A-1 Lake

July / August is the perfect time of year to enjoy our lakes and rivers. The weather in Northern AZ is as good as it gets, and the water location yield great fishing and wonderful views.

We have hit over a dozen lakes this year, continuing the trend we decided to check out A-1 Lake outside of Pinetop-Lakeside.

The lakes not only offer great views, but amazing wildlife. This time of year is also full of baby animals of all types.

Early morning hours sometimes gift us with wonderful skies, great light, and early birds.

We love to see the innocence of youth in its beautiful environment.

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Kaibab Lake

Kaibab Lake, just outside of Williams is a popular lake for fishing and camping.

It’s got terrific views and great fishing.

With its proximity to Williams (Flagstaff, and the Grand Canyon just 60 miles to the North), it is a popular spot for tourists.. During the summer / spring months flowers blooming along its shores. It is stocked by the AZ Game & Fish twice a month during the season, where trout, bass, sun fish, crappie and catfish are often caught.

A wing and a prayer

I have been on an Osprey mission lately. I have been obsessed with getting that perfect shot. The more I try the better I get, and the more I learn, but I still seek that sharp, clear, close photo of an osprey with his prized catch.

It’s more difficult that it seems. The lighting has be right. It has to be close enough to fill the frame (without clipping its wings) – probably the most difficult task. It must be sharp, despite the fact that the bird is flying at a swift rate with its prize – and normally away from you.

Some of these things you have control over, some you don’t. If you are shooting at a large lake, the chances of you catching him with his catch are more difficult. The best lighting and time are early morning and evening. During the day the fish aren’t as active, and nor are the osprey – but it depends on the day and lake, the size and quantity of the fish, and time of the year.

All I can say is, I’ll have to keep trying. Practice makes you lucky.

A picture tells a story

I have been determined to get that great story telling shot, since I missed the shot here … https://kritterspix.com/2022/05/14/tucson-to-greens-peak-in-45-degrees/

The story I want to tell, is of an osprey catching dinner, trout in it’s talons, taking it back to the kids for dinner…. and of the photographer (that would be me… getting her shot).

We heard there were osprey at Woods Canyon and Willow Springs Lakes. Along the way we saw herds of bull elk, deer, a bear cub, and coyote. At Willow Springs we found cute chipmunk willing to pose for the camera.

We headed to Hawley Lake hoping for better luck. We didn’t find any osprey, but we found turkey, elk, and bluebirds.

We kept moving, hoping for that illusive osprey shot. We found blue heron at Horseshoe Cienga Lake.

In the morning, still looking for osprey, we encountered beaver and baby Canadian Geese.

Still on a mission, we headed to Bog Tank for osprey, where we had seen them before.

We weren’t there 5 minutes, I had barely gotten out of the truck with my camera when we saw an osprey overhead… coming toward us.

With a lot of luck, (and a ton of practice), I actually captured my illusive shot. The osprey got his prize.. and I got mine. Sometimes things don’t work out the way you intend, but if you’re patient and take what comes one can get more than they sought.

Carnero Lake

I posted some photos here .. https://kritterspix.com/2020/07/31/carneros-sunrise/, from our last visit to Carnero Lake.

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We enjoyed it so much, we went back for more.

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While most folks go to a lake to swim, fish, and canoe, we go to relax and watch the animals and the sunset / sunrise, and take pix.

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I could sit by the waters edge and watch osprey fish or chipmunk play all day.

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