March – Two Full Moons, Some Moose and Florida

March 2018 was a fun, quick month in my world. This post will cover the month I had in photos. From two full moons, to moose, grouse and a lot of Florida birds, I hope you enjoy these photos and notes on the month of March. We still have a lot of snow and ice in the Northwoods and it still feels like winter here, though we shifted to “spring” on the calendar!

March 1st, 2018 Full Moon
March 1st, 2018 Full Moon
March 31st Full Moon Rise
March 31st Full Moon Rise Reflection and Shadows

 

I had a few moose encounters early this month. We still had a lot of snow in the woods, and one moose had stepped into the “deep stuff” on the roadside and got itself into a bit of trouble. It was stuck to it’s shoulders in the snow. I can happily report the moose and it’s partner both safelyu made it into the woods that morning. Video below…

Another moosey month in the area. One of four I spotted earlier in March.
The two moose from the video after getting unstuck from the snowbank.
Moose in the deep stuff!

Spruce Grouse were plentiful in the early morning hours this month. I had numerous encounters with them as they pecked gravel on the roadsides in the morning sun.

Male Spruce Grouse
Male Spruce Grouse
Female Spruce grouse getting gravel in the morning sun.

We did have some aurora activity in the month of March! Here are a few photos from earlyh March along the Sawbill Trail near Tofte, MN.

Aurora and Snowshoes – March 2018
Aurora and iridium flare from a satellite.
Star trails and northern lights – Sawbill Trail March 2018

 

Aurora along the Sawbill Trail near Tofte, MN

Florida and Smoky Mountains
March has historically been a time to get away for me. Below are a collection of photos from a roadtrip to Florida including a stop at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cedar Key, Florida, on the Gulf Coast was my destination, but other stops included Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, Manatee Springs State Park, Shell Mound Archaeological Site, Smoky Mountains, Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge to name a few.

Heron in Cedar Key, FL
Gator at Manatee Springs State Park near Chiefland, FL
Roseate Spoonbill – Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge
Great Horned Owl – Cedar Key, FL
Barred Owl – Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge
Great egret – Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge
Cedar Key, FL
Spoonbills in the rain
Cardinal – Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge
Owl Nap – Cedar Key, FL
The cemetery at Cedar Key
Preening Spoonbills
Cedar Key by Night – Old Fenimore Mill Condos
Great Smokey Mountain Sunset
Smoky Mountain Views

 

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

It was great to get away from winter for a while, but it is always nice to be back on The Shore, near The Lake. April should bring us some warmer weather and the hopes of open waters on the inland lakes for paddling and exploring. Melt and break-up are on their way. Stay tuned for notes on April next month.
Tom

3 thoughts on “March – Two Full Moons, Some Moose and Florida”

  1. Your photos are so delightful…I feel like I was there, behind the lens or behind your shoukder. Such an eye! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us!

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