Northern lights brightening the night sky near Royalton, Minnesota in late-March.
A stitched panorama of seven vertical photos, showing a nearly 180 degree view of the western night sky, two hours after sunset, and shortly after the spring equinox on March 27th, 2017 near Royalton, Minnesota.
Among the wonders to behold in this photo is the fainter part of the Milky Way arcing over the scene, including dark nebulae & star dust, as well as zodiacal light along the ecliptic, many popular constellations, a couple galaxies including Andromeda, several open star clusters, the northern lights, and several of the brightest stars in the night sky, inlcuding Sirius.
Sugarloaf Cove Starlight
Milky Way shining over Sugarloaf Point Scientific and Natural Area, near Schroeder along Minnesota's north shore of Lake Superior.
Flagged Down by a Blue Beauty
What do you do when you see these beauties (Blue flag iris - Iris versicolor) in full bloom while traveling across the landscape? Why, stop the truck, get out and snap a shot so you can move on without being a distracted driver the rest of the day! Taken at a wildlife management area near Cushing...You can find this relatively common species blooming from late-May through June along the edge of many emergent wetlands and sedge meadows.
Pair of western grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis) engaged in arch-clucking at a nesting colony on a central Minnesota lake near Osakis. This behavior is one of many ritualized displays and ceremonies that help maintain a pairs bond.
Up-close shot of a western grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) on a central Minnesota lake near Osakis.
Grebe Portrait IV
Male western grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) in the high-arch display near his preening mate at a nesting colony on a central Minnesota lake near Osakis.
Western grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) preening at a nesting colony on a central Minnesota lake near Osakis.
Gotta Scratch That Itch
Western grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) head-scratching during a short preening bout at a nesting colony on a central Minnesota lake near Osakis.
Hey, Watch It Pal
Male western grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) in a threatening pose near his mates nest to warn off another nearby grebe at a nesting colony on a central Minnesota lake near Osakis.
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Wildlife biologist, outdoorsman, photographer, and artist from Little Falls.