The Season for Jack-O-Lanterns

One of the local traditions at Minnesota is growing pumpkins. The weight of grown pumpkins can range from less than a pound to over 2,500 pounds to set a record. Sometimes a huge pumpkin (over 2,000 pounds) was lift into air by a crane and drop onto grass at a harvest fest. The people around … Continue reading The Season for Jack-O-Lanterns

Beautiful “Audrey”

Time flys, with blink of eyes we are in October, which means we can say goodbye to summer, and give fall a warm welcome. One of my favorite photography topics in fall is display of various pumpkins. Starting October 01 of each year, there is a huge collection of pumpkins (I was told over 300 … Continue reading Beautiful “Audrey”

Iceland Trip #5 Fairytale at Backyard

While the world was feed up with the news of the Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption near Reykjavik, I remembered a tranquil fairytale word I saw around Akureyri, the capital city of Northern Iceland. The fairytale word is hidden behind a private house, which makes it hard to be noticed. But if you find it, you would … Continue reading Iceland Trip #5 Fairytale at Backyard

What are these Pelicans doing?

I have never stopped to be fascinated by American white pelicans soon after I saw them floating / fishing in lakes or rivers. There is a group of white pelicans gathering near a dam located at Granite Falls during summertime. They relay on fishes to survive there. It is fun to watch their daily activities, … Continue reading What are these Pelicans doing?

Iceland Trip #4 Many, Many Waterfalls

Before I went to Iceland I knew I would see many waterfalls. But I had never expected to see so many waterfalls. The Gullfoss ("Golden Falls") on the Hvítá river was the first one I saw. I was so excited that I snapped as many as possible photos even under strong windy and rainy weather. … Continue reading Iceland Trip #4 Many, Many Waterfalls

Iceland Trip #3 The Ocean of Purple

Soon after we landed at Reykjavík, I was surprised by a large field of lupine in front of airport. Back at home we usually drive for couple of hours to see such a big lupine field, but at Reykjavík and its surroundings the purple flowers are everywhere! In the following days we saw them at … Continue reading Iceland Trip #3 The Ocean of Purple

Iceland Trip #2 Lovely Animals

It surprised me that Icelandic animals have been remaining peace with each other, that is said there are no predators and preys! Those wolfs, bears, polar bears or other carnivores can not survive at Iceland. The only beings who can kill others are human beings who use beaf, lamb, fishes and horses as their supplies … Continue reading Iceland Trip #2 Lovely Animals

Iceland trip #1, Magnificent Landscape

The trip to Iceland was originally schedule in the summer of 2020, was then scheduled in 2021. Both plans were cancelled due to pandemic. In the early summer of 2022, we finally realized the dream of visiting Iceland. Due to the limited time, we only drove from Reykjavík to Akureyri and back along the same … Continue reading Iceland trip #1, Magnificent Landscape

Blooming Peonies

The summer time at Minnesota is always short and precious, the blooming time for peonies is even shorter and more precious! The blooming time for peonies is around two weeks during middle of June. I have photographed the flowers many times over the years, but I have never gotten tired of capturing their beauty. Driving … Continue reading Blooming Peonies

Three Sides of a Big Gobbler

We have been working hard to make our yard animal - friendly. We set couple of hummingbirds' feeds for those tiny angles, installed some small fence lines under the roof convenient for birds to build their nests, put corns and fresh water out for deers, ducks, squirrels and turkeys. since the start of this spring … Continue reading Three Sides of a Big Gobbler