Journey through 2009 with me! I belong to a group of beginning to advanced photographers and we started these blogs to share photos of our lives. Our professional photos are on our websites, our personal side is here!
The rivers around here always surprise me. I grew up around fast running, ice cold and clear rivers and lakes. In this area the rivers are a muddy brown and very slow moving. Usually, I try to avoid taking photos of the river because it is so brown and dirty. People tend to comment on my photo colors being off as the water isn't blue. I saw this little bend in the river and it called to me, so here it is. What do you think?
As I've mentioned many times on this blog, there is so much wildlife around here! It is mind boggling. The more I look for it, the more I find :)
I'm not much for ornithology and this blog has really shown me how much I don't know! I think these are cardinals.
I find it so peaceful to be out with my camera. The only really bad thing is that being out with all of the trees and creatures also means I'm out where there are ticks. After this hike I found several climbing on me. Thankfully, none had bitten or anything. They were just wandering around and holding on to my clothes. Such disgusting little creatures. Gotta take the bad with the fabulous I guess. I've been around them all my life and they haven't kept me home yet.
I thought for sure I would find pelicans at Pelican Rapids. I was wrong. Normally this water is not over the feet of the statue, however, with all of the flooding, the water was still pretty high.
The next morning I ran down to my favorite coffee shop (Ristreto's) and I could NOT believe it when a pelican flew right in front of me and landed in the pond near my house! Of course I didn't have my camera with me on my latte run! ugghhh
I'm not sure what this bird is. It was a ways away and held very, very still while I was trying to get this photo. My husband and I went to Maplewood State Park in Minnesota and that's where I found this guy. When he was tired of me, he was gone in a flash! So quick, I didn't even get a photo of it in flight!
If you know what type of bird this is, please let me know. At first I called it a Blue Heron, but then I couldn't find any photos of Blue Herons that looked just like this guy.
Thank you CBGD for posting the comment and link :) Now I know.
I came across a field of dragonflies! There must've been thousands of them flitting all over the place. Every time I barely moved, they all lifted in flight! It was VERY difficult getting a photo! Thankfully, I have a fantastic zoom lens!
I spent more than half an hour just sitting there watching those beautiful creatures flit here and there :)
There were several types there too! I didn't get any photos of the other blue ones with round bodies. They were just way too fast and way too busy!
We went to the park tonight and roasted beef franks. After we ate, the boys went out and tossed the baseball. We went to the park last weekend too. Skyler could not catch that ball! He was pretty scared of it and spent a whole lot of time chasing it down.
Today when his dad tossed it to him, he caught it more often than not! My oldest son and daughter joined us. What a gorgeous day! The sun was shining and there was a nice light wind blowing. We did see one skeeter while there. Not sure how many we didn't see.
Skyler ran and ran and ran. At one point he got my son, Mark, to chase him. Mark has been able to run lighting fast since he learned to walk. Skyler got to giggling so hard all he could do was fall to the ground in surrender! As you can see, there were lots of trees to hide behind and have fun with.
He comes back from his moms for the weekend of Fathers Day. He's already asked if we can go to the park and go fishing! LOL
Within a mile of my house there are two ponds and a river. I live in a fairly large city, however, I'm kind of on the outskirts. Not as far into the country as I'd like to be, but far enough out that I get to see wildlife like this!
There is a herd of turkeys that live south of I-94 and tend to hang out on Cheyenne street. I'd like to get some pics of the tom all strutting his stuff. Every time I see him out there all ruffled up, I don't have my camera with me!
Once again I was drawn to the Main Avenue bridge (also known as Veterans Memorial Bridge). The flooding is so apparent and startling there.
The first photo here I took around April 28th at the height of the flooding. As you can see, the top of the street lamps is barely visible over the water. Yes, those are actual street lamps. There is a road 30 feet down!!
There is a really nice bike path down there too.
The water as begun to recede and now you can see that lamp post again. The flood waters have caused it to lean. This is the same lamp as the first photo! You can now see the sidewalk that goes from the bridge down to the road and bike path below. Before, all of this was under water so you couldn't really see it.
You also can't see the inches of gooey, smelly silt that has been left behind. Even as much as the water has gone down, we are still at flood stage. You still can't see the road that is normally there.
Wow, what a difference! I posted a few weeks back with a photo from the Main Avenue bridge looking over towards the Fargo Tower (Big brown building). At that time the water was over 40 feet deep and way past flood stage. (See photo 1) As you can see the water is up to the stairs and they have built a dike to help hold the water back. You can't really tell in the first photo where the dike is, because you don't know what isn't normally there.
However, if you look at todays photo, you can really tell. See the pick up truck in the second photo? That road was closed in the first photo as there was a huge wall of dirt there to help hold back the water. You'll also notice that the stairs are once again visible.
Photos just can't do it justice. The mind boggling amount of water that flows through here is very difficult to describe.... even with photographs. The photos just can't seems to really grasp the immense amount of water and the power behind it.
The rivers here are a muddy, soupy brown color. It took a while to get used to them as I grew up in the Rockies where the rivers are crystal clear, ice cold and run VERY fast.
Here, they are lazy little things that meander along.... until spring thaw that is! Then they grow to be little monsters that take over the land.
There are a couple of positive things I've noticed from this. One, it brings in an amazing amount of water creatures. Everything from frogs to pelicans. The second thing is, it desposits nutrient rich river bottom in a fine layer over all of the farmland. That, combined with the rich soil/clay here seems to really be a key ingredient to the fantastic crops all around.
Just look at this.... it's breath taking in person. Such rich, fertile soil and vibrant green.
This goose has a large nest built on the beam of a very, very busy bridge. If you know the Main Ave bridge in Fargo that connects Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN - look at the east side beam on the north side of the bridge. Everywhere you look you'll see tracks where she has wandered around in the silt left from the receding flood waters.
I took this as we were driving so it is a bit blurry, but I had to show you what the flooding still looks like around here.
That is river water that has moved up and out of the banks and across the land to threaten homes, farms and outbuildings. The white around the house is not sandbags. It is a large inflatable balloon really. They fill it with water and it holds back the water! This house had water all the way around it. I sure hope the new gadget works for them.
It is amazing where I find sandbags. There is a house I can see from the interstate where the water is all the way around it. It sits up on a little bump, not even a knoll, just higher than everything around it.
Instead of describe it, I believe I will try and get a photo. Of course, I can't stop on the interstate, but maybe I can talk dh into a drive :)