My Favorite Wildlife Pictures and Moments of 2022

With the year coming to a close, I thought I’d put my favorite wildlife moments of the year together in no particular order. It was a good year. A handful of Canada lynx, lots of spring and fall moose with a few from summer mixed in. I saw a lot of red fox, including a few “cross fox” color morphs. It was also a fun year of birding with a few unique encounters. Here’s a collection of wildlife pictures from the past year.

Red fox in summer cover in Superior National Forest
A beautiful bull moose with velvet covered antlers enjoys some summer swamp vegetation. Minnesota 🌲
A pair of Canada lynx prowling the back roads of the forest in Northeastern Minnesota 🌲
A common loon in the Temperance River dead waters. Spring 2022.
A porcupine feasting in the tree tops of Superior National Forest. I rarely see these critters, so getting a few photos was a treat this year.
A black throated blue warbler in Tofte, Minnesota. This one was a happy surprise right in my own yard last spring.
Scarlett tanager on the edge of the BWCA in Superior National Forest.
Red headed woodpecker – Tofte, Minnesota
One of my absolute favorites from this year. This beautiful bull on a frosty fall morning gave me many fine silhouettes.
The largest bull moose I encountered this fall was a truly magnificent animal. Superior National Forest – Minnesota 🌲
Frosty the bull moose. Our first frost of the season and a big bull in a logged area of the forest.
A young little “cross fox” kit checks me out from a roadside. This is a color variation of the red fox. Around 25 percent of red fox get this cross color variation.
I ran into a little family of red fox numerous times over the summer. It was fun to catch these two in a moment 😍
Spruce grouse with tail flash. The spruce grouse has a strut and dance that often ends with this brief, spectacular tail flash. It only lasts a fraction of a second, so you’ve got to be quick on the shutter.
A little video of the dance and tail flash
Spring morning fog and smoke on the water. I think this scene speaks for itself.
Breakfast with a group of bull moose
It’s always a treat to catch a bull moose in summer velvet antlers. The velvet contains vessels that “feed” the antlers. Their antlers can grow up to 3/4 of an inch per day!
Golden morning light and a beauty bull moose. This one is the cover of my 2023 Minnesota North Shore calendar. You can click the photo for calendar ordering link. Thanks for all the orders this year 😊
I just loved this encounter. This big bull almost disappeared into the swamp. He’s actually standing up in this photo in a wallow in the swamp grass.
Definitely in my top 5 favorites from 2022. Mama moose overlooking the landscape as her young feeds in the river. Superior National Forest – Minnesota 🌲
A recent Canada lynx encounter led to many fun photos. This one will probably make the 2024 calendars!
Until next time…

Thank you all for taking a look and following along this year. I appreciate all of the support. The wildlife opportunities in Superior National Forest and the surrounding areas are second to none. It was a wonderful year of wild encounters. I’ll do a post in the coming weeks with my favorite landscape/Lake Superior/northern lights pictures. Be sure to subscribe here to be notified when I post. 🎁🎅🎄❤️

5 thoughts on “My Favorite Wildlife Pictures and Moments of 2022”

  1. Thank you SO much for sharing all of your beautiful pictures both in Facebook and in your mailing list!!

    Linda Mash…Rochester, MN

    Sent from my iPad

  2. THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing your photos!!!! I LOVE seeing all the wildlife!!! Wish we could run into some when we are up there!

  3. Great photos! I am a native Minnesotan so l really appreciate these. I lived in Minnesota 32 years.
    My father runs the photography club at the Senior Center in Cobb County, GA. He takes everyone’s photos and makes a video. My mother says it’s neat to compile as everyones photos as each person sees something different. I like taking photos too and my career test said l should be professional photographer back in 1990’s. I got a real good photo of a red Cardinal in North Carolina recently where we have a retirement lot. But l couldn’t get a close up on my cell phone but l see so many great critters there on the water front property, especially birds.

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