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Scenes from the lake

Posted Monday, July 3rd, 2017 02:49 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel,Wildlife at 2:49 PM

Daisies, loons and eagles on Vermilion

My new squirrel neighbor

Posted Saturday, April 8th, 2017 07:46 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Wildlife at 7:46 PM

That’s his tree – the best is way up high

A little Stan and his plan

Posted Saturday, November 12th, 2016 03:44 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Wildlife at 3:44 PM

Getting ready for winter @ Edinburgh USA

Still can’t believe these are free

Posted Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 05:08 pm GMT -5 in Art,Nature,Wildlife at 5:08 PM

Plate-431-A, Flamingo, John James Audubon

Not the bat cave

Posted Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 10:48 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Wildlife at 10:48 PM

Furry flying rat outside the team member entrance

Bird Party

Posted Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 05:02 pm GMT -5 in Pets,Wildlife at 5:02 PM

I miss my cockatiels…

Critters instead of snow

Posted Saturday, January 11th, 2014 04:42 pm GMT -5 in Travel,Wildlife at 4:42 PM

My lizard buddy

One for Jean

Posted Thursday, January 9th, 2014 11:13 am GMT -5 in Nature,Travel,Wildlife at 11:13 AM

Flamingos for the mother-in-law

Monkey Man

Posted Thursday, January 9th, 2014 10:49 am GMT -5 in Nature,Travel,Wildlife at 10:49 AM

Walking the Pangani Forest trail at Animal Kingdom

Blue Ribbon Chicken

Posted Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 07:49 pm GMT -5 in Wildlife at 7:49 PM

Poultry Barn, Washington County Fair


Posted Friday, July 19th, 2013 02:19 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Wildlife at 2:19 PM

Not a fan of bugs, but this guy looks cool

Big blue fish

Posted Friday, July 19th, 2013 12:46 pm GMT -5 in Wildlife at 12:46 PM

Salon decorations at Kim’s

The pontoon can kinda move

Posted Friday, July 12th, 2013 06:35 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Wildlife at 6:35 PM

Big Bay on Vermilion

Fishy lunch time

Posted Thursday, July 4th, 2013 03:21 pm GMT -5 in Wildlife at 3:21 PM

Throwing corn to the fish

Ducks > Geese

Posted Saturday, June 15th, 2013 10:41 am GMT -5 in Nature,Wildlife at 10:41 AM

Fifth/Sixth hole pond, Edinburgh USA

My Fraond

Posted Monday, June 10th, 2013 08:05 am GMT -5 in Wildlife at 8:05 AM

My Duluth seagull buddy

Eagle Swag

Posted Saturday, April 13th, 2013 12:10 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel,Wildlife at 12:10 PM

Kid one and her eagle rubbing, Wabasha, Minnesota

Sam the Eagle

Posted Saturday, April 13th, 2013 12:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel,Wildlife at 12:08 PM

National Eagle Center, Wabasha, Minnesota

Boogie Wonderland

Posted Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 11:16 am GMT -5 in Links,Music,Video,Wildlife at 11:16 AM

It could’ve been a cougar

Posted Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 08:40 pm GMT -5 in Links,Wildlife at 8:40 PM


Steve and His Pony

Posted Friday, July 27th, 2012 11:32 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Wildlife at 11:32 PM

Steve at the Children’s Barn, St. Louis County Fair, Chisholm, Minnesota

Kid two’s favorite at the county fair

Posted Friday, July 27th, 2012 10:43 pm GMT -5 in Wildlife at 10:43 PM

Baby pig, St. Louis County Fair, Chisholm, Minnesota

Red-wing blackbirds all over

Posted Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 10:22 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Wildlife at 10:22 PM

They seem to be everywhere up here – Tower, Minnesota

Minnesota Zoo Visit

Posted Friday, April 10th, 2009 11:33 pm GMT -5 in Family,Wildlife at 11:33 PM

The kids were off school today and this was the last weekend for farm babies at the Minnesota Zoo, so the neighbor and I took three of our combined four kids to the zoo (along with about 10 million other people).

I haven’t been there for a while, apparently, as I saw many new things this time. The new Russia’s Grizzly Coast exhibit was extremely well done and reminded me of the best stuff at Animal Kingdom and Sea World. I may just have to renew my expired membership…

A few photos from the day have been uploaded to the private section of the photo gallery (email me if you need the password).

Lake Superior Winter Wonderland

Posted Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 11:17 am GMT -5 in Family,Travel,Wildlife at 11:17 AM

The whole family decided to come along to the North Shore for a quick overnight weekend trip last week (while I attended the Richard Thompson concert at Lutsen).

We left Saturday morning and stopped at Toby’s in Hinckley for some donuts and caramel rolls. Straight shot from there to Gooseberry Falls State Park, which was just spectacular with sunny, blue skies and incredible ice formations around the falls. We spent a lot of time there hiking and taking pictures (links below to the photo galleries).

From Gooseberry, we drove all the way to Grand Marais to get a late lunch at Sven and Ole’s Pizza. Tried a sausage and pepperoni thin crust for the first time (tasty) and kid two lost a tooth eating her cheese pizza. Lots of people in town for this time of year–the jewelry store and Ben Franklin both had lots of people in them.

After lunch, we drove down the Croftville Road and took some coastline and cabin shots. The ice along the big lake is so cool to look at (literally).

We drove back to Tofte and checked in at the AmericInn, where the kids spent the evening and next morning in the pool swimming. We all slept in Sunday morning, then drove to Beaver Bay after the last swim session, eating lunch at the Yellow Wolf Cafe and stopping for desert at Betty’s Pies. I had a walleye sandwich at the Yellow Wolf, which had to be the largest walleye fillet I’ve ever seen. Recommended.

On the way through Duluth, we drove to Canal Park, across the Lift Bridge and back again. Saw lots of restaurants, shops and buildings we hadn’t seen before, including the new Hell’s Kitchen on Lake Avenue (looked awesome). One final stop in North Branch at the Outlet Mall before we got back home in time for the Gophers hockey game.

North Shore Photo Gallery
Private Up North 2008 Gallery

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Posted Sunday, January 6th, 2008 08:40 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Wildlife at 8:40 PM

Today my wife and I had a day away from the kids, eating lunch at the wonderful Little Szechuan restaurant in St. Paul, then visiting the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

I’d like to return to both again soon…

Como Park Photo Gallery

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Posted Friday, June 22nd, 2007 09:34 pm GMT -5 in Wildlife at 9:34 PM

Almost forgot to post this picture…

When I was at Izatys a few weeks ago to cover the state golf tournament, I saw this guy buzz my head a few times. He was hiding behind this tree branch and flew away when I tried to get a better view.

My wife decided it was a red-headed woodpecker, which appear to be somewhat rare in these parts now.

Fun to see–very vibrant and distinct colors…

Backyard Bunny Baby

Posted Saturday, May 5th, 2007 03:30 pm GMT -5 in Wildlife at 3:30 PM

Smallest bunny visitor I’ve ever seen in our backyard. This guy must have been about six inches long and maybe a few weeks old.

We also have a chipmunk issue, I’m afraid. I love chipmunks, but they are starting to create mounds of dirt near the bushes and now also in the yard. I saw some snakes in the back last year, but I guess they aren’t the kind that eat chipmunks…

Spring Visitors 2007

Posted Sunday, March 18th, 2007 05:50 pm GMT -5 in Wildlife at 5:50 PM

Here’s a little montage of recent visitors to the backyard, including our first robins of the year.

Closing in on Forty

Posted Friday, January 19th, 2007 08:28 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Wildlife at 8:28 PM

This guy paid me a visit today on my thirty-eighth birthday. I’m not sure what kind of woodpecker it is, but this one was much larger than the downeys we’ve had recently.

I spent most of the day goofing off and it felt great:

  • Visited the Target, CompUSA and Best Buy video game, HDTV and computer departments.
  • Played a bit with Windows Vista and will write some more thoughts about that soon.
  • Answered just a couple work-related phone calls and emails.
  • Got a haircut, had lunch at Zantigo and dinner at Fuddruckers with my parents.
  • Received lots of great presents, phone calls, cards and emails–thanks to all of you!

Now I just need the Wild to hold on and beat the Blackhawks tonight…

House Finches and Woodpeckers

Posted Saturday, December 30th, 2006 09:55 pm GMT -5 in Wildlife at 9:55 PM

This weekend we re-filled the bird feeder and put out a peanut butter suet ball. This attracted several new visitors to the deck, including a number of house finches and a small downey woodpecker. He had a larger friend that stayed in the trees, but I got a shot of him too.

Sally Squirrel Joins the Seed Party

Posted Saturday, December 23rd, 2006 03:47 pm GMT -5 in Wildlife at 3:47 PM

After weeks of grey squirrels gorging at the bird feeder on the deck, we had a new visitor today.

I believe this is a red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)–the first we’ve seen at this house…DK

Northern Flicker Woodpecker

Posted Monday, December 11th, 2006 10:24 am GMT -5 in Wildlife at 10:24 AM

This guy visited the “squirrel-proof” feeder this morning. I’ve been told it’s a northern flicker woodpecker, as I’m not so good at identifying birds. I do know the cardinals and blue jays, which have been frequent visitors this week.

I created a new wildlife album in the photos section and will add shots as they come in…DK

Sammy Squirrel and the Start of Winter

Posted Monday, December 4th, 2006 11:29 am GMT -5 in Personal,Wildlife at 11:29 AM

It’s been really cold and windy this week and this guy figured out how to break our “squirrel-proof” bird feeder we set up on the deck. My kids nick-named him Sammy Squirrel and I’m happy for him to eat whatever he wants–he earned it.

Eagan received a dusting of snow last night, but we missed both of the big storms that have moved through so far. Wind chills have been in the low negative digits the past few days, but we are forecast to be above freezing again by the end of the week. Minnesotans and weather–it just isn’t logical or sane…DK

Backyard Visitors

Posted Monday, April 17th, 2006 08:52 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Wildlife at 8:52 PM

A few of the visitors to our backyard this week…DK


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