Enjoying the gorgeous view of this landscape.
Shadows and clouds.
Closer view of the hoodoos.
This weathered tree added to this scene.
The hoodoos were surrounded by these distinctive rain clouds that were lit up in the east by the setting sun to the west. As a photographer, you know this is just luck to have these kind of clouds appear at the time you are there taking photos. We never did get rained on.
I have never seen such beautiful rock formations like this anywhere.
From another higher vantage point in the park gave this view of the hoodoos.
Natural Bridge. One of the very unique formations that is a must see in Bryce Canyon National Park.
Getting the shot. Sheila Bruner took this shot.
Bryce Canyon National Park in southwestern Utah is famous for the largest collection of hoodoos in the world. Photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, really enjoyed the park with the beauty of all the various rock formations. “I was fortunate to have a sky that day that included white and rain clouds in the distance that really added to the scenery images.
Delicate Arch. Delicate Arch is a 60-foot-tall freestanding natural arch located in Arches National Park. It was a 1.5-mile hike to get to this Arch for a sunset shot. There were probably over a 100 people there that evening.
North Window Arch. An easy hike to this arch. Sheila Bruner is on the left, enjoying the view.
North Windows Arch. A view underneath the of large span of rock on the North Windows arch. Notice the two people climbing up on the lower left that gives you scale perspective of how large this arch is.
Most of these lizards would scurry away but this guy wanted his photo taken. I think he wanted to be in the next TV commercial.
Double Arch. The Double Arch trail (0.5 miles/0.8 kilometer round trip) is a relatively flat, gravel-surfaced path that leads to the base of two huge arching spans. Double Arch is the tallest (112 feet/34 meters) and second-longest (144 feet/44 meters) arch in the park. See the people up on the lower left that show you how large this arch is.
Sunrise in Park Avenue.
Moonscape image of the North Window Arch. Sheila & I came here around midnight to get some this nightime shot of the stars shining through the Arch. I took several photos and this one had a meteor in it. The moon lit up the face of the arch.
Moonscape shot of Park Avenue. Had a nice long trail meteor come through the sky on this one.
The Delicate Arch. Different angle of this arch. Utah has this similar image on it’s states license plates.
Moonscape image of Park Avenue around 1 a.m.
Sheila named this formation “Giants Feet.” Does look like the toes of a giant sticking out of the sandy soil.
B&W image of storm clouds in Park Avenue .
Landscape outside the park.
We were out at Window Arch late at night when we heard someone walking up the trail. Turned out is was a young gentleman from Arizona who was camping there waiting for some friends to show up that night. I asked if he wanted a photo of himself standing in the Arch and he agreed. Gives you scale on how large this arch is. The moon light lit the scene up and a nice window of stars on the other side.
Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, spent quite a bit of time recently in Arches National Park just north of Moab, Utah. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks in a landscape of contrasting colors, land forms and textures unlike any other in the world.
The Three Sisters formation.
Caught a nice meteor racing across the sky in this image.
Even though the Milky Way is not as bright with the light from the moon, it gave the landscape some surreal lighting.
The Three Sisters formation shot from the other side later in the night as the moon was setting letting the Milky Way shine brighter in the sky.
Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, were out until 4 a.m. in the morning recently shooting the Milky Way and moonlight on the rock formations in the Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. “Moonlight does diffuse the Milky Way, but the moonlight gave a very eerie feeling to the landscape and the surroundings. We were the only people out there at that time of night. Go figure … It was a fun experience though.”
One large Goblin!
Just some of the Valley of the Goblins
A nice formation of these images on the top of a hill.
Near the north end of the park. I liked the waves in the landscape.
This park has some very unique scenery and formations.
This formation is called the “Three Sisters.”
Photo under the “Three Sisters” formation.
Stop sign going out of the park! Hard to read STOP!!
On their recent Utah trip, Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, visited Goblin Valley State Park. Here is his description:
“Journey to this strange and colorful valley, which is unlike any other in Utah. The landscape, covered with sandstone goblins and formations, is often compared to Mars. Explore the geology, among the nooks and gnomes. Goblin Valley includes an area where soft sandstone has eroded into interesting shapes, somewhat resembling goblins. In some spots, the rock formations are close together and produce a maze-like playground ideal for family explorations. Many people think the park landscape has a surreal appearance. A Hollywood movie, “Galaxy Quest,” was filmed at Goblin Valley State Park because of its unearthly scenery.
On their recent Utah trip, Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, visited Canyons National Park, the site of famous Mesa Arch. Here is what he had to say about the experience:
“The Mesa Arch sunrise shot is one of the most sought after photographic images in Utah. Every morning at sunrise, if there are no clouds hiding the sun, the sun’s rays light up the upper inside of the arch in a bright red glow. The problem is there is only room for about 10 to 12 photographers with tripods at this spot, so you have to be there early to get a spot. I got there almost three hours before sunrise ( 3:00 am) and there were already six photographers there! They were shooting the Milky Way with the Arch while waiting for sunrise to occur. I joined them in shooting Milky Way images, and about 4:30 a.m. more people started showing up. so we all set up in a row waiting for sunrise. By the time sunrise came, there were around 80 photographers there trying to get in to get a capture. It was insane, but I held my ground and got the image I came for. I included a shot of the some of the crowd after I left my spot to show you the craziness. I also have a daytime image I took the day before when showing you what it looks like in daylight. Sheila came with me on that hike but couldn’t convince her to get up at 2 a.m. the next morning for the sunrise event!
Chris Allen, a professor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, is currently on trip to London with a group of communication students. While there, he took a trip to Wales, a country in southwest Great Britain known for its rugged coastline, mountainous national parks, distinctive Welsh language and Celtic culture.
Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert captured these beautiful images over a one-hour period this weekend while sitting on a dock on a northwestern Minnesota lake.
May 9: Photographed from a window yesterday in Bloomington, Minn.
May 7: Perfect day for a long walk in Minneapolis. I shot this photo in Loring Park. That’s the always impressive Basilica of St. Mary in the background. Spring is in the air!
May 6: Walked around Lake Bde Maka Ska (the former Lake Calhoun) in Minneapolis today. I’m finally convinced spring is here.
May 1: Like many if not most cities, Bloomington, Minn., is home to a wide variety of wildlife. We have the usual squirrels and rabbits and the occasional coyote. But it’s the birds I enjoy most. The migrations north seem to be mostly complete, although the humming birds have yet to arrive. Which brings me to this guy who showed up yesterday on the roof of our next door neighbor’s storage shed. I snapped the picture moments before it departed. A crane or turkey, perhaps? Anyone know?
April 30: Seen tonight over Bloomington, Minn.
April 27: Twin Cities weather advisories have switched from snowstorms to floods. I took this picture of the raging Mississipi River yesterday from the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.
April 26: It will be full over Bloomington, Minn., on Monday. I shot the photo yesterday afternoon with a Nikon COOLPIX B700 camera with a 4.3 to 258 mm zoom lens. As a Canon guy (except for an antique Nikon film camera I still occasionally use), it’s the only Nikon I own. It’s a light and compact — great for casual travel, sports, street and wildlife photography.
April 24: This pair of mallards has been enjoying the snowmelt in our backyard in Bloomington, Minn.
April 23: The scene last night as we waited in Minneapolis for our light rail train back to Bloomington.
April 23: That pesky Norwegian troll is back, this time on the hood of my car.
April 21: This was the scene today at Hylands Lake Nature Preserve not far from our place in Bloomington, Minn. The walkers and birdwatchers were out in force, along with photographers like me.
April 21: Street photography, Minneapolis, taken April 19.
April 20: I snapped this photo through a window yesterday from the light rail train on the way with Dorette to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. We’ve lived in Bloomington for quite a while now but have yet to experience this interesting looking joint. It’s on our summer must list.
April 16: Dammit! I should have known. A Norwegian troll was responsible for the recent blizzard in Minnesota. He was back at our place in Bloomington this morning to laugh at and mock me.
April 15: This dark-eyed junco, like most of us today in snow-laden Bloomington, Minn., having a “WTF?” moment and in its case wishing he’d delayed his arrival in our yard for a couple of weeks.
April 14: The view at our place in Bloomington, Minn., at 5 p.m. today. More snow on the way.
April 13: I shot this picture of the Guthrie Theater from the stone arch bridge in Minneapolis yesterday before Dorette Kerian and I attended the new play “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”
April 11: Action like this at our feeder in Bloomington, Minn., often occurs before a negative change in the weather. I wonder if these guys know something we don’t?
April 5: Here are the most recent birds to visit us in Bloomington, Minn: a pair of mourning doves. Can the robins and humingbirds be far behind? My bird book says doves are “partial migrators” to Minnesota. That is to say, the smart ones spend the winter in the Southern states.
April 4: I guess I wasn’t surprised this morning to see that this backyard squirrel made it through the nasty weather we’ve just experienced in Bloomington, Minn.
April 3: Yup, I shot this photo a few minutes ago of the mailboxes in front of our place in Bloomington, Minn. The National Weather Service’s warning predicts a snow dump totaling as much as 10 inches by tomorrow, plus winds as high as 20 mph. No wonder April has been called “the cruelest month.”
April 2: Say hello to Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal. They were at our feeders this morning, gorging themselves in preparation for the two-day winter snow “event” approaching Bloomington, Minn.
March 31: The moon tonight seen over Bloomington, Minn.
March 31: “Conversation with a Bunny.”
March 25: White Bear Lake. I took this picure today. The lake is still frozen but looking good in the late winter light. There was even a partial moon in the sky.
March 24: No, this is a shot of the sun through the clouds taken while walking Pixie this morning. I darkened the image slightly for effect with Photoshop. Disclaimer: Do not shoot pictures of the sun if it is not mostly obscured by clouds. Many people have damaged their eyesight by doing so during solar eclipses. One last note: This is a color photograph not converted to black and white.
March 20: I suspect this is the male cardinal and partner of the female that has been frequenting our feeders. I’d worked myself into a snit about the unfairness of snow falling in Bloomington, Minn., on the first day of spring. But not so much now.
Spring has finally sprung in the Midwest, as Bloomington, Minn., photographer Dave Vorland’s most recent images show. But it hasn’t been like that since its start March 20, when the landscape was snow-filled and trees were bare.
Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert has been at it again. Here are some great landscape and animal shots (wild and domestic) from a couple of recent jaunts into the countryside.
Frost on the cattails at sunrise.
Before sunrise looking to the west, I framed this lone tree between the frosted branches of these others.
There was a sun halo in this sunrise photo surrounded by these frosted pine trees.
I liked this scenic perspective of these frosted pine trees in a row.
A very frosted group of trees being highlighted by the early morning sun.
Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner went out early Friday morning to capture these images after a nice frost in the Grand Forks area.