Photographing Dan

Here at Lone Star Chronicles, it’s pretty well established that I do the writing and Dan’s the photographer. But every now and then, usually when he’s not looking, I’ve been known to take a picture or two of Dan. I’m not nearly as good as he is, mind you, but kayak fishing put us in places that are so scenic, even I can’t screw up the picture. It turns out I’ve amassed a small collection of photos of Dan…taking photos. I’ve posted these here, listing the photo’s location and maybe a short story…or not. Dan doesn’t know I’m posting some of them and I’ve called the collection, Photographing Dan. I’ve not told Dan about this, hoping to surprise him; I hope it’s a pleasant one, and I hope you enjoy the photos as well…

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Lower Pecos River – May 14, 2012

Dan stands atop a semi-truck size boulder at Big Rock Rapids, down river from the Pecos weir dam. Because our camp was below these rapids and the fishing we sought was above them, we traversed Big Rock Rapid everyday, up and downriver, during our first trip (a boomerang) to the remote Lower Pecos.

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Middle Brazos River – January 2, 2011

A waders-clad Dan squats on a gravel bank to get a better angle on a river shot. The banana looking Kayak next to him is the venerable Ocean Kayak brand Scrambler XT, an old school surf fishing kayak, in which we were both introduced to kayak fishing. That’s right, I also cut my ‘yak fishing teeth on a Scrambler. I eventually sold mine to get a bigger, more comfortable kayak, but to this day we still have the Scrambler pictured here down on our fish camp.

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Lower Pecos River – August 14, 2014


Dan and Miles Gibbs standing on a bluff overlooking the Pecos Weir Dam. We’d spent the day exploring the massive Continental Ranch, which Miles manages for the Hunt family. We’d been searching the river for our kayaks and equipment which had been taken from us by a flood a few months prior to this visit, and although we never found our things, we got to explore the beautiful and rugged ranch.

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Middle Brazos River – August 25, 2012

Shane Davies throws a custom-made cast net for live bait during a boomerang trip on the middle Brazos River below Lake Granbury. In the upper photo, you can barely make out Dan kneeling behind the blooming cast net, taking a photograph.

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Lower Pecos River – August 14, 2014Dan photographs one of four pick-up trucks taken by flood waters from a group of campers on the lower Pecos. I wrote extensively about this group, which was from Ozona, and their trucks, and I noted in those stories how the cab and bed of this particular truck was filled with river rocks as if being taken by the river one stone at a time. All four trucks were eventually removed from the river bed after a brief legal battle between the insurance companies and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. To read about that, click here.

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Unknown Stream, near Tabernash, Colorado – June 15, 2011This a rare photo of Dan taking pictures outside of Texas as I usually don’t accompany him during his trips outside the Lone Star State.

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Upper Brazos River – December 29, 2011Dan proving that sometimes you have to get low to get the right angle on your shot, even in freezing river water. I don’t recall what exactly he was shooting, but I always like this photo.

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Lower Pecos River – August 14, 2014Dan photographs ancient petroglyphs near Lewis Canyon. The petroglyphs were carved or pecked into the rock surface by indigenous people over 4,000 years ago and include several alien-like renderings as well as various shapes and tools. The site is home to a pair of “pointers,” which are carved into to the rock, one pointing to the exact location where the sun rises on the horizon during the summer solstice, and the other pointing to the exact location where the sun rises on the horizon during the winter solstice. The archaeological site is located on private property, within the confines of the Continental Ranch, which we had permission to enter.

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Lower Pecos River – June 19, 2014

Dan kneels in the Pecos River to get a shot of some wild horses that are drinking water at the river’s edge. Two days later we’d be hit by a historic flood that will raise the river level 30 feet and take our boats and equipment, including this camera.

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