Friday, February 24, 2017

Night Magic

I got out with my Nikon D750 for a couple of hours last night to make some night sky images, something I've been slacking on the past couple of months.  It sure felt good to get out and spend some time under the night sky again.  On one of my recent bike rides I came across this giant maple tree that had one of the coolest shape I've ever seen! When I first saw it I thought it would make an excellent foreground for some night sky photography.  I can't wait to go back to this spot when the northern lights are out!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Magical Maple

I think this is my new favorite maple tree.  Some of you might remember a few years back I used to frequently photograph a tree that I called the "Ghost Maple".  Well, that tree has since fallen and lately on my bike rides I've been discovering several new ones that are just as interesting to photograph.  I can see myself coming back to this one time and time again.  Trouble is, it's not easy to get to.  Which makes it all the more rewarding when I am able to make images of it :-)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Surreal February Sunset

Some pretty sweet clouds at sunset last night.  No way I could pass up making this photograph!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A gloriously beautiful day for a ride!

I went for a 14 mile ride on the Ice Cream Truck today and wow what a beautiful day it was!  The ride started late in the afternoon and continued into the first couple of hours of the night.  It was so nice out I didn't even need long sleeves or a jacket. I wore a t-shirt under my ski vest and I was plenty warm the entire ride.  The clouds were beautiful all day and I took a break in a lovely stand of maple trees to watch the colorful sky as day faded into night.  As I watched the light fade from the sky a barred owl called repeatedly in the distance.  It sure was a surreal experience!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Calm Clouds over the Susie Islands

The sky is very gray this morning, with rain (yep, rain in February) in our forecast.  Yesterday morning, however, the sky was a beautiful blue and Lake Superior was in one of her very calm moods.  I captured this scene from the side of Highway 61 on my way to work.  

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February Moonrise, Susie Islands

Last night's moonrise over the Susie Islands of Lake Superior in Grand Portage, Minnesota.  It sure was a beautiful and calm night!  After a very unusually warm day for February (the temperature hit 54 degrees) the night was very calm with almost no wind and very comfortable with a temp of around 34 degrees.  Perfect for watching the moonrise! If you look closely at the photo you can see a light on the horizon just to the right of the moon's reflection in the water.  That light is from Rock of Ages lighthouse, a few miles west of Isle Royale National Park.  

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Blizzard Busters!

We've received quite a bit of new snow in the past week and our local plow crews have been out diligently keeping the roads clear for us.  I don't really know why but I love taking pictures of the plow trucks in action!  The orange trucks are state trucks (MN Department of Transportation) and the yellow trucks are county (Cook County Highway Department).  Both do an excellent job taking care of our roads during these snow events!