Sheila Farrell Johnston is a Master Naturalist and photographer from Lake Shore, MN. Since moving to Lake Shore, Sheila monitors loons on the Gull Chain of Lakes.  She can often be found paddling her kayak on Upper Gull and the nearby lakes checking on “her loons”.   The loons have come to see her as a friend and often swim over to the front of her bow or pop up next to her kayak, allowing her to capture intimate moments between adults and chicks.


Sheila’s photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally.  She is a two time McKnight Foundation Photography Fellow and received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant for her project, Last Resorts, a documentation of Minnesota’s mom and pop resorts.  Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Minnesota Institute of Arts, the contemporary art collection of the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Bass Museum of Art.