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Wildlife Photography Ranch

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MISSION STATEMENT

 

Our goal, like that of many quality Wildlife Photography Ranches, is to create maximum predictability in helping you to create outstanding images.  We bring the wildlife to you, up close and in the right place, instead of walking the woods and trails hoping for a clear shot.  We also provide professional level consulting on Image Post Processing and how to create Added Value to your images for the beginner, amateur and professional photographer in our Workshops.

 

Birding and wildlife photography is a way of escaping the stress of city life by bringing the beauty of nature closer to your soul, and seeing the world through your lens.  At La Lomita we give our customers not only a wonderful photography experience, but create memories that you will take home with you and cherish for years.

Welcome to La Lomita Photography Ranch, a 240-acre property with a large stand of Mesquite trees, shrubs, cactus, wildflowers and grass, making it one of the last natural habitats in the City of Uvalde. The ranch is also surrounded by farm land, making it an ideal refuge for regional and migrating birds and wildlife.  Here, you'll find over 125 species of birds, including our resident Green Jays, Thrashers, Roadrunners, Cardinals, Bobwhite & Scaled Quail and dozens more. In addition to our birds, wildlife includes Deer, Bobcats, Armadillo, Rabbits, Squirrels and Coyotes occasionally seen on the ranch.

 

La Lomita is a vision of the ranch owner who is also a photographer, who wanted to see the property developed into a premier birding and wildlife destination for photographers—from beginners to professionals—to enjoy the beauty of Texas in its natural state. In 2016 he asked Pliny Mier, also an avid birding and wildlife photographer, to take his dream to the development the ranch.

 

The ranch is convenient for avid birders and photographers to enjoy whether coming from San Antonio, or any of Texas’ major cities, with minimal driving time to get to some of the best birding and wildlife photography in South Texas.

 

Uvalde is located at the crossroads of the nation’s two longest highways, U.S. 90 and U.S. 83. Uvalde is known as the Honey Capital of the World and is famous for its beautiful trees. Uvalde is located just 90 miles west of the Number One destination city in Texas, San Antonio.  So, whether you’re coming from within Texas, from out of state or country, commuting is not a challenge.

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BLINDS

Our four photo blinds are strategically placed throughout the ranch to take full advantage of the morning and evening light that draw birds and wildlife. Each blind has a water pond, drips, great perches and custom perches for wonderful habitat shots and very nice backgrounds.  Each of our  blinds are 8’ deep and 16’ wide, and fit one to five photographers comfortably in an open air environment.  Your shots will range from 8 – 40 feet, so lens from 150 – 600mm, primes of 400mm, 500mm up to 600mm,  would be your preferred lens.  You might want to pack a Macro as well to get flowers and butterflies as well.

TESTIMONIALS

What's New !

Our well-loved manager and guide, Pliny Mier, has moved up to Northeast Texas area.  He has been an amazing manager and guide for La Lomita.  Dr. Sandy Hurwitz and Leslee Hurwitz thank him for all the years of service, dedication and love he gave to the ranch and all who came to visit.  The future will see Pliny coming out to the ranch to hold his amazing workshops.  We will post those events when the become available.

Taking over the management and guiding services at La Lomita are Greg and Laura Barfield of Castroville, Tx.  Both life long outdoors people who have shared many adventures together over the years.  They quickly fell in love with La Lomita and will be responsible stewards of the land and all that lives therein. 

 

Greg especially loves working outdoors, keeping the roads navigable, blinds neat and tidy, feeders working properly and filled.  He has worked to reopen two other blinds for guests to enjoy.  He's the worker bee that makes it all happen.

Laura has been a photographer most of her life.  In the last several years she has become absolutely obsessed with birds and wildlife.  She has won many digital awards, social media recognition, been published four times in The Universe of Colour Photography's magazine.  She is most proud of her recent 9th Grand Prize placement in the intense Wildlife In Focus Photography Contest.   

PHOTO CONTEST

We will be holding a photography contest twice a year !  The first being from January 1 thru June 30, the second being from July 1 thru December 31 of each year.  

The winner of each will receive a beautiful custom commemorative plate and a free full day shoot at La Lomita (subject to available dates).

If you would like to enter, please shoot us a message and we will give you all the information about how to enter.

 

We look forward to seeing your amazing photographs !  

Pricing

Pricing

 A full day of shooting is $220 per person for groups of two or more photographers/birders/or spectators, and $260 for a single photographer.

 

Prices are daily rates and include access to our well placed, covered blinds on the ranch. Heaters and Fans available at no extra charge when needed. Photographers must be accompanied by a ranch guide, which is included in the price.  (Our guides always welcome tipping.) A deposit of 50% is due upon booking by contacting us at InfoAtLaLomitaTexas@gmail.com. Balance due prior to photography shoot or upon arrival at ranch.

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A collection of photos taken at La Lomita

View more photos on our Flickr group

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Local Accomodations

Local Accomodations

Uvalde has six hotels, Quail Springs RV Park, and a number AirBNB's as well as some on Evolve.com which are all conveniently located within 5 to 15 minutes of the ranch.  Uvalde has a wide range of restaurants, an HEB, Walmart, Walgreens, Urgent Care, and a great variety of shops. We have arranged for special pricing at the Hampton Inn. (Please let them know you are with La Lomita Photo Ranch at time of Reservation, otherwise, you will NOT receive your discount.)  Contact Laura Barfield for more information at 210-844-8657 or via email at infoatlalomitatexas@gmail.com

 

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