Monday, August 22, 2016

Sunflower Fascination


















Sunflowers are amazing.  Not only can they grow to be absolutely HUGE, but they are very beautiful as well and have some of the most interesting patterns I've ever seen in the head of a flower.  I get mesmerized when I stared at the pattern in the head of this particular sunflower.  I find it endlessly fascinating!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Full Moon over Cascade River


















A beautifully serene full moon night on the Cascade River.  I sure do love this spot for night photography!  Awesome views over the river both to the north and the south from the forest road known as "The Grade".  

Friday, August 19, 2016

Moonlit Clouds on Cascade Lake


















A beautiful moonlit evening on the shoreline of Cascade Lake in the Superior National Forest.  I had spent the afternoon hiking up to Carlton Peak near Tofte and riding the singletrack mountain bike trails at Britton Peak.  I finished my bike ride right at sunset and decided to take the backroads home. I'm glad I did because I was treated to some really nice views along the way!  In this photo the moon was rising behind me and nicely illuminating these clouds to the west.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cloud Gazing on Carlton Peak


















It was a perfect afternoon yesterday for gazing at the clouds as they drifted over Carlton Peak near Tofte, MN.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sunset on the Beaver Meadow (Part Two)

























Here is another photo from sunset the other night at the beaver meadow on the Grand Portage Trail in Grand Portage National Monument.  For this photo, I was standing in the same place as the last photo I posted from the meadow but looking in the opposite direction.  In this photo we are looking down the trail in the direction of Fort Charlotte on the Pigeon River.  I've always wanted to capture a nice sunset from the beaver meadow... I'm glad I was finally able to get some photos that I like from this location :-)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Whale Lake


















A beautiful view of Whale Lake on my hike to Eagle Mountain last week.  The Eagle Mountain Trail goes right along this lake just before ascending to the summit of Eagle Mountain.  The day I hiked the trail the sky was filled with some really interesting clouds.  It was the kind of gray day that I love because it made for such interesting photographs.  

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunset on the Beaver Meadow


















Last night after work I went hiking for a few miles on the Grand Portage Trail in Grand Portage National Monument.  It ended up being a rather difficult hike as the trail is very muddy right now and I got caught in a downpour of rain for a portion of my hike, making the already wet trail even worse.  My goal was to make it to the beaver pond in time for sunset.  As it turns out I had just enough time to get there right when the light was best.  Thankfully, the rain I hiked through on my way in had quit and the sky was beginning to clear just as the sun was setting.  There was even a small sliver of rainbow up in the clouds.  This was my first time seeing the new boardwalk construction over the beaver meadow.  The new boardwalk is beautiful and super solid.  I found it to be very photogenic as well :-)  All in all I had a great hike despite the rain and muddy trail conditions.  The gorgeous sunset over the beaver meadow made it all worthwhile!