Grand Forks photographer Russ Hons is becoming quite well-known for his spectacular sports shots. But recently, he decided to take a ride into the countryside, since there were no action sports that night, so he could practice his action shooting.
Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert has been at it again. Check out his latest collection of images of the outdoors, taken the past couple of weeks at various locations in the Red River Valley and Minnesota lake country.
This tree was just loaded with flowers in full bloom.
Close-up of some blooms.
Vertical photo of the blooming flowers.
Another tree in full bloom.
These are called Red Baron crabapple blossoms.
These are Flame crabapple blooms.
These are called Radiant crabapple blooms.
Spring is a great time to view blooming trees, as these images from around town taken this week by Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner confirm.
Springtime is when migratory birds return north to their nesting grounds after wintering down South. Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert shares these images of some those aviators that have arrived back home in the Red River Valley.
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 others escape the cold temperatures for several months of the year. Here’s some of what photographer Michael Bogert has seen since spring has officially arrived.
A posing mockingbird.
A departing hummingbird.
An arriving hummigbird.
Hummingbird at rest.
Saw this little cutie on the trail today…and later a snake, which caused me to freeze too long to get my phone in time for a pic. Oh well.
My first gila monster! About 18 inches from nose to tail.
Photographer Eric Bergeson has been doing some sightseeing this past month while taking a winter break in Tucson, Ariz. These are just a few of shots that caught his eye, including blooming wildflowers at Catalina State Park, which have been boosted by timely rain.
Above my neighbors snow flocked evergreen tree.
Moon above the snowy mountains of ND… Actually a high ridge of snow mounds created by snow removal which gave this photo an interesting illusion.
An old-fashioned team of horses hauling people around in a cart in the snow at Lincoln Park.
“Winter Farmstead”: Wintery scene after the snowstorm in North Dakota.
Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner captured these images before our recent thaw, when there was quite a bit more snow around than there is now.
Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert took these nice shots recently before the January thaw the area has been experiencing the past few days.
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.
December 31: Among my resolutions for 2017 is to do more bird watching and to learn more about these wonderful creatures. This one stopped at our feeder today. Not absolutely certain about its species. Bob Seabloom, what am I looking at here?
December 27: Dorette and I enjoyed a great afternoon at the Minneapolis Institute of Art with Patricia Herbel, Scott Dusterhoft and his daughter, Avery. The main event for Dorette Kerian and I was to show them the fabulous Martin Luther exhibit. (If you haven’t seen it, there still is time). But we also did some gallery walking. A highlight for Avery (pictured here) was Picasso’s famous “Baboon and Young,” not cast until after his death in 1973. The MIA’s copy is one of only a few in existence. I remember when my daughter, Kristi, was a toddler and first saw it, then located on the floor rather than a table and not much taller than she was. I’ll never forget her delight.
December 26: A female cardinal at one of our feeders this morning in Bloomington, Minn. Next to the osprey and snow goose, my favorite bird.
December 16: Guess whose song greeted us in our front yard shortly after we returned to Bloomington after a quick trip to Grand Forks, N.D.? A Northern Cardinal, many of which remain in Minnesota for the winter rather than fleeing south.
December 15: Pixie has had some difficulties in below-zero temperatures. Walks on three legs and such. We’re in Grand Forks for a quick pre-Christmas celebration with my daughter, Kristi, and Dorette’s son, Scott. Bought a set of foot coverings for Pix. They seem to help in the snow and ice. Late development: due to popular demand, Dorette is buying Pixie a nicer-looking set of booties.
December 14: Full moon this morning, just before it slipped below the western horizon, as seen from Bloomington, Minn. On some devices, you can click the image to see a larger view.
December 12: “Walking the Mall.” Dorette and I live near an excellent shopping mall in Bloomington, Minn. It has a great Lunds & Byerlys grocery store, hardware store, world-class liquor store, bank branch, and even a physical fitness center to name just a few of the businesses we use regularly. During the hot days of summer and the cold days of winter (it did not rise above zero until past noon here today) I typically walk in the long corridors, as do many others. Thus I have lots of “nodding relationships.” This morning, I snapped an iPhone pic of a gang of really old codgers who gather for morning coffee and conversation. Oh wait, no, most of them may be younger than I am. Perhaps I should weasel my way into the group? (On most devices, clicking the image will provide a larger view).
December 11: During our visit yesterday to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, we stopped again at its current photography exhibit, “Resistance, Protest, Resilience.” It’s not to be missed if you’re interested in international photojournalism. This is a print by Gordon Parks, “Malcom X, Harlem 1963,” photographed two years before the civil rights leader was assassinated.
December 11: A winter wonderland appeared outside our window in Bloomington, Minn., last night. Time to get over my denial — winter doesn’t officially begin for 10 more days, but IT’S ALREADY HERE.
December 10: My favorite view of the Twin Cities, photographed this morning from the Minneapolis Institute of Art before the snow began to fall. (Clicking the image on most devices will reveal the full image.) Earlier, Dorette and I were among a group bussed from the MIA to the Purcell-Cutts house near Lake of the Iles. It is regarded as one of the most significant examples in the country of Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced “Prairie School” architecture. Afterward, we returned to the MIA for lunch and to revisit the museum’s Wright collection.
December 10: Moonlight over Oxborough Road, photographed at dusk yesterday through the leafless trees in Bloomington, Minn.
December 9: One of the reasons Dorette and I retired to the Twin Cities rather than, say, Florida, was the quantity and quality of the music to be heard here. Last night, it was five of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos performed by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in the Temple Israel Synagogue in Minneapolis. Splendid! Snapshot taken with my Canon SX710 HS pocket camera — something you can’t always get away with at musical events here.
December 8: Guess who went to the groomer today? Pixie did!
Here are some of the images caught the eye of Bloomington, Minn., photographer Dave Vorland in the last month of 2016.