Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mysterious Island


















We sure have had a lot of fog this year.  I don't know if it has actually been more than normal, but it seems like it has been.  Last week while driving to work Pete's Island in Grand Portage Bay looked really mysterious as it tried to show itself from behind the fog.  I loved the combination of the island, fog, clouds and blue sky.  I simply could not resist stopping and taking a picture of the scene!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

North Woods Solitude

















A quiet summer day on a small lake in northeast Minnesota.  It sure is nice when you can have a lake all to yourself :-)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Ontario Canola Field

















Last week after we picked strawberries at Belluz Farms we stopped along the edge of this beautiful canola field just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario.  It's funny... we go to Thunder Bay quite frequently throughout the year and I don't remember ever seeing these vibrant yellow fields before.  I'm sure this isn't the first year they've been like this, so it's probably just a case of me never driving by when they've been in bloom before.  In any case, we were shocked by the huge fields of yellow and how beautiful they were.  Definitely not something you see in northeast Minnesota :-)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Golden July Sunset


















Here is another photo of last night's sunset, this one taken from the road in front of our house.  The colors and shapes within the clouds were unreal.  One of the best sunsets of the summer, that's for sure!

A slightly surreal sunset over the Isle Royale Boats

















It was a bit of a surreal sunset last night!  Rarely do we see sunsets that light up the entire sky with color, but last night was one of those rare times when exactly that happens.  There were clouds all over in every direction of the sky and every one of them was lit up with some amazing color.  We were just getting ready to start watching a movie when I looked out our dining room window and noticed the sky colors getting really intense.  At first I walked around our yard snapping pictures of the clouds but I couldn't get enough of the sky in my shots to catch all the color.  So, I hopped in the car and drove over to Hat Point Marina where there is a more open view.  By the time I got over there the most intense color had faded but the afterglow was beautiful too.  That was when the surreal part kicked in.  The color tone had changed enough in the afterglow that I couldn't believe what I was seeing.  I've seen colors like this before but rarely so prominently throughout the sky.  I decided to frame a shot of the sunset with the ferries of the Grand Portage - Isle Royale Transportation Line in the foreground. 

The Grand Portage - Isle Royale Transportation Line provides passenger service from Grand Portage, MN to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan.  They run two ferries, the Sea Hunter III (pictured on the left) which runs day trips to Windigo, and the Voyageur II (on the right) which circles the entire island and makes stops at various points along the way.  The Voyageur II spends the night at Rock Harbor, making the round-trip of Isle Royale a two-day affair.  If you'd like to find out more information about making a trip to Isle Royale via one of these ferries, you can check out Grand Portage - Isle Royale Transportation Line's website at http://www.isleroyaleboats.com.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Young fox strikes a pose

















Here is an adorable young fox to start off your Monday morning!  It almost seemed as though he was posing for the camera in this shot :-)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Peekaboo Moose Calves

















Here is one more photo of the moose calves from last week.  This picture of them looking out at me from the brush is too cute.  I couldn't resist sharing it!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  The weather sure was beautiful.  Perfect for outdoor adventures!