Albuquerque, NMUSA 87111
November 26, 2011
Lots of places. I like Bosque del Apache, though I actually prefer summer to winter there. I also like Quebradas, the Ojito wilderness, the Gila wilderness, the Sandias, and the volcanoes west of Albuquerque. I’m always up for new locations too. I’d like to explore the Zuni mountains and El Malpais more.
My main interest is in situ photographs of reptiles and amphibians. Most of the pictures that people take of herps are posed, but I like a more hands off approach. I spend a lot of time just watching the animals, waiting for particular behaviors, which can be really boring for non-photographers, hence the “rolling their eyes comment in my introduction. I also enjoy doing landscape photography, though I find that I need to be in a particular mind set to do it well. I rarely shoot landscapes and herps at the same time. It usually needs to be one or the other. I’ve started really enjoying doing panoramas and HDR (very lightly cooked, if its obvious HDR was used I lose interest) landscapes.
As stated above I enjoy photographing mostly herps. In particular there are a number of diamondback rattlesnakes at some dens I monitor that I’ve photographed many times over the last few years and feel like I’ve sort of gotten to know them as individuals. I also particularly enjoy photographing lizards, because of all the interesting behaviors they exhibit. No summer would be complete for me without spending some time during the monsoons photographing spadefoot toad choruses. What an incredible suite of adaptations these unassuming frogs posses!
I guess I would consider myself an advanced photographer. I’ve had a handful of images published, but I still have to support myself by teaching. I’ve been doing this long enough that I feel pretty confident that I know what I’m doing, though that still doesn’t stop me from making stupid mistakes more often than I would like to admit.
Hello, I’m a high school biology teacher who does nature photography to maintain my sanity. Looking for people to hang out with that won’t roll their eyes and keep looking at their watches every time I set up a tripod.
Neat new area! I want to go back sometime for the evening light. Thanks for showing us this spot Ranger Jenn.