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Coleto Creek park names photo contest winners

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
July 1, 2013 at 2:01 a.m.
Updated July 2, 2013 at 2:02 a.m.

This photograph by Don Jeane, of Victoria, took first place in the Animals/Fauna and Landscape/Wildflower categories in the annual Coleto Creek Park photo contest.

Roger Zimmerman has been a photographer for many years.

It was his keen, experienced eye that caught a bald eagle in flight at Coleto Creek Park with the photograph earning Best of Show honors in the park's annual photo contest.

"There's a nest on the property. We don't go over when the babies are still in the nest because you don't want to disturb them at all," Zimmerman said.

"So you just have to wait and hope.

"I used a Canon 50D with a 400 millimeter lens that I had to hand hold. I was lucky that this adult flew right over my head," he said.

Zimmerman's Best of Show earned him a $100 prize, and three first places in different categories - Birds/Insects, Creative and Reptiles/Amphibians - netted a $50 prize in each.

Other first-place winners included Don Jeane, of Victoria, in the Animals/Fauna and Landscape/Wildflower categories and Charles Gossett, of Victoria, in the People/Recreational Activities category. Valerie Vazquez, of Cuero, earned top honors in the Student category.

This year's contest judges were members of the Victoria Photography Club, and all photos submitted were in a digital format.

All winning photos will be on display at the Coleto Creek Park office.

Coleto Creek Park uses submitted photos to help promote the many different activities, animals and natural habitat that make the park unique, according to a news release from the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.

Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir, located midway between Victoria and Goliad, is a joint project between Coleto Creek Power and the GBRA.

GBRA provides stewardship for the water resources in its 10-county statutory district, which begins near the headwaters of the Guadalupe and Blanco rivers, goes on to San Antonio Bay and includes Kendall, Comal, Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Gonzales, DeWitt, Victoria, Calhoun and Refugio counties.

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