Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The other morning I went out to try and call in some moose for photographs. I've only tried moose calling a few times and so far have yet to call one in. I know I was in an area where moose tend to hang out, so either there were none around when I was calling or I'm really bad at mimicking the calls of a lovesick moose :-) Even though I didn't see any moose, I still enjoyed a beautiful morning in the forest and on this particular morning the clouds were really nice. I really liked how the sky looked with these two large trees in the foreground, so this shot is my memory of that morning spent in the woods.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg, Wisconsin is a special place. My main reason for loving it is because it provides habitat for sandhill cranes, which not only nest there over the summer but they also gather there on their way south in the fall. Every autumn several thousand cranes congregate here and can be seen in the marshes and meadows all throughout the wildlife area. There is also some beautiful scenery to be found. Like the scene shown in this photo, taken just outside the rest area in the northern part of the wildlife area. We had stopped at the rest area to use the bathroom after spending the morning watching and photographing the cranes. When we left the rest area the sky was filled with these fascinating clouds that looked like they had been put there purposefully by a painter's brush. You know me, I couldn't resist stopping and making a photograph :-)
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Earlier this week we visited Nerstrand Big Woods State Park in southeast Minnesota. The park contains a beautiful forest and small waterfall (although the waterfall was just a trickle during our visit). The park gets its name from the Big Woods, a large forested area covering much of central Minnesota prior to the arrival of European settlers. We walked in to check out the waterfall but as I mentioned there wasn't much water and since we were there mid-day the light was pretty harsh. So, we continued on the trail which traversed a hillside that was filled with some really impressive trees that still had quite a bit of fall color on them. We walked past several Bur Oaks and Jessica pointed out how interesting the bark was on these magnificent trees. Once she pointed out the bark I went up to one of the the trees for a closer look. Indeed, it was fascinating. Certainly unlike anything that we have in the extreme northeast tip of Minnesota. I used the built-in HDR feature of my Sony RX100 camera to capture a better range of detail in this scene.