Goodbye Little Muskrat Island

Goodbye Little Muskrat Island               Boaters on the Mississippi River in St.Cloud and visitors to Wilson Park are probably familiar with the little Island that had sprouted upstream over the years.  I don't know if it had an official name, but I called it Little Muskrat Island (the diminutive cousin of the Beaver Islands to the South). The little Island had a solid base of shrubs, and even it's own tree.  How that tree and vegetation sprouted in such a soggy clump of sand and clay was truly a feat of... (continue reading...)

Quick Response Saves Sauk Rapids Home

Quick Response Saves Sauk Rapids Home [caption id="attachment_85" align="aligncenter" width="537" caption="I was positioned perfectly as this additional unit rolled to a stop, so I framed up the firefighters as they leaped from the truck and went into action. "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_86" align="aligncenter" width="430" caption="A firefighter emerges with a cat that was inside the house during the fire. Read the complete story at"][/caption] I'll tell you that it isn't easy to photograph the scene of a bad... (continue reading...)

Highway 23 Improvements Downtown

Highway 23 Improvements Downtown A helo photo to continue the documentation of another improvement project in St. Cloud from an uncommon perspective.  A simple, low-level flight was conducted over open and unpopulated ground to get the... (continue reading...)

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Late Night Lightning

Late Night Lightning Some thunderclouds rolled in late for a nice show of vivid lightning.  This shot was grabbed from an upper story window as the bolts were striking nearest.                   Shots from the storm that hit St. Cloud on July 14, 2009:... (continue reading...)

Anniversary of Apollo 11 landing

I love that I was here for this as a newborn. Here's to the people that, as their job, achieved one of the most visionary achievements in history. Flight, and the idea of spaceflight has been part of my imagination for as long as I can... (continue reading...)

Ready For Liftoff…Granite City Crossing Bridge

Ready For Liftoff…Granite City Crossing Bridge I did a good share of flying today, and had some good results. First I flew in Sartell, and later after doing some work on the Helo, I got some current shots of the new bridge... (continue reading...)


I did an experiment tonight writing a news story in real-time from information gathered on the EMS radio... At 10:18pm Friday evening, Avon Fire and Rescue was called to the public access of Upper Spunk Lake in Avon to assist a boat 300' off shore. It was reported that the boat was taking on water and starting to sink. When rescuers arrived, they were to be alerted to the location of the sinking vessel by a signal light aboard the ailing boat. The first rescue squad arrived at approximately... (continue reading...)

Storm Chasing…

Storm Chasing… I jumped in the car at a quarter to eight tonight to see if I could get to Brainerd before a large storm system hit the area. I staged in Fort Ripley on a hillside to get some nice shots of the storm clouds rolling in across Hwy 371. You can view the results at... (continue reading...)

Remove Before Flight…

June 17, 2009. The internet has been an integral part of our world for over 15 years. Today I have established my first domain and... (continue reading...)