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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge – Spring

As most people know, I live in the frozen tundra of the twin cities. As such you might also know that even though the calendar might say it’s spring this week, you sure cannot tell when you look out the window. We had a record-breaking amount of snow this season and, well, it’s still everywhere! At least a foot of it is still on the ground, except for the huge piles in parking lots. But the sun is shining today and I’ve always said “whenever the sun shines in Minnesota, it’s a nice day!” And, temps for the next 10 days are predicted to be above freezing! Whee!! But, enough about that. We’re anxiously awaiting spring and this week’s challenge poses a nice option to engulf myself in photos of spring. Here’s a gallery of some of my favorite spring photos from past years that I hope you will enjoy. My cover photo is the waterfall at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park from last May.

If you would like to jump in or to view others’ posts, do check out Sofia’s post about this week’s challenge.


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Lens-Artists Challenge – Finding Peace

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in photo challenges but since this is the year that I’ve decided to get back to my blog, this seems like the perfect challenge to start with. Following are some things where I find peace.

Our cabin in the north woods of Minnesota is so peaceful and we are treated to fabulous sunsets, as long as it’s not cloudy.

Here’s one that hubby took that I just love, a mixture of clouds with the sunset and some great reflections:

One more sunset from the cabin that I especially like:

I’m always looking for wildlife on my daily walks from spring to fall and I see great blue herons as well as egrets on ponds and lakes near my house. I managed to capture this egret before he flew away.

One other place I find peace is our local conservatory, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul. We always try to take a trip there during winter to get a break from the cold. It’s so nice and warm in there and feels like the tropics. And so many lovely things to photograph! Here are a couple from this winter’s trip.

And while I’m not a big fan of winter, we’ve had some amazing sunrises this season. I will leave you with this image of a sunrise. I feel peaceful whenever I see a great sunrise:

Waiting for spring in the frozen tundra…….


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