A collection of my personal favorite photographs taken mainly in Northern Minnesota.

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  • Until Next Time

    A Great Gray Owl flies from its hunting perch to retreat deep in the woods to roost.

  • Final Take Off

    As the winter season winds down in Northern Minnesota, this may be the last Great Gray Owl take off that I see until next winter season.

  • Successful Hunt

    With only a bit of light left in the day, I was absolutely thrilled to find this owl hunting along the road. I was able to watch the owl have four successful hunts in less than an hour.

  • Snowy Sunday

    A Great Gray Owl leaps off a snow and ice covered perch in search of its next meal.

  • Almost Wasn't

    After the owl flew to this perch, I almost didn't take a photo as I wasn't a fan of the very bright background. I decided to snap a few photos, and I was very surprised to see the vibrant background when it was properly exposed.

  • Backlit Beyond Belief

    This is an image I am incredibly proud of. This image hasn't been cropped at all, and you can see I just barely managed to take the photo before the wing tips were clipped. Once in a life time shot.

  • Ready to Slay

    A Great Gray Owl prepares to face plant into the snow in search of its next meal.

  • Great Gray Owl in High Key

    A high key black & white edit of a Great Gray Owl descending upon its prey.

  • Warm Sunlight on a Cold Winter's Day

    This is probably one of my favorite Great Gray Owl photos I've taken. The hovering wing position, the talons & fluffy legs, and the gap in primary feathers revealing the eye.

  • Simple

    Kept things clean with a black and white edit of this close cropped Great Gray Owl.

  • Tree Topper 2.0

    My wife spotted this Great Gray Owl on top of a very short tree that was on the side of a hill. I was able to climb the hill and eventually get a vantage point where I was looking eye level with the bird - which is something that does not happen often.

  • Focused Hunter

    As heavy snow begins to fall, this Great Gray Owl focuses its facial disc towards its intended prey.

  • No Passing Zone

    This Great Gray Owl isn't handing out warnings.

  • Surprise Fly By

    I was blessed with a close encounter flight shot, as this Great Gray Owl buzzed right by me as it ascended to its next hunting perch.

  • Blurred Snow

    Great Gray Owl hunting during a snow storm. I used a slow shutter speed of 1/60th second to show the motion of the snow.

  • Snowy Morning

    I was able to watch this Great Gray Owl hunt for several hours during an mid-morning January snow storm.

  • Vole Stare

    A Great Gray Owl focuses its attention as it begins to zero in on its pray.

  • Sitting Down for Supper

    A Great Gray Owl takes a long pause after catching its prey. You can't see it, but there is a vole clenched tightly in its talons.

  • Turn Around

    There's nothing to see here.

  • Fluffy Legs

    It's not often that you get to see owl legs, so when a Great Gray Owl presents their legs to you, you must take a photo.

  • Up Close and Personal

    As I was watching this owl hunt from a distance, it suddenly got curious about me and landed on a perch close by to get a closer look at me.

  • On the Forest Floor

    A Pileated Woodpecker hopping on the forest floor pauses just long enough to capture this photograph.

  • Hole in my Heart

    An Eastern Screech Owl (red phase) peaks out of its nesting cavity for a couple minutes just after the sun had set. The nearby street lamps provide just enough light to capture this image.

  • Bog Bunny

    I was lucky enough to find this very cooperative Snowshoe Hare along a popular boardwalk in the Sax Zim Bog.

  • Mors Ab Alto

    Latin for "death from above", Mors Ab Alto makes the perfect title for this image, as this Great Gray Owl dives from its perch to grab its prey.

  • Blending In

    A Great Gray Owl blending in with its environment.

  • Hidden Among the Trees

    This male Barred Owl takes a nap within a couple hundred feet from its mate as she sits on top of this years clutch.

  • Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

    In April of 2020, I spent 11 hours at a Great Egret rookery in West-Central Minnesota photographing and observing behaviors. I am always struck by their beautiful plumes.

  • Glowing Norways

    A Great Gray Owl dances as the setting sun makes the Norway Pines glow.

  • The Perfect Perch

    After waiting several months, I finally saw a Great Gray Owl land and what I call "the Perfect Perch".

  • Orchestrated Move

    The setting sun provides a great backdrop for this beautifully back-lit Great Gray Owl.

  • Setting Sun

    Just as the sun falls beneath the horizon, the sky turns a bright orange for only a few minutes, creating this fiery background.

  • Evening Sentinel

    A Great Gray Owl perches with a beautiful background for a short amount of time as the sun begins to set.

  • Out on a Limb

    I wasn't expecting to find much wildlife out on this windy day and was pleasantly surprised to find this Great Gray Owl clinging onto this branch as wind gusts made it nearly impossible for it to hunt.

  • Soaring in the Snow

    A Great Gray Owl soars in the snow as it chooses its next perch to hunt from.

  • Landing Gear

    A Great Gray Owl stretches out its legs as it prepares to land on a perch.

  • Big Flakes

    Nothing is more magical than photographing a Great Gray Owl while it is snowing. This trip blessed us with multiple hours of snow, including 10 minutes of these amazing fluffy flakes.

  • Lucky Shot

    A little bit of skill and a lot of luck lead to this completely un-cropped photo of a Great Gray Owl in flight.

  • One time Visitor

    After seeing this Northern Hawk Owl perched on the highest trees for several weeks, I had given up on thinking I was going to have a photo opportunity. One early morning I was quite surprised to turn around and have this visitor within 30 feet from where I was standing.

  • Standing Tall

    After picturing this shot in my head for several weeks, a Great Gray Owl finally flew across the road and landed on the perfect branch. This is my all-time favorite photograph.

  • Tree Topper

    Just as blue hour began, this Great Gray Owl perched at the top of a snow covered tree.

  • Pelican Up Close

    A tight head shot of one of North America's largest birds, the American White Pelican.

  • Loons in Love

    Quite smitten, this Common Loon shakes off excess water after dunking its head under water several times.

  • Locking Eyes

    A pair of courting Common Loons locking eyes as the sun begins to set and the surrounding trees begin to reflect on the glassy surface of the water.

  • Curious Claws

    My first encounter with an American Pine Marten was special, as it got extremely close as it was curious as to what we were up to.

  • Snowy Bale

    A Snowy Owls rests on top of a snow-covered straw bale with a frigid hoarfrost background.

  • Red Sky at Morning

    Knowing poor weather was on the way, I made sure to get on the lake early enough to capture what ended up being the most magical sunrise I have ever seen in my life.

  • Mama Merganser + 76

    Shortly after Mama Merganser began going viral, I was able to take this photograph showing her with 76 young ones.

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