About the Blinds
Upper Blind Inside
Lower Blind Evening Side
Lower Blind Morning Side
Ron’s vision initially was for a single blind. He wanted an enclosed building that would accommodate 4-5 photographers and allowed for 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.
Visitors to the watering hole have included a wide variety of birds as well as a pair of gray fox, family of javalinas, great horned owl, striped and hooded skunk, bobcat, coyote, racoon, ring-tailed cat, mule deer, and a coatimundi.
After completing the blind Ron realized while this blind was a great location for evening photography it was not a good location for morning. So he went to work on a second blind.
First Ron had to find a good location. This took some time but he finally decided on an area near a wash where there was a lot of thick vegetation, something Ron had come to learn the birds, especially cardinals and pyrrhuloxia, liked.
Now that a location had been decided Ron went to work on what we refer to as the “lower blind”. Because we realized there were two great views what was to be a long narrow building became an L shape making this blind a great place for both morning and evening photography.
At the lower blind Ron uses an elevated table for feed, perches and water.
Along with the enclosed blinds, we also offer individual portable blinds for photographers to photograph from allowing flexibility on location.
Update: Ron is looking forward to applying what he has learned, and will be building a third blind in December, 2018 It will be ready for the 2019 season. This blind will include a large reflection pond table at camera level, it should be cool!