Until late 2014, I had never even considered submitting a photo for publication. I rarely even submit an image for a contest. Most of my pleasure is derived from teaching others how to photograph, sharing my knowledge on wildlife and where to photograph (and to eat afterward!), and in enjoying my own images and the images of others.

While on a trip to Big Bend National Park in 2014, I stopped at E Dan Keppler’s Gallery in Marathon, Texas. We visited for quite a while and got to know each other, talked about his many projects and, of course, the Big Bend area. Shortly after I returned home, Dan had visited my images on-line and told me I needed to have some of them published. The only publication that really interested me was the Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. First, because from the time I was a young boy, I loved getting to my grandparent’s home near Waco and reading all the issues they still had since my prior visit. And second, because I am so proud of my home state, I thought it would be cool to have some images published in something that was part of such a great memory.

Dan put me in contact with the right people and next thing you know, I am getting the list for needed images. I am happy to say that on my first submission, I had two images of the desert night sky from the Big Bend National Park published in the January/February 2015 issue. Here are the two images on their own:

Milky Way & Ocotillo

Milky Way & Ocotillo

Yucca, Milky Way & Moon

Yucca, Milky Way & Moon

While it is fun to share your images with others in whatever means available such as on Facebook, Instagram, a web site, or through a publication, whatever you do, never let the real joy of experiencing the outdoors fade.

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