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Gorgeous photos of Endangered Birds!

I thought this was perfect for a Sunday!  Click here for original article.

25 Portraits Of Rare And Endangered Birds That Look Simply Stunning

Photographer Tim Flach has three goldfish and two Burmese cats. The latter, Hunt and Blue, eagerly keep their owner company while he works, even though they would probably gladly devour some of his subjects.

Flach is known for his striking portraits, where animals are treated with the same care as any human model. The photographer has captured both wild and domesticated animals, but whether he places them against a plain background or meets them in their natural habitat, Flach always manages to highlight their unique appearance.

This time, we’re focusing on his bird photos, but if you want to learn more about his magnificent work, check out Flach’s books Endangered and More Than Human.

As you can imagine, working with so many models requires not only artistic but organizational skills as well. Flach spends quite a bit of time on his photoshoots. “It really depends on the kind of project I’m doing,” he told Bored Panda. “If I’m doing a commission, and say, I’m most likely to be photographing a domestic animal like a cat or dog, then I probably work through a wrangler or handler because at that point, everything needs to be confirmed with the agency and the client.”

“But when I work on my own personal projects, it’s often that I’m following a concept or an idea. And that animal then is to represent that,” the photographer explained. “Then the next question is, how do I access those animals? Well, then, of course, I have to take the situation, case by case. For example, if I want to access an endangered Saiga that can only be found in some national park near the Caspian Sea in Russia, then, of course, I have to get my friend in Moscow to organize something with the national park to get some kind of permission and visa.”

The next thing is having someone on the ground who actually knows what the behavior of those animals is. In the case of a particular project Flach is working on now, a book on birds, he has a guy who’s like a producer and is highly knowledgeable about birds, and even owns some. Then, the photographer has to develop a case by case approach as to whether those birds could be put into an aviary in the studio, whether there’s some kind of permission he has to get through a zoo, and so on. “I have to present a kind of case for why I want to get that access to them. For example, at the moment, I’m trying to get access to a very rare fossil. That fossil is unique, and I have to have a conference call with various people at the museum to convince them that it’s worth me having access to such an extraordinarily rare and important fossil.”

So naturally, Tim’s photoshoots are incredibly varied. “I think the one thing as a photographer is that though you can have your kind of formulas and approaches to certain problem solving, when it comes to the animals, each can have different situations whether that means diving with hammerhead sharks, or tracking down polar bears in the Arctic, or penguins as I did in the Antarctic last Christmas. That’s slightly different than my models in the studio.”

The vast majority of animals Flach photographs are untrained, including birds. “With a bird book, I might have over 100 birds, and yes, the parrots and the ones for shows, of course, they’re quite trained but for the vast majority of my animals, I’m there, literally perched behind a hideout with an 800mm lens, waiting for something just to turn in my direction.”

In the studio, of course, the process is quite different. The photographer has a special aviary which makes it impossible for the animal to see him. There’s even a turntable. “Often, the birds are happily perched on this and it whizzes in circles, so I can get the exact angle I want. The opportunities where I can have control and how much control can vary enormously.”

Tim says there is a sense of awe and wonderment in the uncertainty of photographing animals; you never fully know what will reveal itself in front of the lens. And that is the beauty of his work; he doesn’t force anything, instead, Tim allows his subjects to speak and gives the viewers space to make up everything else.


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I’m back from vacation, how about YOU GO ON A VACATION?! I saw this… only a few spots left! BLUE SKY SAGE ADVENTURES for “Horsewomen of a Certain Age” (riding Wyoming’s back country on trained horses!)

Doesn’t this sound GREAT?!  I happened upon Blue Sky Sage Adventures and found they are centered on women’s horseback retreats in Wyoming.  How fun!  I just came back from my vacation in Wyoming at the R Lazy S Ranch.  It was outstanding!  So, I’m fairly certain you’d have the same gorgeous scenery with this highly rated company.


What I really found exciting was the “Horsewoman of a Certain Age” ride.  It is 7 days.  They provide the trained horses, fabulous wilderness rides through glorious country, meals, camp accommodations and lovely nights under the stars.  And, since these rides are titled, “Horsewoman of a Certain Age”, I know they are going to assuage any fears you might have about it all.

THERE ARE ONLY 4 SPOTS LEFT for the entire summer, so click here to look at the calendar.

From the website.

Who are we? The women I know who are on the horsemanship journey are from a wide age range, are from all walks of life, reside in countries all over the world, and they have the common bond of the horse as a major fixture in their life. For you women, Blue Sky Sage exists. This is a place to continue your horsemanship journey, at whatever fork in the trail you are at right now. If you are ready to move forward, then we invite you to join us for a time of growth, confidence-building, and fun.

While Blue Sky Sage has been a leader in women-only horseback riding vacations for over 22 years, during that time the desire by our lady guests to delve into more horsemanship instruction and hands-on practice has evolved. Now, with our own “coming to a certain age” we want to offer more of our knowledge and experience to women who are on the journey, on a exclusive horsemanship retreat. These weeks of discovery will be not only about instruction and learning, but they will offer you the opportunity to retreat from your day-to-day life, and reconnect with your spirit in the “off the grid” comfort of a setting that has all you need to be cared for in a simple, natural place with no distractions from the “outside” world.

These weeks are all about horses and riding, in a supportive, non-judging environment. We’ll cover everything from safety on the ground and in the saddle, to overcoming fear, building up your body and mind, and everything in between. You will actually take the lessons into the field on the best teachers, which are the good, open-range saddle horses you will ride – they will offer themselves up to help you figure out whatever it is you may need to figure out, and maybe even help you find something you want. There will be challenge, maybe a little frustration, and hopefully, an abundance of reward. Every week is hands-on, free-spirited horsemanship, with no fences and no “nose to tail” trail riding. We ride good horses, we have a lot of fun and no one ever leaves thinking they haven’t had enough time in the saddle. This is your invitation to join me and the Blue Sky Sage staff and horses to journey forward and open yourself up to discovery.

July 1-7, 2021: As of April 21, we had a cancellation so there is 1 OPENING LEFT!


Contact us at 307.260.7990


from the website:

For years, Blue Sky Sage has practiced and promoted a “native horse” philosophy, which is used continuously in our year ’round Horse operation. It provides a safe and effective environment for both humans and horses. This philosophy is a blending of the horsemanship methods of Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman, as well as a good sprinkling of open range practices that we have developed and integrated into the riding program. This style of horsemanship creates a well-mannered, safe, willing and enjoyable trail horse and a willing and effective human riding partner. For mental preparation, we recommend you read any books by Ray Hunt, Tom and Bill Dorrance or Buck Brannaman.

Our saddle remuda is composed of Western-type horses. This includes ranch-type Quarter Horses, Quarter/Draft cross, ranch-type Paints, and a few mustangs. These horses are gentle, sound, intelligent and are not the stereotypical “dude horse.” They are all well-suited to the faster paced riding in rough country that our experienced riders engage in, yet quiet and gentle for the less vigorous pace appropriate for novice and intermediate skill level riders. There are no gaited horses used in this operation, as gaited horses are not commonly considered a Western-type horse.

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I think it is interesting and very telling that they use the new Wade Saddle.  It is lightweight with a new rigging and tree – but also adds security when needed.

Click here to read about the new Wade that is used exclusively by Blue Sky Sage on these adventures.

The Blue Sky Sage Signature “Double Wade” Saddle has these standard features:


Built on a CSST Lite-Ride® Tree composed of composite resin material
Double H Ranch Cable Rigging™, Kevlar-coated, virtually indestructible.
Lightweight (19- 21 lbs.)
Narrower Seat with Higher Rise (specially designed for women)
Close Contact (half leathers, flatter stirrup buckles, no extra layers of leather from skirting or rigging rings)
Custom Fandek Stirrups, for better feel, balance, and grip. 4” standard, 3 ½” availabl
Buckaroo Stirrup Twist to let stirrups hang correctly no knee twisting.
Hardware in stainless or brass, stirrup covers also available in copper.
Saddles DO NOT include saddle pad, girth, bucking rolls pommel bags or saddle bags. We sell pommel bags, saddle bags, nightlatches, and bucking rolls as accessories below. We recommend specific brands/styles of saddle pads and girths.
Colorado New Wade CSST Lite-Ride® Tree: this is the standard tree we use on our company and personal saddles.

Gullet W: 6 1/2?
Gullet H from front: 8?
Bar: Semi-Quarter Horse, 22 ½” L
Horn Choices vary.
Seats: 14.5”, 15”, 15.5”, 16?, 16.5”
Cantles & Seats:
4”x12” cantle available in 14 ½”, 15 ½”, 16 ½”, 17” seats
4½” or 5” x13” cantle available in 15 ½”, 16 ½” and 17” seats

Rocky Mountain Wade CSST Lite-Ride® Tree: The RM IS wider, flatter, more of a northwestern bar more surface area.

Gullet W: 6 1/2?
Gullet H from front: 7 3/8?
Bar: Rocky Mountain Bars, 23? L
Horn Choices vary.
Seats: 14.5”, 15”, 15.5”, 16?, 16.5”, 17”
Cantles: 4×12?

CONTACT INFO (I have no affiliation but I’d love to go on this ride!)

If you go, please please tell me all about it!

Mon – Fri 6 AM – 10 PM
Sat – Sun 8 AM – 7 PM



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