Sandra Updyke







Sandra Updyke

Sandra Updyke

Hovland, MN


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 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.


Beaver Pond Beauty


Lower Falls on Kugler's Creek #2


Lower Falls on Kugler's Creek


My Rocky Mountain High


Gauthier Falls


Old Root Abstract #3


Old Root Abstract #2


Old Root Abstract #1


Out on the Edge #2


Superior Shoreline


My what wobbly legs


Superior Drift Wood


Reflections Water Abstract


Liquid Gold Water Abstract


Tree that weathers Superior Storms


April Brings Superior Icicles


Superior April Ice


Lake Superior Ice Elephants


Superior Ice Elephants


Lake Superior Stones


Not a ripple


Superior Island View


Out on the Edge


Full Moon Rising over the valley


Full Moon Rising