Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Superior Blue

While this winter has been a great one for some things (like fat biking), in other ways it has really been lame.  Probably the most noticeable thing that's been lacking is the ice cover on Lake Superior.  There essentially has not been any ice on the big lake this winter.  Sure, there has been a little here and there for a day or two, but nothing at all like a typical winter.  Since ice is one of my favorite things to photograph, it's been a tough winter for me in terms of my photography.  I really missed having ice to photograph.  So, this morning I've been looking back at some photographs from a couple of years ago when we had a LOT of ice.  This particular photo was taken on February 18, 2015 near Two Harbors, Minnesota.  

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Northern Lights over Sturgeon and Pie Islands

Ontario, Canada - Here's another image from last nights aurora activity.  This one was made at 11:40 P.M.  Well, technically 12:40 P.M. since Ontario is on Eastern time.  The main explosion of activity had subsided long before, but this nice green glow lingered on for quite some time.  After a while some clouds started to move in which helped accent the scene.  The lighting on the clouds is coming from the city lights of Thunder Bay.

Aurora Borealis, Sturgeon Bay

Ontario, Canada

Had a blast last night watching the northern lights after going to the movies in Thunder Bay!  I knew the aurora forecast was good so I planned on hiking down to the shoreline of Sturgeon Bay on my way home, with hopes that the lights would be out.  When I first arrived at this location the lights were indeed out, but they were very faint.  My timing was good, however, as not long after I got my camera set up the lights started to get stronger.  Before long there was a full-blown aurora storm going on in front of me!  

The photo shown here was before the lights got really intense.  I had a timelapse sequence going during the strongest of the lights, so I was able to capture the motion and intensity of the storm on video.  While the sky was going crazy with activity, Lake Superior was exactly the opposite.  It was one of those rare nights where the lake is absolutely still.  Calm enough that you could easily see stars reflecting in the surface of the water.  I stayed at this location for 3 hours hoping the lights would flare up into another storm.  Unfortunately they did not.  After the one big flare-up the activity subsided for the remainder of my time there. With several nice images and a sweet timelapse, I'd say my 3 hours were definitely a success!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Abstract Sky

A cool straight-up view of the clouds in the sky during one of my recent outings in the woods.  Gotta love days like this, when the conditions are ever-changing.  It keeps life interesting!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Village Owl

Yesterday on the way home from work I had the good fortune to spend some time photographing this beautiful Great Gray Owl (thanks Leslie for tipping me off to the fact this bird was around!).  It was a windy afternoon so the bird's feathers were a little ruffled up while he was perched on the young trees.  I watched him as he surveyed and listened the surrounding area, hoping to sense some prey.  3 times I watched him swoop to the ground, as if looking for potential meal.  I never saw him come up with anything, however.  Soon the light began to fade and I was no longer able to make any good images of him.  I sure hope he was able to eventually find a good meal.   

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Touch of Aurora

A few nights ago the northern lights forecast was looking favorable so I decided to go out for a while and see if anything came of it.  While I never did see any really spectacular display of lights, there was a soft green glow behind the trees.  I photographed the scene with two of my favorite maple trees in the foreground.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Fat Bike Adventure

Awesome adventure on the bike yesterday! Beautiful blue sky day with mild temperatures and our hard crusty snow conditions still exist (meaning you can still bike pretty much wherever you want to). I chose a route that included a little bit of trail riding but was mostly through a random collection of logging cuts, across beaver marshes and down a section of the Pigeon River. I sure am going to miss these conditions when they're gone!