Pelicans

I went out this morning for sunrise images, but it was a clear sky with very little color for it.  I ended up making my way to Knutson Dam on Cass Lake.  When I pulled into the parking lot, I could see the Pelicans had returned, by the dozens.  Unfortunately, on my first trip out, the longest lens I had with me was 200mm.  I was able to slowly approach the flock and make a number of images.  The first 2 below are from that trip.  Later in the day, Val and I took Cleo out as well and I took the longer lens this time, taking the remaining images below.

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Backyard Birds

Working from home this past few weeks has offered up something I am not used to…windows.  My desk has windows on 2 sides.  One of them faces a tree that we have a feeder hanging from.  We get a variety of birds this time of year.  Over the past couple of days, we have seen a few that have hung around.  I setup a tripod/camera next to the window and have been able to make a few images as time allows and the birds are on the tree and feeder.  Below is a small assortment of images.

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Fishing Opener Sunrise

This morning is the fishing opener in Minnesota.  I decided to head for the lake front and see how sunrise would play out. I was anticipating far more than the 3 boats I saw on the water, but the sunrise was fantastic.  There was a good cloud cover, that later produced snow flurries, with an opening on the horizon to allow some color to pop through. Prior to the sun breaching the horizon, the sky was filling with intense pinks and purples.  When it did rise, it gave a beautiful golden light which did not last long, as the cloud bank quickly covered it.  Below are a few shots of the progression.

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Cleo Hiding Out

With the COVID-19 pandemic, I am working from home and Val is working half days in the office.  Cleo is now living her morning hours not confined to her kennel or the entry way.  Instead, when Val leaves for work, she heads under the bed to sleep.  This morning, I went to check on her and saw her lying down with he head sticking out.  I grabbed the camera, and to get this angle, I sat it on the camera on ground and captured the image below.

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Barred Owl

As we tail towards the end of February, the birds have been re-appearing from their winter migrations.  Over the past few mornings, Val has spotted a Barred Owl hanging out in a tree outside of her office window.  This morning I made my way over there, hoping it would make another appearance.  It was out, sleeping in the warming morning sun.  I was able to work my way close enough without disturbing it for a few good images before someone snow shoeing on a nearby trail startled it.

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Wisconsin Point Lighthouse

Winter gave a slight reprieve last weekend, forecasts predicted mid-40’s in Northern MN.  Val and I decided to make a road trip to Duluth for the day.  Canal Park was really busy, so we decided to head over to the less visited Wisconsin Point Light on the Superior side of the harbor.  The weather was perfect for drone photography.  Temps topped out at 49, clear skies and virtually no wind.  Below are a few images of the light.

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