Split Rock Lighthouse #TripTip

One of the most well-known landmarks in Minnesota is Split Rock Lighthouse located on the north shore of Lake Superior.

Just south of the lighthouse is a state park for hiking and camping. Hands down, cart-in camping spots #19 gives the best vantage point from atop the bluffs. The second best cart-in spot is #18. You have a gorgeous view of the lighthouse. And, in the morning, it’s just a quick walk down to the small bay where you can capture sunrise photos.

To snag either of these campsites, you need to book a year out, so plan early!

Enjoy these photos!

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Photo taken along the shore just south of Split Rock Lighthouse.
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Photo taken from the small inlet south of Split Rock Lighthouse.
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Photo taken at sunset from cart-in campsite #18.
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Photo taken at sunrise from cart-in campsite #19.

 

 

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#WolfWeek!

For National Wolf Awareness Week, what’s better than a pack of Wolves!! #bewolfaware #photo

To view more wolf photos, go to Wallner Photography’s Galleries and online store, then select “Wolf” in the Collection category.

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Check Out This Handsome Little American Goldfinch! (4 photos)

Caught this American Goldfinch eating the seeds from a Bull Thistle. If you look closely in the bottom three photos, you’ll see Bumblebees enjoying the thistle flowers, too.

#goldfinch #wildlife #photography #photos

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Painted Lady Butterflies (3 photos)

We had a Painted Lady Butterfly irruption year – a year in which their population dramatically increases.

I had been seeing them for the past several weeks as I was working on our fire pit in the back yard, but this last weekend I only saw a few. So we must be at the tail end of the irruption.

Painted Lady Butterflies are amazing! Here’s a few fun facts:

• They go through their entire life cycle (egg, larvae/caterpillar, pupa/chrysalis, and adult) in less than a month!

• The adult Painted Lady Butterfly only lives about two weeks!

Enjoy the photos!

 

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Misty Morning with Loons (4 photos)

Here are some early morning photos of the loon family. Love the mist and the reflections on the lake!

Enjoy!

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Baby Loon (7 photos)!

What better way to start your Tuesday than with #BabyLoon photos!

In the very last photo, I love the way the water literally rolls right off dad’s back!

I’ll be posting some early morning misty photos with the loon tomorrow, so stop back.

Enjoy!

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Baby loon with mom.
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Mom feeding the baby loon.
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Baby loon eating.
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Baby loon spreading its wings. The white chest indicates it’s starting to get it’s adult feathers.
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Swimming around the lake.
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The entire loon family.
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Dad loon getting close to our boat.

Baby Loon Learning to Dive (video)!

It’s not every day of the week you get to hear a loon call AND see a baby loon! Here’s both captured in a video. The baby loon is learning to dive.

Sorry about the choppiness of the video. The wind was really blowing our boat around the water!

Watch baby loon video.

Baby Loon learning to dive.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow.

I’ll be sharing close up photos of the baby loon!

 

Happy First Day of Summer! (13 photos)

As summer begins, the birds sure are busy at Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Loons, Orioles, Hummingbirds, Sandhill Cranes, Northern Harrier and more.

Enjoy!

 

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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
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Red-Breasted Nuthatch
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Oriole
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Oriole
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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (female)
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Loon hiding on a nest where there are two eggs.
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Loon flapping its wings on the pond.
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Loon nest. Look closely and you can see two eggs!
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White-Breasted Nuthatch
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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (male)
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Northern Harrier
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Two Sandhill Cranes in a field with white Birch trees in the background.

Successful agate/rock trip

We drove to northern Minnesota for the weekend and found some “spring” agates and other rocks along the shore of Lake Superior.

The weather was a bit chilly, but we still drove the Jeep with the top off.

#buildscharacter #agate

Happy Mother’s Day…

…to all mom’s and future mom’s out there!

Here’s a photo of a future Osprey mom trying to hide behind the branches of her nest. She should have chicks soon!

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