Tough walk today in the heat (car said 99F on the way home)Originally published by DK on June 5, 2021 at 2:20 pm
Punch, Grand Ole Creamery, Como Zoo and ConservatoryOriginally published by DK on May 12, 2021 at 4:53 pm
This amazing weather week continuesOriginally published by DK on November 4, 2020 at 4:54 pm
Don’t see that every dayOriginally published by DK on October 1, 2020 at 11:12 pm
Daisies, loons and eagles on VermilionOriginally published by DK on July 3, 2017 at 2:49 pm
That’s his tree – the best is way up highOriginally published by DK on April 8, 2017 at 7:46 pm
Getting ready for winter @ Edinburgh USAOriginally published by DK on November 12, 2016 at 3:44 pm
Plate-431-A, Flamingo, John James AudubonOriginally published by DK on February 17, 2015 at 5:08 pm
Furry flying rat outside the team member entranceOriginally published by DK on October 14, 2014 at 10:48 pm
I miss my cockatiels…Originally published by DK on April 9, 2014 at 5:02 pm
My lizard buddyOriginally published by DK on January 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm
Flamingos for the mother-in-lawOriginally published by DK on January 9, 2014 at 11:13 am
Walking the Pangani Forest trail at Animal KingdomOriginally published by DK on January 9, 2014 at 10:49 am
Poultry Barn, Washington County Fair
Not a fan of bugs, but this guy looks cool
Salon decorations at Kim’s
Big Bay on Vermilion
Throwing corn to the fish
Fifth/Sixth hole pond, Edinburgh USA
My Duluth seagull buddy
Kid one and her eagle rubbing, Wabasha, Minnesota
National Eagle Center, Wabasha, Minnesota
Originally published by DK on April 2, 2013 at 11:16 am
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/young_naturalists/wildcats/index.htmlOriginally published by DK on September 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm
Steve at the Children’s Barn, St. Louis County Fair, Chisholm, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on July 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm
Baby pig, St. Louis County Fair, Chisholm, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on July 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm
They seem to be everywhere up here – Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on May 16, 2012 at 10:22 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…
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.
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…Originally published by DK on June 22, 2007 at 9:34 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…Originally published by DK on May 5, 2007 at 3:30 pm
Here’s a little montage of recent visitors to the backyard, including our first robins of the year.Originally published by DK on March 18, 2007 at 5:50 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…Originally published by DK on January 19, 2007 at 8:28 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.Originally published by DK on December 30, 2006 at 9:55 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…DKOriginally published by DK on December 23, 2006 at 3:47 pm
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.
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…DKOriginally published by DK on December 4, 2006 at 11:29 am
A few of the visitors to our backyard this week…DKOriginally published by DK on April 17, 2006 at 8:52 pm