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Sandra Updyke

Sandra Updyke

Hovland, MN

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I am an outdoor gal, having lived in Hovland, Minnesota my entire life. I love doing anything outdoors. I have always been interested in art, photography and wildlife. They all work well together. Over the years I have had a good many up close and personal experiences with most of the wildlife up here. Sometimes I had a camera, sometimes not. Some got pretty intense. But, they all ended well. My dog, currently a golden retriever named Toby, goes with me on almost all of my expeditions to find something photo worthy. He is a bird dog, for sure. But, camera season lasts all year long. I like to take photos to show the beauty of nature as it really is....as I see it. I don't feel a need to use Photoshop to do a lot of enhancing of what nature has created. I don't have a problem with someone using artistic license to make a nice piece of art. But, I do keep it pretty simple. I actually took up photography, more seriously, when I started working full time. Working didn't leave me a lot of time to do much serious painting. But, with photography, I could pick up and go when I had time. Plus, it was a good excuse to make time for outside activities. So, what you see in my photos is a lot of my every day life. I do most of my photos in the winter as I love the ever changing ice formations on the shore of Lake Superior. But, I take wildlife photos throughout the year. I hope you enjoy what you see. :)
I have a Moose Valley Photography page on Facebook for more photos from my area on a regular basis.

 
 

Lake Superior Stones

 
 

Not a ripple

 
 

Superior Island View

 
 

Out on the Edge

 
 

Full Moon Rising over the valley

 
 

Full Moon Rising

 
 

Icy Solitude

 
 

Just the pancakes are left

 
 

Icy Superior Day

 
 

Icy Beauty

 
 

Lake Superior Ice Gem

 
 

Rainbow and Ice

 
 

Sundown Sparkles #2

 
 

Sundown Sparkles

 
 

Superior Sunset Blues

 
 

Waiting on Sundown

 
 

Sunset on the icicles

 
 

Superior Icicles and Ice

 
 

Stacks of beautiful ice

 
 

Ice Points the Way

 
 

Shades of Winter

 
 

View from an icicle cave

 
 

Waves and Ice on Superior

 
 

Sunshine and Big Waves

 
 

Stormy Lake Superior