David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

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In Search Of…

While traveling down a long and lonely back road we came upon a side road that beckoned us.  Before I tell you what we did next let’s rewind to the day before.

Finishing our photo driving tour south of San Antonio we headed up to the hill country in search of more bluebonnets.  Arriving early afternoon at Johnson City we gassed up and bought a few ‘I shouldn’t buys’.  We set out to cover as many locations as we could.  It wasn’t about being at the right time, in the right place and getting beautiful lit shots.  We just wanted to see as much as possible.

First order of business was to get off the highways.  Pick a road, any road and that’s what we did.  We drove the famous Willow City Loop.  From there we headed towards the Union Band Cemetery in Pontotox, Tx.  This was our second visit with the first time being early one morning.  This time the sun was lower in the sky and the light was much better for taking photos.  If you have never been and you are in the area take a few minutes to enjoy the cemetery covered in bluebonnets.

From this point we headed back east.  We stopped a few more times to take some photos but I wanted to get back to Marble Falls before it got dark.  It was a long day and I just wanted to relax and plan the next one. 

It was just about dark when we saw a hotel.  A quick review showed it to be rated a four out of five.  Not sure what was going on but the three hotels were booked up.  Except this one, how lucky could we be?  The clerk said all the rooms were taken, however, she had one left.  The honeymoon suite, but it would cost ten dollars more.  If you could have only seen my face.  What the heck, for ten dollars more, I was game. 

The hotel’s jammed pack parking wasn’t giving me a warm and fussy feeling.  I was the first one to open the door.  I gave out an OMG you’ve got to see this!  It was a cracker box room with a king sized bed.  Wait, there is more.  Next to the bed was a king sized Jacuzzi.  Wait, there is more.  The walls were covered in mirrors.  Yes, a little more….mirrors on the ceiling.  I love humor, we had a good night’s sleep.

This brings us to the morning of the photo.  Starting off with a good breakfast is a priority for Lila.  Me, not so much, but I won’t turn it down.  If you’re ever in Marble Falls check out the Bluebonnet Café.  I had two scramble eggs, hash browns, toast, sausage, bacon with a large glass of orange juice.  Mighty Good!

As we started out for our search of bluebonnets I told Lila my stomach was doing a little rumbling.  Perhaps we should check out some back roads not too far from town.  We picked one and started down that long lonely road with a few more gurgles of my stomach.  That was some breakfast.

We stopped a few times for pictures and moved on.  Gurgle, gurgle.  That’s when we came upon this side road where I couldn’t help but stop.  Just pass the cattle guard looked to be a road not to miss.  We decided to continue and come back to it later.  Gurgle, gurgle.  Stopped and photographed a few more places and moved on.

Past the point of no return.  I told Lila there wasn’t any more gurgle.  It had progressed to gurrrgling.  I stopped to check my iPhone map for any close place I could point the car.  You ever have this sinking feeling?  No way, it was way past the point of no return.  I was now traveling fairly fast down this dirt road in search of where a bear in the woods would go.  I was starting to get cold and clammy with a few beads of sweat on my forehead.  And Lila laughing her head off didn’t help the situation. 

Thanks goodness, there was a vehicle trail leading to nowhere.  I pulled in and quickly got out.  There wasn’t any fresh tracks so that was a good sign.  Let me say right here I never complain what Lila packs.  I like to kid with her about packing the kitchen sink.  She told me where the magic roll of Charmin was located.  I’m sure she was having a good laugh as I walked up the trail and around the bend, quickly.  There it was, the perfect spot.  Kind of below a tree and in the midst of cow paddies.  Just me and the birds.  Along with a nice breeze and the fresh smell of manure.

Lila was smiling as I rounded the corner skipping back to the car.  I never felt so good.  If Lila had been outside the car she would have been ROGLOL.

We headed back to the side road and started down what turned out to be a great drive.  Just beautiful along the road.  Just us enjoying a little of what nature has to offer. 

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, f/5.6, ISO 640


Moab, Utah

Landscape from Moab, Utah.  Certainly a target rich area for taking pictures.  Wish I would have had more hand warmers for my frozen fingers early in the mornings.  Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Nikon D800, 70-200 @ 70mm, 1/33, f/9, ISO 100



Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

While visiting my mother in-law in early May I notice some hummingbirds gathering by the feeders.  I figured they were migrating through and I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity of photographing one.  Since this was more of a family gathering I didn’t bring my usual equipment.  I got pretty close to the hummers and just waited and watched them come and go.  I tried as I might but is wasn’t easy holding the D4 and 70-200 for long periods of time hoping one would come into my focal plane.  I took a large number of shots but will only keep this one.  I know they will be back in September so I’ll be ready.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm @ 95mm, f/2.8, 1/2000, SB-900, ISO 200