Colorful Fall Flowers

October 21st, 2014

Colorful Fall Flowers

Hairy Woodpecker, Female

October 21st, 2014

This little one, has eye lashes

Hairy Woodpecker Busy Eating , while another bird in the background photobombs :)

ID tips from friends:
the clean white outer tail feathers distinguish Hairy from Downy, in most areas anyway.
Female Hairy Woodpecker. unbarred tail feathers, larger bill, and well developed comma eliminate a Downy
You can also see the size of the bird compared to each suet cake. It’s a hairy.

Downy Woodpecker, Male

October 20th, 2014

A bunch of compiled shots of the same woodpecker, Minnetonka MN October 2014

A Downy Woodpecker, Male

Click to see full size image, and see more detail of the bird, the sun light reflecting on his feathers, etc.

(the guy on the feeder might be another bird)
the image resolution/quality was lowered to reduce it’s size / web version

our bird

Nature Sounds at the Minnesota River Valley National Wildlife Refuge

October 17th, 2014

I filmed this short clip of nature sounds at the Minnesota River Valley National Wildlife Refuge on a nice walk, Oct 16  around 2PM .. enjoying the Minnesota Fall.   This was my first visit to this park.   When you stop thinking, moving, and enhance your awareness to the present moment things start to become more vivid, colors, sounds… this video attempts to share that experience

You can watch this on youtube and as full screen for a clearer view here: http://www.youtube.com/v/gckSurwx4O8

video description from youtube: Ready for a moment of enhanced awareness?  Maybe see some magic?   look around, listen, watch … Nature sounds, crickets, wind, trail, leaves, sun, valley … this video might offer you a mystical minute of enjoying some awareness to the surrounding nature, shot during a walk at the MN River Valley National Wildlife Refuge (in between the noise from airplanes taking off)

Here is another one, this one is more of a  quick 360 view
You can watch this on youtube and as full screen for a clearer view here: http://www.youtube.com/v/L5eFs_aG_uI

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Mysterious Wind-blown Leaves on Magical Trail

October 17th, 2014

Ready for a moment of enhanced awareness?  Maybe feel some magic?  Hear some sounds? See leaves falling off trees in the wind.. Filmed at the MN river valley not far from the river itself.  Look around, listen, watch … wind, trail, blowing leaves … This video might offer you a mystical minute.

Minnesota River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Oct 16 2014

You can watch this on youtube and as full screen for a clearer view here:
http://www.youtube.com/v/HzdOmEo0ST0

You can watch this on youtube and as full screen for a clearer view here:
http://www.youtube.com/v/pS2K_OA22VI

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Lake Calhoun – Wind, Sky, Clouds, Sun, Big Waves

October 17th, 2014

Watch the sky, clouds, sun, big waves and listen to the sounds… filmed on a pier at Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis MN, on Saturday October 4 2014. Temperature must have been about 45, windy so felt colder.

Walking to pier:

A still video portrait

A still video portrait:

A still video portrait:

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Herons

October 17th, 2014

Some Heron birds i spotted at a field in western WI.

Herons, Bird identification, Farm, field, hay bails, sky, landscape, crickets, Wisconsin

Fall Morning

October 13th, 2014

October 10, 2014
Grass with frost at about 7AM, Hopkins MN

Frost Close-ups

October 13th, 2014

October 10, 2014
Grasses and wild plants with frost at about 7AM, Hopkins MN

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The red tree where I ate lunch

October 12th, 2014

The red tree, at about noon time, where I parked and ate lunch in  the red sun light passing through the leaves

Oct 10, 2014, Eden Prairie, MN

this is an Acer x freemanii hybrid of red maple (A. rubrum) and silver maple (A. saccharinum)

Fall colors and frost

October 12th, 2014

Nice fall colors on the side of this hill, in the shade you will see frost on the grass – Oct 10, 2014, Hopkins, MN

Clouds and Sumac

October 12th, 2014

Photo above shows a sumac plant

October 8, 2014 – Chan, MN

Fall Colors

October 12th, 2014

In Chanhassen, MN – October 8, 2014

Blood Moon

October 12th, 2014

A full lunar eclipse, I couldn’t take photos of the full eclipse, the photos below show the blood moon eclipse winding down as the moon was setting between 6 to 7 AM, October 8, 2014

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Just another squirrel

October 12th, 2014

Here’s a squirrel doing what squirrels do, we take these critters fore-granted here in MN since they are abundant, if you watch them, they are intelligent, agile, flexible, quick and love to eat.  I think these photos will help you see that. October 8, 2014

click on photos to see photos in full size, and the squirrel’s details

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Plant ID: Canberrybush

October 12th, 2014

Plant identification post:

This one is: Viburnum trilobum/opulus – canberrybush viburnum

October 2, 2014 – Eden Prairie MN

Fall Colors with a nice blue sky

October 12th, 2014

Fall colors, Chanhassen, MN

Oct 9, 2014

above photo is at highway 212

Below, shows early fall colors in the metro

Below is Red Rock lake in Eden Prairie

Contrails and chemtrails

October 12th, 2014

First photo shows 3 contrails,

the last 2 photos show multiple chemtrails, at least 3, these are much longer, do not disappear they dissipate into clouds instead

First photo taken about 11AM, last 3 taken about 5PM on the same day from relatively the same location.

Watching a woodpecker in backyard

October 12th, 2014

This little woodpecker is busy looking for food, zoomed in, getting closer trying to follow her/his moves.

October 5, 2014 Minnesota

Watching birds doing what birds do

October 12th, 2014

October 11, 2014 , Chanhassen MN by the Lakewinds Coop. Nice Fall day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqvMVEvv5jE

Plant ID: Garlic Mustrad

May 11th, 2014

At a trail at the Theodore Wirth park in Minnesota. Saturday May 10

Looks a lot like Motherwort, but already has the smell of garlic.  Once plant grows it will be easier to tell just by looking at it.  Future posts will show future growth stages of garlic mustard.  Very invasive plant, pull, eat or discard appropriately.

It’s been a cold spring season in MN this year (2014).

Plant ID: Burdock

May 11th, 2014

At a trail at the Theodore Wirth park in Minnesota. Saturday May 10.

Future photos will show other stages of this plant’s growth / life cycle.

This is early spring, a colder than usual spring season.

Ft Snelling State Park

May 1st, 2014

just a map

Plant ID: Mystery Plant #4

April 30th, 2014

Could you identify this plant / weed that’s in my backyard?

It has white sap, red stems, hairy stems, hair on the under side of the leaves, a red lining around leaves, not a square stem.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE6Pu_NyHx0

Fermenting

April 29th, 2014

Fermenting

April 28th, 2014

Plant ID: Mystery Plant #3

April 22nd, 2014

I think this is hemerocallis or daylily.

Came across a field of these plants, April 21 2014 .. after a long and colder than usual winter and cold Spring, plants are eager to return back to life, a lot like people.

Nice field with the shade of the sun and green colors looking very nice.

Tubers:

I replanted this plant in the same spot i pulled it out from for the photo.

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Plant ID: Mystery Plant #2

April 22nd, 2014

I have a few plants trying to identify, here’s the second one

Is it Rumex or sheep sorrel,  a dock or a sorrel?

Photos taken 4/21/2014 (Minnesota)

click each photo to see full (huge) size and zoom in

zoomed on some parts in these photos

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Plant ID: Mystery Plant #1

April 22nd, 2014

I have a few plants trying to identify, here’s the first

Is it ground ivy (creeping charlie) or motherwort?

Photos taken 4/21/2014 (Minnesota)

video taken 04/19/2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsS7sY7m7ig

This one is a video taken 04/21/2014 of the same area after raking, it clearly shows a dried up shoot / stem that is square

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfzuFRzG5TU

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American Kestrel Falcon

April 9th, 2014

Sunday 04/06/2-14 at Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington. An American Kestrel female, sharp little raptor (falcon).

An American Kestrel

Kestrel's Talons

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Sungazing – 2013-07-16

July 17th, 2013

07-16-2013

in the AM

Sunrise from a parking lot by a baseball field

in the PM

Evening sunset from a trail 8:20PM

Evening sunset from a trail 8:25ish PM

Evening sunset from a trail 8:25ish PM

Sungazing – 2013-07-15

July 16th, 2013

Standing barefoot on a gravel path to sun gaze (day 2 of sungazing)

standing on gravelFirst spot, about 5 seconds of sungazing here:


Moved to another spot, sungazed more:

This was the sun I looked directly at

A field of …

January 23rd, 2013

and

Shot on September 2, 2012

At carver reserve in Victoria, MN