October is a good month for Aurora viewing - dark before bedtime, not so cold to need heat packs on camera and in socks, and low humidities for ultra clear skies. Caught several UFO tracks (planes or satellites?) plus one exploding meteor in this shot.
Sky Blue Sapphires
Like sapphire gems under a blue September sky the bubbles floated downstream reflecting a lone fisherman trying his luck for salmon.
Moonlit clouds and the Northern Lights battled to dominate the twilight sky. (9:12 p.m.)
After two nights watching - bright Perseid Meteor center stage over Birch Lake with the Aurora, Milky Way and Andromeda as supporting actors.
Glaring back at me, over his shoulder, he expressed his displeasure over sharing the secret spot with another fisherman.
A cold wet June and high water levels delayed the loon hatch on Birch Lake until after the 4th of July. The little ones will have to grow quickly to be able to fly before the freeze.
A thought to consider this July 4th season. This Country's independence and mining are intimately linked. Iron, from mines like the Pioneer in Ely, was made into steel for the military arsenal that preserved America's independence through four 20th Century wars. What will the future bring if we can no longer mine needed minerals in "Our own back yard" but must rely on less than friendly foreign sources to provide our needs?
Loon at Sunset
Portrait photography is the same for people and wildlife. Light is the key and the eyes capture the soul.
Raindrops & Fireworks
Peter Mitchell Day fireworks over Fountain Hills Park in Babbitt. The show went on despite a rain squall moving through. Stood under an umbrella taking pictures but still got a few raindrops on the lens.
When I was young I would gaze at the sky and imagine the shapes clouds resembled - bears, horses, trucks etc.. I am no longer young but I still gaze at the sky and imagine shapes like this aurora. I see a skylark, my wife sees an angel.
I have lived in northern Minnesota for may years and photography has been a hobby. For the most part, I carried a camera with me almost everywhere I went and took photos whenever an opportunity arose. Lately, however, I have begun planned photo excursions to capture specific subjects.