After exploring a the area around where we were staying for a bit my ADD kicked in and I got bored. So I started looking around for activities that we could participate in. At a info rest stop in Duluth I found a brochure on Wild River State Park that listed eagle watching as an activity. It sounded interesting, at the time I had never seen a bald eagle, so we decided to stop on our way home.
I saw my first bald eagle that day, although it was a little more then a speck in the sky to me, and it awakened that spark in me that I had as a kid. We went back to Wild River the following weekend and by the end of that month I decided that I had to make some changes in my life. So I went back to school got some certifications in computers and got out of the constraining world of retail that I was working in.
My job was not my only change. I picked up a new camera and began taking pictures of animals at zoos, this gave me something to do when I was traveling for my new job, but I was not satisfied with photographing captive animals. I began to research and found that along the Mississippi River in southern Minnesota was a great place to view eagles during the winter time. So I began spending much of my weekends during the winter photographing the eagles in southern Minnesota, like these that I photographed last January near Reeds Landing.It is because of that first eagle, and all of the other eagles that I have photographed since, that the love of nature that I had when I was young has been rekindled making me the man that I am today.