On this Very Cold weekend (-20 to 0), we got a little frost nipped while looking for critters in northern Minnesota. We had hoped to capture a few photos of owls. However, the weather prevented us from being outside for very long.
While walking on a trail at the Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska, I didn’t expect to see any wildlife being so close to the Visitor Center, but then I heard something moving on the ground under a nearby tree.
I lifted my camera and at that very moment, I saw a little red squirrel run up a pine tree with a nut in its mouth. As I quickly focused in on the squirrel, it dropped the nut and started screeching at me.
I captured 3 photos before it scurried up the tree out of sight. This was the only photo that turned out.
My favorite part of this entire photo is the little bit of pine tree it has right above its right eyebrow. Such a cutie!
Whenever I attend a show to sell my photographs, this photo almost always sells out.
In addition to just the blank inside photo cards, I also have cards that have the following copy available for sale:
Personalize your own card. Just email me what you want the card to say and I’ll upload an image with your card quote that you can purchase.
This photo was selected in 2012 as the People’s Choice award during the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Sale and most recently selected in the 2019 Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Exhibit. Read more about the exhibit.
In July 2014, we went to Katmai National Park and had the opportunity to photograph grizzlies up close and personal. To get to this park, you have to take two small planes (one of which is a float plane) from Anchorage. When you step off the plane onto the beach, they whisk you into a building for bear training.
One you’re completely trained, they let you loose to walk in the park, of course, watching out for grizzlies who share the same paths as you!
My favorite grizzly at the park was #435 and her cub. #435’s name is Holly and according to the park rangers, one of the best mom’s in the park. We watched her for hours, fishing for salmon while her little cub stayed close behind not wandering very far from her.
There is an amazing story about Holly that we heard about upon returning from our trip. While in Katmai NP, we saw some of the story unfold one day when another grizzly mom left her yearling cub in the tree near our cabin for a good part of the day, finally being reunited later that day. The story about Holly is heartwarming and shocked the park and biologist communities across the globe when she took in this abandoned cub.
Enjoy this lovable photo (and one of my personal favorites) of Holly and her cub called “Clinging to Mom.”
This photo was recently selected in the 2019 Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Exhibit. Read more about the exhibit.