Lake Minnetonka – Photography From The Dock

Minnesota is the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, although there are actually 11,842 that are 10 acres or more in size. Lake Minnetonka is Number nine on the list in size at 14,004 acres. Minnetonka comes from the Dakota Sioux tribe’s name for the lake, “Minne” meaning “water” and “tonka” meaning “big” and, as this origin suggests, the Minnetonka area was first inhabited by native peoples of the Sioux tribes. Todays post includes several sunset shots over a few days of taking pictures from the dock and along the shore.

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Landscapes In The Neighborhoods

Today’s update includes a selection of photos we have recently taken in and around Saint Charles, Missouri and more specifically in the New Melle area. I have also updated the posting to outline more of the EXIF data for each shot as many of you had asked for that. I hope you enjoy the new layout.

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Deer Photography

A Dinner Date With A Deer – A Female Deer

I was savoring a healthy and delicious home cooked meal with family on their back porch while enjoying wonder, conversation and beautiful weather when all of a sudden this white-tailed decided to grace us with her presence.
She was only a few feet away and was not at all worried about us being there. We continued our conversation while I snapped photos of her. The doe enjoyed some healthy vegetation for dinner and bird seed for dessert.
Don’t know if I will ever get to experience a deer eating bird feed ever again but it makes for a great story and fun memory.

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Pleasant Petals

A little something to help brighten your day I hope. Today’s post is a selection of recent floral shots I have taken that people have requested prints of. I figured if they wore good enough for some to hang on a wall, then they would serve worthy for a photo blog :) Hopefully you fins something worthy of bring a smile to your day.

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All Birds – Bird-Watching Photographs

Back Bird-Watching Again with a range of lenses and several types of little feathered friends in this post from Eagles to Woodpeckers and more. With us spending some of this season in Minnesota, I’m hoping to have some new species soon to add to my list, I already found the Common Loon to photograph the other day, hopefully something new this coming week as well!

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The Common Loon

The Minnesota State Bird! The great northern loon, is a large member of the loon, or diver, family of birds. The species is known as the common loon in North America and the great northern diver in Eurasia.

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Watching Waterfowl

If you’re photographing ducks, you will need to keep the sun behind you. When the ducks jump off the water, the sun won’t only light them up, but it also will light the water to enable you to see the splashes. You will also want the wind at your back, so when the they come off the water, they will fly into the wind. Often, getting both the sun and the wind on your back flank can be difficult.

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A Flower Garden Greeting

Morning Macros in the Flower Garden

Perfumes are the feelings of flowers, and as the human heart, imagining itself alone and unwatched, feels most deeply in the night-time, so seems it as if the flowers, in musing modesty, await the mantling eventide ere they give themselves up wholly to feeling, and breathe forth their sweetest odors. Flow forth, ye perfumes of my heart, and seek beyond these mountains the dear one of my dreams!

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