Tamarac Wildlife Refuge

Rochert, Minnesota.

On many occasions, we’ve traveled on Minnesota Highway 34 between Detroit Lakes and Itasca. About 8 miles (13 km) east of Detroit Lakes, a sign points north marking the way to the Tamarack Wildlife Refuge. There have been many times we’d like to head in that direction, but we were always on the way to somewhere else. Continue reading


Cellpic Sunday – 7 January 2018

Horace, North Dakota.

On Christmas Day, we were visiting with family and friends at their home in Horace. As sunset approached, I saw that the sun was casting a golden glow on the snow. It was about 8 below zero F. (-22 C.) at 4 PM, about the time when this photo was captured. Though cold, at least the wind was light. The bonus was that I didn’t have to go outside to capture the image. Their view of the sunset from the living room is as good as it gets. Continue reading

San Antonio River Walk – The American Venice

San Antonio, Texas.

The San Antonio River, named in 1691, and the city of San Antonio have been intertwined for centuries. The first bridge across the river at San Antonio connected the Presidio, a Spanish fort built in 1716, to the Mission San Antonio in 1736. Over the centuries, the population growth of the city created flooding issues on a regular basis. By the 1920s, flood control was a major concern and in 1926, a bypass channel was created. You can read more about the River Walk’s early history from a timeline published here. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 31 December 2017

Buckeye, Arizona.

New Year’s Eve 2017. If you are reading this, we are back in Buckeye after our short trip home to Fargo for Christmas with family. I am actually creating this post on our first full day back in Fargo. The temperature right now is 6 degrees F. I am looking forward to heading south again to capture more of those glorious Arizona sunsets. The post is scheduled to automatically publish on New Year’s Eve. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 17 December 2017

Bryce Canyon, Utah.

From my newly rediscovered collection of pictures taken with a cellphone I no longer use, there were several shots taken on our travels through Utah in October 2013. This view of Bryce Canyon was captured just after sunrise and a surprise first snowfall of the year. The bad news for us is that due to the large amount of snow, the park was closed to traffic on the main road. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Ascend

Buckeye, Arizona.

This week, Krista Stevens asks us to share interpretations of upward movement. You can view Krista’s example here. My original thought was of the many images I’ve captured featuring the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron. Certainly I have an entire gallery of images depicting vertical ascents. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 10 December 2017

Arches National Park, Utah.

Last weekend I spent way too much time looking for a couple of photos I knew I’d taken and were somewhere on a hard drive along with my other thousands of photographs. I’ve been using Lightroom for both photo processing and as an image catalog for many years, and I have taken great pride in keeping track of my image collection. I was frustrated that I couldn’t find the original images for a post I’d made on my blog quite some time ago. I wanted to find the original to apply a new processing technique from what I know I would have done to the image for that post awhile back. Continue reading