Rebecca Wilks

Rebecca Wilks; Photographer, Teacher, Yarnellian, Do-Gooder

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Go Fish

Our friend Larry, tying a fly at the pond

Or “The Fishwife,” because I don’t fish.  My husband has launched full speed into flyfishing.  Fortunately, both nature photography and angling tend to take place in beautiful locations so our obsessions are compatible.


ICM Iris

Last weekend we returned to the beautiful X-diamond Ranch near Eager, AZ.  I discovered this place when I had the pleasure of a cowboy photography workshop with Scott Baxter and returned for a girls’ weekend shooting hummingbirds with Kim Gray and Lisa Langell there.  I highly recommend it; we’ve already booked another trip in June 2022.


Shooting time was limited, as I was “parenting” Gypsy and she’s a bit young to be patient with the pace of nature photography.  We hiked and played in the water, though.


When I did get away, there were fun wabi sabi details in the old ranch buildings,


Rocky Mountain Iris

And flowers blooming; spring comes late at 7500’ elevation.  The Rocky Mountain Iris, delicate and smaller than our garden varieties, were striking. At least, once the high winds died down on Sunday.


There are active archeologic sites on the ranch.  We were excited to stumble on some petroglyphs nearby.


Our friend spotted a Great Blue Heron nest from the home’s porch.  Because of the topography, the nest was about eye-level for us.  The images are not great, but you can see one of the fuzzy-headed chicks here if you squint.  Thank goodness my Canon R5 has high enough resolution for a vigorous crop.


There’s more on the website, in the Spring 2021 Gallery. 

Friday, May 14, 2021

Not Profound

Still life with old stuff

You know how sometimes putting out fires in your life can interfere with artistic pursuits?  Maybe you’ve experienced difficulty pulling together a coherent theme or a thought-provoking narrative when you’re distracted?

Agave, Marble Canyon Arizona

So, lets keep it simple and look at some pretty pictures I’ve made since we last met.

Love and juniper berries, Marble Canyon Arizona

The April road trip was interrupted by surprise family business, but not before I had a chance to shoot a bit.  Skies were uninspiring, so I enjoyed photographing some compelling details.

Granite Mountain

On the way home we made a stop at a little campground near Prescott’s Granite Basin.


This spring’s bloom was not as inspiring as some, but the claret cup cacti in our little mountain town put on a great show.  I love the way my neighbors text me when they see something photogenic.


One of my good friends collects interesting and sometimes odd small objects.  I raided her stash (after an afternoon creating art by gluing some of it together) and added eggs and fruit for still-life experiments.  I had fun playing with lighting and adding textures and backgrounds during photo processing.


Finally, attending to said family business in Los Angeles, I broke away for a photo walk.  Despite repeated scolding from security guards in Century City, I managed a few images worth sharing.

I'll give a go at being more weighty next time.

More of all of this is in the Spring 2021 Gallery on the website.