Saturday, April 19, 2014

Iceberg Bay

















A very calm and beautiful evening on Grand Portage Bay a day after the ice was broken up by winds in April 2014.  The bay was filled with these beautiful little icebergs.  Canada Geese and a variety of small ducks were enjoying the newly-opened waters of the bay. 

Moose Crossing

















Around here, moose have the right of way!  That's a 3/4 ton Ford F-250 truck, and the moose makes the truck look small!  The truck is our local reservation conservation officer, he just happened to be driving by as this moose was hanging out on the road.  This is my first moose shot with the new Tamron 150-600mm lens and this picture was taken at 600mm.  So far I am really liking this lens!  It seems to be every bit as good as my Canon 100-400 lens.  I have a few more shots of this moose that I really like, I'll probably be sharing them later.  For now, enjoy this scene which was captured along Old Highway 61 in Grand Portage, MN!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hanging Ice at High Falls
























There are some really cool ice formations hanging from the rock walls of the Pigeon River gorge just below High Falls right now.  These likely won't last long as we're in for some pretty warm temperatures in the days ahead.  For now, though, it is a fascinating sight!  The ice was made by freezing mist coming off the falls and hitting the rocks. 

Spring Blizzard at High Falls


















Over the past couple of weeks I've been trying to visit High Falls every day to document the changes as the river opens up from its deep freeze.  Each day presents a very different view at the falls.  This is yesterday's view.  We had a proper spring blizzard yesterday that dumped about a foot of new snow on us.  Originally our forecast called for about an inch of new snow but the storm track changed and all of a sudden they were saying we might get a foot!  Well, they were right.  It was a heavy, wet snow but it sure was beautiful in the woods while it was snowing.  I got absolutely soaked trudging through the deep snow while getting bombarded from above by the continuing heavy rate of wet snowfall.  This shot was worth it, though!  I'm anxious to get up there again today and see what the view looks like in today's sunshine!  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ice at High Falls - April 16, 2014

















There is even more ice at High Falls now!  This photo was taken yesterday afternoon and really shows how the freezing mist coming off the falls has been building up the ice on the sides of the gorge.  I took this wide angle shot showing the entire falls then spent a good half hour with my telephoto lens zooming in on different areas of the ice and making shots of the various abstract patterns.  It sure was a lot of fun!  It's hard to get a sense of scale from this photo, so keep in mind that this waterfall is about a 120 foot drop!  The tallest waterfall in Minnesota :-)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Freighter passing the Susie Islands and Rock of Ages Lighthouse

















I got a new lens yesterday and today I went out and about to try it out.  So far, I love it!  It's the new Tamron 150-600, and boy is it a nice lens!  It's a little bigger and just slightly heavier than my Canon 100-400 (which is to be expected) but it still fits in my camera backpack.  I love the extra reach that the Tamron provides.  So far I'm finding the images to be just as sharp as anything shot with my 100-400.  The photo shown here is one of the first images I made today with the Tamron.  It was taken from the Susie Islands overlook along Highway 61 in Grand Portage.  There were actually 3 freighters passing by at the time.  Each boat had a different design and I think this one had the most pleasing profile of the 3.  So, I waited for it to get between the Susie Islands and Rock of Ages Lighthouse then made this picture.  I don't know which freighter it was, but I'm pretty sure it's a Canadian ship from the Algoma Central Corporation, as it looks like their symbol on the stack at the rear of the ship.  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fresh Ice at High Falls


























With the cold weather we've had the past couple of nights the spray coming off High Falls has been freezing and coating the sides of the river gorge in ice.  Every blade of grass and every inch of rock within reach of the spray is covered in beautiful ice.