A Sandhill Sunrise




On my last morning at Carlos Avery Wildlife Area (east-central Minnesota), I finally caught a break. I had been trying to capture birds (specifically, Sandhill Cranes and Trumpeter Swans) flying through either the fog, or through a colorful sunrise. On this morning, there was very little fog. But the skies were beginning to cloud over, […]

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Sunrise Over Mt. Evans (Colorado)




After leaving Maroon Bells, I stopped and camped at the foot of Mount Evans for a week. Setting my alarm clock for “early”, I would drive up Mount Evans as the sun was just beginning to rise. Every morning was a new and different, but always beautiful sunrise. Here is a sequence of images I […]

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Sky Ablazin’




(This post originally published in October 2010) My last kayak outing was a wonderful morning. Not only was I able to capture some nice Wood Duck (Aix sponsas) flight shots, but an incredible sunrise developed right in front of my eyes. First, there was some unexpected fog present as I launched the kayak into the […]

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Mornin’ Sunshine (Re-post)




(This post originally published in August 2010) While in the prairie meadow the last couple of mornings, while waiting for the prairie birds to become active, I played around with some sunrise and early morning landscape shots by using my 500mm, f/4 telephoto lens. Not your common setup for this type of work, but I […]

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A Recent Missouri Sunrise




During a recent kayak trip at a local lake, I was out on the lake well before sunrise. When the sun began to peek over the eastern horizon, I grabbed these images:   While photographing the great colors, a trio of Great Blue Herons () flew from a nearby rookery to begin their fishing activities: […]

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Sunny-Side Up (Re-post)




(This post originally published in July 2010) One morning this past week, on my way to launch the kayak, I encountered a very interesting sunrise. As I drove towards my destination, the sunrise just got better and better. I did not have my wide angle lens with me, but did have my trusty point-and-shoot digital […]

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Day 1 Sunrise/Sunset Over Prairie State Park




  During my short visit to Prairie State Park last week, I was fortunate to be able to see/photograph some beautiful sunrises and a colorful sunset. In today’s post, I’ll feature some images I made of both the sunrise and sunset of Day 1 on the prairie. As I made my way up Gay Feather […]

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Beautiful Blast Off




Last Friday morning, I was able to take my first kayak trip of 2012. The main thing I saw was a rather large group of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis). I arrived at the area about 35 minutes before sunrise, quickly unloaded the kayak and began getting into place as the colors were starting to develop […]

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Back in the Saddle Again!




After ~3 months of kayakless photography, I’m back in the saddle again! On my way to photography class (that I’m teaching) on Tuesday, I stopped by one of my favorite places to kayak. Last week when I checked it, there were some ducks and geese present, but a good layer of ice was covering the water. Tuesday … none! So […]

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Old Faithful Sunrise




 On our last morning in the Old Faithful area of Yellowstone National Park, I decided to get up extra early (and that is very difficult to do when the outdoor temps are below 0°F!) and shoot a sunrise looking out over the thermal pools. To get an “environmental” shot of the area, I walked west […]

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