PICTURES FROM BOUNDARY WATERS, SUMMER OF YEAR 2000

I made these pictures with a hand held Nikon Coolpix 990 camera. Today the best still camera for wilderness photography is Nikon Coolpix 5700 with the optional battery pack, which uses six AA batteries. The AA batteries can be charged in a wilderness with a solar charger. Sony DSC-F717 camera also makes good pictures, but its proprietary batteries are not compatible with the solar chargers. Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi is powered by four AA batteries, but the quality of its pictures and its close focus are inferior to both the Nikon Coolpix 5700 and the Sony DSC-F717. The classical, swivel body Coolpix cameras like the model 990 have small, fixed lenses which perfectly match oculars of telescopes and microscopes.

Andrew Nowicki

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This chipmunk enjoyed dashing between my legs, apparently to prove his superior running skills.
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Every evening beavers toil in Cherokee Creek.
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Pitcher plants are rather common in the bogs. Blue flag irises are very common. Orchids are rare.
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Cross Bay Lake.
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Fente Lake seen from a portage to Afton Lake. The portage is covered with a thick layer or froglets in early June.
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You will get your feet wet when you travel in the Boundary Waters. As I walk on Howl Lake boardwalk I sink into the muddy water. Other boardwalks are not much better. Some portages are dangerous -- you have to jump on slippery boulders or wade waste deep in mud.
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An otter family lives in the south part of Long Island Lake. My Coolpix 990 could not zoom on them well. I had very close encounters with a bold eagle and a moose, but they were gone before my slow camera was ready to take pictures.
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Boundary Waters Wilderness is so humid that trees are draped with mosses and images of astronomical objects are blurred.
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Sony DSC-F717 and several Nikon Coolpix cameras can take macro photos from a distance of two centimeters. I took this photo in bright sunlight holding the camera in my hand. Strong illumination is necessary when taking macro photos of moving objects. Not long ago Nikon made a nice, battery powered light that fits on the Coolpix lens. It is called SL-1.
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Note the bumps on the leading edge of this dragonfly's wings. They may reduce aerodynamic drag.
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Commercial macro photographers kill the animals to ensure they are still, then shoot the photos through a small hole to improve depth of field.
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Another photo compromised by poor depth of field.
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Moose eating water lilies are a common sight on Whipped Lake. This year, however, I could see only two moose.
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The mouth of Brule River (discharging into Lake Superior east of Boundary Waters) is a good place for beachcombers.
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