Looking for Autumn

After a weekend in Two Harbors teaching and learning all I could absorb at the Aurora Summit, I took a drive to look for wildlife. Icy, snowy roads on the Gunflint Trail had me turn back for home long before dark. I had heard of a Short-eared owl along the shore, and remembered seeing something hovering untraditionally by one of…

Rhythm of the Night

Photographed September 27, 2017 Bear Island Lake • Babbitt, Minnesota The title should describe something that surpasses the boundaries and limitations of the human body. The discussion began while chatting with a woman who has a deaf sibling. Although I believe I have “heard” the northern lights in some sort of pulse form, it is more of a rhythmic sensation I…

Ely Lights

This image has been in the making for a number of years. It’s surprising how difficult it is to not only get a good display of northern lights with a great landscape, but with a foreground and the northern lights that tells a story. It wasn’t until Tom and moved to northern Minnesota that we even tried to photograph this…

Welcome, Jason Mandich!

Last month, we decided to expand Root River Photography beyond just Tom and Heidi Pinkerton’s images by adding a new photographer into the mix. With stellar images already in his portfolio, Jason brings a new dimension to table. Living along the edge of a bog has provided Jason with endless opportunities to capture the flora and fauna of the area.…

They DO Exist!

An anniversary camping trip to the Gunflint Trail in June had Tom and I photographing moose calf twins with their mom on multiple days. With the moose population on the decline in our area, we were thrilled with each sighting. Even finding tracks on the muddy backroads had our hearts skip a beat with anticipation of coming across the majestic creatures.

Spring in the Boreal Forest

When out after dark on a regular basis, the chances that you’ve heard the call of a Northern Saw-Whet Owl are pretty good. I’ve listened to these elusive owls for years. Of course I didn’t always know what that beep-beep-beep sound was, coming from the woods, but with time and a bit of reading, I learned. It wasn’t until this spring,…