About the Blind

Ron’s vision for the blind was simple. He wanted an enclosed building that would accommodate 4-5 photographers behind a one-way glass that allowed photography from ground level. He also wanted a water feature that would draw birds and wildlife. And perches that could be moved and adjusted to fit individual needs.

Sounded easy enough. Now the work was to begin. First, much time was spent scouting the property for the ideal location. With 10 acres to consider this took a while. But Ron finally decided on the location.

Ron first put in the water feature. One thing Ron wanted was the ability to have water streaming and to be able to control the velocity of the stream and put in on a timer. Having no electricity to the blind location Ron is using solar power for his pump and control panel. The control panel is located inside the blind so photographers can turn it on and off and control the velocity of the stream.

With the water feature in place Ron then had to decide how far away the building would be. This involved some math and calculations based on the variety of lenses people may be using.

Next step was to determine how deep a hole needed to be dug in order to allow for ground level photography when seated. More math calculations. Turns out he needed to dig quite a bit. That turned out to be one of the biggest challenges as the ground here is largely caliche which is hard as cement and filled with rocks honestly boulders would be a better description. This turned into a couple of weeks of digging, prying and rolling.

With the hole complete it was time to build the blind. This went fairly easy. Ron is pleased with the result and excited to share the blind with visiting photographers.

Along with the enclosed blind, we also offer individual portable blinds for photographers to photograph from allowing flexibility on location.

Visitors to the watering hole have included a wide variety of birds as well as a pair of gray fox, family of javalinas, and a coatimundi.