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Fair weather fowl This is a great time of year for people who love to watch birds. Migrants are back for the summer, busy with the task of raising the next generation — breeding, nesting and caring for their young. With some species, at least part of that activity is easy to see. Other species are more secretive, making a glimpse of their lives all the more special. Photos by Steve Kuchera / firstname.lastname@example.org
Late-blooming spring A lot of people are wondering if winter will ever end this year. A lot grumbled about last weekend's snow and wind. But signs of spring are everywhere. Open water is beginning to appear on area streams and rivers. Feathered summer residents are returning. Plants are waking up from their winter rest: Buds are opening, flowering plants are sending up green stems in protected areas; a few plants even have flowers blooming already. The annual shift from winter to spring might be a little late and slow this year, but it's happening.
An excavator operator sorts materials in front of the Morgan Park school building Wednesday morning after part of the building was demolished. Demolition of the 102-year-old building recently resumed as developer Aaron Schweiger proceeds with plans for a new housing development on the site.
In snow and solitude Winter camping isn't for everyone, which is just fine. Solitude is, for me, one of the attractions of snowshoeing across frozen lakes to set up camp in the snow. Areas that might contain several canoe parties during the summer may be yours alone during the winter. And there are no bugs to contend with. Photos by Steve Kuchera / email@example.com
One of my favorite work assignments is going up in a light plane to photograph a subject from an eagle's prospective. Earlier this month, I was in the air over Duluth to get photos of several different buildings. Each location required at least two passes to ensure I captured the images I needed. As we looped around to line up for the next pass, we flew over either the lake or the harbor. The different views of ice and water beneath the plane caught my eye, and I couldn't resist blowing through a lot of pixels to capture the sight.
The Beargrease Cutest Puppy Contest was Saturday at Fitger's Brewery Complex in Duluth. Gus, an easy-going Alaskan malamute, took first place 37 dogs entered.
In this land of hockey, many young players first take the ice on outdoor rinks run by volunteers. There are numerous outdoor ice rinks around the Northland, but the ones I notice most are a few blocks from my home in Morgan Park, three hockey and one pleasure rink maintained by Gary Morgan Park Hockey. With temperatures dropping, volunteers from the organization recently began the process of turning bare ground into good ice, putting in long hours in the cold.