Sunday, December 29, 2013

I visit the Minnesota River Valley National Wildlife Refuge

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MRVNWR - Dec 28, 2013, a set on Flickr.
I spent Saturday morning and early afternoon within the Minnesota River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

It was interested because there was one American white pelican and one great blue heron. These birds usually migrate south. Both seemed to be making a good living handing out where the warm water from the Black Dog power plant hits the river. It doesn't freeze over here.

There were about 30 mallards, 5 trumpeter swans, 2 hooded mergansers and one common goldeneye enjoying the small fish.  I saw three bald eagles while I was there but none came close.

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Gage Tower Implosion

On Saturday June 29, 2013, Minnesota State University - Mankato had the old Gage Towers imploded. It was too expensive to retrofit new HVAC and other modifications so they demolished it. Here is a series of photos and videos I made of the event.

Sunday, April 21, 2013


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900000 Views, a photo by Mully410 * Images on Flickr.
Back on December 23, 2012, my Flickr Photostream received its 800,000th view. Today it reached 900,000. At this rate, we should be over a million by August.

Here is a big viewed recent photo that helped: Swan over Hoarfrost-48321.jpg

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I visit Crex Meadows

I spent the better part of the last two days in and around Crex Meadows Wisconsin. They had just received 12-18" of snow, ya snow, in April.

There were a few firsts for me. My first snow bunting, woodcock, two beavers in one photo and a willet.

Most of the Crex wasn't plowed so I 4x4'd it. Great fun with just a bit of excitement when I was way in the middle of nowhere and the truck was having a hard time getting up a heavily snowed hill...under I realized it wasn't in four-wheeled drive. lol.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Red Bull Crashed Ice US Championships 2013

On Saturday January 26, 2013 the finals for the Red Bull Crashed Ice US Championships were held in St. Paul Minnesota. I had a media pass which actually didn't help much in navigating the crowd of 115,000 but it did provide relief once I managed to get to a media only spot. I made almost 4000 images and posted a few to a collection on Flickr.

Here is a great slideshow of my favorite crashes.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Red Bull Crashed Ice US Championships

I spent the afternoon as official media at the Red Bull Crashed Ice US Championships in St. Paul Minnesota. Had a great time. This was the US qualifying round so 100 crazy skaters did the course one by one. The top 32 times move on to the next round. On Friday, 100 international competitors will do the same. The finals are on Saturday.  It was about 4F with a biting wind.  Not sure the wind chill but it was pretty cold.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

US Pond Hockey Championships

I got up early today and made it out to Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis for the US Pond Hockey Championships. My thermometer showed 1F and I estimate the wind was probably 10-15 mphs.

It was cold but since I have the proper gear, only my fingertips and nose got uncomfortably cold.

The D4 performed flawlessly along with a rented Nikkor 70-200f2.8. Fun lens but very heavy. If this sports photography gets to be a habit, I'll have to buy one but until then I don't need it. My 70-300G VR works just find for the wildlife photography I do.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Spent the day on Lake Minnetonka celebrating Arctic Fever

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Boating_45278.jpg, a photo by Mully410 * Images on Flickr.
I had fun on Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior today. Excelsior Brewing Co sponsored a fat tire bike race and lots of people came out to play.

The bike race became wicked pretty fast. It was moderately windy all day but shortly after the race started the wind really picked up. Since this race was a fat tire race, the participants weren't supposed to have studded tires. Well...the lake didn't have much snow as you can see in the photo on the right. Once the wind really took off, it knocked over the riders like bowling pins.

The ice sail boat people sure had fun though.

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