April 30, 2009 - Meanwhile, back at the creek...

Just time to post a few before I go into info overload...

I stopped at the "Mill Ruins" near the Stone Arch Bridge in downtown Minneapolis with the 10.5mm  fish-eye lens I had rented and shot a couple before turning it back in.

I love the female Wood Ducks! I think they're even prettier than the males. So subtle, yet dynamic somehow. They are always so skittish though. We are seeing a lot of them along the creek this year, seems like more than in past years. I hope it's due to our working with the Parks Department to install and maintain more boxes. They are so cool to watch.

And of course, Mr. Showboat, the male Wood Duck. Glitter rock-star that he is, what can you say. Sort of the Rick Derringer of his domain. Do you need batteries for that get-up...?

April 29, 2009 - Long Lake Photo Retreat - Spring 2009

It's been a crazy busy and emotional time around here lately. 
Our 20-year-old cat and best friend Pearl developed some issues last Thursday that made me realize it might be time to seriously consider her quality of life. After a short vet visit, she was put down. Things happen so fast and with such finality sometimes. It was a very sad and emotional time for us, but I'm glad I could be there with her at the end. She was a true friend to me since she was a week old, and to Sharon for over ten years.
The next day I left for Aitkin, MN to teach at the LLCC Photo Retreat, and between that, working evenings at Springbrook, and a million other things, it's been a time of catching up, sorting things out, sifting.
Here are some photos from the retreat, the weather defied all weather predictions and gave us everything we wanted. It's such a beautiful area and facility, it was a good place to both sit and think, and be with people that shared the same interests as I do.
The spring creatures are arriving, coming out, and waking up. 
The call of the loons was unforgettable.
I rented a couple lenses I had never shot before for the weekend; a 300mm/f 2.8 telephoto with a 2x teleconverter, and a very surreal 10.5mm/f2.8 fish-eye.
Here's some of the results.
More later.