Chris Jackson, DFW Urban Wildlife Photographer/Workshop

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by Patricia Feager, 7/10/2017

 

Participating in the Photography Workshop led by Chris Jackson, DFW Urban Wildlife Photographer was an opportunity of a lifetime. Members of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are given many opportunities to meet and greet people with amazing talent and do things together as a group. Below is a sample of his work on video to introduce you to the Urban Insects in North Dallas. Also I included still photo shots of my own while chasing the red dragonfly.

 

  

The sun was hot. The temperatures were rising after 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, 7/8/2017. A large group of nature/photo enthusiasts set out to walk through the gardens in search of Urban Insects and Wildlife. Our first sighting was of an Oriole bird's nest. Onward we hiked through the beautiful gardens practicing patience. To illustrate, I created a collage.

 

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." --- Ralph Waldon Emerson

 

 

Top left - Oriole Bird's next

Top right - Spider web with insect

Bottom left -  Ground Skink, Genus Plestiodon, brown lizard

Bottom right - Blue Dragonfly

 

We headed in the direction of White Rock Lake and visited the pond. There we saw a duck, turtles, water lilies, and dragon flies. Next we walked toward the trails leading to Japanese Maple Trails. Sunlight glimmered on river rocks.

 

 

It was here at the river running through the Arboretum we saw red dragonflies, quick as lightening. Light seemed to flicker, dance along the rocks while the red dragonflies fluttered to put on a show. According to dictionary: "The dragonfly, in almost every part of world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self-realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life." As I proceeded to walk with the group down the trails the red dragonfly followed, always leading, teasing, playing with our imaginations, testing us with our photography skills. Here's my best shot out of about 25.

 

Red Dragonfly

 

Patricia's Tip for the Day:

©Be at home with the diversity of Wildlife & Nature.

 

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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good evening Patricia Feager ,

I just knew you were going to make time for the Photography Workshop led by Chris Jackson, DFW Urban Wildlife Photographer! AMAZING!! It definitely  was an opportunity of a lifetime! The last photo is enchanting.

Jul 10, 2017 07:30 PM #10
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Patricia, what a fabulous opportunity and I can tell from your pictures you learned a lot. Chris is very talented but, I think it's even more special that he's sharing and using his talents to help others capture beautiful photos too.

Jul 11, 2017 05:28 AM #11
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Patricia you take amazing pictures, so I am sure you not only enjoyed this workshop, but walked away with valuable tips as well.

Jul 11, 2017 02:43 PM #12
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Such amazing photographs and through the workshops, you keep getting better and better!!!

Jul 11, 2017 02:54 PM #13
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Wow you are doing so good.  Those are as good as any professional shots I have seen.  Good job lady!

 

Jul 11, 2017 03:29 PM #14
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Belinda Spillman - Thank you so much! It really made a difference being with a group. I was proud of the results of my photos too! I still have a lot to learn!

Jul 12, 2017 06:12 PM #15
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Brian England - Thank you, that's very kind. Have a great day.

Patricia

Jul 12, 2017 06:18 PM #16
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George Souto - I was fortunate to be the first one to show up and got to spend time chatting with Chris Jackson, the Photographer. As luck would have it, I went back to the place where we started and he was still there. Once again, we spent time in the gardens talking about nature and photography. It was such a blessing! Plus he showed me his photograph of the Oriole. He went back to the place where we spotted the Oriole nest and just sat there, under the Pecan Tree and waited patiently. The Oriole came and he was able to get an excellent shot. However, he warned me, they are quick! When we parted, I went to the Pecan Tree and just sat there, waiting, hoping, the Oriole would come and it did! Although I got a really good look at it, my camera wasn't quick enough and I didn't have the distance on my camera. But I have to tell you, seeing IS believing!

Jul 12, 2017 06:23 PM #17
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Amanda S. Davidson - Thank you! I can't wait to attend his next workshop. He really is using his gifts to teach others. He's very approachable and knowledgeable too. 

Have a wonderful day!

Jul 12, 2017 06:34 PM #18
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Dorie Dillard - You know me! I love it!

The workshop with Chris was so worth it! I'll be attending another one soon and can't wait to learn some more and take photographs. 

Have a wonderful day!

Jul 12, 2017 07:15 PM #19
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Myrl Jeffcoat - I felt the same way until Chris Jackson came along. He changed my life! I'm sure if you had an opportunity to meet him, you'd succeed in ways you never dreamed. That's what happened to me!

Jul 12, 2017 07:20 PM #20
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Myrl Jeffcoat - Thank you, so much for featuring me in the Photos Group. 

You're the best!!!

Jul 12, 2017 07:21 PM #21
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Janice Hope Zaltman LEED AP - They are quick! Whew! I missed a great shot of an Oriole because by the time I got my camera on him, he flew away! Birds are very, very intelligent. I'm convinced they see us before we see them!

Keep practicing, that's what I have to do too!

Jul 12, 2017 07:23 PM #22
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Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS - Thank you! It was such an honor to attend his workshop. He's such a nice man and very intelligent too! The group was also special and kind. Some days, you just have to spend it with a group of strangers and learn something new! It was one of the best days I had in 2017!

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Patricia Feager 
WOW!!! The photos are amazing. The video is tranquil. What a great job you are doing with the photos. All that patience probably is great for your Clients.
All the best - Lynn

Jul 13, 2017 07:22 AM #24
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Sounds like a wonderful experience, and great photos. Thanks for sharing!

Jul 13, 2017 07:36 AM #25
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Lynn B. Friedman - Thank you for the kindness you share with me and so many others here on ActiveRain. You always lift my spirits and it's a pleasure to know you. 

I also wish you the very best that life has to offer!

Patricia

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Karen Hellier - It really, truly was an incredible experience. I hope have an opportunity to enjoy something like this yourself someday. I really, really needed it. There's something about feeling kinship with Mother Nature that just doesn't compare to food or drinks. 

Thank you, so much!

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You are so talented, in your photography and your prose...well done!

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What a great opportunity to learn some new techniques and meet other like minded people.  I think it paid off!

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