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More Minnesota Scenery

Still getting through a ton of shots we took on the last trip up to Minnesota, but I did manage to go through enough of them to get a post up. We can’t wait to get back up there this October to snag some of the lovely landscapes with a little Autumn color and foliage. Today’s post has some landscape shots, a fun bridge we found right at sunset and a few snaps from outside the condo by the pond.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Squirrels

While you might enjoy spotting the occasional squirrel in your yard, you probably don’t realize just how interesting and unusual these creatures can be. For example, as well as being pretty cute, they are highly athletic and excellent problem solvers. Here are ten facts you didn’t know about squirrels.

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Spending Time On Bird Photography

On any given day, hundreds of thousands of people across the country are watching birds. So what’s the draw? Why are people doing this? Well, for one thing it’s rather inexpensive. All you really need to begin your bird watching hobby is a pair of decent binoculars or a camera. And it’s great excuse to spend some time outside in fresh air, alone with nature – the sounds, the smells… It’s a communal experience.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Eagles

I don’t know if eagles are the most popular bird in America, but they attract and receive much attention, likely due to their size and strength and freedom. Eagles are striking and majestic, but they’re also highly intelligent and exhibit some very interesting behaviors. Here are ten things you may not know about these wonderful birds.

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Wildlife Wednesday Photography

Wildlife Photography – KNOW YOUR SUBJECT! Goes without saying, right? Knowing your subject can make the difference between being prepared to capture a ‘perfect moment’ and watching it fly by you in regret. Spend time with your subjects first, watching, observing and notating behavioral characteristics. Don’t just hang out for a few minutes and then search out the very next subject if the one you are photographing isn’t getting you the goods. Sit with them, and have patience. The shot will come if you just soak up nature for a bit first.

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Fun With Flower Photography

The evolutionary history of flowers extends across some 125 years. Scientists say there are over 270,000 species of flowers that have been documented and are existing in the 21st Century. During this time, an intricate assortment of more than 125,000 species has developed. But scientists have yet to answer basic questions about these marvels of beauty. What led to their amazing diversity? Are there flowers that have not changed much during the evolution of this planet?

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Architecture and Buildings

Whether the subject is a historically significant building or a contemporary architectural masterpiece, there are a few things to look for when shooting architecture. Light and shade on the structure can make for high contrast areas and add some depth to the image. Contrast areas of color, texture and geometry are great things to pronounce as well. Also, looking for reflections in windows for example can add another dimension to the photo. Using a wide-angle lens can allow you to capture the building in its entirety and perhaps even place it context with its surrounding elements. But be careful of Perspective Correction, using a wide-angle lens from a close position may exhibit distorted lines that will need to be corrected in post processing.

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American Eats

Did you know that the healthiness of the food we eat decreases by 1.7% for every hour that passes in the day, meaning that people generally eat healthiest at breakfast and will most likely eat unhealthier food later in the day. In a 2012 study, 52% of polled Americans believed doing their taxes was easier than figuring out how to eat healthy. Today’s photo post focuses¬†on some of those more typical unhealthier indulgences.

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