MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Mary Lake Trail, Itasca State Park

Mary Lake Trail is one of eight hiking trails located within Itasca State Park, south of Bagley, Minn. Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert recently navigated the trail, all the way to Mary Lake, one of several small lakes that dot the park’s landscape. Located in Lake Alice Township, the 1.2-mile trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running and nature …

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Three Island Lake County Park

Three Island Lake County Park was the destination recently for Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert. The quaint park is located in Beltrami County, 12 miles north of Bemidji, Minn. The scenic Turtle River flows from the mouth of Three Island Lake providing spectacular views, rolling terrain and a diverse plant ecology. The park was deeded to the county in 1967 …

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Lake Bemidji State Park

Lake Bemidji State Park offers a variety of things to do for people in search of outdoor adventure. Located on the north end of Lake Bemidji in northwestern Minnesota, the park touts a sandy beach; hiking and biking trails; boat, canoe and kayak rental; a children’s playground; volleyball court and year-round naturalist programs as well as wildlife viewing and marvelous …

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — National Council On Education For The Ceramic Arts Conference

The National Council On Education for the Ceramic Arts held its 53rd annual conference this past weekend at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Founded in 1966, NCECA was created to serve the interests of ceramics as an art form and in creative education the United States. Most major American ceramic artists since the 1970s, including Frances Senska, Paul Soldner, Peter Voulkos and Rudy Autio have been …

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 …