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

A dragon was spotted in MN

January 23rd, 2013

A dragon was spotted in MN on September 2, 2012, here’s the proof.

Taken at carver reserve in Victoria, MN.

Do you see it?

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A mystery

October 10th, 2012

Mystery Art

Fairies?

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An Egret

October 10th, 2012

On Sept 30th, Lebanon Hills Park

Do click on the photo for the full size, and you’ll get a much better view of the Egret

Path

October 10th, 2012

At Murphy Hanrehan

Path, Sky, Calming

SUN

October 8th, 2012

Many Have worshiped
One of my favorite celestial objects, the sun.
Photos taken in Savage, MN on 09/23/2012
Make sure to click on the photos for the full-size. Then spend some time exploring the colors of these intense sun rays, look at the clouds, and the areas around the sun for many colorful pieces of natural art curtsey the sun and water vapor.
Why is the sky not blue?  because this is a photo of the sun, not the sky.

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The Full Moon

September 30th, 2012

The FULL moon tonight, 9/30/2012, taken with my telescope and DSLR camera at 2AM in Minnesota, the sky is crystal clear.

Enjoy (click the photos to see full size).

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This was my first attempt to take photos with my new telescope and DSLR camera. I’m not using an adapter, but didn’t need one.

This is a photo using the camera alone with my telephoto lens at maximum zoom:
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Notice a difference?  The telescope photos are like mirror images, the telescope images need to be flipped to match what your eyes see.

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Worms Dew-Bathing

September 11th, 2012

Last Tuesday before heading out to work I noticed many white worms all over the lid of the refuse container (i.e. trash bin). There was plenty of dew on the car and the trash bin lid was also pretty wet, however the photos don’t clearly show the amount of dew present on the lid.

These little worms were knee deep in dew.

Do you see the pairs? why are they next to each other like that?
These aren’t the usual kind of worms I”m used to seeing, will these turn to butterflies or some other flying insect?

If you click on a photo to enlarge it you will notice the  water surrounding the worms.

Later on that day, 1/3rd the worms were “dead by drying” in the sun light, the rest were gone, somewhere. Maybe birds ate them, maybe they went back into the trash bin to eat trash, I donno.

Well, I think they looked pretty and cute, a bit unusual for a garden worm.. I thought they looked interesting / cool. You might agree.

If you thought these worms were anything but gross, I hope this next piece of info doesn’t change your mind: These are maggots.

They must have come out of the trash bin some how, they are the larva of flies (house flies, blow-flies, and cheese flies). In this case I believe these are from blow-flies.

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Let it Shine!

March 31st, 2012

Let the sun shine

through

for the green buds

to

grow

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March 24, 2012
At Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan, MN Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi 12.2 MP D-SLR Camera

Inner-Glowing Amber

March 30th, 2012

Glowing Amber?  Inner Sun? Golden Gem Stone, the Philosopher’s Stone?

Molten Glass? Frozen Water? A Geological Formation?

Hmm, what is this?

Here’s a close-up

Ok, I’ll show you.

It’s resin from a tree, here’s the branch

This inner glow, or “inner fire” here is nothing but the sun light shining on this substance

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Mineral Shades

March 30th, 2012

Nature painting itself shadows on a rock

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March 24, 2012
At Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan, MN Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi 12.2 MP D-SLR Camera

Milkweed Seeds

November 13th, 2011

I enjoy the shape, geometry, symmetry, snow-like looks

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Click on images for the full-size

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Beaver, Ft. Snelling State Park

May 23rd, 2011

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Nov 03, 2010, Fort Snelling State Park

Train Tracks, Minnetonka MN

May 22nd, 2011

Oct 24, 2010

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Cedar Waxwing Birds

May 22nd, 2011

A (non-breading or immature) Cedar Waxwing birds flying, looking, jumping etc..

About to land:

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Close-ups:

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What’s that there?:

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Jumping to another branch, like a ninja wearing a black mask!:

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The Blue Jay and the Frog

May 20th, 2011

A Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) eating a frog

After the meal
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Oct 24, 2010
Taken at Big Willow Park, Minnetonka, MN Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi 12.2 MP D-SLR Camera

Trail – in the Fall

May 20th, 2011

Fall Trail

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Oct 24, 2010
Taken at Big Willow Park, Minnetonka, MN Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi 12.2 MP D-SLR Camera

Moss on Tree

May 20th, 2011

green moss and leaves turning (red) in background

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Oct 24, 2010
Taken at Big Willow Park, Minnetonka, MN Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi 12.2 MP D-SLR Camera

A Bridge – on a Water Canvas

May 20th, 2011

Minnehaha creek in Minnetonka, MN

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Taken October 24, 2010 with a Canon Rebel XSi 12.2 MP D-SLR Camera

Taken at Big Willow Park, Minnetonka, MN

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Fattening Up For Winter

May 19th, 2011

Squirrel Indulging, Fattening up for winter

Nov 21, 2010
In the back yard!
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Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi 12.2 MP D-SLR Camera

Wild Turkeys – Richardson Nature Center

January 5th, 2011

Wild Turkeys – Richardson Nature Center

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Shot Jan 03, 2011 :: Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington, MN

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Winter Wonder Land – Nov 2010 – Minnesota

November 16th, 2010

The first snow storm of the season caused many tree branches and at times full trees to break and fall.
As it snowed heavy wet snow, driving became unpleasant and most people stayed indoors.
That’s a sign it is time to head out and enjoy this winter wonderland.

These are some photos of the massive beauty of a snow-covered world, taken during snow fall

November 13, 2010 in Minnetonka, MN

Trail entrance

A heavy wet burden

Fallen tree branches, with one perfectly lined in the middle of the trail

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The Forbidden Red Fruit

October 1st, 2010

The “Forbidden” Red Fruit

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A “Taxus media”, A.K.A “Hicksii Yew” plant and fruit. All parts of this plant are poisonous.
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Great for a desktop background image

Shot Aug 28, 2010 ::  Next to the Hennepin Public Library, Minnetonka, MN

Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi 12.2 MP D-SLR Camera

More info:

Taxus media (Hicksii Yew)

This yew can reach 20 feet high in 20 years and while it is narrow when young, it grows wider with age. Both male and female columnar clones produce deep dark green needles on top and pale green underneath. In general, form is broadly pyramidal with a central leader. Similar to Taxus cuspidata, the Anglojap Yew has olive green branchlets which do not turn brown the second year. Bud scales are blunt and leaves are two-ranked. Thrives in sandier soil that is acid to neutral and well-drained. Does well in either sun or shade.
Important Info : All plant parts are poisonous if ingested

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Thorns and Cotton

October 1st, 2010

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Some wild plant, thorns and soft cotton

Great for a desktop background image

Shot Aug 28, 2010 ::  Next to the Hennepin Public Library, Minnetonka, MN

Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi 12.2 MP D-SLR Camera

Lake Landscape at Lebanon Hills

September 12th, 2010

Lake landscapes at Lebanon Hills Regional Park

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An evening at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan, MN

Shot Sept 11, 2010 ::  Lebanon Hills Regional Parl, Eagan, MN

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Golden Light

September 12th, 2010

Sun shining a golden light

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An evening at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan, MN

Shot Sept 11, 2010 ::  Lebanon Hills Regional Parl, Eagan, MN

Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi 12.2 MP D-SLR Camera

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The Colors Of Nature And Those Of (Wo)Man

September 12th, 2010

While on a walk at Lebanon Hills Regional Park with the Nature Spirituality meetup group, we admired and examined some few plant life.. Here are a few:

Very yellow flowers

Admiring … this

Examining

The colors of flowers and that of (wo)man
A purple Aster flower

Leaves of three , let them be – Poison Ivy

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Wood, Mushrooms and Moss!

September 12th, 2010

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Living nature at Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Shot Sept 11, 2010 ::  Lebanon Hills Regional Parl, Eagan, MN

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Black Eyed Chickadee

July 11th, 2010

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A pretty setting for a black eyed chickadee.

Great for a desktop background image

Shot July 02, 2010 ::  Lone Lake Park, Minnetonka, MN

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Yellow Weed Flower

July 4th, 2010

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Another pretty “weed”. A symbol of resilience, adaptation and natural beauty.

Great for a desktop background image

Shot July 02, 2010 ::  Lone Lake Park, Minnetonka, MN

Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi 12.2 MP D-SLR Camera