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A pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches turned up at my feeder this year. It has been several years since I’ve seen any of them around.

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I haven’t seen a Pileated Woodpecker at my feeders in quite some time. Earlier this fall I noticed one fly by as I was working on the bird feeders. This past week a female has turned up at my feeders several times. The second time she turned up I was able to get to my camera with the long lens so all I could photograph was her head.

When we woke up it was -17 and no wind. I knew it would be a great day to find some frost along the Red Cedar State Trail. I planned on going alone but my wife didn’t want me out in this weather by myself so she decided to come along. When we arrived at the Irvington Parking Lot we could see the frost covering the trees. We skied south on the trail for a short distance because that is where the best frost can be found. More photos from the Red Cedar Trail cam be found on my website.

We were really cold because I was stopping for photos all the time. As long as we were on the trail we decided to ski down to the ice wall that forms every winter along the trail. It was difficult skiing because there were quite a few places along the trail where ice was overflowing the trail. In addition, there was barely enough snow to set a track. the ice wall was in peak winter condition.

One of my favorite winter past times is photographing birds during a snow storm. Fortunately our first significant snowfall occurred during the day so I was able to photograph a wide variety of birds. A good snowfall always brings out plenty of birds.

Northern Cardinal female

Northern Cardinal male

Blue Jay

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

House Sparrow

Hairy Woodpecker

American Goldfinch

 

Lake Superior Magazine used one of my photos of last years Northwoods Harness Club Sleigh and Cutter Rally held in Ashland, Wisconsin. This years Rally will be held this coming weekend. More photos from the event can be found on my website.

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On our way back fromĀ  Skiing at After Hours Ski Trails we decided to stop in at Amnicon Falls State Park to look around. As it turned out the combination of fresh snow and the root beer colored water made for some nice photos.

Last year was a disaster in terms of cross country skiing. I think we made out to the ski trails three times all winter. This year we happened to be in Duluth when it snowed for three days. We had planned to drive over to Ironwood and ski at ABR but as we drove past the After Hours Ski Trails we decided to stop and check on conditions. The trails had been packed but no track had been set. We decided that was good enough so we spent about three hours skiing. We came back the next day on our way home and skied for another three hours. Overnight the tracks had been set so it was even better. We had a chance to use the new ski hut for the first time.

My wife and I were watching the news when the weather forecaster mentioned the sunset. We looked out the window and it was indeed spectacular so we both grabbed our cameras and went out to get a few photos. It would be great if the sunsets would last a little longer.

Typically when we drive out to Wisconsin Point in the summer we are able to spot some Bald Eagles. On our last trip we saw over a dozen of them. There were five of them in one tree. It looked like the two adults along with their three fledglings. It was by far our best day of eagle watching at Wisconsin Point.

Just about every year we try to drive out to Wisconsin Point to Photograph the lighthouse when the sun rises from behind the lighthouse. We made the trip again this year. We arrived well before sunrise so we stopped to photograph the Burlington Northern Ore Docks that were lit up. The Roger Blough was at the docks loading Taconite. I was very surprised to find there were no mosquitoes around.

We then drove back to the road that leads to the south breakwater where the lighthouse is located. I walked out to the beach for a photo before sunrise. As it turned out the best color was well before sunrise.

I decided to walk along the beach between the south and north breakwater photographing from various locations along the way. My wife drove the car over to the north breakwater parking lot to meet me.

I then walked out on the north breakwater to watch the sun rise.

When I turned around to leave I notice the beach was glowing in the sunrise.

I walked back along the breakwater to photograph the abandon Burlington Northern Ore Docks.

As I turned to leave I notice some small rocks on the breakwater. The sun had cast a long shadow.