Perched in the Wildflowers

Today’s post features an image I captured on one of my last photo trips to Minnesota. While driving the Sherburne NWR, I came across a nice patch of wildflowers that was very busy with pollinators and other insects. This nice red dragonfly captured my attention as it’s red body contrasted nicely with the yellows of […]

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Visions of Spring

While editing yesterday’s photo of the Monarch butterfly chrysalis, I also saw these images, which were never featured in a blog post. Also in my sister-in-law’s garden, were these beautiful flowers: The top two are lilies and the bottom two are wildflowers, all contained in a flower garden behind her house. I always enjoy photographing […]

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Monarch Chrysalis

I came across this image while editing my Lightroom catalog last evening … another image I have not previously published: At first, I thought it was a swallowtail chrysalis, but after a closer look, it is a Monarch’s chrysalis. This was hanging from one of my sister-in-law’s flowers in one of her flower gardens, in […]

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Water Lilies

Today’s post is another from my recent Minnesota trip. While photographing on the Sherburne NWR, I came upon a large number of water lilies blooming in the refuge waters. I don’t have any ID on these, but they sure were a wonderful sight! July and August are great months to find water plants in bloom, […]

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Fun Friday: Albino Bigbird?

When we were in Minnesota, a few weeks ago, I think we found an albino Bigbird: Actually this was one of the roosters my sister-in-law has at her home. But you have to admit, he has a canny appearance of being Sesame Street’s Bigbird’s albino sibling! Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 body Canon […]

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Sherburne’s Bald Eagles

While photographing on Minnesota’s Sherburne NWR recently, the refuge Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) were seen all over the refuge. While driving around one of the many water pools, this eagle was sitting in a dead tree above the water: Driving a bit farther, the overhead, fading moon could be seen above the perched eagle: When […]

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Dressed in Less Red

In yesterday’s post (“Dressed in Red”), I featured the very red coloration of the male Half-banded Toper dragonfly (Sympetrum semicinctum). In today’s post, I’m featuring what I believe to be is the female of this species; if I’m incorrect, please let me know. Here are a couple of my favorite images: Not real sure if […]

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Juvenile Sandhill Cranes

While visiting Minnesota this past weekend, one morning I took a short trip to nearby Sherburne NWR. During my past few trips to Minnesota, I always like to visit Sherburne … always seems to be a lot of things to photograph at this beautiful refuge. As I drove around “Wildlife Drive”, I came upon a […]

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Fun Friday: What’s Bigger Than a Minnesota Skeeter?

A:  A Minnesota Dragonfly! Over the past week, I’ve been busy attending my wife’s family reunion in east-central Minnesota. While in Minnesota, we stayed at my wife’s sister’s house. She is a wonderful gardener and I couldn’t help but notice this very large “dragonfly” she fabricated and affixed to one of the trees in the […]

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Gooseberry Falls

Another waterfall that I encountered along Minnesota’s North Shore was Gooseberry Falls, located within Gooseberry State Park. This waterfall is a very photogenic one, and even has a cave at the far end! Photo Equipment Used: Canon 1D Mark 3 body Canon EF 28mm-135mm IS lens Bogen 3221 tripod, with Kirk Ent. HD ballhead 3-stop […]

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