“I often go there to see how the seasons are celebrated in the garden, and I always think what a beautiful and generous gift the Noerenberg family has given us. I love the pavilion. [It] is the perfect place for reflection, and it is a constant witness to the changing moods of the lake.” —Gabrielle Watson of Wayzata Read more about Lens on Lake Minnetonka: Noerenberg Memorial Gardens Captured in Award-Winning Photograph
“I was walking home with my daughter after paddleboarding and just happened to notice it in among the cattails. What struck me was the coloring of the eye and the shadows cast by the cattails. Green herons have such good camouflage. My suggestion for others photographing wildlife is: Bring your camera with you as much as possible. You never know when the opportunity will arise. I bring my camera on the [Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail], Carver Park [Reserve] and on my paddleboard often. (I have a waterproof bag when on water.)” —Andrea Anderson of Excelsior Read more about Green Heron
“The picture was shot rather early in the day—morning sometime. That, in and of itself, was a factor as I am not an early riser, so it was unusual for me to catch morning shots with that light and subsequent reflection upon the water. I think I was drawn to both the mixture of color and reflection.”
Photographer: Berit Francis
Title: Lake Minnetonka Mornings
Equipment: iPhone Read more about Morning Awakens a Blend of Color and Reflection
Frosty Morning, which placed third in the Wildlife and Nature category of our annual Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest, was taken along Birch Bluff Road (Tonka Bay) by Judy Voigt Englund of Excelsior.
“I was on my way to visit my mother and stopped right along the road to admire the rime ice. It had been a foggy morning,” she says. “I only had my cell phone with me, so I rolled down the window and took a couple of photos with my cell [Apple iPhone 8].” Read more about Birch Bluff Beauty