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Photos of the Month - Mostly Wood Lake

June 26, 2018 - Warning: This will be a long post with LOTS of photos. I know...I've been a very inconsistent blogger and poster of i...
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Photos of the Week - Black and White

January 23, 2018 - It's a new year, lots of snow has fallen over the past day, and temperatures are below freezing. Typical. But, that beg...
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Photos - 2017 Year in Review

December 29, 2017 - Hi all, As the year flies past us into the sunset of that which was, it is time to reflect on what has been a very stra...
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Photos of the Week - 7 on the line

August 17, 2017 - I first started playing Ultimate my freshman year of high school. I continued playing all through college, and have been...
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Photos of the Week - A walk in the park

July 26, 2017 - Sunday was a good day. I had finally finished going through all my CONvergence photos and decided to reward myself with...
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Photos of the Week - At the Arboretum

June 16, 2017 - I didn't realize until I started writing this that it has been a full month since my last posting here. Sorry about the...
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Photos of the Week - Return to Wood Lake

May 15, 2017 - I enjoyed my first trip to Wood Lake in April (here: http://www.pavellephoto.com/blog/2017/4/photos-of-the-week---wood-l...
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Photos of the Week - Lake Calhoun views

April 28, 2017 - I was out at Lake Calhoun a couple of weeks ago. This is a good time of year for that (although now towards then end) be...
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Photos of the Week - Wood Lake

April 20, 2017 - A month or so ago someone posted a notice on Facebook about a photography walk/shoot at Wood Lake in Bloomington. There...
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Photos of the Week - Project Thoughts

April 03, 2017 - I found last year that I really liked having a project in the back of my mind when I went out shooting. Something to loo...
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Photos of the Week - Winter's End

March 27, 2017 - I was over at Lone Lake last week, hoping that the bald eagles would be back. If they are, they weren't hanging around w...
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Photos of the Week - Minneapolis in HDR

February 26, 2017 - There has always been an inherent problem with photography: the eye can see a much larger range of light than a camera c...
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Photos of the Week - Playing with Orchids

February 08, 2017 - There's a new orchid display up at the Arboretum. This is a good thing, not only because they are a fun and varied flowe...
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Photos of the Week - Extreme Close-Up

January 30, 2017 - Macro - a lens that allows you to shoot at a 1:1 ratio or greater Close-Up - a photograph that shows all or part of a s...
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Photos of the Week - Snapshot vs. Photo

January 19, 2017 - There are a lot of clichés that photographers use when describing what happens when you trip the shutter on your camera.
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Photos of the Week - Year in Review

December 28, 2016 - I've been going through images I've taken this year and the predominant theme seems to be wish fulfillment. First, ther...
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Photo of the Week - Alhambra Memory

December 18, 2016 - I really enjoy photo workshops. It is not just the chance to travel to someplace new and interesting, it is capturing so...
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Photos of the Week - Moral Quandry

November 14, 2016 - Last week I was out at Lone Lake, wandering around as usual and taking some pictures. When I arrived I notice that the m...
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Photos of the Week - Around Lake Harriet

November 07, 2016 - Wow! I knew it has been a while since I last posted something but truly didn't realize it has been over a month. Sorry a...
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Photos of the Week - Light show

September 26, 2016 - I could use some advice. Every year, the Arboretum Photographers Society has a juried show and sale at the Arboretum...
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Photo of the Week - Downtown Reflection

September 20, 2016 - I was downtown earlier today at the new US Bank Stadium. It has a lot of glass that give nice, interesting reflections....
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Photos of the Week - Sometimes you get lucky!

September 12, 2016 - Sunday was one of those perfect days in the year. Temperature in the mid-70s, not too humid, occasional breeze. One of t...
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Photos of the Week - Back at Como

September 05, 2016 - I was back at Como Park/Zoo a week or so ago and got some more shots I'm really happy with. Here are some: This y...
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Photos of the Week - Catching Up

August 22, 2016 - Sorry it has been so long since I posted anything. The reason is fairly simple; I haven't really had anything worth post...
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Photos of the Week - Portrait

July 27, 2016 - It has been a while since I posted something here, mostly due to time spent going through the 5500 photos I took at CONv...
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Photos of the Week - CONvergence is Imminent

June 29, 2016 - If you don't understand the title, go here: http://www.convergence-con.org/ Here are a few of my favorites from last...
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Photos of the Week - A New Experience

June 08, 2016 - Sunday was a new experience. It started out like many others had before. It was a gorgeous afternoon that begged me t...
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Photos of the Week - Getting the Shot

May 30, 2016 - When it comes right down to it, there are basically 2 approaches to field photography; you can plan your experience or j...
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Bonus Photos of the Week - More Flowering Trees

May 13, 2016 - A couple weeks back I mentioned I had been out at the Arboretum shooting the flowering trees there. At the time I said I...
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Photos of the Week - Still Stumped

May 11, 2016 - I'm catching up here on some photos from a couple of weeks ago. In this case, I've been expanding my collection of ph...
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Photos of the Week - Flowering Trees

May 01, 2016 - It is now May and today was one of the best of the year. A cool, sunny day just made for wandering around the Arboretum.
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Photos of the Week - Another one for the Birds

April 05, 2016 - Bald eagles are pranksters. Here's how I know. Sunday was REALLY nice. Maybe a bit windy, but sunny and warmer than i...
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Photos of the Week - Spring Perennials

March 28, 2016 - Since I started taking photos many years ago, I've slowly learned to recognize things that I previously couldn't identif...
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Photo of the Week - Sign of Spring

March 14, 2016 - This past weekend started feeling like Spring. It was warm. The sun was shining. So, I decided to go for a walk around L...
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Photos of the Week - Weekend imagery

March 01, 2016 - It was a very strange weekend, especially for Minnesota. Saturday was sunny and in the low 60s; a day that begged me...
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Photos of the Week - Time to Experiment

February 09, 2016 - I'm really not a huge fan of being out in the cold. I know..."So why are you living in Minnesota?" - as if that were...
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Photos of the Week - Pithy Titles

January 25, 2016 - I have problems thinking up titles for my photos. Most of the time, I just use a title that tells you what you are looki...
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Photos of the Week - Year in Review

December 28, 2015 - It's the end of the year and therefore time for all the assorted "Year in Review" lists and such. So, without much ado o...
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Photos from Paris

November 14, 2015 - Taken many years ago.
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Photos of the Week - Stumped

October 28, 2015 - Maybe 10-15 years ago, I was on a photo trip to northern Minnesota, probably to shoot fall foliage (since that's why I'v...
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Photos of the Week - Submission

October 20, 2015 - I took a photography class back in late 2006 that later led to the creation of the Arboretum Photographers Society (a st...
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Photo of the Week - Bucket Shots

October 13, 2015 - I have some friends who have created (at least mentally) bucket lists. You know, those lists of places you want to visit...
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Quick poll

October 09, 2015 - I am going to be submitting some photos later in the month for a juried show in January. The theme of the show is "Macro...
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Photos of the Week - What I Learned This Week

October 07, 2015 - I learned a bunch of stuff already this week. Before yesterday, I had only seen wood ducks in the spring and summ...
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Photos of the Week - Find something new

September 28, 2015 - This past weekend was The Raptor Center's fall release. I love attending these. There's a thrill to getting up close and...
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Photo of the Week - Big Picture

September 16, 2015 - I'm a detail person. I notice the small things and react to them. In a work situation, this can be a good thing becau...
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Photos of the Week - Heron

September 10, 2015 - This past Monday was a gorgeous; sunny and warm without being too hot. So, I decided to go down to the Arboretum and see...
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Photos of the Week - Is the past in color

August 25, 2015 - As I mentioned previously, I took a lot of photos out at Fort Snelling a couple of weeks ago. It was a brutally hot day,...
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Photos of the Week - Happy Accidents

August 20, 2015 - I decided to go visit Fort Snelling last weekend. While I have been to the lower section by the airport (with the barrac...
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Photos of the Week - Thumbnails

August 10, 2015 - I'm going to coin a new term in this post. You see, I've been out shooting recently and have managed to capture some...
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Photo of the Week - Personal Vision

August 03, 2015 - I really enjoy extended photo excursions. Weekend classes or trips can be fun. Even better are photographic tours or wor...
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Photo of the Week - Shadowplay

July 27, 2015 - Here's a story I don't think I've told here before (if I have, sorry). [note: as I was adding the image I found a shorte...
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Photos of the Week - What's in that tree?

July 21, 2015 - Here's a story from a month ago, give or take a bit. I was walking around Lone Lake without a camera (which is almost...
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Photos of the Week - New Art Gallery opening

June 22, 2015 - Special thanks go to my friend Doug for mentioning this to me. There's a new art gallery in St. Paul that opens its d...
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Photo of the Week - Flying Home

June 19, 2015 - I love flying, and, when possible, want a seat by the window. It is worth it to me to sacrifice leg room for the view....
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Photos of the Week - History

June 16, 2015 - A couple of things should be noted at the start of this post: First, downtown Manhattan is not all that large an area...
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Photos of the Week - A View from the Bridge (and of the Bridge)

June 08, 2015 - Here are a bunch more images from my recent trip to NYC. They were all of or on the Brooklyn Bridge. This first image...
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Photos of the Week - A View from the Room

June 04, 2015 - I was in New York City over the weekend and had a lot of fun wandering around the downtown area taking pictures. Of cour...
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Photo of the Week - 1-2-3...Awwwww

May 26, 2015 - Something cute, because I feel like it.
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Photos of the Week - But that's not right

May 19, 2015 - I'm going to start by posting some photos from Telc, a nice little town in southern Bohemia, and then I'll get to the ex...
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Photos of the Week - Strapwalking

May 11, 2015 - This one is going to be my last Lake Calhoun set of photos for a bit (or until I get back out there). I got these just o...
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Photos of the Week - Hairless Raptor

May 05, 2015 - Continuing with shots from Lake Calhoun a couple of weeks ago... I was walking around the lake and someone mentioned...
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Photo of the Week - Just for fun

April 28, 2015 - I took this a couple of weeks ago because it amused me. It still does.
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Photos of the Week - Flock of Coots

April 20, 2015 - Last week I went for a walk at Lake Calhoun. The weather was gorgeous. I brought my camera (of course) hoping that some...
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Photo of the Week - Spring at Last

March 30, 2015 - As I said a week or two ago, there are certain signs that Spring has arrived. My favorite (outside warmer weather) are w...
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Photo of the Week - Other Colors of Spring

March 16, 2015 - It's almost Spring! Time to go out and start shooting again. Time to look for the usuals - snowdrops and other spring fl...
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Photos of the Week - History

March 03, 2015 - A couple of books I've read recently have brought home to me that I'm not really good at history. Or at least in concurr...
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Photo of the Week - Innovate

February 25, 2015 - On one of my first visits to the Arboretum ever, I went with a somewhat preconceived idea of a photo I wanted to capture...
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Photos of the Week - Eliminate distractions

February 15, 2015 - One of my goals when I go out shooting it to make the best possible image. I want the composition to be solid. I don't w...
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Photos of the Week - I'm Lichen It

February 09, 2015 - A couple of weeks ago I was out at the Arboretum, wandering around the gardens. Since it has been a weird winter, there...
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Photo of the Week - and now for something completely different

February 02, 2015 - Over time, you develop a style all your own. It's natural and expected. You look at a scene an something catches you eye...
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Photos of the Week - Playing in the Snow

January 25, 2015 - Last blog post I talked about playing around indoors, using orchids as a starting place. This week, it is time to go out...
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Photos of the Week - 1/15/2015

January 16, 2015 - Winter is a weird time. It is cold and white outside, warm and colorful inside. At least, that's what it's like in Minne...
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Photo of the Week - 1/7/2015

January 07, 2015 - Happy New Year to all! This year's juried show at the Arboretum should be up soon (if not already). It showcases 24 ima...
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Photo of the Week - 12/31/2014

December 31, 2014 - It's the last day of the year, and that generally means you need to find an appropriate way to wrap up/summarize the yea...
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Photo of the Day - 12/25/2014

December 25, 2014 - I don't really have a whole lot of images that are good Christmas photos. So, here's one I took in Ceske Krumlov in the...
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Book and Photo - 12/17/2014

December 17, 2014 - Over Thanksgiving I got a wonderful gift from my sister-in-law Kate...a copy of her newest book. It is titled "On The Ru...
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Photos of the Day - 12/9/2014

December 09, 2014 - I didn't take all that many photos while away over Thanksgiving. Time, weather, laziness etc. were all part of the reaso...
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Photos of the Day - 12/7/2014

December 07, 2014 - Sorry it has taken so long to post something new, but between holidays and work, it has taken me a while to process some...
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Photo of the Day - 11/27/2014

November 27, 2014 - Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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Photo of the Day - 11/18/2014

November 18, 2014 - Sorry I haven't posted anything for a week or so, but life has gotten in the way. So, here's a macro shot of an orchid.
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Photo of the Day - 11/10/2014

November 10, 2014 - There's snow on the ground. And ice on top of the snow. And more to come overnight. I don't want winter yet. Not for an...
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Photo of the Day - 11/6/2014

November 06, 2014 - Here's the last of the bird photos I took a week or two ago. This one was fun and interesting. The heron started out ou...
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Photo of the Day - 11/5/2014

November 05, 2014 - This is probably the best shot I've ever made of a crow. Not just because it is flying (which certainly makes it fun), b...
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Photo of the Day - 11/3/2014

November 03, 2014 - I was out at Lake Calhoun just over a week ago, enjoying the weather and hoping to catch part of the winter bird migrati...
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Photo of the Day - 10/31/2014

October 31, 2014 - In honor of Halloween, I'm posting the creepiest photo I have (at least in my opinion. This was taken in a town named K...
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Photo of the Day - 10/30/2014

October 30, 2014 - It is getting really close to winter, so this might be the last fall photo I post until next year. It was taken in the C...
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Photo of the Day - 10/28/2014

October 28, 2014 - I finally found a photo of a painted turtle. Too bad I was looking for one back in July. Well, better late than never....
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Photo of the Day - 10/27/2014

October 27, 2014 - Some things just make me smile. It doesn't matter how often I've seen them; there's jus something about it that I find a...
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Photo of the Day - 10/24/2014

October 24, 2014 - I wanted to post something fun today. I think this fits the bill admirably.
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Photo of the Day - 10/22/2014

October 22, 2014 - It's one of those days where I don't want to think too hard. This is especially true when it came to selecting a photo f...
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Photo of the Day - 10/20/2014

October 20, 2014 - I wanted to get as far away from posting an arboretum shot as I could after spending last week with them exclusively. So...
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Photos of the Day - 10/16/2014

October 16, 2014 - Here's the final set of photos I'm thinking about submitting for the January juried show. Unlike the previous sets, thes...
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Photos of the Day - 10/14/2014

October 14, 2014 - Here are the third set of photos I'm thinking about submitting. All of them are a dahlia. What I'm wondering is whether...
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Photos of the Day - 10/12/2014

October 12, 2014 - Here is the second set of photos I am considering entering in the APS juried show. Both are macro images wings, one a pa...
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Photos of the Day - 10/9/2014

October 09, 2014 - The photo club to which I belong (and helped start) has a juried show in January for which I can submit up to 5 images (...
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Photo of the Day - 10/6/2014

October 06, 2014 - I thought I'd post something cute. Here's a tree frog sitting on a lily.
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Photo of the Day - 10/5/2014

October 05, 2014 - It is cold and dreary. I'm already missing summer, which was last weekend. So, to feel warmer, I'm offering this image o...
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Photo of the Day - 10/4/2014

October 04, 2014 - Here's a fall shot I took in southern Bohemia, Czech Republic 6 years ago (give or take a month).
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Photo of the Day - 10/3/2014

October 03, 2014 - Here's another Arboretum shot from a couple weeks ago. This one was taken in the Ornamental Grasses collection. I like h...
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Photo of the Day - 10/2/2014

October 02, 2014 - Considering the weather, I doubt I'll have much reason to post butterfly shots until spring. So, here is one from a coup...
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Photos of the Day - 10/1/2014

October 01, 2014 - While I took (and have uploaded) more photos from Saturday's Raptor Release, these are the last couple I'll be blog post...
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Photo of the Day - 9/30/2014

September 30, 2014 - Today's shot is a chatty bald eagle that was at the raptor release on Saturday. Also, even though no one asked, there i...
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Photo of the Day - 9/29/2014

September 29, 2014 - The Fall Raptor Release on Saturday was a blast. The weather was incredible. The birds were active. And, watching the re...
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Photo of the Day - 9/28/2014

September 28, 2014 - Here's something different. It is a sundial that is painted on a castle wall in Ceske Krumlov in the Czech Republic. The...
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Photos of the Day - 9/26/2014

September 26, 2014 - The Raptor Center's Fall Raptor Release is tomorrow. I understand there will be releases at 11:30 and 2:30. I HIGHLY rec...
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Photo of the Day - 9/24/2014

September 24, 2014 - Here's another "fall colors" photo. Actually, whoat apeals to me about this one is the lack of color in the fern contras...
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Photo of the Day - 9/23/2014

September 23, 2014 - Happy Autumn! I realized a while ago that I'm not a big one for taking "normal" photos of fall colors. So, instead, I'v...
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Photo of the Day - 9/22/2014

September 22, 2014 - A couple of years ago I succeeded in getting all my ducks in a row.
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Photos of the Day -9/21/2014

September 21, 2014 - One of the real advantages to using digital over film is the fact that it doesn't cost anything to capture an image. Thi...
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Photo of the Day - 9/20/2014

September 20, 2014 - Here's an interesting photo (or, at least, I find it interesting). Part of that interest is the fact that I really have...
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Photo of the Day - 9/19/2014

September 19, 2014 - You know those online quizzes? The ones that include questions like "What superpower would you want?" For me, it has nev...
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Photo of the Day - 9/18/2014

September 18, 2014 - I was wandering around the Como Park Zoo back in 2010 and ran across several good photo opportunities. One of the most f...
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Photos of the Day - 9/17/2014

September 17, 2014 - I spent an hour or two yesterday going through older photos to find ones I hadn't gotten around to uploading for some re...
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Photo of the Day - 9/16/2014

September 16, 2014 - Mallards are ubiquitous. If you ask someone to describe a duck, they'll probably describe a mallard. In fact, mallards a...
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Photo of the Day - 9/14/2014

September 14, 2014 - I'm not sure why, but I've been seeing a lot of rabbits recently when I go for a walk. It may be the time of day (gettin...
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Photo of the Day - 9/10/2014

September 10, 2014 - Here's a new wild turkey photo. It got me wondering...when does something get so ugly it is cute? I look at a turkey's f...
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Photo of the Day - 9/9/2014

September 09, 2014 - Here's something a little different. I was at the Arboretum a couple weeks ago when i saw something hanging from a tree...
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Photo of the Day - 9/8/2014

September 08, 2014 - If pressed, I would probably say that my favorite part of the Arboretum is the Ornamental Grasses collection. The size (...
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Photo of the Day - 9/7/2014

September 07, 2014 - Here's another flower from the Arboretum. This one is called an Angel's Trumpet and is probably a foot long (if not a bi...
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Photo of the Day - 9/6/2014

September 06, 2014 - After I posted yesterday's photo, I got to thinking (always a bad thing, I know). Part of what I really liked in the dah...
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Photo of the Day - 9/5/2014

September 05, 2014 - Here's another dahlia shot from teh Arboretum. The colors drew me instantly and I had fun composing (getting the two flo...
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Photo of the Day - 9/4/2014

September 04, 2014 - As I mentioned on Monday, I found myself easily distracted while shooting hummingbirds. Below is one of the distractions...
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Photo of the Day - 9/3/2014

September 03, 2014 - I decided to randomly select a photo by taking the first one that came up in the front page slideshow. Here it is. This...
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Photo of the Day - 9/2/2014

September 02, 2014 - My experience while out shooting yesterday was almost the exact opposite of the one I described in yesterday's post (abo...
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Photo of the Day - 9/1/2014

September 01, 2014 - I am a very patient impatient person. Or, maybe, I am a very impatient patient person. I'm not sure which, but it is cer...
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Photo of the Day - 8/31/2014

August 31, 2014 - I was out at the Arboretum earlier and got some good shots. Those will be up in the next couple days. And, the dahlias...
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Photo of the Day - 8/30/2014

August 30, 2014 - Labor Day is in 2 days. It is almost autumn. Flowers will soon start losing their petals. What to do about it? Take a p...
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Photo of the Day - 8/28/2014

August 28, 2014 - I've seen lots of photos of colored landscapes (for want of a better term). However, I've only experienced them once in...
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Photo of the Day - 8/27/2014

August 27, 2014 - While my visit to Central Park was my first time at Strawberry Fields, it wasn't the first time I've been to and photogr...
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Photo of the Day - 8/26/2014

August 26, 2014 - Wandering in New York/Central Park - Part 7 (of 7) Under the stairs by the Bethesda Fountain is a truly unexpected trea...
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Photos of the Day - 8/25/2014

August 25, 2014 - Wandering in New York/Central Park - Part 6 I've always liked shooting fountains and statues. They're great to practice...
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Photos of the Day - 8/24/2014

August 24, 2014 - Wandering in NYC - part 5, still in Central Park. When I was planning what to do while in NYC, several people asked me...
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Photo of the Day - 8/23/2014

August 23, 2014 - Wandering through New York - Central Park - part 4 Stupid statement coming: there are a lot of people in Central Park a...
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Photo of the Day - 8/22/2014

August 22, 2014 - Wandering through New York - part 3 - enter Central Park. While I love visiting New York City (in this case meaning Man...
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Photo of the Day - 8/20/2014

August 20, 2014 - Wandering through NYC, part 2. This is really a very mediocre photo. I normally wouldn't bother posting one like this e...
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Photo of the Day - 8/19/2014

August 19, 2014 - As I've mentioned before, I was on vacation last week. One day I went into New York City to visit with some friends and...
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Photo of the Week - 8/11/2014

August 11, 2014 - I'm going to be away from a computer for the rest of the week, so you'll have to browse the site on your own for a while...
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Photo of the Day - 8/10/2014

August 10, 2014 - Here's an interesting insect. I believe it is properly a type of sphinx moth. Some other sources call it a clearwing mot...
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Photo of the Day - 8/9/2014

August 09, 2014 - Sorry to be so late about getting this one up. Here's a couple of reflected cattails.
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Photo of the Day - 8/8/2014

August 08, 2014 - While walking around Lone Lake earlier it occurred to me that I hadn't seen any turtles for quite a while. Not snapping...
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Photo of the Day - 8/7/2014

August 07, 2014 - There is some debate over this image of a cedar waxwing. Below is how I took it and prefer to view the image. Some colle...
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Photo of the Day - 8/6/2014

August 06, 2014 - Sometimes the unexpected appeals. I was wandering around the Tuilleries in Paris many years ago, admiring the sculptures...
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Photo of the Day - 8/5/2014

August 05, 2014 - I did just hear someone say, "Why not post a photo of a lionfish?" didn't I?
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Photos of the Day - 8/4/2014

August 04, 2014 - Sometimes you get more than you bargained for (or anticipated) when capturing an image. Below is a case in point. In th...
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Photo of the Day - 8/3/2014

August 03, 2014 - I noticed something strange at the Uptown Art Fair yesterday. There were barely any flowers. I didn't notice any paintin...
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Photo of the Day - 8/2/2014

August 02, 2014 - I haven't posted any birds or silhouettes for a while, so why not take care of both in one (if I do say so myself) gorge...
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Photo of the Day - 8/1/2014

August 01, 2014 - Sorry I'm so late with this one. It's been a long day. Today's image is one that took a lot of work to get right. I thi...
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Photo of the Day - 7/31/2014

July 31, 2014 - I haven't posted a fountain photo for a while, so here we go. This is from Paris and is the only black fountain (or set...
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Photo of the Day - 7/29/2014

July 29, 2014 - Today we finally make it back upstream to Minnehaha Falls. I'm sure everyone is breathing a sigh of relief. There's a s...
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Photo of the Day - 7/28/2014

July 28, 2014 - I changed my mind slightly about what photo to upload today. Instead of continuing up to the falls, here's the color ver...
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Photo of the Day - 7/27/2014

July 27, 2014 - I think we'll move upstream for the next day or two until reaching Minnehaha Falls. As mentioned previously, I was out...
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Photo of the Day - 7/26/2014

July 26, 2014 - I'm sometimes amazed by how quickly nature can recover from major disasters. I met some people down at Minnehaha Falls...
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Photo of the Day - 7/25/2014

July 25, 2014 - I wish I had thought of posting this one several days ago to better coincide with the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11...
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Photo of the Day - 7/24/2014

July 24, 2014 - You know those days when the sun is shining and the temperature is wonderful? Those days when you just want to go out an...
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Photo of the Day - 7/23/2014

July 23, 2014 - Following on yesterday's photo, here's a shot taken while on the Charles Bridge in Prague. It's surprising sometimes how...
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Photo of the Day - 7/22/2014

July 22, 2014 - Here's a shot of the Charles Bridge in Prague.
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Photo of the Day - 7/21/2014

July 21, 2014 - Some days things just go your way. On this particular one, I was at the Arboretum, just wandering around shooting whatev...
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Photo of the Day - 7/20/2014

July 20, 2014 - Here's a photo of a green heron who just caught a fish. And yes, it is a green heron even though I have never seen any g...
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Photo of the Day - 7/19/2014

July 19, 2014 - Sometimes you're walking along and something catches your eye. Who can say why it appeals? Or why you noticed it this pa...
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Photo of the Day - 7/18/2014

July 18, 2014 - I actually shot today's photo just so I could tell a story. Many years ago I was out at Lone Lake on the dock, looking...
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Photo of the Day - 7/17/2014

July 17, 2014 - Here's many splashes of color from this past spring. Some days you need color in you life.
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Photo of the Day - 7/16/2014

July 16, 2014 - Today's photo comes from the Kafka Museum in Prague. Before discussing the photo, however, I'd like to take a quick opp...
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Photo of the Day - 7/15/2014

July 15, 2014 - I was down in Mexico on a photo trip back in 2002. One evening we stopped on a beach to shoot the sunset. Here's one of...
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Photo of the Day - 7/14/2014

July 14, 2014 - This isn't what you think it is. Or, maybe it is. What I mean is that it isn't a dandelion. This flower is called a Goa...
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Photo of the Day - 7/13/2014

July 13, 2014 - Here's another shot I took last month while at the Lake Harriet Rose Garden. I have generally found it better to shoot...
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Photo of the Day - 7/11/2014

July 11, 2014 - Here's one I took at Lone Lake yesterday. As I've mentioned in the past, I love the way water can distort images in a p...
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Photo of the Day - 7/10/2014

July 10, 2014 - This is actually a visual pun; a bad one. Not that anyone but me would know that. I was in Avignon, France on a photo t...
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Photo of the Day - 7/8/2014

July 08, 2014 - I'm sure it's no surprise to anyone who has read any of these posts (especially in the past week) that I am a fan of sci...
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Photo of the Day - 7/7/2014

July 07, 2014 - Well, I'm back from CONvergence and feeling not so much tired as drained. So, I figure I'll just post something interest...
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Photo of the Day - 7/4-5/2014

July 05, 2014 - I missed posting a photo yesterday due to system errors, so today's counts double. It's CONvergence Day 3. One of the b...
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Photo of the Day - 7/3/2014

July 03, 2014 - I take photos for two different organizations. One of them is the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The other is CONvergenc...
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Photo of the Day - 7/2/2014

July 02, 2014 - I was chatting with my eldest niece yesterday and for some reason the conversation included the thought of going around...
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Photo of the Day - 7/1/2014

July 01, 2014 - I'm not sure what the term is for when the eye an image of something where there really isn't one. I had thought it was...
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Photo of the Day - 6/29/2014

June 29, 2014 - I thought I'd continue with the water theme today with something abstract. This shot was taken at the Arboretum in the p...
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Photo of the Day - 6/28/2014

June 28, 2014 - After yesterday's photo showing water where it never should be, I thought I'd include one where water belongs. This was...
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Photo of the Day - 6/27/2014

June 27, 2014 - Awe: Emotion in which dread, veneration, and wonder are variously mingled Awesome: Inspiring awe I was out shooting ye...
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Photo of the Day - 6/26/2014

June 26, 2014 - Here's a sunflower shot from the back. For these flowers especially, I find the back much more interesting than the fron...
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Photo of the Day - 6/25/2014

June 25, 2014 - We've had a LOT of rain in Minnesota recently. One benefit for photographers is anywhere that normally has flowing water...
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Photo of the Day - 6/24/2014

June 24, 2014 - I figure I'll finish off the set of examples from Lake Harriet that I took on Saturday. This one's of the Peace Garden....
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Photo of the Day - 6/23/2014

June 23, 2014 - Photographers can be very focused people. [Yes, I know, AWFUL pun. It will be used frequently today.] Watch a photograph...
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Photo of the Day - 6/22/2014

June 22, 2014 - One of the biggest problems photographers can run into is repetition. There are subjects you shoot frequently and freque...
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Photo of the Day - 6/21/2014

June 21, 2014 - Happy Summer! Boy does it feel like summer today, too. Mid to High 80s and humid. Anyway, to celebrate summer, here's a...
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Photo of the Day - 6/20/2014

June 20, 2014 - I'm hoping to get out to the Peace Garden at Lake Harriet tomorrow morning. It is one of 4 or 5 Japanese gardens in the...
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Photo of the Day - 6/19/2014

June 19, 2014 - I don't have cats, singular or plural. So, I don't have cat pictures. In fact, I only have the one seen below. Esto es...
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Photo of the Day - 6/18/2014

June 18, 2014 - This image was, in some ways, a happy accident. I've seen lots of drawings/paintings/etc. of eyes that have images of so...
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Photo of the Day - 6/17/2014

June 17, 2014 - Here's a new one. I was wandering around Lone Lake (same day I shot yesterday's rose) and saw this rather tiny butterfly...
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Photo of the Day - 6/16/2014

June 16, 2014 - Well, it's happened again. Back on 5/22 I talked about how this was the first year I'd ever seen a jack-in-the-pulpit at...
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Photo of the Day - 6/15/2014

June 15, 2014 - I don't remember the first time I decided to try shooting flowers from the back, but it may have been this one here. Thi...
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Photo of the Day - 6/14/2014

June 14, 2014 - I feel like posting a giraffe picture. And how often does a person get to say/type that and then follow through?
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Photo of the Day - 6/13/2014

June 13, 2014 - The image below is a "Bumblebee Deelite" iris. It was taken down at the Arboretum last week and is another one where I u...
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Photo of the Day - 6/12/2014

June 12, 2014 - Something simple today. Tree silhouettes and the moon with some wispy clouds for added texture.
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Photo of the Day - 6/11/2014

June 11, 2014 - I like photographing birds. They're colorful. They're alive. And they can fly. Capturing birds in flight is a real chal...
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Photo of the Day - 6/10/2014

June 10, 2014 - I think Prairie Smoke is one of the more interesting wildflowers out there. All wispy filament flapping in the breeze....
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Photo of the Day - 6/8/2014

June 08, 2014 - Minnesota is famous (or infamous) for the amount of fluffy white stuff that falls here during the winter. Unfortunately,...
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Photo of the Day - 6/7/2014

June 07, 2014 - It is an incredibly blah day outside. One that calls for something bright and enjoyable. So, here's a slice of kiwi. Th...
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Photo of the Day - 6/6/2014

June 06, 2014 - Shooting at night can be a lot of fun. Colors and lights are pure (unaffected by sunlight, which can wash them out). Sil...
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Photo of the Day - 6/5/2014

June 05, 2014 - Did you know that Orange was not a color (at least in English) until the 1500s? It's true (at least according to the int...
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Photo of the Day - 6/4/2014

June 04, 2014 - In Minnesota, at least, the columbine is one of the more ubiquitous wildflowers of spring. They grow all over the place,...
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Photo of the Day - 6/3/2014

June 03, 2014 - Having a camera provides a strange barrier between me and reality. In real life, there are lots of things that I find d...
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Photo of the Day - 6/2/2014

June 02, 2014 - About 5 years ago, my family and I visited Assateague Island in Delaware/Maryland while on vacation. This is a wonderful...
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Photo of the Day - 6/1/2014

June 01, 2014 - Today's image is a trompe l'oeil I found on my first trip to France. This one works even better because of the real tree...
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Photo of the Day - 5/31/2014

May 31, 2014 - Welcome to Nic at Night (that's Nic as in Nicollet Mall, for those of you who don't know downtown Minneapolis). There's...
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Photo of the Day - 5/30/2014

May 30, 2014 - As I've been mentioning frequently (too frequently?), there is a lot to see at the Arboretum these days. Today's photo i...
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Photo of the Day - 5/29/2014

May 29, 2014 - Here's an image of chaos. I shot this in a small park in Paris. Those are filled with pigeons. Pigeons everywhere. Take...
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Photo of the Day - 5/28/2014

May 28, 2014 - I was chatting with a friend the other day about photos. She mentioned she had some nice cloud shots. So, here's one of...
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Photo of the Day - 5/27/2014

May 27, 2014 - There's always something interesting to see at the Arboretum. That's part of what makes it a fun place to visit and shoo...
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Photo of the Day - 5/24/2014

May 24, 2014 - I think I can now safely say that it is Spring. It took longer and more effort than it should to get there, but there we...
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Photo of the Day - 5/23/2014

May 23, 2014 - Butterflies are fun. They're colorful, have wings, interesting patterns, don't bite. Butterfly exhibits are even more fu...
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Photo of the Day - 5/22/2014

May 22, 2014 - If I have anything that can be called a "go to" place to make photos, it is probably Lone Lake. I've been shooting there...
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Photo of the Day - 5/21/2014

May 21, 2014 - Many years ago, my parents took a trip to Alaska. They came back with lots of wonderful images and ended up making some...
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Photo of the Day - 5/20/2014

May 20, 2014 - The other day a friend jokingly asked whether taking a photo of a mallard counts as wildlife photography. After all, the...
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Photo of the Day - 5/19/2014

May 19, 2014 - If you hadn't realized, I like photographing birds. They are colorful. They are difficult. They are distinctive. So far...
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Photo of the Day - 5/18/2014

May 18, 2014 - I was out at the Arboretum last weekend with some friends when one of them pointed and said "Look, a garter snake." Sure...
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Photo of the day - 5/17/2014

May 17, 2014 - When travelling, especially outside the United States, I find there are generally three types of images to be made. The...
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Photo of the Day - 5/16/2014

May 16, 2014 - I thought I'd try a panorama today. This photo was taken while walking around Lake of the Isles. Like yesterday's photo...
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Photo of the Day - 5/15/2014

May 15, 2014 - This is one of the first photos I ever took...with a digital camera. And, for a long time, it was a mystery. As I menti...
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Photo of the Day - 5/14/2014

May 14, 2014 - Several years ago, I was walking around Lone Lake when I saw something unexpected on the path. A snapping turtle. A fair...
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Photo of the Day - 5/13/2014

May 13, 2014 - When I started doing these a couple weeks ago, I wanted to avoid highlighting similar images on successive days. You kno...
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Photo of the Day - 5/12/2014

May 12, 2014 - This has proven to be a great year for making bird photos (at least for me). There were the ones I've commented about fr...
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Photo of the Day - 5/11/2014

May 11, 2014 - Every year the Arboretum plants thousands (or probably hundreds of thousands) of tulips, daffodils and other bulbs that...
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Photo of the Day - 5/10/2014

May 10, 2014 - I wasn't really sure what kind of image to feature today. Should I do another recent bird shot? Maybe tomorrow or Monday...
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Photo of the Day - 5/9/2014

May 09, 2014 - For some reason, I tend to like weird or abstract photos. I'm not overly fond of abstract paintings or sculptures, but t...
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Photo of the Day - 5/8/2014

May 08, 2014 - This is another new one, taken last Saturday. It shows a horned grebe amongst some American coots.
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Photo of the Day - 5/7/2014

May 07, 2014 - I'm in the mood for sharing a landscape today. Back in 2006 I took a photography class at the Minnesota Landscape Arbor...
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Photo of the Day - 5/6/2014

May 06, 2014 - I decided to walk around Lake Calhoun again yesterday to see if I could get more shots of assorted birds. Besides, it wa...
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Photography: A question of taste

May 09, 2013 - I was chatting with my older brother last night about the relative merits of Roger Zelazny's Amber books. It turns out h...
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Photography: A Spring Day at the Arboretum

April 26, 2013 - There are two ways to know that it is "officially" spring at the Arboretum. The first is when the snowdrops start bloomi...
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Photography: Shooting in the Wilderness

April 17, 2013 - My parents moved to Virginia around 6 years ago. I get to see them several times a year, but almost always as part of a...
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Photography: Time (keeps on ticking, ticking, ticking...)

April 01, 2013 - Time has been hitting me hard recently. One niece is heading off to college this fall. Another is turning 13 this week....
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Photography: Variable Perception

March 13, 2013 - For some reason, it still surprises me whenever I realize how much my perceptions about simple things change. This is es...
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Photography: Light

February 28, 2013 - Light is the key to photography. It's right there in word (literally light writing). Digital sensors (and film before th...
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Photography: Portraits

January 27, 2013 - I have to admit that I really dislike having my picture taken. They never look right to me. I got to wondering why this...
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More black and white

January 06, 2013 - Almost a decade ago I decided to take a class on black and white photography. It was a darkroom class and my reasoning w...
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Photography: Black and White vs. Color

December 05, 2012 - I've never been overly fond of black and white photography. With few exceptions, my initial reaction when seeing one is...
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Photography: Selecting focus

December 02, 2012 - One of the basics in photography is determining what you want to focus on/what the subject of your image will be. At the...
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A bit more

November 09, 2012 - Not much is going on today. I've mostly spent it reading "The Last Dragonslayer" by Jasper Fforde. I should have that fi...
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Photography: Strive for the Unique

November 08, 2012 - I enjoy seeing photographs that have been taken by other people. It gives me a chance to see the world through other eye...
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Photography: Triple it

November 04, 2012 - Sometimes you don't have time to take in a scene thoroughly. This is especially true if your subject is capable of movin...
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Creation

November 03, 2012 - Here's the longish setup: I was driving home today from Uncle Hugo's bookstore (www.unclehugo.com) having just gotten a...
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Photography: Water and Distortion, plus a couple of other things

October 25, 2012 - Well, today was the first snow storm of the fall (or at least the first one I saw). This is one of those somewhat depres...
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Photography: The Eyes Have It

March 25, 2012 - I noticed that the most common compliment a photographer receives is along the lines of "You have a good eye." I find th...
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Photography: But is it ART?

March 05, 2012 - For a long time I debated (with myself) whether photography could really be considered artform. After all, anyone can ta...
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