I stumbled upon this view while wandering around the Dinkytown area of Minneapolis. Some of the photos came out too cluttered, and this one is a bit cluttered too, but it seemed to have the best balance in the scene.
Martin’s Meadows is an open-spaces park in Andover, Minnesota. It is quite scenic and even has some hills to add elevation and a feeling of isolation. The trails aren’t too extensive, but there is a lot of space particularly along the Rum River. Some of the coolest places are off the beaten path. I had been following the river off road for about ten minutes before taking this photo. This was in the evening though, so if I went back again, I would have been wearing a long sleeve shirt and pants. Mosquitoes were starting to appear by the end and I had to swat many away.
We found this garter snake at Fort Snelling State Park. I was taking pictures when my dad came closer to it, and it coiled up quickly, took a few bluffing strikes, and ended up slithering away. I shot a bunch of pictures while it was coiling up, and this was one of the most interesting. Its a striking figure eight shape. This picture actually wasn’t zoomed in so far, but I could zoom in a lot in post production to catch the details on its scales and the red colors running down the side.