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Life in Bloomington

This beautiful photo was a fan favorite in our Summer in Bloomington photo contest, held on the City’s Facebook page. We’re using it to kick off a new Briefing feature, Life in Bloomington, to share more about our community through residents’ photos and the stories behind them.

The photographer, Charles Anderson, has been taking photos for more than 40 years. He likes sports photography, golf mostly, and taking pictures at Fort Snelling or the Minnesota Wildlife Refuge. 

“This picture was one of those occasions where everything was just right—the late afternoon light was magical, the pond was dead calm. I saw the heron swoop down and land there. Everything just lined up,” he said. 

Want to be part of the fun? Keep an eye out for an Autumn in Bloomington contest on Facebook at in September. If you’re not a Facebook user, upload your favorite Bloomington photo, along with a bit of information about where you took it and why it’s special to you, using the photo upload form at