“I still find it amazing how much wildlife you can find within the city, and you don’t need to travel far to find things that many people otherwise miss,” photographer Rod Smoliak says. “It’s always a thrill to find a nest or a den that is currently occupied. Photographing wildlife allows you the opportunity to get out in nature, and you never know what you might find.”
Photographer: Rod Smoliak
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Kayaking on Fish Lake, taken with an iPhone 10, placed third in the Activities & Events category of our annual Focus on Maple Grove photo contest.
“We love to go to Fish Lake. That day, we decided to go out kayaking for a relaxing day in the sun,” Sarah Cupryna says, who notes the day’s weather was ideal. “It was a warm summer day. [The] sun was shining, and [the] water was glistening.” Read more about Water Works
On the Fence, placed first in the wildlife and nature category of the Focus on Maple Grove photo contest. Rod Smoliak took the photo on a baseball field at Cedar Island Elementary. Read more about A Little Chirp
We’re pleased to greet 2021 with a fresh round of photos from our annual Focus on Maple Grove photo contest, which was held in August. To start off, Rod Smoliak’s Eagle Lake Great Horned Owl, placed second in our Wildlife and Nature category. Read more about Whoo is this?
It's that time of year again: The Focus on Maple Grove photo contest has returned for its 6th year of beautiful photos of our community. This photo contest, presented by Maple Grove Magazine, showcases the best photographers in our community—not to mention the subjects that give them inspiration.
We're looking for photos that show off the core values of Maple Grove in five categories: Read more about Focus on Maple Grove 2017 Photo Contest
Every time she's near Weaver Lake Park, Mindy Gallagher is reminded of how grateful she is to live nearby. “We take a personal tone with the lake, we feel like it’s ours,” she says. When looking at Maple Grove houses five years ago, the Gallaghers found their current home. And while sitting by the lake, they noticed a big piece of wood at the shoreline. “One of my daughters picked it up and we took it home with us as a piece of art and a sign from this lake; we still have it,” Gallagher says. Read more about Focus on Maple Grove: Home at the Lake
Mindy Gallagher has had a lifelong passion for taking photographs. “In high school, I took every photo class I could get my hands on,” she says. “My grandpa gave me his old film camera; it was a total amateur obsession with photography.” A Maple Grove resident of four years, Gallagher considers Weaver Lake a prime location for outdoor shots. She and her family enjoy running, walking, biking and nature in their own neighborhood. Read more about Focus on Maple Grove: Summer Sisters
Kaitlyn Walters has been part of the community since the age of 6. Recently married, she and her husband chose to stay close to home. When asked what she likes about Maple Grove, Walters explains the way she’s watched the community grow. “When I was a kid, it was a lot smaller,” she says. “I’ve been able to see everything bloom.” Read more about Focus on Maple Grove: A Fleeting Moment
Residing IN MAple Grove for 30 years, Kristi Bowman finds her photography inspiration on the trails at Elm Creek Park Reserve and in her own backyard flower garden.
Her photo, Finch, took second place in the Wildlife and Nature category and Bowman attributes the moment to chance. “Typically I scare them away when I come back outside with my camera, but I guess I got lucky when this one posed for me,” she says.