Frost Nipped

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.

Here are a few pics from our weekend getaway.

Grouse in flight
Grouse in flight
Pine grosbeak
Pine grosbeak
fluffed out chicakadee
Chickadee all fluffed out trying to stay warm
Pine grosbeak
Pine grosbeak on top of a pine tree
Common redpoll - male
Common redpoll
Wing Wisps
Wing tracks in the snow
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Red-Headed Visitor

What a day we had at our suet feeder. This Pileated Woodpecker stopped by twice today!

This is a male Pileated Woodpecker – they have a splash of red from their beak to their throat.

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2 Degree Lunar Eclipse

A little chilly outside capturing this photo tonight of the Lunar Eclipse.

The temperature outside was 2 degrees!

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2019 Gets a Lucky Start!

This year is off to a great start and I think it’s a sign 2019 will be a great year!

This little white squirrel showed up at our feeder.

We’ve named her Ivory.

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Happy New Year Everyone!

The Fireworks Dahlia is so much better than fireworks (which scare most animals).

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Green-winged Teal

Found this green-winged teal hanging out with a few mallards at Fort Snelling State Park, Minnesota.

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Mute and Trumpeter Swans

Found a Mute Swan (the one with the orange bill) hanging out with Trumpeter Swans at Fort Snelling State Park, Minnesota.

I love the photo of the Mute Swan stretching her wings while two of the Trumpeter Swans watch her.

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“Curious Alaska Red Squirrel” – Shot Shorts

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:

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.

Enjoy this “Curious Alaska Red Squirrel.”

Curious Alaska Red Squirrel
Curious Alaska Red Squirrel

Christmas Hike Surprise!

On Christmas Day, we went for a walk at Fort Snelling State Park in Minnesota and ran across this cutie!

I’ve never seen a deer with such unique coloring. I lover her white socks!

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“Clinging to Mom” – Shot Shorts

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.

Clinging to Mom
Clinging to Mom