Couple of Images

I have continued to take photographs this past month.  I just didn’t get around to either processing or posting them.  Below are 2 from the past week or so.  The first is a profile of a showy lady slipper.  These flowers seemed to be blooming in mass this year.  Where I would see a small bunch in previous years, were rows and rows of bunches, some pushing over 20 individual flowers.  Finding isolated ones was far more difficult that in the past, so I took advantage of this one which was at the back of a small bunch of around 5.  The second is the fishing pier at Lasalle Recreation area about 20 miles SE of Bemidji.  It was a nice, calm morning the other day when I went out for sunrise.  I took a chance at an HDR Panoramic image.  This was created from a series of 5 compositions and 5 shot brackets.

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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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