When we traveled to Beacon Shores Resort on Whitefish Lake this summer, one of the things we saw a lot of was loons — the Common Loon to be exact. Loons are normally relatively solitary birds and very territorial. They will pair off and then aggressively defend their territory free of other loons during their mating season. I was surprised that for this visit to Whitefish Lake, we saw HUNDREDS of loons. They were doing something I’ve never seen loons do — flocking. As we inched closer to the flock and I snapped photo after photo, I realized something. Most of the birds we were looking at were juvenile loons. You can tell from their markings. The juveniles have flecks of grey on their heads instead of the solid deep green that an adult loon would have. After doing some research on the subject, loons will apparently flock when they are preparing to migrate. It was a beautiful site. This photo is one of the many loons we saw during that week. It was taken during the “Golden Hour” of late evening sun.
I visited Bemidji, MN for work this past spring and took a few moments to stop and photograph the giant statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.
The last couple of years I’ve had the opportunity to photograph the dogs of the owners of Beacon Shores Resort during the “Golden Hour” right before sunset. Buddy, the younger of the two labs, loves to chase balls and sticks and will jump off the dock at full speed in an effort to retrieve a ball. This was shot with my F2.8 70-800 Nikon lens and my D7000 camera body. I shot the whole sequence of him jumping off the dock and landing in the water.
Buddy is a yellow Labrador Retriever that belongs to the owners of the Beacon Shores Resort in Crosslake, MN. He loves to retrieve stuff from the lake and will jump right off the dock to get a ball or a stick. He’s also a super nice dog.
To get this picture, I invited Buddy to play on the dock during the “Golden Hour” — the hour just before sunset. I grabbed a stick and started throwing. I used my Nikon F2.8 70-200 to capture the action.
I attended the Wings of the North AirExpo 2012 a few weeks back and one of the aircraft performing was a P-51D Mustang named Barbara Jean. I snapped a few decent pictures of it and this one is my favorite. I managed to catch the landing gear just as it was beginning to retract. If you look closely, the guy in the rear seat is doing a video of the takeoff.
It was a difficult day for photography. It was HOT and HAZY all day.
As I mentioned last week, Duluth is a favorite spot for me. This photo of the North Pier Breakwater Light was taken on the same trip as last week’s ship photo.
The lighthouse on the North Pier was completed in 1910. It currently displays a flashing red light. The red color comes from red panels that surround the original 5th order fresnel lens.
What I like about this photo is the perspective. I purposely had the horizon not level and the camera almost resting on the top of the breakwater wall.
I love visiting Duluth, MN and go there any time I can. I was in Duluth a couple of weeks ago for work and took a couple of evenings to wander around the waterfront to photograph stuff, despite the warm weather. One evening I captured this photo of the M/V Algosoo entering the Duluth Ship Canal.
She was carrying a partial load of salt, which she will unloaded overnight and then moved to the ore docks to load taconite.
Algosoo is a 730 foot vessel that is designed to carry bulk cargo on the Great Lakes.