We found these tracks in the snow on a recent snowshoe hike in the woods with my brother. Any guesses on what happened here? ….. I am quite sure these are grouse tracks, as we often flush these birds out of this area. What I am not sure about is whether the grouse was taking off or landing. Note the two wing beats and the one foot that touched down between the feather “tracks”. The deep pocket would lead me to guess the bird was landing. What do you think?
My sister’s family from Norway spent Christmas week here in Park Rapids. My two nephews are amazing athletes and love to push the limits, especially when Nate is here to add to their craziness. After using the bobcat to build a rather large ramp, Ryan, using the truck and a ski rope, pulled them down the driveway launching them up and over the ramp. The above photo shows Ole Christian doing a back flip which he landed. Below it looks like Nate is doing a flip too, but when I commented on the photo he said the steep ramp just shot him straight up and he landed “pretty-much” the way he looks in the photo…spread-eagle on his back. They had a lot of fun and everyone is still in one piece! Many thanks to Thomas for these great photos. Getting these photos in focus and stopping the action at night with limited lighting shows that you know what you are doing with a camera!