Friday, June 24, 2016

Sunset Storm

















A recent stormy sunset over Lake Superior in Grand Portage, MN.  It had been nice weather all day but in the evening a storm front moved in and it got pretty windy and rained off and on all night.  It was beautiful again the next day.  I love when the weather patterns move like that :-)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pigeon River Snapping Turtle


















One of my favorite things to see each year are the big snapping turtles that come crawling out of the Pigeon River to lay their eggs.  I came across this once recently while driving along Highway 593 on the Ontario side of the river.  The turtle was actually in the middle of the road, so I pulled over to watch it cross over into the grass on the other side.  Once it reached the grass it laid down and sat there for a long time without moving.  I figured it was getting ready to lay eggs so after watching it for a few minutes and taking a few photos I went on my way.  Always a treat to see these guys!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Raven Posse


















A group of ravens that I came across recently.  I find that most ravens are incredibly wary and will not let you get very close to them.  It seems they are either like that, or they are super tame.  The really tame ones are rare, though.  This was a unique moment where I stopped my truck alongside the road to watch these guys and they didn't fly away.  I was able to watch them for a few minutes before they decided to leave.  

Monday, June 20, 2016

June Thunderstorm

























Here is another lightning photo from last night.  I got thoroughly soaked getting these photos, but I had a blast.  Enduring the wind and rain was so worth it!

Lightning Squall


















Lots of fun last night watching one thunderstorm after another roll across Wauswaugoning Bay in Grand Portage, MN!  This photo was made at 10:30 P.M. as one of the strongest of the storms lit up the horizon with lightning.  I like how the lightning is illuminating the sheets of rain falling from the clouds.  

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Above and Beyond


















There was some really cool stuff happening over the bay last night.  Beautiful moonlight and thunderstorms rolling through.  Not directly overhead, but above and beyond over the lake. While the lightning flashed overhead, fog drifted past the island.  The entire scene was illuminated by surreal moonlight.  The season of the thunderstorm has definitely arrived!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Summer's Bounty - Flowering Crabapple Tree
















 
This past week sure has been a beautiful one in our yard!  We have 3 flowering crabapple trees in the yard (thanks to my parents for planting them many years ago) and this week they are in the prime of their summer bloom.  Our honeybees (as well as all the native bees) absolutely love them and each day if you walk past one of the trees you'll hear it humming with bee activity.  The waxwings also love them.  They'll hang out in the trees and snack on the flower petals.  We've had a group of them hanging around all week as well, enjoying the blooms just as much (if not more!) than we are.