Javelina at the Desert Photo Ranch. Photo by Bruce Taubert.

If you are looking for a new place to photograph Arizona’s desert wildlife, then look no further than the new Desert Photo Retreat!

Ron and Janine Niebrugge recently acquired a 10-acre piece of the beautiful Upper Sonoran desert east of the town of Marana in the Tortolita Mountains (north of Tucson). Although the Niebrugge’s have lived at the property for three years, this is the first year they have opened it up to outside photographers.

According to his online bio: “Ron attended college at Eastern Washington and then went on to get his masters at UCI. After graduating from UCI he stayed on in So Cal where he met his wife, Janine. In 1991 they returned to Alaska and made Seward, Alaska home, where they still reside. In 2002 Ron, along with Janine, decided to follow his passion for photography on a full-time basis, leaving comfortable corporate jobs for the unknown life of a professional photographer. Ron and Janine never looked back.” His striking photography work can be found at http://www.wildnatureimages.com.

Fox at the Desert Photo Ranch. Photo by Bruce Taubert.

At the Desert Photo Retreat, saguaros, ironwood, palo verde, and tons of cactus pack the property. It also features a permanent water source, and the birds are fed abundantly. Thus, it’s a haven for wildlife.

Although Ron seemingly sees all of the desert birds visit his new home, I visited recently to specifically to photograph javelina and gray fox. The birds are easy, the fox predictable, and the javelina reliable. Two blinds on the property put you in the best position for great morning and evening light.

The javelina image is one of several I took on my first visit. These cute but voracious “pigs” are best photographed at the pond blind. The gray fox begin their activities at dusk and are active all night. Flashes and some knowledge of remote photography will help. The fox make several visits to the pond blind during the night. If you can stay up late, you should be successful. Ron’s other blind is set up primarily for desert birds and is incredibly active.

An airstream trailer is available for overnight stays on the property for singles or couples. It’s better than most hotels I stay at. For an additional fee, Ron can guide you for a half- or full-day.

The only downside? The Desert Photo Retreat is only open from October through April.

Give the Desert Photo Retreat a try! You will not regret it.  Learn more at Desert-photo-retreat.com.

~Bruce

Fox at the Desert Photo Ranch. Photo by Bruce Taubert.

We are so thrilled to finally announce our “top secret” Wild in Arizona project:  the new guidebook, “Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildlife!”  If you liked our wildflower book and you enjoy photographing wildlife, then this will be an outstanding resource for you as you explore the Grand Canyon State in search of critters, big and small.

But neither Paul nor I (Colleen) will be writing or photographing this book.  While both Paul and I photograph wildlife on occasion (typically when it runs into our landscape scenes…), we both knew there was one person who would knock this book out of the ballpark…and we are equally as excited to announce that we’ve partnered with him to make this come to life!

Wildlife photographer extraordinaire, Bruce Taubert, has joined our team to author and photograph the next book in our series, “Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildlife.”  (Paul will focus on graphic design and production, while I will serve as the official publisher.)

If you do not Bruce already from his amazing photography work in magazines like Arizona Highways or his highly-sought after photography workshops, then here’s a quick snapshot of his credentials:

Bruce Taubert

Bruce has been photographing the worlds wildlife and wild places for over 40 years.    His work has been published in Arizona Highways magazines and calendars, Smith-Southwestern Calendars, WildBird, Birders World, Ranger Rick, Arizona Wildlife Views magazine and calendars, Conservation International, several websites, Bat Conservation International and a host of educational books and other publications.  Bruce produced most of the photos for the Arizona Game and fish Departments “Bats of Arizona” and was featured photographer in “El Cielo” a book dedicated to the conservation of a cloud forest in Tamaulipas, Mexico.  Bruce is lead photographer on several Arizona Highways Photo Workshops and teaches photography workshops in Africa and Ecuador. 

 Bruce  has lived and worked in Arizona since 1981.  After receiving his PhD he began his career as the Chief of Fisheries for the Arizona Game and Fish Department and retired as the Assistant Director for Wildlife Management.  Bruce was a founding member and President of Arizona Watchable Wildlife Tourism Association and a Board Member on Watchable Wildlife Inc.  He also was a founding member of the international conservation non-profit Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.  Bruce spent 20 years traveling the world working on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.  Bruce’s first trip to Africa working for the FAO was in 1979 and he has returned 14 times. 

Despite a busy year, Bruce has already typed out a first draft of the manuscript and has offered some absolutely incredible wildlife photographs to help begin with layouts.  We still have loads of work ahead of us, but we are working towards a mid-2015 release.

But we could really use you’re help right now!  We’ve put together five different possible options for the cover of this new book and would like to know your thoughts.  Which one do you like the best?  Why?  Are there any you don’t like?  Why?  Don’t be shy! Let us know what you think by leaving us a comment below and we’ll enter you in a drawing for a FREE copy once we release it next year. Your input will help guide our decision of which cover to use!

Here are the five, in no particular order:

Cover #1

WIA Wildlife Cover #1

 

Cover #2:

WIA Wildlife Cover #2

 

Cover #3:

WIA Wildlife Cover #3

 

Cover #4:

WIA Wildlife Cover #4

 

Cover #5:

WIA Wildlife Cover #5

We thank you for your help, and can't wait to share this wonderful new resource with you soon!

~Colleen, Paul, and Bruce

 

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