A wild morning

I live near Lebanon Hills Park. Lebanon Hills is an amazing place. I have biked, skied, hiked, kayaked, camped and canoed all just 1-2 miles from my home. It is one of the reasons we moved to this location 5+ years ago. There is this lake that I drive or bike by this lake everyday to work. Every time I go by it, I look out over the lake and take it in. It is part of just about everyday. The other day while looking out over the lake, I saw something I had not seen before. I saw what looked like some 4 legged small animal crossing the ice. I see birds and geese frequently. So, I turned into the lot and ran down by the water & ice to see if I could see what was going on.

Shooting through the cat tails with a 6MP Konica Minolta 7D with 70-210 f4.


Here is the same shot cropped with some sharpening and noise reduction. This is where you see the limitations of the 6MP of the Konica Minolta 7D sensor. Still pretty cool though.

What I saw appeared to be a mink dragging a muskrat across the ice. Crazy. I watched it for a bit, snapped a few pics and then he watched me. We watched each other for a bit and then he grabbed the dead muskrat by his neck and dragged him back across the frozen ice. So cool!

I also took the opportunity to shoot the sunrise. I had my old Konica Minolta 7D with me. I’ve been carrying this in my car a lot lately and am really enjoying using it. Here are a couple of sunrise pics I liked enough to share. I gotta say again that the images have a wonderful feel considering this is a camera from 2005.

This is why I carry my camera with me all the time. You never know what you might see or what you might get. It also doesn’t matter what camera you carry, just carry something.

One last note – The woodtick season has begun. I got my first tick of the season down shooting these photos. Watch out Minnesotans, I think it’s going to be a heavy tick season.

One thought on “A wild morning

  1. That’s so cool! I didn’t know there were minks there in the Twin Cities area.

    I agree with you about always having a camera along. I don’t always have a DSLR with me, as I don’t always feel like lugging that around, but I at least always have my trusty point-n-shoot – which I’ve got some amazing great pictures from – with me. I just toss it in my laptop bag when I go to work, and in my jacket pocket if I go out for a walk or something.

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