My name is Joan Wallner and I’m a photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
As long as I can remember, I have had a passion for capturing events — be it with the written word or through photography. While in college hitting the books for my journalism career, I took several photography classes in an attempt to give myself some balance. I fell absolutely in love with photography and capturing the world, people and events around me. Fortunately, I was able to refine my photography skills during my early newspaper days. I won several photography awards, inspiring my desire even more.
More of my time is now devoted to capturing images of life, wildlife and landscape photography. (That photo is of me photographing grizzly bears in Katmai National Park in Alaska!) My hope is that you enjoy the “shot shorts,” photos and travel experiences that I share.
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What I can do for you
When I’m not traveling to photograph wildlife and landscapes, I have take family, individual and other portrait sessions.
If you need a family photo for your holiday card, senior picture for your son or daughter, or a photo announcing your engagement, I can help.
No matter what the event is, we will work together to capture your special moments.
I’m also available for freelance, contract or direct client projects, so drop me a message.
We stopped at Waterfowl Lakes campground (which was closed), so we figured we might be able to see some animals.
We saw a Ptarmigan (who flew away before we could get a photo) and this Horseshoe Hare that strategically placed itself right behind a very stubby shrub – cause if it does that we surely won’t see it! (haha.)
This Horseshoe hare is almost finished changing its white winter fur coat to its reddish-brown summer coat. She’s still wearing her winter boots!
One of the most stunning overlooks was at Peyto Lake. If you ever go to the Icefields Parkway, this is a must see view.
The color of Peyto Lake is so blue because it’s the junction of a stream, the lake and the delta.
Water leaving the glacier is muddy with rocks, gravel and silt. As the stream slows down, most of the rubble is left behind to become a delta. Silt flows into the icy water where most of it sinks to the bottom. Fine particles of rock ground to the texture of baking flour remain suspended in the water. This “rock flour” scatters the blue-green rays of light, giving the lake its special color.
I love how Peyto Lake looks like the head of a dog.