Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Enchanted Forest of Chilkat State Park


















Thinking back to our November 2014 trip to Alaska today and what a wonderful time we had!  The main reason for the trip was to visit the "Valley of the Eagles" just outside of Haines, but we also did a fair amount of exploring in the surrounding area.  On one rainy afternoon we went for a hike in Chilkat State Park on the "Seduction Point Trail".  This trail brought us down to the ocean waters of Chilkat Inlet which was beautiful of course but the hike there was our favorite part.  It was mesmerizing!  The trail meandered through some of the most enchanting forest that we've ever been in.  It felt like we were walking through the set of a fantasy movie.  It sure was an enjoyable afternoon!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

First cross bike ride of the year!

















First cross bike ride of the year.  Still some snow on the ground as you can see.  Sure feels strange riding this bike again after getting so used to the fat bike!  This is at the Mt. Josephine rock cut on Highway 61 in Grand Portage, MN… the highest elevation that Highway 61 reaches between Duluth and the Canadian border, as far as I know anyway :-)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Lake Vermilion Heron

















I've been doing some more sorting of older images this week and last night I came across this one that I never put on my website.  I'm not sure why I never did, because I really like it.  At first glance it doesn't really look like anything special but if you look closely at the rock near the center of the photo, you can see a Great Blue Heron standing there.  I didn't even know he was there when I made the photo, it was only later when viewing it on the computer that I saw the heron.  I was a long distance away when I made this photo, I made it with my Tamron 150-600 lens zoomed all the way out to 600mm.  The location was the newly created Lake Vermilion State Park between the towns of Tower-Soudan and Ely in Minnesota. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

April Moonlight, Grand Portage Bay


















There was a big, beautiful ring around the moon the other night.  What a surreal sight it was!  This was taken from our front yard overlooking Lake Superior on Grand Portage Bay, MN.  

Monday, April 18, 2016

Raging Waterfall


















Grand Portage State Park, MN

As predicted, High Falls opened up big time over the weekend!  The waterfall is now officially fully open!  I walked up to the falls after work yesterday and there was a ton of water pouring over the ledge. At a drop of 120 feet, this is Minnesota's tallest waterfall.   The water was coming down with such force that the spray was shooting up beyond the top of the falls!  It's an amazing sight to see.  Come on up and check it out for yourself. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

High Falls - April 15, 2016


















Grand Portage State Park - High Falls update:

High Falls is now running freely!  The majority of the ice on the river has now broken up and with the weekend temperatures forecast to be in the upper 50's it could be a weekend for big changes in water volume.  There is still close to 2 feet of snow cover in the forest along the upper half of the river.  As the snow begins to melt more rapidly with the warmer temperatures we are experiencing it should equate to even more impressive views of the falls!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Spring Ice Detail


















I'm sure people are good and tired of seeing pictures of ice and snow, so I'm going to say that this will (probably) be the last ice picture that I post for the year :-)  I can't help it, I just love ice and literally never get tired of photographing it.  Especially when it contains as much detail as it does here.  This is the hillside opposite from Partridge Falls (on the Pigeon River in Grand Portage, MN).  It is completely coated in ice with freezing spray from the waterfall.  You have to look closely to see just how much detail is in this scene.  If you do look closely, you'll see that the entire surface of the ice is coated with millions of little bumps.  Keep in mind that this photo only shows about 1/20 of the surface of the entire hillside.  Now imagine that entire hillside covered with all these little bumps of ice.  It's quite fascinating!