I have been away the last couple of weeks. I spent 4 days at the Welder Wildlife Refuge on the Texas coast judging the Wildlife in Focus photography contest with Kathy Adams Clark and Earl Nottingham of Texas Parks and Wildlife.

It was a lot of fun. Kathy and Earl are both incredible photographers, and the thousands of images we judged were outstanding. I won the first two World in Focus contests, and it amazing to see how better each contest gets.

Our judging schedule was very tight and there was not a lot of time to get out and shoot, but I did manage to get out one evening and take some pictures of an amazing live oak tree beneath the Milky Way. Kathy walked down a pathway with a flashlight to give me a little color and a leading line.

Stars over live oak tree, Welder Wildlife Refuge, Sinton, TX, USA.

Stars over live oak tree, Welder Wildlife Refuge, Sinton, TX, USA. Canon 1DX. 16mm. ISO 3200. f/4 @ 30 seconds. Flashlight on tree and on walking path.