Thursday, December 30, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

We want to wish all of you a very happy and joyous holiday

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Second Time Around

On Monday evening, 12-6, we found my favorite buck, Dark, tending a doe. Two other bucks were hanging in the area and Dark was running back and forth keeping them at bay. Unbelievably, their behavior certainly indicated that at least one doe did not breed in Nov. This buck was injured early in Nov. and was not a major player during the rut, but he was putting on the show that evening. DD

Sunday, December 5, 2010

After our club meeting a few of us were discussing the use of photoshop to create visual effect. Here is an example of an image created in an attempt to communicate the sense of awe I recently experienced witnessing the flight of tundra swans passing by in the moonlight.
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

It has been a while since we posted last but as Gordon just said the rut activity has been nothing but great. I have personally been on a deer stand for 50 years now and on Nov 18th I was able to witness a REAL buck fight for the first time. Some of the pics are not what you would call quality, but under the circumstances Mary did a great job. Yours truly was so excited that I got some good video of trees. We posted a short video on our web site @ DD

Monday, November 29, 2010

Big Bucks of Pike Island


I've spent several mornings down on Pike Island photographing the deer rut and thought you might like to see some of the shots I've gotten.

The deer were active for the last few weeks, but I've not been in the park for the last several days so don't know if the rut is ending yet or not. Probably will be soon, if not already. Sometimes there is a brief uptick in activity in December as the last of the does come into estrus, but with the high buck to doe ratio on the island and in the park, I doubt any does are not bred at this point.

See the photos on my website at

Once I found an area where the deer were active (they tended to cluster in different areas of the island each day), I'd just sit down and watch the activity swirl around me. The behavior was fascinating to watch.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving Thanks

Hello everyone!

I want to thank all of you for making the FSSP Camera Club something I look forward to every month. I always did better in school when the classes were educational and fun. I learn something new at our meetings and there are always a lot of laughs.

There are a lot of ideas and plans for the future and I think by the support this group shares - the future is long for the club.

Thanks again and we will see you December 4th.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Photosynth - Use your camera to stitch the world.

Photosynth - Use your camera to stitch the world.

Note the heading for "National Parks". Is anyone else interested in putting some photos together for Great River?

Microsoft Education Product Center: Photosynth  This might be something to consider for Bridge to Nature or other other educational initiatives of the club.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Upper Fort (Nov. 2010) - FSSP Camera Club - Picasa Web Albums

Upper Fort (Nov. 2010) - FSSP Camera Club - Picasa Web Albums .

All Blog members should have access to this Photo Library. If you have not done so already, please add your Fort photo's from our field trip. This will help us to determine how we may use such libraries going forward.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

YouTube - AutumnMpls2010

YouTube - AutumnMpls2010 I took many/most of these "fall color" photos in or near the park. It would fun to put the best of club members' collective shots into a show like this for our web site (?)

Monday, October 18, 2010


The only times I have seen these birds in this region have been in the late Autumn. This Northern Shrike was coughing up a "hair ball" at the southern end of the park near the Cedar Bridge. They are also known as the 'Butcher Bird", "for their habit of catching insects and small vertebrates and impaling their bodies on thorns. This helps them to tear the flesh into smaller, more conveniently-sized fragments, and serves as a cache so that the shrike can return to the uneaten portions at a later time.."
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Can you identify where this pic was taken... hint... it was on a partially flooded path on Tuesday morn

Monday, September 27, 2010

This was taken a few years ago and if memory serves, this is the back of the old Ft. Snelling Hospital.

Morning shadows

This image is one I took earlier this past summer in Fort Snelling State Park. This was taken in the morning as the sun was just starting to come up from behind the tree line and was casting shadows. Canon EOS 40D 1/15 sec.; F5.6 214mm ISO 100 in manual mode; Tripod.

Friday, September 24, 2010

State Park Closure - Visitor Alert!

Note: The park was still open on Sunday 9/26. Flood crest is expected Tuesday (?).  We will need to watch the situation daily. 

From the official park web site:

Due to anticipated river flooding,park facilities and roads are being closed beginning 9-23 through mid-October. River levels are rapidly approaching spring flood stages and extremely dangerous with fast currents carrying debris. Please call the office for park closure information.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

How about everyone puts up one of their favorite summer photos. Not any you would put in the photo contest.

I have to admit, like Mary and Dan with deer, my favorite if flowers. I have tons of flower pictures not counting the ones I have deleted. Luckily they are already named but I can't always remember that they are. This is an easy one, wild rose.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Note on photo storage and Picasa/your Computer Hard Disk

Recover Deleted Pictures From Picasa and From Computer Hard Disk: "Picasa"

"Picasa is an application that acts as a photo organizer and editor. It does not store the image files, but simply accesses them when the user wishes to either view or edit the file. To put it simply, it means that any task performed on the file in Picasa, is actually done to the original file"... (as stored on your hard drive).

Saturday, September 4, 2010

I'm just trying this out. There is nothing special about this picture it was just one I clicked on. Does anyone use Picasa? Do you have your photos saved in a program on your hard drive and in an online program like Picasa?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Now thats a WHOPPER!

Surprise!!! Egret almost fell off his perch, I could not believe that I finally caught that stupid fish after 22 tries. DDD

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

"Mystery" Bird

After sighting the young hawk last week we had the good fortune of locating the nest and siblings. After conferring with Endel we have decided that our "Mystery" hawk is a Cooper's Hawk

Saturday, July 24, 2010

One Incredible Moment

This shot was taken just as we entered the park. Didn't see the plane until it was there.

Friday, July 23, 2010

A "little further" west of the Mendota Bridge

Logan Pass, GNP; June 24th 2010; The day they opened the Road to the Sun. For more photos click here:

Yellow Lotus

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Located just to the left of the swimming beach......for more pics follows this link:FSSP Great River - eakallas - Picasa Web Albums

What is it?

This young hawk was by Shelter A last night.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Kids

We found these young ones on Picnic Island , they were extremely vocal, so it was easy to locate them. We found them on Sunday and Monday night.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Eagle Nest

During our 2 week absence, we went to Glacier, the Eaglets along Black Dog Rd have really grown. This shot was taken July 1. We posted some pics of Glacier on the Road Trip page on our website.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Finally a BRANCHER

We started keeping tabs on this nesting pair of Barred Owls before the flood and finally were rewarded on the evening of the 3rd of June. Click here

Friday, May 28, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010



This pair of Pileated woodpeckers put on a show over several hours this morning which included sychronized movement,simultaneous neck craning, hoping up and down on and off tree trunks together, and general thrashing around the branches. Front row seating was available in the woods just off the end of the Interpretive Center parking lot.
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Resident Barred Owl

We have been keeping tabs on this owl all spring and hopefully we will get a chance to see the young or find the nest. Anybody have any idea when they, Barred Owls, hatch?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

 Today redstarts on Picnic Isalnd joined the yellow warblers in the parade of returning songbirds.
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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Once Upon a Mound

We spotted these geese sitting atop a mound of dirt under the Cedar Ave. bridge and were very curious if they could hatch their eggs sitting out in the open. Surprise we spotted the empty nest on May 6Th with broken eggs and guessed the goslings were history and then spotted the family just over the hill resting quietly.

Newly hatched duckling , 5-06-10

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Top 40 Nature Photos - Jim Brandenburg honored

The linked/referenced photos are indeed images to behold and ponder. For more background please see the following Mpls Star Tribune article

Jim Brandenburg's photos can be seen on his blog.

All top 40 nature photographs (of all time) can be seen here.

Friday, April 9, 2010

2010 Photo Contest Rules

I just learned from Linda that the rules and dates for the 2010 Photo Contest are set as follows. The Club is free to consider potential improvements for the 2011 Contest. EAK

For this years information please click HERE

Monday, April 5, 2010

The "Rock Guy"

At the end of our April 3rd Photo Walk, we encountered a guy stacking rocks and then taking photos of them. We learned that he was Peter Juhl who does this amazing feat in many places. You can view some of his photos on Flickr here: Peter Juhl

Look closely and you can see the rocks on the camera back.

Apr 3 Photo Walk

The photo club meeting was held outdoors at the park. After a general meeting and discussions, the rest of the morning was spent hiking and photographing around FSSP. Stories and techniques were exchanged. We also stopped at the Visitor's Center to view park photographs.

This photo shows the attendees - excluding me and those that had previously left.

More photos - including candids, landscapes, deer and park scenes can be seen on a PicasaWeb Slideshow

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Early Arrivals

Lot's of Phoebes around - several weeks earlier than last year it seems.
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Flood or no Flood

Most of the animals may be temporarily disrupted from their usual habits due to flooding, but the eagles at Black Dog Road continue their nesting activities.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Flood Update

For more flood photos from a quick walk about the high ground near the Fort click HERE
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010


The flood waters have forced this Muskrat out of his dwelling along Black Dog road, leaving them vulnerable to predators. We spotted an eagle and a couple of hawks patrolling the area.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Squab Snack


A few CClub members were treated to this surprise near the birdge by the Interpretive Center. The perigrine wasn't going to move from this treat,even for a stretch limo.
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