Friday, May 25, 2018

Sawbill Trail Roller Coaster


















I love this section of the Sawbill Trail in Cook County, MN.  It reminds me of a roller coaster.  Which is ironic because I am not a fan of roller coasters.  But I do love twisty roads with lots of hills!

The Handiwork of Nature's Architect


















An impressively large beaver dam dominates the landscape near the Pigeon River in Ontario, Canada.  

Thursday, May 24, 2018

My first wild Lynx sighting!

















So last night after my bike ride I was driving around on Arrow River Road in Ontario, Canada when I came around a corner near a beaver pond and there was a Lynx standing in the middle of the road!  Once he saw the car he ran quickly off the road.  I backed up a bit, then positioned the car so I could photograph him if he came back out, then turned the car off.  After about 10 seconds he came back out into the road and sat right down in the middle of the road and looked at me.  Apparently deciding I wasn't a threat, he disregarded me after that first look and went about his business.

After a few moments I realized he was intent on watching the few ducks that were on the beaver pond and at one point I thought he was going to try and catch one.  He hunkered down and just like a house cat wiggled his butt and his tail started flicking back and forth.  The ducks never got close enough however and eventually he started walking very slowly down the road away from me.  It sure was a cool experience and a great way to end a day in the woods!
































The next two photos are a little blurry but I still like them because of his posture as he walked across the road. 
















Beaver Pond Sunset, Arrow River Road


















Last night's sunset was pretty sweet overlooking a beaver pond along Arrow River Road in Ontario, Canada.  This sunset came after a super fun adventure bike ride where I saw 2 Sandhill Cranes, 4 Black Bears, 6 Garter Snakes and a Lynx!  What a great day :-)  

Monday, May 21, 2018

Spooky Birch and the Milky Way


















I made this photo while wandering around in the woods all night last night.  It's kind of spooky but also wicked cool.  That's the galactic core of the Milky Way behind the trunk of the tree.  A group of coyotes were yipping and howling in the distance as I photographed this tree.  Their sounds just added to the memory and the spookiness of the scene.  

Stargazing Gulls


















I went out last night after the moon dropped below the horizon to capture some more Milky Way images.  My first stop was Hollow Rock in Grand Portage.  I got a kick out of this photo because there are a couple of gulls sitting on top of the rock and it almost seems as though they are enjoying the view of the Milky Way as much as I was.  I didn't even know they were there until I looked at the photo on the camera's LCD screen after taking it.  I could these two white spots on the top right of the rock in the picture, but when I looked at the rock it was really hard to make them out because it was so dark.  The long exposure makes them show up nicely, as the camera can record over time more light than our eyes can see in an instant.  

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Milky Way Meditation


















Last night sure was a beautiful night to be outside staring up at the Milky Way.  A nice cold night too (temperature right around freezing) which always seems to make the Milky Way easier to see. I feel like I could stare at a sky like this for the rest of my days and never tire of it.