Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sunset over the lakes of Grand Portage


















A beautiful sunset over Speckled Trout Lake and Swamp Lake from a couple of nights ago.  One of my favorite views on this Earth :-)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Moonlight on Middle Falls


















A recent moonlit night at Middle Falls on the Pigeon River, taken from the Ontario, Canada side of the river.  The waterfall was beautiful in the moonlight and the trails of foam made for an interesting foreground.  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Lily Honey Bee


















The hummingbirds love our lilies... so glad to see that our honey bees love them too :-)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Beautiful Day in Grand Marais!


















Boy, it sure was a nice day yesterday!  As luck would have it I found myself in Grand Marais with a few hours to kill so for part of that time I sat on the shoreline of the harbor and watched the summer activity.  Boats and kayaks came and went, as did a large variety of people over at the lighthouse.  When I first sat down along the shoreline the sailing schooner Hjordis was just setting out onto the lake.  I made some photos of it as it passed the lighthouse but I wasn't really happy with the way they turned out.  So, I decided to wait for it to come back into the harbor to try again.  

Over an hour later the boat finally returned and I got a shot that I'm much happier with.  As the boat was passing by the lighthouse a group of kids was taking turns jumping off the breakwall into the lake.  They paused from their swim antics to watch as the Hjordis sailed past.  It was the kind of summer day that everyone dreams about and there certainly were a lot of people out taking advantage of it!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Honey Bee on Clover


















One of our honey bees enjoying the clover in our yard :-)  Each year I leave patches of wild flowers un-mowed so that the honey bees from our hive can take full advantage of them.  Right now we have a lot of clover and birds foot trefoil blooming around the yard and the bees are all over them... both the honey bees and the native bees.  Especially the bumble bees!  I don't think I've ever seen so many bumble bees in the yard as I have in the past two days.  It sure is fun to have all these busy bees buzzing around the yard!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Foggy Evening in the Minnesota North Woods


















An evening of fog combined with the elevated vantage point of a fire tower makes for a dramatic image of a foggy evening in the forest of northeast Minnesota!  

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sunburst Fern


















A burst of sunlight and a beautiful fern last night just before sunset.