Sunday, May 31, 2009

Snowy Floral

The return of winter?


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Geese 'O Landing

Geese coming in for a landing with a noisy ruckus. The serene turtle pond is disturbed by these honking geese.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Gabby and Abby

"Hey, don't look back, but there is a biped stalking us".
A bit of anthropomorphizing but have you ever wondered what our subjects think when we are in their space trying to get that perfect photo?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Green Morning Light

Mississippi River backwaters on a bright sunny morning. Yes, once again, I have taken yet another photo from the Coon Rapids Regional Park. There are plenty of hiking trails to enjoy. Some are paved and others are not. A nice walk through prairie fields that give way to forested areas along the river. Earlier in the morning, (and again in the late evening) are the best times to capture stunning colors. It also helps to use a circular polarizing filter to enhance the colors as I have done here. This is not an HDR image.

Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/15
Av( Aperture Value ) 8.0
Metering Mode Partial Metering
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0 mm
Image Quality RAW
White Balance Mode Shade

A sports note; congratulations to FC Barcelona. Yesterday, they won the Champions League in Rome Italy 2-0 over Manchester United. A recap, Manchester United owned the match and played superior football, (soccer) in the opening 10 minutes. That is when Barcelona scored. Afterward, Barcelona controlled the match, catching Manchester United flatfooted and unable to put anything together.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Canal

The canal between Lake of the Isles, seen beyond the bridge to the north and the Calhoun Lagoon and Lake Calhoun to the south.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day

Actually, the day after Memorial Day. We're back in town now after a weekend with my family in northern Minnesota.

Normandy Beaches

American Cemetery, Normandy, France
Photos from the archive. These photos were taken in April of 2008.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Two Years

Today marks the second anniversary of the North Metro Blogspot. I've been at this photo-blogging for two years, here is my first post. The direction and scope has changed a number of times and I think I have improved in this hobby. I hope to continue to keep this fresh with new ideas and techniques. In the meantime, please enjoy these egret photos.

Great Egret


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Gotta' Scratch

I tagged along behind this deer for 15 minutes. She didn't seem to mind my presence, but always tried to keep a tree or shrub between us.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Turtle Log

The sun's warmth draws everyone out to bask in it's glory. Unfortunately, it is rush hour in this pond.

Friday, May 22, 2009

R & R

Rest and Relaxation.
These suburban deer are quite used to people walking the trails through the park reserve. She kept a wary eye on me while continuing to rest in the ferns.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lake Harriet Bandshell

The bandshell and pavilions on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Morning Light

One of many large lakeside summer homes in northern Minnesota. Lake Vermilion.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Roma, Italia

Last Friday, Mrs. DL and I went to see the movie Angels & Demons. We both agreed it was an excellent movie, typical for the works of Ron Howard; I shall rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars. There are a few graphic scenes, but overall, not over the top. Best of all, the viewer gets a quick tour of Rome. We enjoyed reliving our past trip to Rome by viewing this film and hope to return to that wonderful city. So in honor of this movie, I give you Rome for Travel Tuesday. (Please excuse the low quality of these photos. I took these in 2006, before I knew how to photograph).

St. Peter's Basilica

Castel San Angelo

Monday, May 18, 2009


Yes, a repeat of sorts, I've already shown you Riverbank Roots. Well, here we go again, I thank you for your patience. I find these tree roots along the Mississippi River fascinating. The tree clings to the banks; the water is it's life. Yet in time from spring time floods and erosion, water is it's death. Anyway, I liked the details and thought it worth a second look.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Two Things Challenge - Work / Play

This week's Two Challenge is Work / Play
Need a break from downtown? Try these Lake Calhoun rentals in Minneapolis.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Peregrine Falcon

Raptor Release at Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. This handsome falcon posed for us photographers.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Where many a concert and picnics have taken place inside.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mother Goose

Out for a brisk walk


Christopher of Denmark tagged me yesterday.
The rules are simple: Tag and link back to the person who tagged you. List six (un) important things that make you happy. Tag six bloggers and let them know they're “it”. We all feel this blogging community to be one of inclusion and friendship.

My six (un) important things that make me happy:

a hike with my camera
post processing photos
the smell of fresh baked bread
veiwing a Manchester United match
a bicycle ride

My six tagged bloggers :

Chandler A to Z
Babzy Photos
Emm in London
Just Roaming the Cities
Photography by Alex
Cheltenham Daily Photo

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Egret Fan

Practice with panning. Now if I can get him to stand still in a pond for a reflection photo.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

San Gimignano, Italy

Sweeping the Streets

Medievale Passaggio

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Synchronized Sunbathing

The next Olympic Event

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Tables and Trusses

Concert Pavilion at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park along the Mississippi River.

Friday, May 8, 2009


Great Horned Owl chick. We quietly walked through the woods and spotted this owl chick. We were a considerane distance away using a focalpoint of 300mm. I also had to crop the image. I'm really wishing I had that 500mm to eliminate the cropping process.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mr. White

A sports break; congratulations to Barcelona yesterday's match against Chelsea. UEFA Champions League. Barcelona scored in the 90 +2 mark to tie the match and proceed to the finals. I've been following this League on ESPN most of winter and spring. I'll wager anyone a Guinness on a Manchester United win in Rome on May 27th.

White duck in Mississippi River. Friendly duck, the only white duck in the area. He spends his time with three other drake mallards along the island shore, and o course me on this day.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Osprey in flight.
Notice the split wing. He suffered this injury years ago from a fight with a Bald Eagle.

Nesting pair, he brings wood material for nest building on the platform. Since this photo, they moved to their other nest on the power tower. More to come.

Monday, May 4, 2009


An old relic seen nearly everywhere but no longer used, the pay phone. I wonder what will replace the cell phone.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Doe, A Deer, A Female Deer

Ray, a drop of golden sun...

I've been spending a lot of time at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, lately. Many mornings, I meet up with fellow Osprey viewing
regulars to check on the progress of the nesting pair. On a side trip along one of the trails, we spotted these three deer. Matter of fact, there were nearly 20 deer around us. Check out Ron's nature report here; Nature Walks and Thoughts. Ron has wonderful bird photos, a wealth of knowledge and has a knack for spotting and pointing out birds for us to photo-shoot.

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Jet Stream

White Egret streaming in flight

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Chase

May Day! May Day!
Round Two
. A Bald Eagle chases an Osprey across the Mississippi River from where I was standing. This Osprey was previously injured in a battle with a Bald Eagle years prior. He is easily identified by his torn but healed left wing. Stay tuned, more Osprey pics on Tuesday, and probably more afterward.
This was my first attempt at panning while shooting an image. Needless to say I need more work on panning.