Saturday, July 14, 2018

On the Shore of the Cosmic Ocean

Spent last night basking in the glow of the Cosmic Ocean with friends both old and new.  I took the time to make a few images but mostly just sat and enjoyed good conversation.  So nice to share such a special night together. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Universe Speaks

Basking under the glow of Mars, Jupiter and the Milky Way on a warm July night on the Lake Superior shoreline in Grand Portage, Minnesota.  

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Milky Way Ride

For my blog post today I'm going to borrow some words from Dwayne Johnson, better known as "The Rock".  The other day on Instagram he wrote something that is good for all of us to remember:

"We've all experienced that 'cloud' that consumes us.  Times in life when things are hazy and unclear. Emotionally, mentally, physically.  That's when I call on my anchors - the things I trust.  the gym, my family, loved ones, my pancakes and tequila ;-) "

"Do your best to find & identify those anchors in your life.  They'll help you push through those clouds to greater clarity, balance, harmony and positive results.  Life's clouds & haze will always come and go.  Find your anchors to help you push through."

As I was out photographing the other night I realized what some of my anchors are.  The night sky, biking and photography.  All 3 are represented here with this image I'm sharing with you today.  

For me, my greatest moments of clarity, balance, harmony and positive results come when I'm basking in the glow of the night sky, cruising through the forest on an epic gravel road bike ride, or practicing the art of photography. All of these things anchor me and bring me joy, which is why I put so much energy into them.  

So, like The Rock, I wholeheartedly recommend that you find your anchors and embrace them.  Your life will be all the better for it.  

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tuesday Ride - CR 45/Bally Creek/FR 161/Murmur Creek

Today was a great day. Such beautiful weather, perfect for riding.  Did a nice 32 mile loop of which 99% was on gravel roads.  Love my Tuesday Rides.  My day of therapy.  The best day of my week :-)

Monday, July 9, 2018

Here comes the storm

Last night there were thunderstorms rolling past Grand Portage just to the north.  We had the rare treat of being able to watch the lightning without any real concern for getting caught in a downpour of rain.  

My crazy cousin and I were out driving around until 2:00 AM watching the storms from different vantage points.  Our favorite spot of the night was this location overlooking Teal Lake.  I don't even remember how we got on the subject but as we sat in the car watching the lightning we were listening to The Doors on the car stereo. The first song we listened to was "The End", a 12 minute "psychedelic rock epic" according to Rolling Stone magazine.  Over the years I've listened to this song countless times but as seems to be happening lately the lyrics at the beginning of the song really struck a chord with me.  In the case of "The End", it goes like this:

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend
The end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never look into your eyes again

It's odd how these songs are popping up in my life these past couple of weeks.  After listening to The End by The Doors we listened to another one that has resonated with me recently, Eye of the Storm by Godsmack:

Whistle blow down spirit, you're crawling in the middle
Don't you point your finger at my face
'Cause every bad decision that you made you're living with
And everyone else is to blame, here we go

In the eye of the storm I make my stand
But I'm not waiting for the walls to close in
I just brace myself for the winds to change their ways
In the eye of the storm I'm making my stand

Anyway it was cool to connect with my elder cousin as we sat there and shared this music while watching flashes and bolts of lightning dance across the sky.  After a while I got out of the car and set up my camera to try and capture the show.  I was able to catch one good blast of lightning on the far side of the lake and somehow it seemed to be the perfect image to go along with the mood and feel of the music we had been listening to.  

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Arrow River Falls

Yesterday my good friend Roger and I crossed the border into Canada and did some off-trail hiking to this waterfall on the Arrow River.  I have been to this waterfall a few times before but it was Roger's first time seeing it.  It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls I've photographed.  

Not an easy hike to get to it though.  The distance is not all that much but the woods and brush are very thick. And yesterday the temperature was in the mid 80's so it was pretty warm.  Thankfully there was a strong breeze to keep the heat (and bugs) somewhat at bay.  Even though we were there in the middle of the day I used my 6-stop ND filter so I could make some long exposures and smooth out the look of the water. An exposure length of 1 second was all I needed to create a nice silky effect.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Pigeon River Moonlight Abstract

Grand Portage State Park, MN

The top of Middle Falls of the Pigeon River glowing in the light of a full moon.