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Cold autumn photo shoot at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area

Pam and I normally try to get in a late fall visit to the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area during the peak of the Sandhill Crane staging there. This year however we had to wait for other issues to settle down before we could make the trip. The trip finally materialized on November 8, 2017 and we headed north from Winona early that morning not knowing what to expect at Crex. The weather was cooperating so all we needed then was for some wildlife to be around when we arrived. The sun was shining brightly as we headed north along Highway 61 out of Winona and our hopes were raised for a good photo shoot when we found hundreds of Tundra Swans resting in the Weaver bottoms.

After a quick photo of the Swans, we resumed our trip north and started thinking about our lunch meeting with friends Denny and Marjorie Doering at the Turtle Lake casino. The Wednesday all you can eat Wing Ding special was awaiting for our arrival.
What is a Wing Ding Special you ask? It is all you can eat batter fried chick…

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