National Dog Day

This is my lovable companion and rescue dog, Emmet.

Happy National Dog Day!



Stone Stairway

“The vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.”

~ Vince Havner (1901-1986), American Baptist preacher

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These beautiful old stone steps are found at Jay Cooke State Park in Carlton, Minnesota.

Juvenile Sandhill Crane

“Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty.  It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.  The quality of cranes lies, I think, in this higher gamut, as yet beyond the reach of words.”

~ Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There


I was startled to come upon this juvenile Sandhill Crane standing alone in a clearing.  No doubt the parents had taken cover by hiding among the trees in the background.


“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.”

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), Poet

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A lone Great Egret at twilight, patiently on the hunt for frogs or fish in a Minnesota wetland.  I sat by myself on the shore and quietly watched this graceful bird.