Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Beaver Family


















Just a short walk down the road from our house is a beautiful little lake that has a family of beaver residing on it.  Their lodge is right next to the road and each spring we enjoy watching them as the ice opens up on the lake.  Just a few days ago we noticed a small hole in the ice right next to the lodge.  They weren't coming out much at first, but now the hole in the ice is getting bigger and the beavers are very active around the hole each evening.  Yesterday we watched them for about half an hour in the evening.  They sure are a cute yet goofy creature and are a lot of fun to watch.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Enough with the ice already!

















I think even the Canada Geese are getting sick of the lingering winter conditions this year!  They seem anxious for the waters to open up as they hang out on the ice that has been floating around on Grand Portage Bay this past week.  

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Miss Moose

























Here is a different angle on the same moose that I shared a picture of yesterday.  She was much closer to me in this photo than the other one.  In fact, she was walking down the road towards me and was starting to get a little close for comfort so I slowly turned to retreat back to the safety of my truck.  As soon as I turned she caught my movement and stopped, her ears flipping forward to listen.  She stood in this position for at least a full minute before turning around and walking back down the road. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Iceberg Bay

















A very calm and beautiful evening on Grand Portage Bay a day after the ice was broken up by winds in April 2014.  The bay was filled with these beautiful little icebergs.  Canada Geese and a variety of small ducks were enjoying the newly-opened waters of the bay. 

Moose Crossing

















Around here, moose have the right of way!  That's a 3/4 ton Ford F-250 truck, and the moose makes the truck look small!  The truck is our local reservation conservation officer, he just happened to be driving by as this moose was hanging out on the road.  This is my first moose shot with the new Tamron 150-600mm lens and this picture was taken at 600mm.  So far I am really liking this lens!  It seems to be every bit as good as my Canon 100-400 lens.  I have a few more shots of this moose that I really like, I'll probably be sharing them later.  For now, enjoy this scene which was captured along Old Highway 61 in Grand Portage, MN!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hanging Ice at High Falls

























There are some really cool ice formations hanging from the rock walls of the Pigeon River gorge just below High Falls right now.  These likely won't last long as we're in for some pretty warm temperatures in the days ahead.  For now, though, it is a fascinating sight!  The ice was made by freezing mist coming off the falls and hitting the rocks. 

Spring Blizzard at High Falls


















Over the past couple of weeks I've been trying to visit High Falls every day to document the changes as the river opens up from its deep freeze.  Each day presents a very different view at the falls.  This is yesterday's view.  We had a proper spring blizzard yesterday that dumped about a foot of new snow on us.  Originally our forecast called for about an inch of new snow but the storm track changed and all of a sudden they were saying we might get a foot!  Well, they were right.  It was a heavy, wet snow but it sure was beautiful in the woods while it was snowing.  I got absolutely soaked trudging through the deep snow while getting bombarded from above by the continuing heavy rate of wet snowfall.  This shot was worth it, though!  I'm anxious to get up there again today and see what the view looks like in today's sunshine!