The onion river and one of it’s many waterfalls.

The onion river is well known to those that frequent the north shore, but often overlooked by those that only visit once in a while. There is a trail the follows alongside the river and it provides a great view, the best way to experience this river is to get your feet wet and walk up it. There are numerous waterfalls to be found and the river narrows considerably further up the river. I typically follow the river until I reach a ATV/Snowmobile bridge and then take the trail back to my car. On the way back make sure to stop at the overlooks and take in the views from above.

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A spring lightning Storm in Coon Rapids

While I was cleaning up in the kitchen, my wife came in and said that it was really going off outside. I had read that it was supposed to develop south of the cities, but I was caught off guard to see brilliant lightning just northeast of my neighborhood. There was no time to drive to a better location, so I opted to just shoot photos from an open space near my home. This photo was from earlier in the session and it had continued to build while I was out there. I, however, made a complete beginner mistake and didn’t place my umbrella correctly. This resulted in hundreds of photos with covered in rain drops on my lens element. We fail, we learn, we get better. . . Right?

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Winter weekend at the cabin

I was going through some drone footage from this winter and found some that I shot on a trip to the family cabin in late March. The clips are only about 12 hours apart in timing, but couldn’t be more different in conditions.

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My 4 year old Son joined me on this sunset shoot.

My wife is in grad school and has a never ending stream of work to get done. My son, Callan, is four years old and has a never ending amount of energy. On Sunday, those two facts were not compatible. The solution was to include him on a sunset shoot at a local lake. I figured he would stomp around in the mud, so he came prepared with rubber boots and old clothing. He did enjoy the beach, but then decided to push his luck by going too far into the water. The fact that he was up to his waist in water did not seem to phase him one bit, but considering ice out was only a couple weeks back, I opted to be a good father and take advantage of the spare clothing we keep tucked in the van. I still wanted to get a sunset photo, so I decided to promote Callan to “shutter release operator.” He was thrilled about the job promotion and I was relieved to see him stay dry (we only had one spare set of clothing.) Here are a couple of the photos we captured that night and the “shutter release operator” ready to take more photos.

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