

June 03, 2016 - A couple of hours east of Flagstaff lies Petrified Forest National Park. If you like geology and landscape, you should v...
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Lower Antelope Canyon

May 20, 2016 - Everyone and their brother has photographed Lower Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ, but I like to think it's still possible...
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Thar Be Dragons!

May 16, 2016 - Along with squirrels and birds, I'm really loving the dragons lizards here in Arizona. The Desert Spiny Lizard who suns...
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Arizona Birds

May 11, 2016 - Before I visit a new place, I make a bird "wish list". What have I never seen that I might find in this area? My list f...
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Squirrel!

May 02, 2016 - Greetings from Flagstaff, Arizona where I've become smitten with the Abert's Squirrel! More to come of these little dev...
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The Sandhill Crane Problem that No One is Talking About

April 01, 2016 - Deep in the heart of the Great Plains, there's a growing problem that no one is talking about. I traveled to Nebraska la...
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Texas Panhandle

March 31, 2016 - I made a brief stop in the Texas panhandle last week. I really ought to spend some extended time here. The landscape is...
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Ahhh...

March 29, 2016 - You know how great it feels to find something to reach that itchy spot on your back that you can't reach yourself? Yea,...
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Atop of Osorno, Photographer Problems

March 08, 2016 - To the tune of ON TOP OF OLD SMOKEY "Atop of Osorno, all covered with snow. I lost my poor lens cap; know not where it...
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The Bobble Buddies, Parental Edition

March 06, 2016 - Yesterday, the Bobble Buddies were alert and curious when I stopped by. As they grow, they spend more and more time on t...
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The Bobble Buddies, an Owlet Update

March 03, 2016 - We're growing and doing great! Hortense and the Mr. are great parents. Big Yawn! Mom's Away. Let's play!
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The Canyon Wren

February 28, 2016 - On a recent trip in west Texas, I drove by some interesting rocks and thought to myself, "If I were a Canyon Wren, I'd l...
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Hortense Has Been Hiding a Secret... wait 'til You See What it Is! (Great Horned Owl, Part III)

February 16, 2016 - Forgive the "hook" blog post title.:P Tonight I had a "Wild Kingdom" moment. For those too young to know what that is,...
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Great Horned Owl, Part II

February 13, 2016 - Last weekend, I discovered a nesting Great Horned Owl. I looked in on her today. She's still sitting pretty! Anyone wan...
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Spring is Here!

February 11, 2016 - The Egyptian Goose is not native to North America but they've been doing quite well establishing colonies around Houston...
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Superb Owl Sunday

February 07, 2016 - Look "Hoo" I discoverd on my walk this morning! I'm excited to watch for chicks in the future. Happy Superb Owl Sunday!...
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The Cape that Could

January 28, 2016 - Sometimes you find yourself in a place so marvelous you don't want to leave. Cape Bougainville (The Falkands) in January...
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The Fludgling

January 25, 2016 - Fludge (verb) - to accidentally fledge. I recently took a cruise vacation in South America. While I wade through the pi...
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2015 Fifteen

December 31, 2015 - Everyone is posting "my top 10 photos" so here's my answer - Kirsten's 2015 Fifteen! - photos that make me happy, in no...
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Wonder and Joy

December 25, 2015 - My very best to you and yours this holiday season!
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Birds of 2015

December 22, 2015 - You may guess from looking at this photo blog that I have become an avid birder in the last couple of years. 'Tis true!...
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iPhone at a Concert

December 21, 2015 - One of our holiday traditions is to go to a Trans Siberian Orchestra Concert. While I saw many folks pulling out point-a...
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Florida Sandhills

December 10, 2015 - In most parts of the U.S. Sandhill Cranes migrate, but in Florida there are populations that reside year-round. I recent...
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My Favorite Angel

December 01, 2015 - As a little girl I had my very own Christmas tree in my room. This little angel has been with me ever since. Share a ph...
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Magical Winter Lights - Houston

November 25, 2015 - Last night we took a trip to the Magical Winter Lights show currently on at Sam Houston Race Park. Twinkle, twinkle.....
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Got to Be a Part of It

November 19, 2015 - I have extended family near New York City, so I try to get up there every year or two. I took a quick trip at the end of...
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November 2015 HMNS Pixel Party / HCP Capture Crawl

November 16, 2015 - The Houston Museum of Natural Science periodically opens it's doors to photographers for specific exhibits after hours....
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2016 Calendars are Here!

November 16, 2015 - Calendars are shipping starting next week. Most of them are already spoken for, so order now before they're gone! $14.9...
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What's a Photo Ranch?

November 12, 2015 - The birds are already flitting about the trees fringing the blind as photographer Ruth Hoyt sets things up for our shoot...
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Channeling My Inner Mangelsen

October 12, 2015 - One of the first names that comes to mind when you mention "wildlife photographer" is Tom Mangelsen. If you've ever been...
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Grand Prismatic Spring

October 09, 2015 - Late September 2013 - destination Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Then, there was a government shutdown whic...
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Close Encounters of the Bird Kind

September 15, 2015 - Perfectly perched on a bare horizontal branch. The setting looked like a set, but it was completely natural. The bird wa...
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Mills Lake

September 10, 2015 - While in Colorado last month, I visited Rocky Mountain National Park twice or more a week. I explored much more of the p...
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I Have a Thing for Jays and Magpies

September 04, 2015 - I've previously professed my love for jays and magpies. They are full of life and personality and will steal your lunch...
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Greetings from Colorado (Part III)

August 30, 2015 - Wow, does a month go by quickly?! It's nearly time for me to head back to Texas. Lest you think I only shoot photos of...
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Greetings from Colorado!! (Part II)

August 21, 2015 - Still loving my time here in the Rockies! Here are a few friends I made this past week. Mule Deer Yellow-bellied Marmo...
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Greetings from Colorado!

August 12, 2015 - I've left the heat and humidity of August in Houston behind and escaped to Colorado! It's so nice to get outdoors and sh...
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Waugh Drive Bats

July 23, 2015 - I've lived in the Houston area a LONG time now. And I'm embarrassed to say that I'd never gone to see the Waugh Drive ba...
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Suburban Safari

July 20, 2015 - I love to visit parks and nature centers near home. One I visit frequently is Kleb Woods Nature Preserve in Tomball, TX.
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Hatch of the Day

July 14, 2015 - Sunday morning, this little guy was just an egg. Yesterday - poof! Fuzzy little Killdeer chick racing across the grass....
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Puffins!!

July 07, 2015 - Puffins are so fun to watch and photograph!
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The Good and the Bad

July 04, 2015 - I’ve been aboard the National Geographic Explorer on an arctic journey of Svalbard, East Greenland and Iceland since Jun...
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Electricians Needed??

June 18, 2015 - Part of the fun of traveling is seeing how other cultures do things. Part of the horror of traveling is seeing how othe...
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Happiest Army on Earth

June 12, 2015 - From the files of my very first photography tour. Bhutan, November 2008. We passed a military transport of the happiest...
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Goblins

May 28, 2015 - There's an other-worldly state park in Utah called Goblin Valley. The wind hewn hoodoos make for some interesting scener...
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Billions and Billions of Stars

May 15, 2015 - Carl Sagan was right! There are billions and billions of stars out there. But, you need to visit dark places to see them...
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Leucistic Ladder-backed Woodpecker

May 13, 2015 - From Wikipedia: "Leucism / ˈ lj uː s ɪ z əm / [1] is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an an...
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Flying Rainbows

May 11, 2015 - If you think birds are brown and boring, you are looking at the wrong birds. For example, Painted Buntings. They are fl...
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We are Star-Stuff

April 30, 2015 - Two or so years ago, I saw an article about this guy named Brad Goldpaint who was doing some great night sky photography...
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Happy Earth Day!!

April 22, 2015 - I spent the morning of Earth Day 2015 at the weekly Kleb Woods Nature Preserve bird walk. I happened to park near a mulb...
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Down in the Valley (the Rio Grande Valley)

April 21, 2015 - The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is rich in wildlife, especially birds. The many parks and sanctuaries along the river ass...
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Clapper Rail

April 07, 2015 - You're out birding and you hear what sounds something like hammering. But, it's 7 AM at a nature preserve in Texas. Ther...
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Brown Anole

March 31, 2015 - Brown Anole on a sunny spring day.
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Brazos Bend State Park (Again)

March 28, 2015 - It seems I am always extolling the virtues of Brazos Bend State Park. So, why break tradition and stop now? At this tim...
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Wolf Spider

March 26, 2015 - When I am out birding, I often have to remind myself to "Look down!" There are obstacles out there - holes, rocks, roots...
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Spring Is In the Air

March 23, 2015 - After what (at least seemed like) weeks of wet, grey weather in the Houston area, it was dryish this past Friday. Despit...
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Blue-crowned Motmot

March 16, 2015 - If you wonder how that bright blue and green bird eludes you in the trees, you need only look at it's habitat.
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White-throated Magpie-Jay

March 11, 2015 - Last week I took a little vacation to Costa Rica. It wasn't truly a birding trip, but I did my best to make it one.;) B...
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Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty

February 24, 2015 - ... little ball of GRRRRR! Sometimes your photo model wakes up on the wrong side of the bed.
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Houston Audubon Education Programs

February 02, 2015 - Are you familiar with Houston Audubon 's education programs? One of the programs they provide is raptor and owl presenta...
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Bosque del Apache

January 23, 2015 - The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico is world-known for the winter morning liftoffs of geese and...
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Zum Christkindlesmarkt

January 21, 2015 - In 2006 I took my first Christmas markets trip along the Danube from Nuremberg, Germany to Vienna, Austria. That began a...
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Morning Surprise

January 10, 2015 - I took the camera on our morning walk today as I discovered a nice Horned Grebe earlier this week. Most days I see Ospr...
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Happy New Year!!

January 05, 2015 - It's 2015 already?! I am woefully behind on processing photos from November and December, and I've been neglectful of t...
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Meep! Meep!

November 10, 2014 - A little Roadrunner humor for the day. Enjoy!
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Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR

October 31, 2014 - An hour west of Houston, you'll find the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge. The Attwaters Prairie Chicke...
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Thar Be Dragons!

October 23, 2014 - "May I photograph your bird?" I asked the pirate. "Oh, yes. But this is a DRAGON!" And upon the magic word, the bird lif...
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Bless You!!

October 18, 2014 - I'd been wandering the campground area behind my hotel in the Omo Valley looking for birds. The birding was great! Then...
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Beautiful Mingi

October 07, 2014 - OMO CHILD rescues and cares for Mingi children from the Omo Valley tribal region of Southwest Ethiopia. Since 2008, we h...
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Ethiopian Kittens!

October 05, 2014 - Lordy, did I take a lot of photos in Ethiopia! The trip I was on had a cultural/environmental portraiture focus, but tha...
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Why Travel Nat Geo?

October 03, 2014 - I've been on a number of trips with National Geographic Expeditions. Why do I like Nat Geo? First, the trips are well-pl...
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Omo Valley

September 24, 2014 - Greetings from Ethiopia! I've just arrived back in Addis Ababa following a week in the Omo Valley. So many fabulous expe...
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Velvet Ant

September 10, 2014 - Have you even seen a Velvet Ant? I hadn't even heard of one until today. It's a pretty big and colorful ant!
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Making Lemonade

August 29, 2014 - A week in Glacier National Park, shooting moonlit and starry landscapes with Goldpaint Photography. It was going to be h...
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Finger Lakes

August 07, 2014 - I visited the Finger Lakes area of New York for a family wedding this past weekend. I was born in this area and always f...
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Purple Martins

July 26, 2014 - In many parts of Texas in July and August Purple Martins form large flocks and roost together in preparation for migrati...
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Real Rodeo

July 04, 2014 - One of the side trips I took last week was the Columbia Falls, MT rodeo. They have one every Thursday during the summer.
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Snow Leopard

July 01, 2014 - Last week I visited the Triple D Game Ranch in Kalispell, MT for a Canon Live Learning event. I had all my fingers and t...
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Squirrel!!

June 29, 2014 - Super curious and super cute! You won't need a long lens. Find the Columbian Ground Squirrel easily near Lake McDonald...
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I Took This with an iPhone?!

June 20, 2014 - June has been a quiet month photographically. It's gotten hot and the mosquitoes are awful, making outdoor adventure les...
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Signs of Summer

June 06, 2014 - Each June I have baby Mourning Doves in my yard. This is the first fledgling of the year. I call him Squab 1. Two more n...
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The Snake that Ate the Swallows?

May 27, 2014 - Apparently, rat snakes are known for their climbing abilities. This snake was up high just under a roofline at the top o...
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HMNS Pixel Party - Bulgari

May 19, 2014 - The Houston Museum of Natural Science had another Pixel Party last night. Here are a few of my favorite shots from our e...
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So Ugly They're Cute

May 13, 2014 - Baby egrets serenading mom (or driving her crazy...l) ~ High Island Rookery, Texas
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Cuckoo for Cuckoos!

May 08, 2014 - Last week I saw my first Yellow-billed Cuckoo. He was not cooperating for a photo, though. But, this past Tuesday I fou...
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Blackpoll Warbler

May 05, 2014 - I nearly mistook this guy for a chickadee on first sight (newbie birder!). The Blackpoll Warbler passes through Texas on...
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Common Nighthawk

May 03, 2014 - Birds often fluff up to stay warm. Here's a Common Nighthawk fluffing in the cool morning air this past Thursday at Anah...
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Battleship Texas

April 23, 2014 - Last weekend, I attended a Houston Photowalks event aboard the Battleship Texas. This ship has quite a history (read her...
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Galveston Pleasure Pier at Night

April 21, 2014 - Slow shutter, night photography at the Galveston Pleasure Pier in Galveston, Texas.
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Eagle (Owl) Eye

April 13, 2014 - An Eagle-owl gives me the "eagle eye" at the raptor photo shoot session of this year's Galveston Featherfest.
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Roadrunner Says...

April 07, 2014 - Today's Public Service Announcement. <wink>
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A Chorus of Bellows

March 16, 2014 - Something new and exciting happens every time I visit Brazos Bend State Park. Yesterday morning was no exception! It's...
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Circle of Life - Catfish Edition

March 10, 2014 - Everybody's gotta eat...
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Vermillion Flycatcher

March 07, 2014 - What a stunning bird!! ~ Brazos Bend State Park, 3/6/14
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HMNS Pixel Party - 2/23/14

February 24, 2014 - Every now and then the Houston Museum of Natural Science hosts a "Pixel Party", allowing photographers after hours acces...
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Theobroma, the Food of the Gods

February 20, 2014 - Rainbow of cacao pods, Belize 2010.
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Squirrel!

February 16, 2014 - Two squirrels have settled into a box at Russ Pitman Park in Bellaire, TX. One popped out to say "Hi!" as the other eyed...
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Creature from the Scum Lagoon

February 13, 2014 - Caught this American Alligator hauling himself onto a log at Brazos Bend State Park (probably my favorite state park in...
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Caption This Cardinal

February 10, 2014 - I just love the expression! What do you think she's thinking? Send me your caption.
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Bird Blizzard

February 03, 2014 - Red-winged Blackbirds come in to roost at Brazos Bend State Park as the sun fades.
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Small Bird, Big Personality

January 31, 2014 - Tufted Titmouse - so fun to watch!
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Couch's Kingbird

January 30, 2014 - Nifty bird find from last Saturday's Houston Audubon Field Trip. He was WAY across the bayou! The next field trip is...
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Can You Count the Red-winged Blackbirds?

January 26, 2014 - I sure can't! I found this flock, nearly acting like starlings, a couple of weeks ago.
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San Jacinto

January 23, 2014 - San Jacinto, birthplace of Texas liberty: "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!" On April 21, 1836, General Sam Houston...
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Nesting Great Horned Owl

January 20, 2014 - The local birding network has been telling a tale of a nesting Great Horned Owl at Baytown Nature Center. If you are a H...
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Snipe Hunt

January 18, 2014 - Can you spot the Snipe? Happy hunting!
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Blending In

January 13, 2014 - American Bittern's sure do have good natural camouflage. I nearly walked right by this guy on Saturday standing right ou...
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Catch of the Day

January 10, 2014 - Ever wonder what it looks like to swallow a fish whole? It looks a little like this.
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Curious Armadillo

January 09, 2014 - I ran across this armadillo last weekend. The clicking of my camera shutter caught his attention. So much so, that he st...
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13 Greatest Hits from 2013

January 03, 2014 - Here are 13 of my favorite shots from 2013 (in no particular order). Which is your favorite?
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Attwater Prairie Chicken

December 19, 2013 - Yesterday, I spent the day volunteering for the Christmas Bird Count at Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refug...
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Beautiful Burma

December 01, 2013 - One of the things I love about National Geographic sponsored tours is the flexibility. One morning in Myanmar we set out...
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Boy in a Box

November 28, 2013 - This little Burmese boy proves the universal truth that all children love playing and hiding in giant boxes! ~ at Mount...
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Friendly Freckled Feefant

November 12, 2013 - I spotted (pun intended) this lovely fellow yesterday at Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom. Who knew Asian elephants had frec...
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