Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Snow Day at Grand Portage State Park!

It snowed HARD and a LOT yesterday!  About 12 to 15 inches fell at Grand Portage State Park, which was about twice the amount that fell at my house (just 6 miles away).  It felt like lake effect snow, it kept coming in waves.  We kept thinking it was done, then it would snow a few more inches! What a crazy, beautiful day :-)

Monday, January 15, 2018

MNDOT - Plowing Highway 61

I've been wanting to get this shot for a while and today it finally worked out.  I had just turned north on Highway 61 from the village of Grand Portage when I noticed that the plow truck had gone north but hadn't come back south yet.  I turned around and went back to this spot to wait for the truck to return.  It's an old dead-end road that is not longer maintained so I was able to back my car off the highway and safely wait for my opportunity.  

This location is just a few miles from the Minnesota/Ontario border so you know it won't be long before the truck comes back.  Sure enough, after about 20 minutes of waiting the it came around the corner.  I had my composition ready and fired off a sequence of shots as the truck moved through my frame.  Then I picked the "best" one to share with you all today.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Locked In

Grand Portage, MN - The dock at Grand Portage National Monument, locked in ice.  Taken from the summit of the Mt. Rose hiking trail.  Lake Superior is awesome this time of year!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The fine art of good grooming

A well-groomed cross country ski trail is a work of art.  I find them to be very photogenic (not to mention fun to ski!).

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Spooky Forest

I went skiing this afternoon and along the way got some cool photos.  This was my favorite.  It was taken about 15 minutes before I got back to my car.  It was starting to get quite dark which allowed me to shoot a longer exposure.  This is an abstract shot of Maple trees, 2.5 seconds while panning the camera upwards during the exposure.  

Monday, January 8, 2018

Plowing 14

Yesterday on my way to the Gunflint Trail I decided to take the scenic route and head up County Road 14 then take Trout Lake Road to the Gunflint.  I'm glad I did because along the way I was able to get some nice photos of the county plow trucks in action!  If you've followed me for any length of time you know I kind of have a "thing" for photographing plow trucks.  I always get excited when I see one and even more excited when I can get a nice photo of one in action!

Blizzard on Saganaga

Yesterday I spent the majority of the day along the Gunflint Trail in northeast Minnesota, looking for interesting photos.  I think my favorite photo of the day was this one from near Trail's End.  It was snowing very hard and I zoomed my Sony RX 10 out to 380mm to make this photo.  The use of the telephoto really amplified the look of the falling snow.  Such a beautiful world we live in!  Winter may be a stark and harsh season but its beauty is unparalleled.