Posts Tagged ‘winter


More snow birds

Nope. Still no pictures from an RV park in Florida or Arizona. These are more images from recent trips to northern Minnesota in search of avian winter residents – the Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, and Rough-legged Hawk. Click on any image for a larger version.

Northern Hawk Owl 2273 WEB

Rough-legged Hawk 1 0895 WEB

Great Gray Owl 4 1449 WEB

Northern Hawk Owl 0182 WEB


Snow birds

Sorry to disappoint you if you were thinking this was a collection of flashy photos of Minnesotans seeking relief from winter weather in Arizona or Florida. Quite to the contrary, these snow birds – Great Grey Owl, Hawk Owl, and Rough-legged Hawk – are from farther north in Minnesota around the Eveleth area. Here are a few images from a recent trip with more to follow…click on any image for a larger version.

Great Gray Owl 3 0622 WEB

Northern Hawk Owl 2271 WEB

Rough-legged Hawk 2537 WEB

Great Gray Owl 6 2109 WEB

Northern Hawk Owl 2313 WEB

Rough-legged Hawk 2562 WEB



Record snowfall for February 2 in Minnesota

Before the last available light of the afternoon disappeared, I was able to make a quick trip down to Como Park during the peak of the record-breaking storm.  I spent more time trying to keep snow off the front of my lens than I did taking pictures. NOTE: You can enlarge any image on the blog simply by clicking on the image.

Feb storm 2 WEB copy

Feb storm 1 WEB copy

Feb storm 7 WEB copy


a state of extremes

While I might still marvel at a scene such as this…

Como snow scene WEB


I am really ready to experience a scene such as this…

JTG pano WEB

Both scenes are from Como Park – click on either image to see it in a larger size.


winter’s last stand?

Como winter tree WEB


If this is winter’s last stand then it certainly is going out like a lamb.  While it didn’t rival some of our classic spring blizzards and the long range forecast doesn’t look all that scary, I wouldn’t mind just one more mega storm for the season.  But the below zero wind chills can go away anytime by me.