MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Paul Bunyan Animal Land

Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert recently spent some time at Paul Bunyan Animal Land, which is located on U.S. Highway 2 between Bemidji and Cass Lake, Minn. Animal Land is home to nearly 100 animals representing every continent on earth. Some of the animals you can see at Animal Land include lions, tigers, camels, lemurs, kangaroos, raccoons, three species of …

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Fourth Of July Week Fun

Usually during Fourth of July week, there isn’t a lack of outdoor things to do in Grand Forks. Here are a couple of events — the Christopher Paul Stelling concert at the outside garden at North Dakota Museum of Art and the annual downtown fireworks display — that caught the eye of Grand Fork photographer Michael Bogert.

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Urban Merlins

Merlins, also called pigeon hawks, breed in the northern Holarctic, with some migrating to subtropical and northern tropical regions in winter. In recent decades, merlin populations in North America have been significantly increasing, with some merlins becoming so well adapted to city life that they forgo migration. Swift fliers and skilled hunters, merlins specialize in preying on small birds. If you have seen them in your neighborhood, it …

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Peregrine On A Perch

Peregrine falcons have been showing up in Grand Forks since 2005. This is one of the falcons that is nesting in the water tower on the campus of the University of North Dakota. It could be Marv, the patriarch of Grand Forks’ peregrine clan the past couple of years. Named after Marv Bossart, a Fargo TV personality who died in 2013, …

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Signs Of Spring

A good indicator that spring has arrived is the appearance of animals that have either gone south in the fall or the emergency of those that have made themselves scarce during the long winter. Canada geese are among the former and moose the latter. Bald eagles, however, can be counted in both groups. Some winter along the Red River of the North, while …

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Late Winter Snapshots

Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert took advantage of the above-average temperatures in February and early this month to capture these upper Red River Valley scenes. From old farmsteads, long-since-used automobiles and farm equipment, beautiful sunsets and wildlife, Bogert’s snapshots will make viewers yearn for a ride in the country, too.

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Of Days Gone By

Often all that remains of once-thriving farm operations are abandoned buildings such as barns and farmhouses. Farming has always been a tough way to make a living, and it wasn’t for everyone. Perhaps the original owners of these farmsteads couldn’t make a go of it — or just simply left, looking for a better life elsewhere. Grand Forks photographer recently snapped …

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Winter In The Wild

  For one reason or another, not everyone gets to enjoy the beauty of nature in the wintertime. All some people have left is their imagination. Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert isn’t one of them, as evidenced by these images he caught during some recent outings in northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Red River State Recreation Area

The Red River State Recreation Area, located in East Grand Forks, is part of the Greater Grand Forks Greenway and is located on the banks of the Red River of the North and the Red Lake River. The area, owned and managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, came about as the result of a grass-roots effort after the Flood of 1997 that devastated …

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Blues On The Red, August 27, 2016

Happy Harry’s Blues on the Red wrapped up its 10th season Saturday night as Left Wing Bourbon Soul Band from Eau Claire, Wis., and Chicago’s Studebaker John & the Hawks put on a show before an overflowing crowd in Town Square in downtown Grand Forks. Photographer Michael Bogert took in the fourth and final concert of the summer and offers these …

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Great Lakes Lighthouse Tour

Lighthouse have been around for a few thousand years, guiding mariners at sea and inland waterways, marking dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals and reefs, providing safe entries to harbors. Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and use of electronic navigational systems. Several are still being used on the Great Lakes. Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert and his …

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Mackinac Island

Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert and his wife, Mary, recently returned from a trip to the Great Lakes area. Among their stops was Mackinac Island, which covers 3.8 square miles in land area in the state of Michigan. It is located in Lake Huron, at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between the state’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas.