Santa Clara Ranch
Beto and Clare Gutierrez

Physical Address:
Hwy 490 and Hwy 2844
McCook, TX 78536
Mailing Address:
4120 Northern Lights, Box A8
Edinburg, TX 78541

Dr. Beto Gutierrez - Owner
Ph. 956.648.6808

Hector D. Astorga - Ranch Manager
Ph. 956.821.0701

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Hector D. Astorga
Hector D. Astorga is an award winning nature photographer based in South Texas. Hector has enjoyed photography since a teenager growing up in his native Honduras. Growing up in Central America made him appreciate the beauty of the outdoors and this is what he tries to capture in his photography. His main interest in photography is nature and travel.
In 2008 he was awarded the Grand Prize Winner at the Valley Land Fund – Small Tract Competition. He repeated that success in 2010 by being the Grand Prize winner in both the Professional and Open divisions of the Valley Land Fund photo contest and by taking Best of Contest in the Pro division. In 2009 one of his images won first place in the National Wildlife Federation photo contest, in the "Connecting People with Nature" category.
Hector is a member of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA), the
Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers Association (RMOWP) , and of Texas Nature and Environmental Photographers (TexNEP) where he has served as president for the last two years.
You can see more of his work by visiting his website at:

To contact Hector you can e-mail him at:
Phone 956.821.0701

Larry Ditto
Larry has been a nature photographer for over three decades…full time for seven years. He is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers Association. He specializes in capturing images of South Texas and Northeast Mexico. A few times a year he ranges into other areas of the United States. His publication credits include National Geographic books, Field & Stream, Natural History, Sports Afield and other magazines. Audubon calendars, Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, National Wildlife, and Texas Highways regularly feature his work. In 2000, Larry won The Valley Land Fund Wildlife Photo Contest along with his good friend Greg Lasley.
Larry leads several workshops and instructional tours each year, as well as judging photography contests and advising landowners on how to set up commercial wildlife photography operations. His training as a wildlife biologist and background as a manager in the National Wildlife Refuge System are huge assets in his pursuit of wildlife photography.
Visit to read more about Larry and view his gallery.

To contact Larry you can e-mail him at:
Phone 956.682.3251


Dr. Beto Gutierrez
Dr. Beto became interested in photography at a very young age. His pictures were mostly family and sometimes scenic. Later he signed up for a nature ad wildlife photography workshop and he has been hooked since. His day time job is full time medicine and nature photography has become a passion.
Three years ago an opportunity arose to purchase a small ranch and his dream of owning a full time photography workplace came to fruition.
He continues to photograph as time allows. His images have been published a few times and he has done well in several photography contests. He belongs to the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers organization serving as president several years ago. The members are amateur and professional photographers and writers who have given him invaluable advice and tutelage thru the years.
Him and his wife Clare, live in Edinburg, TX and they will continue to share their ranch, Santa Clara, with other nature and wildlife enthusiasts.
To contact Dr. Beto you can E-mail him at:
Phone 956.787.6808


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