#SquirrelAppreciationDay – Go Nuts!

Did you know Teddy Roosevelt had a pet squirrel? Or that squirrels have perfectly focused vision, even in their peripheries? Or that their teeth grow 15 centimeters in a year? These are just a few of the facts that distinguish this humble rodent. Go for a hike and admire your bushy-tailed watchers from a respectful distance.

Get your print of this cutie today on Wallner Photography.

Better yet, buy a birthday card for your favorite nut.

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Busy as a Beaver! (5 photos)

1… 2… 3… 4… trips to gnawing down a nearby branch, then dragging the branch into its house in Yellowstone National Park.

#TripTip: There are many rivers and streams in Yellowstone where beavers have built homes. Get out and take a hike near a stream and you may run across a beaver fixing his house or getting branches to eat or store food in its house.

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And, Here Comes Her Calf… Not Far Behind!

This Bison calf slowly follows it mom (see video blog post from yesterday), and then picks up the pace to catch up to its mom in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

Winter Bison Stroll

My FaceBook profile image is a photo of me taking a video of this Bison walking on the roadway on a winter day in Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

What’s on My Mind?

Cute Big Horn Sheep butts from our recent winter trip to Yellowstone.

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I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed – we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.

A photo taken of the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. spoke those very words on Aug. 28, 1963.

#TripTip: To get this photo, arrive early morning at the Lincoln Memorial since the mall fills up quickly with tourists. Most likely, there will be others waiting in line ahead of you to take their photo.

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Did you know… Red hair gene is recessive and requires two copies for it to present itself. Even then there is no guarantee it will. If both parents have the gene, there is a 1 in 4 chance they will have a redheaded child. Most natural born redheads have brown eyes, followed by green or hazel. Coming in at 1% of the world’s population, the blue eyed ginger is the rarest kind. So if you give one of these ginger’s a kiss, consider yourself lucky.

Find your favorite redhead and give them a peck on Kiss a Ginger Day.

Since I’m from a family of red-heads (having it myself), here’s a photo of my favorite animal red head!

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Pileated Woodpecker. A Pileated Woodpecker outside a hole in a tree that its been digging out.

MN Arboretum 2018 Juried Show and Sale – Jan. 11 to Apr. 8

“Minnesota Great” – the 10th Juried Show and Sale – is in full swing at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum from Jan. 11 to Apr. 8, 2018, outside the Restaurant Gallery in the Oswald Visitor Center.

The “Minnesota Great!” show and sale features 30 photos out of 100 plus submitted by members of the Arboretum Photographer’s Society (APS).

All framed images on display, as well as matted prints in the Gift Store, will be available for sale.

As usual, APS member volunteers will be hosting informal photography clinics each Saturday from 12:00 noon until 3:00pm during the Show in the upper loft near the Cafeteria. Patrons who would like to ask questions about their cameras, photography or special techniques are encouraged to stop by.

Wallner Photography has two photos in this year’s show:

Hawk Eyes

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A profile of a red-tailed hawk at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Blue Loon

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A Common Loon photographed in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. Photo included in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Photographers’ Society 2018 Juried Show.

Admission: Gate admission in January is buy one, get one free. Children age 15 and under receive free admission. Members bring a guest free. So stop on by if you are local!

Save the Eagles Day!

Eagles have amazing eyesight and can detect prey up to two miles away. So, on this #SaveTheEaglesDay, it’s our turn to keep an eye out for them.

The Bald Eagle was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in June 2007, but there are still some species of eagles that remain on the endangered list.

To help protect these majestic birds, consider donating to a wildlife sanctuary or turning to government officials to strengthen environmental protection of waterways from poachers, pesticides and other dangers.

Enjoy this photo of a Golden Eagle having a coyote snack in Yellowstone National Park taken a week ago.


Animal Tracks Revealed!

Yesterday morning, we posted animal tracks. If you guessed (Beaver tracks, you were right!

On our trip to Yellowstone National Park, we briefly saw this Beaver eating on ice that formed on Lamar River.

We were still quite a distance away as he ate his dinner.

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