All but Owls in Sax-Zim Bog

April 09, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The weekend of March 25 - 27, five of us avid nature photographers from the Minnesota Valley Photo Club drove up to Sax-Zim Bog hoping to capture (with a camera) Great Gray Owls.   Although we did not see any owls, we had a great time photographing the landscapes of the frozen bog a day after a snow storm along with wildlife that makes the bog their home.  We all shared the West Lodge at Alesches' Accommodations, which is a surprising nice place to stay.

The first morning we stopped at the visitor center, which closed a week earlier for the season.  The bird feeders were teaming with bird activity along with many Red Squirrels.

 

Red Squirel under IcyclesRed Squirel under IcyclesSax-Zim Bog on March 19, 2016

 

I think the only time of the year a bog could be so beautiful is during the time we were there.  So we had to stop to capture it's beauty.   I brought out my heavy duty tripod and put on my landscape lens...

ArchArchSax-Zim Bog on March 19, 2016

Pines by the RiverPines by the RiverSax-Zim Bog on March 19, 2016

 

Tunnel of TreesTunnel of TreesSax-Zim Bog on March 19, 2016

While scouring the trees looking for an owl on Admiral Road, I happened to spot a bump on a branch.  Finally an owl?  Nope, just a porcupine...

PorcupinePorcupineSax-Zim Bog on March 19, 2016

When we approached Highway 7, I spotted this white raptor flying low along the side of the road, hunting for an unexpected rodent.  Could it be a Snowy Owl?  We stopped along side the road so I could attempt to capture this allusive flying object.  When we got back to the lodge we  enhanced on of the image in Lightroom and determined it was a Northern Harrier.


Northern Harrier on the HuntNorthern Harrier on the HuntSax-Zim Bog on March 19, 2016

 

One of my favorite areas of the bog is where the Red Willow stands out from the snow.

Red WillowRed WillowSax-Zim Bog on March 19, 2016

 

Red WillowRed WillowSax-Zim Bog on March 19, 2016

On Saturday while I was waiting for the gang to get ready for our evening shoot, I went out side the lodge to capture the Redpolls and Chickadees by the feeders.

Common RedpollCommon RedpollSax-Zim Bog on March 19, 2016


Black-capped ChickadeeBlack-capped ChickadeeSax-Zim Bog on March 19, 2016

 

On our way to find a sunset scene we stopped to photograph a lone deer in the field.  But just a little further was this old shed with nice pines in the background.

Old Shed by the PinesOld Shed by the PinesSax-Zim Bog on March 19, 2016

While back on the road we noticed around 6 deer on the move.   This bald eagle must have been perplexed because it looked like the deer were trying to imitate him.

Bald Eagle soaring aboveBald Eagle soaring aboveSax-Zim Bog on March 19, 2016

Super DoeSuper DoeSax-Zim Bog on March 19, 2016

Super DoeSuper DoeSax-Zim Bog on March 19, 2016

I did not capture any special sunset images but the next morning we got up before sunrise to get in position to capture these beauties about a half mile from the lodge.

Old Barn at SunriseOld Barn at SunriseSax-Zim Bog on March 20, 2016

Sunburst through Old BarnSunburst through Old BarnSax-Zim Bog on March 20, 2016

 

Sunburnt ShedSunburnt ShedSax-Zim Bog on March 20, 2016

Sunday morning on our way out of the bog, we spotted a few Ruffed Grouse eating buds from a tree.

Ruffed GrouseRuffed GrouseSax-Zim Bog on March 20, 2016

On the way home we stopped to capture the raging river below the recently opened Thomson Dam in Carlton, MN.  I experimented with and without my Neutral Density filter.

Raging RiverRaging RiverThomson Dam in Carlton, MN

Raging RiverRaging RiverThomson Dam in Carlton, MN

Raging RiverRaging RiverThomson Dam in Carlton, MN

Raging RiverRaging RiverThomson Dam in Carlton, MN

 

To see full size images go to Sax-Zim Bog.

I hope you enjoyed my blog.  Comments are welcome!


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