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Minnesota Black Bears

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Posted March 21, 2018

Location: Shute Wildlife Sanctuary
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The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, operating as the American Bear Association, is located approximately two hours northwest of Duluth, and approximately thirty minutes from OrrĀ less than 50 miles from Minnesota's northern border with Canada.   .... Read More


Yellowstone Bison

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Posted February 9, 2018

Location: Yellowstone
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The Yellowstone Park bison herd in Yellowstone National Park is probably the oldest and largest public bison herd in the United States. Yellowstone is known for its geothermal activity and large mammals, especially elk, wolves, American bison, bears, pronghorns, moose and bighorn sheep. The Yellowstone Park bison herd was estimated in 2015 to be 4,900 bison. The bison in the Yellowstone Park bison herd are American bison of the Plains bison subspecies. Yellowst  .... Read More


Yellowstone Bear Encounter

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Posted January 18, 2018

Location: Wyoming, Yellowstone
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During our visit to Yellowstone we were blessed to see bears on three separate occasions, one of which was much closer than we could have expected.  As you can see, the first picture was from over 100 yards.  After the camera clicked, the bear heard the noise and clearly caught a scent.  He came close to check me out - but changed his mind after all when he was about 100 feet away. The gallery below captures the entire event, from the time the bear first headed my way to the time   .... Read More


Yellowstone Geothermal

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Posted January 13, 2018

Location: Wyoming, Yellowstone
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The geothermal areas of Yellowstone include several geyser basins in Yellowstone National Park as well as other geothermal features such as hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles. The number of thermal features in Yellowstone is estimated at 10,000. A study that was completed in 2011 found that a total of 1,283 geysers have erupted in Yellowstone, 465 of which are active during an average year. These are distributed among nine geyser basins, with a few geysers found in smaller thermal areas  .... Read More


State Forest State Park

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Posted July 18, 2017

Location: Colorado, State Forest State Park
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State Forest State Park near Walden, Colorado, is one of the most amazing creations of natural beauty in North America. In the ultimate rugged Colorado, State Forest State Park offers visitors 71,000 acres of forest, jagged peaks, alpine lakes, wildlife and miles of trails. The park stretches along the west side of the Medicine Bow Mountains and into the north end of the Never Summer Range.  In all this vast space, the park offers barely over 150 campsites, which means that you will see mu  .... Read More


Lake Agnes

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Posted May 18, 2017

Location: Colorado, State Forest State Park
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Rose and I attended State Forest State Park near Walden, Colorado, for the first time in 2016.  What we found was an amazing treasure of untouched wilderness, mountain lakes, rocky peaks, and wildlife beyond our imagination. Lake Agnes stands as the first mountain lake we have visited.  Lake Agnes is an alpine lake in the Colorado State Forest State Park occurring within the Never Summer Mountain Range. The lake lies within glacial tarn surrounded by a cirque consisting of Nokhu Crags  .... Read More


Hiking Season 2017 Begins

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Posted April 8, 2017

Location: Iowa, Palisades Kepler State Park
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Hiking season kicked in full gear with temperatures warming in Iowa. Rose and I ventured down to Palisades-Kepler State Park near Mount Vernon, Iowa. To say that the wildlife was active would be an understatement. Park Background: Palisades Kepler State Park In the late 1890s, James Sherman Minott acquired 160 acres of timberland on the Cedar River and built a spacious inn for the accommodation of visitors. He also established a boat rental and sold lots for the building of summer cot  .... Read More


Pelican Lake: August Sunrise

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Posted January 2, 2017

Location: Minnesota, Pelican Lake
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Today, as we begin another cold January in the Midwest, I took a photo journey to August, 2013, in Northern Minnesota.  The family was staying on Pelican Lake, only about 50 miles from the boundary waters with Canada.  We were staying in the cabins at Grey Wolf Lodge, where visitors always feel welcome and at home. Early one morning, as I accompanied the boys out to the dock  .... Read More


Trail Ridge Road

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Posted September 30, 2016

Location: Colorado, Grand Teton National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Wyoming, Yellowstone
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Adventures into the wild take us to the most extraordinary places. You will find narrative and photo records of our adventures on our blog. We look forward to your input on the blog articles as we are constantly tracking wildlife sightings across North America. Our first family trip into the wilderness was in 2012.  We visited Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore, and the Badlands.  In all, the trip was amazing! The photo   .... Read More