2013: Week #16 Photography

It was a slower than normal photography week, but I am feeling much better about preserving our digital assets.  I did take one sunny afternoon out of this last week to get some shooting in.  We are still saddled with unseasonably cold weather and snow.  Not sure where Spring is.

I spent part of an early week sunny afternoon on the Smith Avenue bridge in St. Paul.  There is a wonderful view of the St. Paul skyline from that vantage point.  On the way home, that very same day, I came upon some raging snow melt runoff along a country highway.  Water is powerful stuff.  There are a couple of shots of the backyard critters mixed in as well, including the supreme ruler of the fenced in area and tree tops above, Mr. Nasty Red Squirrel.  That little turd torments everything in its immediate vicinity.  This was a rare moment of calm as everyone had their face full of food.

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Abandoned Hunting: The In-between

This is the sister-post to Abandoned Hunting – The Abandoned.  We were afforded quite a variety of scenery and subjects in our travels.  The wildlife was plentiful and spectacular.  The sheer number of geese that will congregate in one area can be quite the spectacle.  We were reminded how nature can often be raw and brutal.  We witnessed a bald eagle ripping away at a deer carcass and another that dispatched Fluffy on the side of a road and then proceeded to carry it away.  The Whitetail deer were seemingly as numerous as grains of sands.  There were three different occasions that we spotted entire herds milling about in the middle of the day.  I very much enjoyed the small towns we passed through.  I could have spent a lot of time photographing their character, but per usual, we were on a mission.

Assorted Photos – 2013: Week #13

Patio River Delta
Patio River Delta

~~~~~~~~ it just keeps flowing ~~~~~~~~

Spring is finally on the doorstep.  It was a 50 degree-hurray-kind-of-day!

I have watched the snow continue to melt in the backyard and on the bluff for a little over a week.  I’ve played in the water almost every night this week; more so out of utility, but it still reminds me of being a kid and having fun playing in the mud and water of Spring time.

The water just keeps running.  Running down the hill – through the yard – over the patio – down the walking paths – down the drive way – and finally to the road.  This is a messy time of year, but a small thing to tolerate when you know what is on deck.

The deer seem to be enjoying the warmer weather as well.  Here are some shots of the town deer that live on and around the bluff behind the house.  The wander by around sunset most evenings.  Always a welcome sight.

Shooting Swans

Last February I posted information regarding the swans in Monticello, MN:  Feb/Mar Trumpeter Swan Mating Rituals

Cyndie and I didn’t make it last year to this spectacle, but this year we did.  This is an absolute site to see.  The $10/hr./photographer for private deck access just off the water was more than worth it.

View from the Private Observation Deck
View from the Private Observation Deck

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For reservations:

Rich Thurman
201 Mississippi Drive
Monticello, MN. 55362
richthurman@fnmmail.com.

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There is a public area to observe the swans adjacent to the residence with the private deck if you would rather go that route – Monticello Swan Park.  Either way, please consider making a donation to carry on what Sheila Lawrence stared.

Between my two camera’s I have a little bit over 1000 frames to look through.  I’ve gotten better at trashing the obvious non-winners.  Here are the 41 frames I kept.