2013 Calendar

December 29, 2012 by  

2013 Calendar, When Daily Globe readers open today’s edition, they will find a 2013 calendar featuring photos by the newspaper’s long-time photographer, Brian Korthals. If the past is any indication, many will marvel in Korthals’ images. As for the man who took the photos, he also takes great pleasure in them – and enjoys sharing the stories on how the pictures came to fruition.

One of Korthals’ favorite pictures in the 2013 calendar is a shot of bison and calves featured for July.

2013 Calendar

“The bison picture came about as a unique opportunity for me to go to the Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne,” Korthals remembered. “Tom Sawtelle – he’s the assistant manager – actually took me out in a six-wheeler to take pictures of the bison calves. I always enjoy taking pictures of the large herd bull because they’re such impressive animals. It just so happened that we parked quite a ways from them, but whether they’re just used to getting fed out of this vehicle or just curious, the whole herd started approaching me.

“I think we were sitting there and they did have their calves, but they didn’t seem spooked at all and they basically came up extremely close. It was a unique opportunity and it was very enjoyable, and I appreciated the time they (park staff) took to take me out. While there was no real interaction, you just get to see things up close, and it’s extremely enjoyable.”

Korthals added that he thinks he was taken out to the site of the calves only because the ground had dried to a point at which a vehicle wouldn’t get stuck. The location is likely one that it isn’t visited regularly for any particular reason, he speculated.

“I think the bison are a real treasure in southwest Minnesota,” Korthals said. “You don’t always get to see them up close, but they’re still an amazing animal.”

Another Korthals favorite featured in the new calendar is the May shot, which features a family of owls. The picture was by no means something the photographer simply stumbled upon.

“It was Al Langseth who actually called me,” Korthals said. “He was over at Matt Oleske’s house and they had been watching this family of owls, and it was three chicks – both adults were there as well. The adults were in separate trees and just kind of watching out, and they were unbothered by these three guys that were obviously watching them and taking interest in their little movements.”

That first visit to Oleske’s home, however, didn’t result in any photos that made the newspaper.

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