Ellen and her four-legged buddies

Santa was a little late bringing me this long awaited calendar

For anyone that does not know Ellen or seen her work you are missing out on top notch photography work…and missing her lovable, adorable and talented rats…Yes rats…
Her work has been published and many users on RedBubble and have found many smiles in her talents as a photographer and enjoying the antics of her rat buddies…
Many thanks again for custom making the calendar…

~~Gray Beard

24 hours at Rock Hollow

After sitting on a plane for 3 hours flying back from Sacramento, it was a pleasure to come home to Rock Hollow Lodge… our 10 acre refuge from the every day rat race.…

For the three springs we have lived here, the main attraction and the reason we bought this property, is the rock holler’ or ravine that is approximately 100 feet from the back deck. This ravine is where our Oklahoma Rusty or waterfalls happen when it rains hard. Our holler has a few natural springs that flow year round that provide the habitat that is a macro photographer’s dream.
During the last 24 hours, my backyard habitat provided me with storms w/lightning, 3 different dragonflies and damselflies, two male and four female hummingbirds, one lizard and numerous insects. Here is a few of the best from the 400+ photos take

Olivesided Flycatchers of Rock Hollow Ravine

Ever since we moved in to Rock Hollow Lodge in Spring of 2006…
we’ve had numerous Olivesided Flycatchers living with us.

We see them most of the year, mainly out in our backyard in the ravine, catching flying critters.

I have now found the sixth nest either in the ravine or on our back deck.

I believe I found a set of broken eggs from one of the nest.

I am still trying to figure out how they were found broken on the ground.

Main culpert…WIND…

Last spring, on our back deck, we were lucky to have this nest full of little ones.

More to come this spring….dated 19 April 2008

Critters of Rock Hollow - 8 March 2008 Update

From tiny bugs to big Turkey Vulchers, from chipmunks to deer, we have a little of everything here in our little spot in Oklahoma
Black Widow Spider

Bruce and some sort of flying beetle

Red Bellied Woodpeckers

Red Ear Turtles



Of course Squirrels



White Tail Deer

There will be more……

CameraView's Travel Journal - 23 March 2008

For most of my working career, I’ve had the privilage of traveling America’s midlands to each coast and Hawaii and Alaska. This journal will be backdated to showcase my most memorable trips.
Ocracoke Island, Outerbanks, North Carolina

To the Hawaii Islands

East side of Oahu, morning shower

A Fantastic Morning at Fantastic Caverns, Springfield Missouri

The Arbuckle Mountains in Southern Oklahoma

I’ll be updating frequently, please come back and check CameraView’s travels

CameraView of Storms and Lightning - Updated 15 March 2008

Ever since I began taking photography in the early days of the Army, I’ve been chasing the all powerful storm photo. Lightning has always appealed to me and I’ve been fortunate to capture a few good shots.
This journal will be posted with new and old storm and lightning photography that I’ve taken over the past few years.
Hope to hear from you.
Here’s a few taken from Pops on Route 66

March 15, 2008 Update

~~Gray Beard

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