Today’s blog post is brought to you by Gilbert Arizona Parks and Rec department. Yup they made a park and in that park are BURROWING OWLS. They even made homes for them with little PVC pipe entrances. Which once I read online and saw how close it was I couldn’t help myself but go over there.


The first time I went over there the sun was starting to set and while I was able to see the owls I realized quickly that I had missed the moment to capture a very good picture. I did run into another photographer who had a massive lens on his camera. It may have intimidated me a little but the owls were very patient and I felt confident I could come back another time and find them there.


Literally the next morning I woke up at 5:30 am and raced the sunrise to the burrows. I brought my tripod. I made sure my batteries were charged. I cleaned my sensor. I had 0 excuses and a mountain of ambition.



This is my favorite clip that I got from that morning. It really paid off to wake up early and take the time to be there with the sunrise.


Photography Lessons Learned

  1. Mornings are better than evenings because the sun is coming up so you may lose the golden beauty but at least your subject won’t disappear in noise and darkness.
  2. When you enter into an area that has potential pictures just have your camera on, mounted on the tripod and ready to take pictures and the widest view.
  3. Walk softly and be small so that the animals are not disturbed by your presence.
  4. Get a larger lense haha yes I can make my current equipment work for me but I believe what I did today would have been much better and easier to get the clips that I did with a larger lense.
  5. Use the limited space on the camera to craft a scene.


Look at this picture (same as the featured image) I snapped while filming that scene above.

Burrowing Owls Gilbert AZ


I love the way this clip turned out but the perspective seen in this picture versus the video clip is vastly different. In the video clip, you see lots of vegetation and very little barrenness of the desert landscape. I chose to shoot through the blades of grass as a way to add substance to the foreground and help portray an image that felt wilder than being stuck in a city and surrounded by cars racing past us. I used the angle and lens focal length to help hide some of the telling signs of society. I could have avoided the bush all together but instead, I chose to make it a part of the scene. One thing to note that shooting an image like this was much easier than before because I now have a lens that can zoom from 17 mm to 140mm. That range allows me to focus through objects and capture some beautiful things in a unique way.


I look forward to capturing more of these moments with wildlife and I am gracious encouraged by all of you who read this post.






Side note about my goal of 100 posts in 100 days. I haven’t been perfect at writing and while I am proud of the fact that I have actually published some articles I have realized that I probably won’t ever do 100 days straight. I am amending the plan. The goal is to write 100 blog posts as fast as I can. I will report on how many I actually wrote within the 100 days. Hopefully, it is somewhere near 100.