Valentine's Day Weekend in Red Wing, MN - Part 2 of 2
This is part 2 of our weekend in Red Wing. Check out Part 1 here!
This is the right way to start the day: 9 a.m. again and we were downstairs, excited to find out what would be served for breakfast. This time I made sure I had my phone on me, since I knew what level of deliciousness we would be facing.
The first course was a cup of fresh berries, crisp and plump, and a warm and soft muffin. The second (and main) course was a homemade, mildly sweet, crepe with a strawberry puree topping and two slices of Canadian bacon. It was different than anything I had ever tried - divine. And last, but absolutely not least, the dessert: apple crisp with kiwi slices, granola flakes, brown sugar, cinnamon and heavy cream (again, don't quote me on the ingredients - it's all memory-based!). It was so warm and fulfilling, I would have eaten by the pound. This rates as one of the best desserts I have ever had.
The way they present the meals at the Moondance Inn makes everything feel extra special. Take a look:
Even though the snow fell heavy the day before, today we had vast blue skies. So, after our amazing breakfast, we decided to head out to try and enjoy the sunshine.
There were quite a few things to do, but we wanted to do a little bit of hiking, and possibly shoot some wild life. Chris (the owner of the Bed & Breakfast) recommended the coveted eagle watching at Colvill Park.
We pulled in and saw a line of photographers who really meant business. They were dressed for the weather and had some impressive equipment. I was also all bundled and geared up with the best lens I had. Unfortunately it was no match for the eagles that were so far away from me. Here are some of my shots:
There were some ducks there, too. :)
Here's some wide views of the area. Almost a dozen eagles were flying around, fishing right in front of us.
Even from this great of a distance, they still look so big and beautiful.
My photos, however, were nowhere near as good as some of the bird photographers whom I met there. Please check out their websites for truly beautiful really close up images of the eagles:
Scott Denny - Fotos for Phun (That is Scott's dad, in the picture above. They go photographing birds together.)
Jeff Weymier - Pixter Images (Also friends with Scott - they're both from WI and go out together when shooting birds.)
It started getting a little chilly for me and I decided to refer to these guys' pictures (instead of fumbling for my own) and cut the bird watching short. Before we left, we decided to stroll around the park, when I came across an eagle that was much closer and easier to photograph. :)
(Can anyone tell me whether that's a boy or girl? I have no idea, but I would love to pet it!)
And then we resumed walking:
I really liked how these logs looked, all stacked up.
After we left the park, it was time to cash in the vouchers we had for wine tasting at the Falconer Vineyards and Winery (which we purchased at the Moondance Inn - great deal!)
Everything was frozen, so we couldn't tour the vineyard, but we got a glimpse of what it looks like in warmer days.
After the wine tasting and great talk with Sarah, who served us, we headed to her choice of restaurant for chicken wings: Kelly's Bar. The wings are HUGE, though. We didn't know and ordered too many. They ended up being wasted, but they were good.
With our bellies full, it was time to hit the road. See ya, Red Wing!
P.S.: Thanks for reading! :)
It's nice to know of how you two bonded over photographing together, and now have all these amazing memories and stories to tell. Makes me want to have a shooting buddy too! I do hope we run into each other again. That would be nice. Thank you for the visit and the compliments. Let's stay in touch!
Thank you very much for the comments and link to my site. I met Scott while out shooting and he has been a great friend. He is not lying when he says he likes to help people with photography. I was an average photographer when I met him. A week later I was in his living room talking with him and learning how to improve my photography. I have come a long way since then and owe much of it to Scott and his father Tim. We all learn new things every time we get out and I wouldn't trade those memories for anything. The photos you have posted are very nice. You have a great eye for composition and subjects. Maybe we will run into you again and can do some shooting together.
Thank you very much for your kind words and link to my website.
Whenever I am in the field I try and touch base with other photographers. That is how I met Jeff.
Through the years I have been blessed with very nice camera equipment. There are those that are intimidated by people with pro gear. Sometimes those people with the gear come off as arrogant. I try my best not to be that way.
Photography is an expression of how you see the world. For many it is a passion. I dont want to be the person to crush someones passion. I prefer to be a person that helps others expand upon their passion.
I tell people all the time - I don't know everything there is to know about photography but everything I do know I will share.
Thank you again for such kind words.
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