Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner went out early Friday morning to capture these images after a nice frost in the Grand Forks area.
For as long as the Art Shanty Projects have been around, a few years now, I’ve vowed to go — yet have never made it — until Sunday.
Of course, 16-degree temperatures were no deterrent. After all, the sun was shinning. Plus, I have a warm hooded coat, terrific fur-lined boots and toasty leather gloves.
Armed with my sharp metal-pointed German walking stick to keep me safe on the ice and my iPhoneX to record the event, I made my way through a well-worn path in the snow to the “instant village” of art shanties that’s graced Lake Harriet near downtown Minneapolis since Jan. 20.
An array of whimsical, fun, artsy small structures were strategically placed not far out on the ice covered lake near the Bandshell. Many look like they might serve as actual fish houses in off season. But there were notable exceptions.
The photos speak for themselves. To learn more about the project — and perhaps bring this brilliant, fun and art-filled event to a lake near you — check out the official website to learn how they did it: http://www.artshantyprojects.org/about/overview
While Sunday was the last day, take heart. It will surely return next winter, hopefully at Lake Harriet, an ideal spot to take advantage of the popular park. Be sure to put it on your bucket list. And remember to bring the kids, grandkids and dog!
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.
Raptor expert Tim Driscoll and his crew were busy at work Monday, banding new peregrine chicks born on the University of North Dakota water tower, and Grand Forks photographer Russ Hons was there. The chicks, named Chan, Julie and Carl, were carefully placed in a small dog kennel and lowered to the ground for the banding. The parents, Marv and Terminator, were not happy, and let the crowd of 100-plus onlookers know. They circled the tower and the climbers and constantly voiced their displeasure. The banders weighed and measured the chicks and placed a small metal band on their legs for future identification. The crowd was able to get a closeup look at the chicks before they were returned to the nest at the top of the tower. According to Russ, the falcons “fly unbelievably fast and were not easy to get photos of while in flight.” (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)