Oct 242016
Phone Photography

When I’m not working at my real job (the one where I get paid) or volunteering in the band concession stand, or chauffeuring adolescents to activities, my favorite activity is wandering around the nature preserve and taking pictures with my iPhone. I have many reasons why I use my iPhone instead of a “real camera”.

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Oct 102016
How Photography Changed My Viewpoint of Wildlife

I have always loved animals. It was all about stuffed animals, never dolls. I loved going to the zoo and watching documentaries. My house is animal themed. No person comes in my home without stating, “Wow, you really love animals don’t you?” But what I have learned in the last year is that loving animals

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Sep 262016
A Summer of Extraordinary Urban Wildlife - 2016

What an amazing summer it has been! I have been pursuing Wildlife photography for over ten years now, and I am still making new and exciting discoveries. What a wonderful hobby this is! This summer has been special with sights and sounds like few others. The long hard drought of 2012 through 2014 is now

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Aug 082016
Carrollton Cooper's Hawks

In North Texas when a developer decides to put in a new subdivision it is usually the bulldozers that lead the way. In my neighborhood, though, there is one small portion of property that was spared the usual onslaught. A one acre park still retaining its original woods. Mature hackberry and pecan trees crowd this

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Jul 252016
Nocturnal Biodiversity – Come and Celebrate This Week!

Guest blog entry by Sam Kieschnick, TPWD Urban Biologist for the DFW Area “Thus hath the candle, singed the moth” ~Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice This week is the 6th annual National Moth Week, and to celebrate, there are a few events planned around the DFW metroplex. On Wednesday, July 27, at 8:00 pm at

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Jun 282016
The 10 Most Exotic Birds Observed in the DFW Metroplex

The 10 Most Exotic Birds Observed in the DFW Metroplex? An article like this one pretty much has to begin with a few definitions. I apologize, but that’s just the way it is. For the purpose of this posting we will be considering all native and non-native birds that living free and in the wild.

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May 232016
Wynnwood in the Winter

Our days are getting longer and the weather is turning warmer. Summer is right around the corner, and so is the sweltering North Texas heat that comes along with it. Soon the mild weather of this past winter and spring—one of the nicest extended seasons for being out-of-doors we’ve had in years—will be only a

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Apr 242016
Garland Goodbye

The company I have worked for the past 20 years recently built for us a brand new campus in Richardson, Texas near the George Bush Expressway. Our old facility was located just a few miles down the road in the City of Garland. That building complex can trace its roots all the way back to

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Mar 272016
The Woodpeckers of North Texas

Knock! Knock! Knock! and Ratta-tat-tat. You’ve got a woodpecker in your backyard. But what kind is it? We have up to eight different species of woodpeckers in North Texas depending on the time of the year. Many of them are superficially similar in appearance and behavior. How can you tell them apart? The following will

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Mar 202016
The Elm Fork of the Trinity River - Surging through Lewisville

We are still dealing with the side effects of last spring’s heavy rain and flooding. Until just recently the spillway at Lewisville Lake has been wide open and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River has been full and flowing faster than it has in years. It’s quite a sight to see. The Trinity in

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Feb 082016
The Upside of Drought

This past spring the Dallas/Fort Worth area finally received some long awaited relief from the years-long drought. Of course, in North Texas it is either feast or famine when it comes to these sort of things. Torrential rains ended the dry spell, but the resulting flood waters changed the landscape in dramatic ways. We are

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