An Evening Drive (Original Photography)


Howdy,

A couple weeks ago, I started a new job. Because the state park closes the "Minnesota Safari" earlier in the winter, I haven't had as many opportunities to see them. Fortunately, I am able to flex my hours. Last week, I arranged my schedule so I could leave at 2:30 on Friday an made it to the park about a half hour before the gates closed.

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The herd wasn't exactly close to the road, but close enough to get some full-body portraits with the 200mm lens. They were in a little stand of trees, so I had to be a little patient and move my vehicle a couple times to get them in the right spot.

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This old, ruined windmill stands guard, watching over the bison. Most of the snow from last week is gone, now, but the scene still looks a little bleak. While I was still trying to get a couple photos of the bison, the ranger came through. It was after 3:30, which is when they close. I have a good rapport with the ranger. She probbably would have let me stay longer, but i didn't want to inconvenience her. Instead, I headed out to the gravel roads.

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I don't usually take sunset photos unless they include an interesting focal point, but the clouds and light over this field were interesting. There weren't any tractors left in the fields, this time. It has been a tough year for farmers, but not as bad as in the west side of the state. There, farmers were unable to harvest a large percentage of their sugar beets. Frigid temperatures came early and froze the ground. In some cases, farmers lost up to 40% of their harvest.

Here in corn and soy country, most of the crop seems to have been harvested in time. The recent wet weather will mean running crop driers, though.

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It's not a tractor, but this thing looks wicked. Note to self: no napping in the field.

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I'm hoping to get out and take some more interesting photos this weekend. The sun is finally out and I'm soaking it up. With sun streaming across my screen, too, I apologize in advance for any typos!

Thank you for taking a look! If you enjoy my work, please click the upvote button. Comments are also greatly appreciated.

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Comments 9


Have a !BEER in the meantime :)

16.11.2019 17:23
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16.11.2019 17:23
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Howdy fotosdenada, love the mood from your "Lame Sunset picture" even if its cloudy, the only thing what´s missing is the Bison on it ;)

sunny greetings from your beloved Andalusia

Don Thomas

17.11.2019 15:32
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Unfortuantely, the bison don't have free run of the farm fields :-)

19.11.2019 02:55
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I love those photos sir fotosdenada! That first one with the Bison, wow, love that beast. All the rest were great too. Yeah that tool with the little spikes on it is hell on small animals, I used to see some get caught by them occasionally.

19.11.2019 05:02
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Thanks! Wouldn't want to see a critter get caught by that thing, though. That sounds nasty.

21.11.2019 03:35
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Yes sir it's a bloody mess, I always felt bad when a bunny would be startled and dash out in front of it.

21.11.2019 17:37
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Glad to hear that you got out of work while there was still some daylight left! These are all great photos. Is that farm implement called a chisel plow? It looks like it would do the job on grinding up some of the corn stalks. That is a really wonderful Sky shot, and of course I love the bison!

19.11.2019 13:07
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Thanks! I've arranged my schedule to get off early most Fridays, which should be nice. I'm not sure what they call that one, but chisel plow sounds pretty accurate. You could see where they had gone with it already by the streaks of rich, dark soil.

21.11.2019 03:33
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