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Monthly Archives: April 2017

My wife and I along with some friends drove over to Saint Paul, Minnesota to participate in the March for Science held on earth day. It was a beautiful day for a walk and there were a lot of folks participating.

After driving highway 128 we checked into our motel and then drove out to Arches National Park. As we approached the park we noticed a sign that the park would be closed from 7 in the evening until 7 the next morning. What a bummer! I probably should have check out the park website before making the trip although it didn’t make any difference we would have stopped at Arches regardless. It just eliminated the option of sunrise and sunset photography and made my wife happy.

More photos from Arches National Park can be found on my website.

Pine Tree Arch

We thought we had better tour the desert southwest before the jackass in the white house puts an oil well up by each of the arches and sells naming rights to the oil companies.

Broken Arch

We didn’t make it to all of the arches but managed to bag quite a few of them.

Turret Arch

Tunnel Arch

Skyline Arch

Sand Dune Arch

Partition Arch

North and South Windows Arches

Navajo Arch

Double Arch

Delicate Arch

 

Three of my photos from Big Falls County Park appear in the April/May 2017 issue of 5ive For Women magazine page 13.

A few weeks ago we made a spontaneous decision to take a vacation to the desert southwest. On our first day we made it well into Nebraska. As we approached our destination the Sandhill Cranes were gathering for there evening flight to the Platte River. The sky was filled with thousands of them. The next day we drove on to Denver where we decided to hold up for a day because of a snowstorm in the mountains west of Denver. It also gave us a chance to visit with a cousin we had not see in 30 years. The following morning we were up early to beat the rush of skiers heading for the mountains. There were no problems and the roads were good.

We left I-70 and picked up Utah 128 which follows the Colorado River into Moab, Utah which was our fist destination. It was a beautiful drive on a beautiful day.

There were some very interesting clouds in the sky. I suspect they were the result of con trails but I’m not sure.

Spring is the time I like to drive over to Gilbert Creek Wildlife Area to view the birds. We had driven past last week and noticed that there were already a number of Sandhill Cranes in the area. I drove down just after sunrise and didn’t see much to photograph. Later in the morning we were in the area so we drove over to see if things had improved. Just as we arrived my wife noticed a couple of Sandhill Cranes calling. There was another pair in the wetlands but we couldn’t see them.

There were quite a few Red-winged Blackbirds around but we didn’t see any females.

Lots of Canada Geese in the pond.

There were also quite a few ducks around including  this pair that seemed to be staking out a nesting place. There were also a number of Wood Ducks around but they were a little skittish so no photos.

When things get a little dull I like to take photos of just about anything. This is last years Cattail.

We were out for a walk on this beautiful spring day and noticed a large number of flowers on the Red Cedar Trail.

Marsh Marigolds

Bloodroot

Common Blue Violet

Spring Beauty

As we were returning home one day my wife noticed a Bald Eagle on a deer carcass along the road. We turned around and went back hoping to get a photo. Unfortunately another car came along and the Eagle took off. I did manage to get a photo of it sitting on a dead tree along the road and a second photo when it flew up into a pine tree.

 

I’ve heard about people surfing in the winter in Duluth but had never seen it. As we were driving past Brighton Beach as we entered Duluth there was a big crowd along the beach with surfers in the water. There were also a couple of folks with Kayaks in the water. It was really cold with a 25 mph wind blowing and the temperatures hoovering just above freezing. I had a difficult time holding the camera steady because I was shivering so badly. I can just imagine how much fun it was being out in the lake. I only saw a couple of the surfers catch a wave and the ride was really short.

As we finished hiking the Split Rock River Loop Trail we could see some big waves down by the lake. We drove down for a closer look and did find some big waves crashing into the shore.

It was cold and Dreary this weekend in Duluth. I decided to walk down to Canal Park and see if anything was going on. Not much happening. I was a little surprised at the number of people wandering around given how cold and dreary it was. The shipping season was just getting underway and there wasn’t much activity.

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum

Duluth Harbor Lighthouses

Padlocks