If Frost was King

Greetings! This past Weekend was phenomenal. It saw me celebrate a Birthdate and return near Aitkin, MN. Providing me a spectacular means of ringing in this milestone. Though a majority of the color was gone. Their still was plenty to see and photograph. Much like my first visit, I made the most of my time back. Spending most of my time outdoors, camera in tow.

Saturday morning revealed a great chance to photograph the rising Sun. But not without noticing the fine layer of frost covering all of the fallen leaves. It was at this point, that I began to zero in on the many different leaves encrusted with ice. In seconds my eyes were captivated by one leaf, standing up on it’s edge. The edge facing upwards, was covered in a tiny fine row of spike ice. Made even more spectacular as the rising Sun gleamed off the minute shards.

This opportunity was to much to pass up. And I became determined to capture this magical moment. Hopefully you’ll feel the same way as well.

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Let’s Meet Kermit

Hi. So this post finds me returning back to the many images I have from my time up North. I can’t even describe what exactly my time up there meant on so many different levels. Photographically it was a dream come true. Endless possibilities laid before me. Everything from animals, flowers, lake shots and Sunsets presented a mosaic of captivating subjects. It was nothing short of amazing.

One of those opportunities presented itself in the form of a Leopard Frog. I discovered that one area of the Cabin I was staying at was prime frog habitat. All I needed to do was gently walk over the countless of fallen leaves, and I was bound to see one leap into the open. Locating one was fairly easy. The challenging part was getting close enough with the camera, without it constantly ducking for cover. Using the dense layer of fallen leaves as a way of escaping detection. Which at times to my great surprise, worked quite well. After a lot of trail and error. I finally was able to get very close to one of these amphibians.

The attached image was the fruit of all of my work. And I’m happy to introduce you to Kermit……

Starting Next Week: Blogging 201

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Blogging 201: Branding and Growth starts Monday, October 20. If you’re a recent alum of Blogging 101 looking to build on the skills you’ve developed so far, or a blogger looking for new ways to grow your site and its audience, this is the course for you.

What will Blogging 201 cover? We’ll introduce tools to increase your traffic within WordPress.com as well as through other platforms, discuss ways to develop a coherent, effective brand for your blog, and show how to use your archives and your site’s stats to build your readership.

During this two-week course we’ll give you a daily task and provide you with all the necessary resources and information to complete it (there will be no new tasks on weekends, to give you time to explore more on your own, or just publish a post or two). You’ll also have access to The Commons, a private, staff-moderated space where you can chat with other participants, ask questions, and give feedback.

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The Art of Following a Blog

Might have to share this across all of the different platforms I’m on. Great suggestions!

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Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, your blog: pitch a tent anywhere on the web, and the expectation is that people will quickly line up to give you a (virtual) high five in the form of a “follow.” I see it often enough in our own Community Pool posts here at The Daily Post: “Follow me and I’ll follow you back!”

It’s pretty clear what the followed blogger’s supposed to do: keep posting stuff that others enjoy reading. Be a gracious host. Ensure posts are readable. But what about the follower? Is there a job description for what happens after you click on a blog’s “Follow” button (or Follow Blog Widget)? Here’s some food for thought.

Don’t expect instant reciprocity

You shouldn’t take the plunge if you don’t want to read new content from the person whose blog you just followed.

When you follow a blog you’re making a light…

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From Miles on high to the Depths of the Sea

Today we trade in our wings, and head in the opposite direction. From way on top of the World, we are going to brave the depths of the Ocean blue. And though it’s only a glimpse we’ll take a peak at one of the most colorful structures under the Sea. Which in my opinion would have to be anything pertaining to a coral reef. It’s here that your eyes are literally blasted with a vibrant mosaic of color. Granted I have to settle for viewing such breathtaking scenes while visiting the Minnesota Zoo. Nevertheless I’m always at awe at the wondrous scenes that unfold in the large coral reef they have there. It’s nothing short of incredible. Everything from the creatures that swim in it, to the vibrant corals they have placed throughout that enclosure!

I hate to admit it, but it’s been quite sometime since I’ve visited the Zoo. But I won’t lie it’s a great place in my opinion to take photos. I’ve raved about why I enjoy it in previous posts. And this one is no exception to that!

Pirates of the Air

Lately I’ve been talking a lot about pouring more energy into this blog. I’ve talked about my journey taking care of my Wife. About having the wondrous opportunity to spend sometime up North. I’ve also shared that I’m branching out and taking more photos with my iPhone. Though coincidentally on that note, it’s been a good Month since I’ve utilized that camera. Being absent from here sure doesn’t help. As I’ve also had the chances of photographing an Airshow and this past years Back to 50’s show.

And in this blog, I would like to divert some of my attention to the Airshow I went to. During the Summer Months, Flying Cloud in Eden Prairie puts on a AirShow. I have nothing to compare it to. But like to think it’s a neat event. Having quite an array of planes ranging from performance and historical crafts. One of the things that I greatly enjoy is that you can get quite close and personal with the Airplanes. The only thing that I could complain about was the lack of Sunlight on the day I attended. It was rather cloudy, which I’ve been told is more ideal for taking photos. As you can probably guess from that last remark, I’m not sure if I’m sold on the idea.

One of the planes I had a chance to take some images of was the World War II Corsair. Which has a pretty fascinating history to it. Along with that history it has a pretty sweet profile. And at least with the craft I saw, a killer skull and bones image on the side of the engine. This happens to be one of my favorite shots of that plane.