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Lens on Lake Minnetonka: Noerenberg Memorial Gardens Captured in Award-Winning Photograph

“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

Green Heron

Lens on Lake Minnetonka

“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

Morning Awakens a Blend of Color and Reflection

Lake Minnetonka Mornings

“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

Birch Bluff Beauty

 Judy Voigt Englund, Frosty Morning

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

Reflections of Aurora

Boat reflected on lake water.

Reflections placed second in the Activities and Events category of our annual photo contest, Lens on Lake Minnetonka.

Michael Gilbertson took the photo on an iPhone 7 during an evening visit near Wawatosa Island (Boy Scout Island). Posing perfectly for her photo is Aurora, a 22-foot Hunter, owned for more than 20 years by the Gilbertsons. Read more about Reflections of Aurora

Lens on Lake Minnetonka Photo Contest 2017

It's that time of year again: The Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest has returned for its 7th year of beautiful photos of our community. This photo contest, presented by Lake Minnetonka Magazine, showcases the best photographers in our community—not to mention the subjects that give them inspiration.

We're looking for photos that show off the core values of Lake Minnetonka in five categories: Read more about Lens on Lake Minnetonka Photo Contest 2017

Minnetonka Resident Tracie Bea Daum Receives an Honorable Mention for Her Photo, Fish On

Remember this lake dock from our June issue’s Last Glance page? Minnetonka photographer Tracie Bea Daum is at it again, and her fishing family is reeling ’em in.

Daum took this photo, Fish On, in the Carson Bay area of Lake Minnetonka on a warm summer night last July, with her Canon 6D. It received an honorable mention in the People & Families category of our 2015 Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest. Read more about Minnetonka Resident Tracie Bea Daum Receives an Honorable Mention for Her Photo, Fish On

Urban Oasis

Amy McPartlin never saw the need to own a high-quality camera until she took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa in January 2015.

“I used my iPhone camera the whole trip,” says McPartlin. “The photos were so awful that I got home and bought a real camera.”

For the past year, McPartlin has been using her Sony Cyber-shot camera to take photos of the wildlife around Saint Paul. Read more about Urban Oasis

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