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Going a little “batty” in this one

Bat at night diving to pond to get a drink of water.

What an amazing photo weekend! I just got back from a short photo trip with Kathy Adams Clark, a wonderful and talented professional photographer who has been both mentor and friend for many years. She took our small group of photographers to a small, seemingly nondescript ranch in the southern Arizona desert, where we found ourselves really going “batty” with the exciting opportunity to photograph bats at night as they swooped into a small pond to get a drink of water. (We also photographed hummingbirds, but that is a subject for another post).

The setup for the bats was technically amazing, with laser beams tripping flashes as the bats dived to the water, and the resulting photos were a nature photographer’s delight. The education about bats, so often feared unjustly, and their important place in nature was equally valuable.

However, as is so often the case with photography trips, I came away with much more than interesting photos and a greater understanding of bats. The camaraderie of friends (new and old) with a common passion, together with the shared excitement and awe at the quiet secrets of the natural world we so often take for granted, once again offered a powerful, felt-in-the-heart reminder that we and all of nature are all somehow connected.

Pallid Bat, Antrozous pallidus, at night diving to pond to get a drink of water.

Pallid Bat, Antrozous pallidus, at night diving to pond to get a drink of water.

Bat at night diving to pond to get a drink of water.

Bat at night diving to pond to get a drink of water.

Bat at night diving to pond to get a drink of water.

Three bats at night diving to pond to get a drink of water. Triple Exposure.

Bat at night diving to pond to get a drink of water.

Bat at night diving to pond to get a drink of water.

Nectar feeding bat, the endangered Lesser Long-nosed bat, Leptonycteris yerbabuenae, feeding on nectar at night in Arizona.

Pallid Bat getting a drink at night

2 comments on “Going a little “batty” in this one

  1. It is always a joy hearing from you and seeing the pictures from your trips. These are fabulous! The reflections are amazing! I’m totally jealous and look forward to the hummer shots. have a fantastic weekend!

  2. Amazing photos! I can imagine how thrilling the experience must have been!

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