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Wildlife, Wilderness, Nature, and National Parks

The place we call Death Valley is filled with life

Zabriskie Point in Death Valley.
Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. © 2022 Randy Runtsch.

“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.” ― Ansel Adams

When I was a little boy, 1950’s reruns of the Death Valley Days television program etched images of Death Valley and Ronald Reagan into my…

Wildlife, Nature, and Writing

I enjoy the works of many authors, but these three stand out in the wide world of wildlife

Three Sandhill Cranes in flight.
Three Sandhill Cranes in flight near Rochester, Minnesota, on October 31, 2021. © 2022 Randy Runtsch.

“If you’re like me, you await new stories from writers whose work you appreciate and enjoy.” — The author

If you’re like me, you await new stories from writers whose work you…

Computer Programming, Python, Video, Birds, and Wildlife

The OpenCV API offers the ability to control webcams. I plan to capture images for my Wildlife Trekker Bird and Critter live stream.

Wildlife Trekker Bird and Critter Cam.
Wildlife Trekker Bird and Critter Cam. © 2021 Randy Runtsch.

Recently, I started to stream live videos of birds and squirrels to Twitch on what I call the “Wildlife Trekker Bird and Critter Cam.” While the stream hasn’t attracted many visitors yet, it entertains my wife and me since we can watch birds and squirrels live in our backyard on…

Birds, Animals, Nature, and Mississippi River

The bald eagles entertained me on their perches and in the sky during my first nature photography outing of 2023

Bald eagle perched near Nelson, Wisconsin, in a Mississippi River backwater.
Bald eagle perched near Nelson, Wisconsin, in a Mississippi River backwater. © 2022 Randy Runtsch.

An arctic blast ushered in the new year as temperatures plummeted to -15° F (-22° C) in Southeast Minnesota, USA, in the middle of North America. Having decided to stay indoors, satisfied with watching birds and squirrels through a window, I checked the weather forecast. Monday, January 3, with mostly…

History, Writers, Writing, and Photography

History Story Submission Guidelines

Belém Palace on the Rio Tejo in Lisbon, Portugal.
Belém Palace on the Rio Tejo in Lisbon, Portugal. © 2022 Randy Runtsch.

Welcome

Hello, friend.

Time Trekker seeks history stories and images. We are especially interested in stories and photos from your visits to historic sites, memorials, and museums. But other history stories are welcome, too.

How to Become a Writer for Time Trekker

Time Trekker does not pay writers for stories. However, if you follow Medium’s…

Birds, Nature, Photo Essay, and Photography

So many birds arrived in Southeast Minnesota in April that they deserved two articles

Green heron.
Green heron. © 2021 Randy Runtsch.

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us…

Birds, Nature, and Photography

From birdwatching and bird photography perspectives, 2021 was a very good year

Northern Shoveler male in flight.
Northern Shoveler male in flight. © 2021 Randy Runtsch.

“There is a love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties” ― John Muir

Recently, I published Favorite Bird Photos of the Year — Part I, which includes birds photographed in Southeast Minnesota, and a bit…

Birds, Nature, and Photography

2021 was my most productive bird photography year yet, and it got off to a good start from January through March

Northern Cardinal female.
Northern Cardinal female. © 2021 Randy Runtsch.

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” …

Birds, Animals, Nature, and Live Streaming Video

Watching birds and squirrels through a house window brings joy, but why not share the views with the world?

View of the TrekkerMedia Bird and Critter Cam on Twitch.
View of the TrekkerMedia Bird and Critter Cam on Twitch. Image by the author.

Recently, I set up a home live stream video production studio to help my son expand his reach as an electronic music artist. Through the experience, I learned how to use…

Birds, Animals, Nature, and Photography

I never imagined that I would photograph wildlife at night

Racoon photographed with a flash unit at night.
Racoon photographed with a flash unit at night. Note the mosquito flying above its head. © 2021 Randy Runtsch.

The streaking fad, which involved naked people running through public places, was popular in the Seventies. I witnessed one streaking incident mid-decade when a naked teenager dashed across my high school’s gym floor; his arms stretched overhead as he held a white bath towel that streamed behind him. While the…

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