Sunday, April 20, 2008

Grace - That's Me! and...more hunting pictures!

Friday found me hunting with customers at Moss Creek Ranch, east of Big Spring. They drove in from Oklahoma City to meet me at the ranch (now, that’s wanting to hunt!) A great time was had by all.

The beautiful terrain of Moss Creek Ranch - that flat top mountain is Signal Peak. Hoss is the dog on point!

We are trekking through the bushes, dogs pointing quail and chukkar, and I’m taking pictures of my hunters shooting. The terrain is beautiful, the dogs are beautiful…and.then.I.fall. It was one of those long falls, you know, the kind… that…takes…forever? And thank God, I had my brand new Canon 40D camera in my hand, and not just hanging from the strap around my neck. It was fitted with the 300 zoom lens on, and that would have been the first thing to hit the ground. But no…I have it in my hand, so I start trying to roll, to protect the camera.

And I land somehow on my right hip.

The guys run over to me, as I’m getting up. Don’t you know that was a graceful sight? I’m full of little cactus thorns and stickers, and I’ I’m glad no one else had cameras with them! I finish hunting, though I know I’ve done something to my hip. It’s not painful, it just feels weird, like it’s out of joint Saturday morning, I wake up, and amazingly, I’m not sore! We leave town at 6:15 a.m. to head out to the ConocoPhillips Halliburton Bad Boy Blast, where we shoot and have a great time. One of my customers shot a 90! My customers then drove back to Oklahoma City. I called them at 9 p.m. to check on them, they were about two hours out. They are tough!!

This is what you call a double flush - a bird has already flown to the shooter's left, and one is currently flushing on his right. The hunters got both birds - and I got a great picture!

I’ll see these same guys on Monday, when I go to OKC to shoot in the CASA shoot with more customers. We had such a good time Friday and Saturday!

Last point of the day - Zack the Wonder Dog, Prissy, and Ann - a beautiful sight indeed!

Last night, around 10 p.m., my chiropractor friend, Kevin Willhite, who owns Soft Touch Chiropractic in Midland, met MLH and I at his office, and performed an adjustment. He said I was in a bind – and by then, I knew I was. I feel better this morning, but I’m still going to take it easy.

That is, until I have to pack and get myself to the airport.

It’s never boring around here!


Sandy Kessler said...

thoroughly enjoyed the pics not your "twist a fall"

Lynellen said...

I hope you feel better soon!

Janie said...

Sandy - thanks!

Lynellen - I do feel better, already, thanks so much!

thisisme said...

Wow - sounds like a fun weekend. What a relief that no one else had a camera :) I'm glad that your hip is feeling better.

Karen said...

I'm glad you didn't break the camera or your hip. Careful out there, girl.

Pam said...

Janie, Janie, careful out there! The pictures are fabulous, glad you didn't crash the camera. Zack looks pretty good working away! Have a good time in OKC...give my #2 son a call...

Rach said...

Ouchie! Glad you are adjusted got to keep the camera in one piece!

Jeff said...

Janie, can those dogs fetch beer, too?


Snooty Primadona said...

Oh, WoW! The dogs look fabulous on point and your pictures are fantastic.

You've really been a busy bunny, so I hope you didn't hurt yourself with that fall. Our aging bodies don't care for falls, you know.

Be sure & take pictures of the OKC hunt. I'd love to see them.

Janie said...

Thisisme - I know, girl, I'm glad no other cameras lurked either!

Karen - I have to be more careful, I'm really trying!

Pam - me, too. Can you send me Kevin's number? Maybe we can do supper tomorrow night?

Rach, me too, girl - it's expensive!!

Jeff - of course...they're hunting dogs! Beer is game, right?

Snooty - I know, girl, I'm getting OLD.

Terri aka Pepsi's Mom said...

Janie--BEAUTIFUL pictures! Wish you were here to take some of Pepsi & Sierra. Hope your hip is feeling better. My thing is that I drop things all the time. I lost your email address in my old hard drive. Can you email me a picture of Zoie?

Janie said...

Terri - I e-mailed you yesterday...I'll do it again just in case!

Geo said...

Protecting the camera at all costs -- oh the things we value!

Btw, what kind of birds were you hunting? I didn't realize anything was still in season.

Janie said...

George - I know, gotta protect the toys!

We were hunting quail and pheasant on a preserve. As long as you're on a private refuge, it's all good. No seasons.