I recently received word that my photo Fall Reflections was selected as the winning fall photo in the Celebrate the Seasons category. The photo was taken last fall in Rusk County, Wisconsin. More information on Gathering Waters Conservancy can be found at their website.
This summer I have had an opportunity to be in Duluth’s Canal Park to photograph the sunrise on a number of occasions. One of the things that always happens around sunrise is the Duluth Charter Fishing boats head out for a day of fishing.
Early in the morning they queue up near the harbor entrance waiting for the Duluth Ariel Lift Bridge to go up and let them out into the lake. The lift bridge operator usually waits until most of the boats are ready before the lift bridge goes up and lets them out.
There is a no wake zone in the boat canal so the boats head out slowly until they reach to mouth of the canal and then they all hit the gas and the boats dash every direction heading for their favorite fishing grounds.
Generally this happens just as the sun is coming up but the last time were in Canal Park a number of boats headed out before sunrise. I suppose because the sun is coming up later in the morning it just seems like they were heading out early. In this shot you can’t actually see the boats all you can see are the lights of the boats leaving the harbor and the lights of one boat still moving down the canal.
Generally I don’t like goldenrod growing in my prairie area. I view it as a weed and invasive species. However, it does provide substance to a wide variety of insects. Since there hasn’t been much else to photograph lately I’ve been out photographing insects on my Canada Goldenrod plants. This has been a little different year because there have been almost no butterflies. Generally the Monarch Butterflies stop during their fall migration but I didn’t see a single one this year.
Goldenrod Soldier Beetle
- Red Legged Grasshopper
We had our first rain, in some time, this past weekend. It started pouring in the morning and the windows were covered with water. Not having anything important that needed doing I decided to try and take some photos of the water on the windows. I used my macro lens and tried to capture some color and reflections. They yellow background is a clump of Black-eyed Susan’s growing in the front yard. The green is the yard. The colored objects in some of the drops are hummingbird feeders hanging from a pole in the front yard.
Yesterday we had a heavy fog in the morning. I thought for sure there would be heavy dew on the Touch-me-nots growing along the Red Cedar River. I grabbed my camera gear and drove down to the Red Cedar Trail which parallels the river. As I walked along there was plenty of fog but no dew. I was really surprised and a little disappointed that I had made the trip for nothing to show for it.
On the drive home I took a different route. The sun was just starting to peak through the morning fog. As I drove along the road I started to seen large numbers of spider webs glistening in the sun between the grass and weeds. I had photographed garden spiders before in the same area under the same conditions so I really got excited.
I found a place to pull off of the road and started walking along the ditch. There were Garden Spiders on almost every web. Occasionally they would drop off when I approached but most of them stayed in the center of the web. A number of them had food they had wrapped up and one appeared to be eating a grasshopper that had been trapped.
I was hoping to see one catch something in the web but it was early and there weren’t many critters out and about. I had seen a garden spider catch something several years ago and was amazed how fast it wrapped up its prey. Several years ago I observed one catching an insect and photographed the process. Here is the montage of photos that I put together.
That’s about how often I take moon pictures unless I’m out photographing a sunset/moonrise. We were just about ready to retire over the weekend when my wife mentioned that to moon looked really interesting. I took a quick look and grabbed the camera. The light on the clouds and the cloud formation made for some great photos.
Generally I only enter a couple of photo contests a year because I would much rather be out taking photographs than looking for photos that fit a contest. This year has been a little different because we really didn’t have a winter, spring was on the strange side and summer has consisted of a drought and very hot weather. The end result is I have take fewer photos and spent more time looking for photo contest to enter.
This year for the first time I entered the Saint Croix River Association photo contest. They were looking for photos taken within the Saint Croix River Watershed which encompasses a good part of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin above the Twin Cities. Photos could be entered in four categories, Wildlife, Landscapes, People and Close-ups. It just so happens that several locations where I like to photograph are located in the Saint Croix River Watershed.
I received word that two of my photos received second place honors. Returning from the Hunt won second place in the People category and Sandhill Cranes at Sunrise second place in the Wildlife category. Interestingly enough both photos were taken at Crex Meadows within an hour of one another. Other winning photos can be found at the SCRA website.
Returning from the Hunt
Sandhill Cranes at Sunrise