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.
North of Sonoita, Ariz., are a lot of ranches. The elevation is over 4,500 feet, hence no saguaro.
People identify Arizona with desert; actually most of the state is NOT desert but mountains — and high plains with grasslands similar to this.
The ocotillo in the foreground will soon put on leaves along their stems and then form an orange bloom at the tip of every stem.
This grass is beautiful but actually was imported from Russia about 100 years ago, according to my cousin, cowboy Jeremy White, who visited last week. We toured this area.
At 4,500 feet, you start to see oak savannah like this, my favorite scenery in the world. This is a live oak, a type that does not drop its leaves.
Dead stuff is a part of the scenery as much as live stuff — hence the regulations in the national forests that you are not to take anything out, even dead stalks of agave.
In river bottoms about 3,000 feet, the Arizona sycamore show off their striking trunks, which seemed to glow even with the clouds.
Runoff from the rains of the past days, the first measurable precip in 160 days, make the rocks more striking.
Again, dead stuff is striking.
The lichens on the rock cliffs turned brighter with the rain. Those are oak trees, and they are not as small as they look.
As you come across the pass, you look down on Green Valley, the retirement town — and you can see the next range.
It was fun to wait for the sunbeams to hit the more interesting features.
The shiny rocks in the middle are wet from runoff from the recent rains.
Yep, things are greening up for spring.
Again, people don’t think of Arizona as a mountain state, but these mountain ranges aren’t small.
I thought the cloud over the mountain was a nice touch. It quickly moved on.
Moving back toward Tucson, I stopped at San Zavier Mission. From there you can see into another mountain range, this one within Tucson’s city limits: the Tucson Mountains.
I could also look 20 miles to the northeast and see that the Catalinas, an even larger range than the Santa Ritas, were getting some rain, as well as a few shafts of sun. Most of the city of Tucson lies between here and there.
The sun comes out and lights up the San Xavier Mission, built by the Spanish in 1797.
Looks like a good alfalfa crop. At least for February.
A rare cloudy day in Arizona is a treat, “the mountains get moody and dramatic,” according to Eric Bergeson, who recently took a trip southeast of Tucson through some ranch country and then over the Santa Rita Mountain range.
Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert has braved the recent spate of cold weather to capture these wildlife and landscape in rural Grand Forks County.
A foggy morning walk today took Arlington, Va., photographer Jeff Olson across the National Mall, past Arlington Memorial Bridge, the Lincoln Memorial, the Nurses Memorial and Constitution Gardens. The area technically borders the part of Washington, D.C., that is known as “Foggy Bottom” because of the fog that naturally lingers there.
Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert has been braving the recent cold weather, venturing into the countryside in search of picturesque settings. Here is what he found.
Took this image of the bright sun dogs highlighting this cross Saturday morning. Gives a spiritual uplift to a lot of us who live in this area of the country.
Walked out to this spot and liked the image of this lone tree highlighted by the main beam of the sun. The sun dogs are the main white spots opposite the sun on the right and left parts of the halo.
Another highlighted tree.
Quite a walk to get to this lone tree with a nice shadow in the snow to tie in these sun dogs.
Liked the snow patterns on this ridge to tie in with the sundogs.
Snow patterns with the sun dogs.
Photographer Dave Bruner ventured out in the extreme cold (minus 25 degrees with a wind chill of minus 40) Saturday morning to try and capture some images of the sun dogs, as extreme cold is needed plus ice crystals in the air. It all came together as he was fortunate to capture this phenomenon in full detail. They formed the complete arc and halo with the two distinct sun dogs on each opposite side of the sun that also has this diamond shape. Dave has been trying for a number of winters to capture the complete image of the sun dogs, and although he froze his know what off, it was well worth it to him. He hopes you enjoy the images.