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A few weeks ago we visited the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota. This was our first visit. We were impressed by their facilities. We spent the afternoon at the center listening to various presentations and viewing the displays. We were fortunate to see all of the wolves on display. They have two Arctic Wolves in the pack. While we were in Ely we also stopped at Jim Brandenburg’s gallery. He has an amazing display of photographs at the gallery. The international headquarters of Crapola is also located in Ely so we stopped by to watch them make Crapola and picked up a supply of it.

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Last week we made a visit to the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary. Vince was a lumberman in the area and loved to make pancakes. His loggers loved them, unfortunately, so did the local black bears. The bearsĀ  kept breaking into his cabins looking for food. The first solution was to shoot them but he found he couldn’t shoot enough of them. He then tried feeding them. That seemed to work. They quit breaking into his cabins. However, what started out as a few bears turned into many bears. When Vince could no longer feed them The American Bear Association took over the project. The bears are wild but there is a small area where they feed the bears. This year we were a little early and there were only a couple dozen bears around. At the peak feeding time, mid August to the end of August, there can be up to fifty bears in the area. If you want to see bears this is the place to do it.

We made a late season trip through Crex Meadows the last week of summer. Things were relatively quiet. We did see a number of hawks and eagles, there were quite a few ducks around. Most of the flowers were gone as well as the butterflies.
There were a lot of Wood Ducks around, far more than I’ve seen before. It was a little difficult to photograph birds because the ducks were very skittish and the grass was so high along the road it was difficult to use the car as a blind.

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The Trumpeter Swans are around. This year’s batch of young are almost adults now.

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Grebes can be found on the various flowages.

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Smartweed is blooming.

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There was some color in the trees but it looks like most of the Aspen and Birch trees are turning brown. We noticed this same phenomenon as we drove through Northern Wisconsin.

These photos were also taken on a sunny day using a variable neutral density filter to allow me to photograph at a slow speed. They were produced by using camera and lens movement.

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My main interest is photographing birds while it’s snowing out but I do shoot at other times. These are a few birds seen at my feeders in the last few weeks.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch