Photo Blind being constructed.
2008 after acquiring Santa Clara Ranch, Dr. Beto Gutierrez
decided to convert it into a full time photography opportunity.
He related his ideas to several well known nature photographers
and one, Larry Ditto, generously offered to help him with
the layout of the blinds and water places.
visited other photography ranches to get ideas of permanent
blinds and came back to Santa Clara with plans to build
the perfect photography friendly ground blinds. The result
were two morning and two evening blinds located in front
of small watersites. The blinds are lined with water resistant
lumber, insulated roofs, carpet lined floors and spacey
enough to accommodate up to 6-7 photographers. The photographer,
sitting in a folding chair in the blind, will have his lens
lined up at ground and water level waiting for wildlife
to appear. The blinds have been very successful and minor
changes have been made as new ideas come to mind.
Clara also has an above ground blind devoted solely to shooting
raptors. I has exceeded expectation with raptors coming
to a perch 40 feet away and the photographer getting his
images at eye level with the birds. The background is not
a bright sky but a muted green setting.