St Patrick’s Day Golf Invitational

I know this isn’t nature or wildlife, but yet still an important part of who I am.

I was lucky enough to be invited to join a great group of guys playing golf at Firewheel Golf Courses.  For the past 24 years they have traveled to a new course for a three day weekend.  It started 25 years ago and was always played on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  After a couple of cold and rainy years the event was moved to the third weekend in April.  This was the 25th year.  The event came with shirts and hats!

When I came down to Texas last year on my house hunting trip I got paired up with Jimmy and Billy.  They invited me to join their group.  Once I was moved in and settled, I had to be vetted by the Chairman.  I thought they were all a little crazy so I fit right in.  I am guessing I played with them for a good two months before I knew some f their real names. Everybody has at least one nick name.  I thought I would put together an official player roster.

Dennis (“The Chairman” or “Beek”) Verbeek


Jimmy (“JR”) Reed


Billy (“Sunshine”) Craig


Greg (“Ace”) Phillips


Bill (“Buzz”) Eaves


Ron (“EZ” or “Easy”) Caddell


Jack (“Eagle”) Kissane


Kevin (“Hootie”) Maloney


Jimmy (“JB”) Brownlee


Rodney (“Rocco”) Shiftlette


Tom (“Spot Lite”) Miller  NEED A RETAKE


Chet (“Chezzy”) Trammell


Scott (“Skate”) Cole


Tom (“Tommie”) Maloney


Carl (“Caddyshack”) Meinhardt


Chris (“Whitey”) White


Mike (“Stick”) Prescott


Kevin (“Little Kevin” or “LK”) Maloney


I was really hoping from some cool name like Ace, or Eagle, but they stuck me with:

Kent (“Pudge”) Jarrett


Friday was stroke play with net and birdie payouts.


The Chairman reading the rules to the 5 group captains.KJ5D5490-FrameShopThe course was pretty good shape considering it had gotten between 8 to 10 Inches of rain the week before.  Some of the par three photos:KJ5D5530-FrameShopThe Signature Waterwheel holeKJ5D5553-FrameShop The elevated tee boxes for the 18th.KJ5D5556-FrameShopSome action shots from the first tee.

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The “Barney” Pole!  Rumor has it, it used to be the long drive marker, now they play it closes to the Barney. The group isn’t as “Long” as they used to be!


Saturday we played the following 6-6-6 event with a Blind draw partner.Photo Apr 23, 10 42 56 AM

After the 6-6-6 event we all went to the Par 3 course for the Last Man standing event. Each foursome played a par 3 hole, high score was eliminated.  If there was a tie for the high score the low score player picked a spot for a chip off, farest from the pin was eliminated.  Every hole 1 played was eliminated.  So after 3 holes there was only 1 player for each foursome.  The final four then played three additional holes until Rodney Shifflett was the last man standing.


For Sunday the leader was paired with the last place, and second with second to the last and so on down the line for the final 18 holes on Sunday.  Two matches at play.  First your own ball, and the a low net team game. 20 total points on the line!

Billy Craig won the “Luck Of The Irish Cup” for the three day low net.


There was a TIE for the champion of the 25th St. Patrick’s Invitational Event!

Congratulations to Rodney Shifflett, and Billy Evaes. (not sure how they are going to share the vest)

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After the chairman handed all the cash and prizes the group had taken up a sizable collection and gave him a hand full of cash for 25 years of running the event and getting out weekly tee times.

I was super impressed and pretty jealous when they also presented him with a St. Patrick’s Invitational flag, framed and signed by Jordan Spieth!!! WOWKJ5D5627-FrameShop

A great group of guys and a fun weekend!  Hope I can keep my mouth shut and get invited back next year!

The group!KJ5D5565-FrameShop

Life is good and I am blessed and you never know what might get in front of my camera lens next!


Owls at White Rock Lake

Heard the Barred Owl at White Rock Lake owlets were fledging.  So I finally got over there to photograph them.  Two of the three were already fledge and only one left in the den tree.

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Life is good and I am blessed!



2016 GMC Terrain Denali

Three years were up and some great memories on my 2013 GMC Terrain.  Moved me from Illinois to Texas, two trips to the Smokies, two Ozark golf trips, a trip to the Masters, and countless miles on back country roads owling.  It was time to trade her in and get something newer.

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Thought I might as well post up my other Terrains.

2013 GMC Terrain DenaliIMG_8593Web IMG_8603WebAnd it all started with my 2010 GMC Terrain STL

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Hope this year’s model brings as many good memories as old whitey!

Life is good and I am blessed,


Barred Owls of Colleyville Nature Center

I had been seeing several Barred Owls posted on some of the facebook groups I follow taken at Colleyville Nature Center.  So I decided I would go check it out.  When I got out there the morning of April first, there was already 5 other photographers there.  They stated they had seen one Barred Owl but couldn’t get close enough to get any decent shots.

I asked them if they minded if I tried to call them and see what might happened.  I have called both Barred and Great Horned Owls with my photography buddy Mike (“the owl whisper”).

I set up and called one time, within 1 minute I had both the male and female sitting in the tree above us.  Let me introduce the cast of this post.

The female:PBKJ6837-FrameShop The Male:PBKJ6975-FrameShopI believe them to be brother and sister from last year.  That would make them too young to breed.  I later found the other Mature set I believe that are sitting on eggs.  Therefore, I believe they have kicked these two out to fend for themselves. Having grown up together they are really sticking close to each other.  I had seen several photos of both owls on the same branch but I wasn’t that lucky!

I have studied Owl behavior in the field over the past 3 season and believe I am starting to understand them.  I asked the group if they had all the portrait shots they wanted they replied yes.  I asked if they wanted a launch or flight series.  They didn’t believe I could use a different call to launch and fly straight at straight at us.  I told them to get their settings ready. Once there were all ready, I called and sure enough, they male few straight at us.

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I then headed deeper into the woods to find the nest tree of the breeding pair.  I had seen photos of the hole and it didn’t take me long to find it.

The group watch that hole for a good 30 minutes, nothing.  I told them I don’t call females off the nest.  I said I would try and call the male to see if he was guarding the nest tree from above.  One owl usually watches over the tree while the other sits on the eggs.  The guarding owls hunts and brings food back to the nest.

I called once,,, waited 5 minutes nothing.  Used a different call and called one more time, sure enough the male climbed up out of the hole, sit there for photos and then launched.

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On the way out back to the car, the juvenile pair was really being harassed by several blue jays.  I called the male one more time since they were both very active trying to lose the Jays.PBKJ6975-FrameShop PBKJ6976-FrameShop I’m batman!  I have been trying to get this pose where the owl is looking through the finger wings.  They wings weren’t opened as much as I wanted but I still like this pose.PBKJ6977-FrameShop PBKJ6978-FrameShop

I will be going back to check foe babies and fledging as time allows.  I hope to be able to juggle golf, photography and some pool time.  It really feels good to be shooting at least once a week and finding some interesting stuff that is helping to make Texas feel more like home.

Life is good and I am blessed!

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