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hobbydog
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03/01/2019 09:54AM
These were taken by the bridge between McFarland and Little John. We were camped there and I was up early with my camera as I often do, As I approached the bridge I saw a fox and snapped a couple of shots and she took off. I sat down at the bridge to enjoy my donut and coffee and some early morning sun. Soon the fox returned. She would grab a turtle egg and take off, return 5 minutes later for another one. This went on for an hour. She knew I was there and was cautious, and each time I moved to a different vantage point she would stop and study me, each time I got closer to the eggs. I eventually got down by the water where she had to come within about 10 feet. She stared at me for a long time before she decided grab another one. I called this "The morning I had breakfast with a fox".

 
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MHS67
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03/01/2019 01:21PM
Good story! She sure is watching you in that last picture.
 
ozarkpaddler
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03/02/2019 08:06AM
Nice! My wife saw one in our yard the other day. She saw a fox and a bobcat in one week....both times while I was sleeping after working nights.

Well, I'll go with the wildlife theme also. Here's an otter family that lived on a certain stretch of the Current River until the historic flood two years ago. I would see them almost every time I paddled by the spot.
 
hobbydog
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03/02/2019 07:19PM

The rookery

 
Banksiana
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03/02/2019 09:09PM
Weasel (least) Fleet

 
ozarkpaddler
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03/03/2019 09:56AM
Banksiana: "Weasel (least) Fleet


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WOW, never seen more than a pair at once!
 
Banksiana
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03/03/2019 10:17AM
There were six of them. Photo was taken in the middle of a lake that was 1/2 mile wide at that point. I heard the splashing when they entered the water but couldn't figure out what it was in the water. Paddled out to see.

In the course of taking photos (through SLR and relatively short (80mm) lens) I looked over the camera to see how close I was (too close), they turned and screamed and started toward the canoe, it was then I saw the sixth weasel to the rear trying to flank me. If they would have boarded it would have been over.
 
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03/03/2019 08:07PM








Watched these guys cavorting around for a bit on the portage between Fourtown and Boot before they spotted me and vamoosed.
 
ozarkpaddler
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03/03/2019 11:40PM
Love minks, see a lot of them on the Current River, but NEVER a "Fleet" like Banksiana's!

 
Banksiana
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03/04/2019 01:40AM
Those are Least Weasels, about 6 to 8 inches long, about the width of a mouse. Tiny but terrifying when they bare their fangs, shriek and charge.
 
Mocha
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03/04/2019 05:48PM
 
hobbydog
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03/05/2019 06:40PM
One of my favorite wildflowers. Fringed Gentian

 
lindylair
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03/06/2019 06:13AM




Bottle Gentian
 
lindylair
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03/06/2019 11:11AM
 
hobbydog
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03/06/2019 07:12PM
 
lindylair
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03/07/2019 05:35AM
 
ozarkpaddler
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03/07/2019 12:13PM
lindylair: " "





One of my favorite birds, loved listening and watching them when we've paddled the Wisconsin River.

Here's another bird I'm very fond of:
 
Mocha
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03/07/2019 07:17PM
 
hobbydog
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03/07/2019 08:08PM
 
lindylair
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03/08/2019 05:25AM
 
Mocha
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03/08/2019 06:09PM
 
lindylair
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03/08/2019 06:28PM
Nice sharp bird shots ozark and hobbydog, very well done...Mocha that looks awfully tasty.







Here's a fond memory...Shore lunch, Northern Saskatchewan
 
ozarkpaddler
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03/09/2019 06:11AM
I had some really good Raspberry and pancake pics that I lost when I changed computers. Here's my version of "Fish & Chips;" I slice fillets of walleye or northern pike into small nuggets. Put the fillets in a Ziplock bag with Martha White (my preference) hushpuppy mix. Fry some fresh onion (the one fresh vegetable that ALWAYS goes in the food pack) and after a few minutes add fish. Something about the onion and fish cooked together makes them both REALLY tasty!
 
hobbydog
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03/09/2019 11:05AM
 
Mocha
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03/09/2019 11:31AM

nothing better than jiffy pop out in the woods! my paddle partner, Bonnie, is the popcorn chef.
 
Banksiana
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03/09/2019 04:34PM
 
ozarkpaddler
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03/09/2019 06:38PM
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Now THAT is a Blueberry pancake! Here's you some more Blueberries for more pancakes:
 
lindylair
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03/09/2019 06:39PM
 
mooseplums
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03/11/2019 02:21PM
One of my more regular visitors 3/8/19

 
mooseplums
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03/11/2019 02:23PM
Bacon wrapped Laker fillets


 
lindylair
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03/12/2019 05:13PM
 
mooseplums
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03/13/2019 04:56AM
Looks like Spiderwort. We have some of that growing wild in one of our flower beds
lindylair: " "
 
lindylair
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03/13/2019 12:04PM
 
lindylair
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03/15/2019 04:11PM
 
ozarkpaddler
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03/16/2019 10:06AM
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WOW! That is probably the best bird picture, ANY bird picture I've ever seen?
 
ozarkpaddler
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03/16/2019 10:07AM
How about a couple from the Current River yesterday? Welch Spring and Medlock Spring. Welch is the one with the old hospital building:

 
hobbydog
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03/16/2019 12:50PM
 
SaganagaJoe
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03/16/2019 02:31PM
It's been a while. I've been busy!



Oh do I want to get up to the cabin again soon.
 
lindylair
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03/16/2019 06:14PM
hd, nice shot. I should know this but I don't...What is that bird? Looks like a sandpiper on steroids.
 
lindylair
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03/16/2019 06:17PM
ozark, thanks...I always think he is about to say "Who Me?"

I have a few more shots of this very photogenic bird:











 
hobbydog
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03/16/2019 07:31PM
lindylair: "hd, nice shot. I should know this but I don't...What is that bird? Looks like a sandpiper on steroids. " It is a Godwit.
 
SaganagaJoe
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03/17/2019 04:58AM
 
hobbydog
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03/17/2019 09:02AM
Portage Brook Falls. These are hidden just off the Arrowhead Trail.

 
SaganagaJoe
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03/18/2019 04:21PM


This was a wonderful evening up at the cabin paddling with Grandpa.
 
hobbydog
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03/19/2019 06:24PM
A view from my canoe.....somewhere in Woodland Caribou.

 
ozarkpaddler
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03/19/2019 06:37PM
hobbydog: "lindylair: "hd, nice shot. I should know this but I don't...What is that bird? Looks like a sandpiper on steroids. " It is a Godwit. "

MORE beautiful shots Lindy!
 
ozarkpaddler
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03/19/2019 06:38PM
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Where is this, Joe? GORGEOUS!
 
lindylair
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03/19/2019 07:18PM
I absolutely love a good BWCA shot with glass calm water and sunrise or sunset colors, islands, points and all the beauty of the northwoods. But in some respects they just don't compete with some of Sag Joe's amazing shots from the Pacific Northwest. Just imagine the BWCA surrounded by the Cascades or Rocky Mountains, whoa there would be some crazy photos!!
 
lindylair
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03/19/2019 07:25PM








Views from our remote backpack campsite at Kathio State Park - one of our favorite fall camping spots
 
ozarkpaddler
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03/20/2019 09:17AM
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Views from our remote backpack campsite at Kathio State Park - one of our favorite fall camping spots"


Beautiful, Lindy, BEAUTIFUL!
 
SaganagaJoe
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03/20/2019 02:34PM
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Where is this, Joe? GORGEOUS!"


This is in Mt. Rainier National Park, not too far from Crystal Mountain ski resort.
 
SaganagaJoe
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03/20/2019 02:34PM
lindylair: "I absolutely love a good BWCA shot with glass calm water and sunrise or sunset colors, islands, points and all the beauty of the northwoods. But in some respects they just don't compete with some of Sag Joe's amazing shots from the Pacific Northwest. Just imagine the BWCA surrounded by the Cascades or Rocky Mountains, whoa there would be some crazy photos!!"

Well shucks.....appreciate the kind words. I was blessed to have some wonderful hiking experiences out in Washington when I lived there (I've been in MN for over a year now). Western Washington is a wonderful place to live as far as access to world class hiking. Where I lived I was 2 hours from Mt. Rainier, 1.5 from Snoqualmie Pass, 2 from Olympic, probably 3 from St. Helens, and 1.5-4 from the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. And the rain is not nearly as bad as some people think it is. But the area is extremely congested and expensive to live in. If I were to go back I'd probably live in Idaho or eastern Washington.

 
SaganagaJoe
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03/20/2019 02:38PM


Here is a photo from the same trip of Mt. Rainier.
 
SaganagaJoe
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03/21/2019 03:39PM


Gem Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Anyone who is in visiting Seattle and wants to see a gorgeous spot with relatively easy accessibility should go visit the Snow Lake trail, about an hour away from Seattle right off I-90 at the top of Snoqualmie Pass. Some elevation gain and it is crowded on any good day, but the scenery is stunning and you won't bust your car to get there.

Gem Lake is off that trail and is about an 11 mile roundtrip from the trail head.
 
ozarkpaddler
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03/21/2019 07:02PM
BEAUTIFUL pics Joe, it is indeed "Gem" lake, huh?
Here's a couple nice pics from the river today. Saw 6 different otters, but they didn't want their pictures taken (LOL)!
 
SaganagaJoe
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03/22/2019 06:14AM
Terry, how far are you from the river? I do love when I can get up to the Boundary Waters or the Cascades, but the problem I find is that I don't get outside in that way as much when I can't just walk out my back door or drive 5-20 minutes. Most weekends right now are busy with school, church, and catching up from the week before and I have to deliberately carve out time if I want to hike.

 
SaganagaJoe
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03/22/2019 06:16AM


Here's a throw back to our Saganaga Lake base camp trip in 2014. It was chilly this morning but the water was dead calm and the rising sun on the trees was incredible.
 
Mocha
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03/22/2019 04:34PM

just love watching the birdies out my windows. been out driving around the country side gravel roads where the MN river has flooded and have seen a LOT of eagles all in one area. can't get close enough for a decent photo, but was able to zoom in on this one

 
MHS67
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03/22/2019 08:31PM
I think spring is here!
 
lindylair
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03/23/2019 04:41AM
 
SaganagaJoe
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03/23/2019 05:58PM


Spring in my old stomping grounds in WA from a few years ago. This was a great spot.
 
Mocha
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03/23/2019 07:01PM

pheasant looking for some spring foods
 
lindylair
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03/23/2019 07:13PM




One of the spots where I spend my annual spring trout fishing trip in SE MN. Beautiful area, peaceful, incredible birding and productive fishing!!
 
ozarkpaddler
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03/24/2019 08:14AM
I don't know what happened to my original post, but Joe, here are the rivers from closest to furthest. The St. Francis is a few miles away and the North Fork and Bryant Creek almost 3 hrs. Current, Jack's and Eleven Point are 45 minutes to 2 hrs, depending on the section.

St. Francis:






Big Creek:






Current:






Jack's Fork:






Eleven Point:






North Fork:




Bryant Creek:
 
SaganagaJoe
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03/24/2019 03:27PM
Stunning scenery. Thanks.
 
Mocha
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03/25/2019 07:54PM
 
hobbydog
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03/27/2019 06:09PM
 
lindylair
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03/28/2019 04:40AM
 
03/28/2019 08:31AM
Nice capture of a Wood Duck brood!
 
03/28/2019 08:35AM
hobbydog: " "
What are these?
 
ozarkpaddler
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03/28/2019 09:22AM
Ausable: "hobbydog: " "
What are these?"





Looks like Merganser chicks to me?
 
hobbydog
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03/28/2019 04:22PM
ozarkpaddler: "Ausable: "hobbydog: " "
What are these?"


Looks like Merganser chicks to me?"


Yep, Hooded Mergansers.

 
03/29/2019 08:47AM
I just scrolled through the entire month... wow, nice job everyone!

Here's a grouse behind camp on SA Knife last May... not great lighting conditions, but that's the way it goes...
 
ozarkpaddler
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03/29/2019 11:21AM
First pics of the first flowering tree of the year, the Serviceberry:

 
03/29/2019 11:46AM
ozarkpaddler: "First pics of the first flowering tree of the year, the Serviceberry:


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Very nice Terry! You are way ahead of us, nothing blooming at my place yet.
 
lindylair
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03/29/2019 07:35PM
Gary, glad you stopped in, we need your input to set the bar high and keep us motivated:)





 
SaganagaJoe
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03/30/2019 07:48AM
Ausable: "Nice capture of a Wood Duck brood!"

Wood Ducks are hard to spot sometimes - they are very skittish. Well done and a great shout Lindy.
 
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