Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge










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I forgot to compliment these shots


Excellent work as usual, and welcome back.

The other day I heard that ignorance and apathy are sweeping the country. I didn't know that, but I don't really care.

Nice stuff, Blaise

Bird Dog's picture

Glad you're back.

"Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency."

--Barack Obama, January 2009

Nice shots.

Bernard Guerrero's picture

Seriously.  The 3rd & 6th in particular grab me.


brutusettu's picture

Grass towers above the Minnesota River :)

Hot Damn, Double Hot Damn, I Feel As Though I Am There!


I am very partial to the first 3 and number 6.


Lovely images, nicely processed without the heavy hand that is so easy to apply now.




Thanks for showing us these.


Best Wishes, Traveller


mmghosh's picture

what in your opinion are the best natural history places to visit in the US Southwest?

I'll take a shot as well..

aireachail's picture

Get yourself to Tucson and visit the ASDM.


If you're very lucky, you'll be in that area when a rainstorm develops. The smell of that desert after a rain is just sublime.

I'll take a shot at that


Zion National Park and the Badlands. I think of them both as natural cathedrals.

"I don't want us to descend into a nation of bloggers." - Steve Jobs

The American Southwest has many ecosystems.


I would recommend flying into Phoenix and driving up to Sedona and up to Flagstaff.    From there, the Grand Canyon is an easy drive.    This drive will take you through all the major ecosystems.

Manish, You've Already Seen My Abriviated Southern Utah...




....Arches National Park folder, Here:




I was completely awed by Arches and the small town of Moab, some places just sing to you.


I thought the Grand Canyon a little two grand for my taste, it is big (and the woman I was with refused to go down in and so maybe that was the problem)...but do see Hover Dam and the new Bridge over it in Southern Nevada. Actually, if possible, take the tour into Hover Dam. I've always had a fondness for the desolation of Death Valley....Joshuah Tree in Mid-Eastern California is nice, and an inexpensive stay.


But in truth, I am a "green," guy, trees and forests and thus such, so take me North to Yosemite and Gold Course and Sequoia...that's my kind of place. (which is why I am looking at Northern India, BTW).


Just the crooked-way I am bent.


Raised eyebrows.


The advice regarding Flagstaff and Kingman Arizona was also good.


Best Wishes, Traveller