Thursday, February 11, 2016

February Cattails

















We finally got some decent snow and some blue sky!  Just before last weekend we received a significant amount of new snow followed by some cold weather, so it finally feels like a proper northern Minnesota winter!  The other day I went for a drive up in the woods and came across this scene. The combination of the tree line, the blue sky with light clouds and the cattails in the foreground really caught my eye.  The snow debris in the foreground is from when the plow truck passed by.  I liked the added texture it gave to the surface of the snow. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Trail to Mt. Sophie

















A beautiful winter day on the Grand Portage trails!  Love how the snow is all over in the trees up on the ridge!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

February Afternoon in the Minnesota Northwoods

















A nice winter scene that I shot during yesterday's fat bike ride.  I recently bought a fat-tire bike which is allowing me to access areas that I otherwise would not be able to get to in the winter (unless I skied or used a snowmobile, which I do not have).  This is one of my favorite views in all of Grand Portage, I just love how the hills look in the distance. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sled Dogs in the Sugar Bush


















Julie Albert of Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Quebec runs her dogs through the sugar maple forest of Grand Portage on approach to the half-way turnaround point of the 2016 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

















Jason Campeau of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta runs his dogs through the sugar maple forest of Grand Portage on approach to the half-way turnaround point of the 2016 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Beargrease returns to Grand Portage!


















For the first time in quite a few years, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is once again running all the way to Grand Portage. In fact, the race used to start and end in Grand Portage.  The Beargrease was always a huge event here when I was growing up, and I remember volunteering to help with the race.  It sure is nice to see the teams running here once again. Jessica and I went up after work today to watch the teams arrive at Mineral Center in Grand Portage.  In this photo Jennifer Freking of Finland, MN and her team run the final stretch of trail approaching Mineral Center just before darkness fell on the forest of northern Minnesota.  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Beautiful Day, Beautiful Trails!

















Enjoying a beautiful January day on the sublime groomed surface of the trails at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park in Ontario.  This photo is from a couple of weeks ago.  The past couple of days we've been experience some massive snow melt thanks to lots of sunshine and temperatures hovering right around 40 degrees. Thankfully the highs are dropping back into the low 20's and teens this coming week.  Hopefully there is still enough snow left on the trails for some decent skiing!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Winter's Beauty on Trout and Swamp Lakes

















Remember the photo of the fire tower that I posted yesterday?  Well, here's the view from the tower, looking northwest over Trout and Swamp Lakes.  It sure was a beautiful afternoon!  What a winter wonderland, especially with all the frost on the trees in the foreground.  This is one of my favorite views anywhere in the world.  It never disappoints!