For all the news about the declining moose population, moose pictures were surprisingly common. My first one was in my new homebrew, set up just 15 miles from Duluth. Not the best picture. You can see the edge of the case in the upper left, and I sure didn't pick it for the background. Cute momma and calf though.
Up in Isabella, I had luck with moose too. First was a lone cow.
Then a few days later this moose came by. Interesting how similar the picture is, except for the radio collar.
The next phase of this obsession was to start building "home brew" camera traps. A homebrew consists of an actual digital camera "hacked" so that it can be controlled via wires which are in turn connected to a controller board which can be purchased online. I got my very first homebrew picture right off of my front porch.
Once a homebrew is finished, it needs to be tested, so I took a lot of photos right around my house. Here's a few: Lots of grey foxes; there seemed to be a lot of them around.
Of course skunks.
And racoons. This one is in a little creek bed behind our house. I love the wet feet.
I decided to start this blog both to share some of the best of my camera trap (aka trail cam) photos and also to help me organize the thousands of photos I currently have stored.
I started out in February 2013, with a commercial trail cam. I set it up under the bird feeder at our cabin in the boreal forests of central Lake County Minnesota. My first set was highly successful; the first week alone I had something like 800 photos, over 400 of one very hungry fox that was feeding on dropped sunflower seeds.
Other animals showed up too, as the spring progressed. A marten:
A fisher came by one night. Fishers aren't known to be shy. I'm not sure why it didn't stick around but this was the only picture.
Later, when the long delayed spring finally arrived, a raccoon made an appearance:
After the snow was gone, I moved the camera to one of our little ponds hoping for some waterfowl
And waterfowl aren't the only creatures to use a rock.