Awesome adventure on the bike yesterday! Beautiful blue sky day with mild temperatures and our hard crusty snow conditions still exist (meaning you can still bike pretty much wherever you want to). I chose a route that included a little bit of trail riding but was mostly through a random collection of logging cuts, across beaver marshes and down a section of the Pigeon River. I sure am going to miss these conditions when they're gone!
Friday, March 17, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Grand Portage State Park, MN - The ice at High Falls this winter has been spectacular. With the ups and downs we've had in the weather the ice formations have been constantly changing. Every day yields something new to see. This photo was captured a few days ago and shows some freshly formed icicles after several days of cold weather.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Here's a recent image from the maple forest in Grand Portage, MN during the new moon. I love photographing the maple forest under nothing but the light of the stars. It's such a cool feeling to be standing under the combination of magnificent trees and glorious starlight. Every maple tree is so unique, yet some are more unique than others. I love searching for these special individual trees. I am always on the lookout for them as potential photographic subjects. I call these special trees "sentinels", as they stand apart from the rest. Watching over the others, if you will.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Sweet sunset last night while out biking. Yep, that's right... biking over this terrain! Thanks to the awesome hard snow conditions we have right now, you can bike in places you normally would never be able to. I was able to bike right up this drainage and around the corner close to the ridge you see in the distance. I didn't ride right on the ice, I stayed over land up near the edge of the trees. Sure is cool to be able to ride areas like this and explore where you otherwise normally wouldn't be able to go, except with snowshoes. And, to have essentially zero impact! The snow is so hard you don't even break through to harm the plants under the snow. The only trace that's left is a slight tire track on the surface of the hard snow that will soon melt. This sunset was a beautiful way to end an awesome day of riding!
I visited Partridge Falls on the Pigeon River yesterday and found some really cool ice formations along the top edge of the falls. I must have photographed this one particular formation for at least 10 minutes, trying different combinations of composition and shutter speed. In the end my favorite exposure ended up being a slower one, at 1/60 of a second to slightly blur the movement of the water behind the ice.