Saturday, May 8, 2010


From a photographer's perspective, the last few weeks have been a renaissance. With spring's arrival, photo opportunities now seem to be everywhere. The young photographers, who learned to take photos in a brown, defoliated landscape, now look like kids in a candy store as they move their lenses from flower to flower. With lush riverbanks returning, we can finally start focusing on broad, landscape shots of the river. As always, the boys continue to amaze everyone with the photos they are producing. Here are some recent examples:

This striking image of a marsh marigold was taken by Craig, age 13, at Shoen Park Landing on the St. Croix River. A wide aperture was used to create a shallow depth of field, blurring the sparkling river in the background.

Aarin, age 15, found "sweet light" backlighting these newly emerged leaves on the banks of the St. Croix at McDowell Landing.

Trevor, age 15, has mastered slow shutter speed techniques to capture the effect of flowing water. He also used a polarizing filter to reduce glare on the water.

This image was taken about a month ago, but we wanted to be sure to post it. It was taken by Travis, age 16, near McDowell Landing. We were driving down River Road when we spotted the bears and screeched to stop. Although 5 boys were took photos, this was the only sharp image--it was pretty tough to keeps hands steady for this one. Seeing these bears was a truly memorable experience for everyone. One interesting note: the mother bear is missing the hair on her face. We zoomed in on the photo to make sure, and it is not just light-colored hair--she is bald. Has anyone out there seen this before or know what might be the cause?

Chris Stein, superintendent of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, asked us to put together a book of photos to show the leaders of the National Park Foundation when he sees them this month at a meeting in Washington DC. What an honor! Here is the cover of the book. We'd like to thank White House Custom Colour in Eagan, MN for creating an exceptional press-printed book.

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