Monday, August 3, 2020

High Falls and Comet NEOWISE - Part II

One last photo of Comet NEOWISE, once again over High Falls of the Pigeon River in Grand Portage State Park, MN. In this photo I was lucky enough to also capture a meteor streaking through the sky in the upper left.  This comet was so much fun to experience.  I'm really going to miss it. 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

High Falls and Comet NEOWISE

It sure was fun photographing Comet NEOWISE.  I really got drawn into it and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, spending 5 whole nights outside over the course of a week and a half viewing and photographing it. 

This photo was made on July 23rd at 12:30 AM in Grand Portage State Park, MN. As the comet moves further away from Earth and as full moon approaches, each night gets brighter and the comet becomes more difficult to see.  Soon it will be impossible to see with the naked eye. I feel very fortunate to have photographed it on some really amazing nights in a variety of locations. This could very well go down as my most favorite subject photographed in 2020. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Dawn of a New Day in the North Woods

Grand Portage State Forest, MN. The rising sun illuminating the underside of receding storm clouds that just an hour before produced some pretty intense lightning and rain showers. Unsettled sky replaced with calm and peacefulness to greet the dawn of a new day. 

Monday, July 27, 2020

Francis Island Fog

I find the beauty and mystique of Lake Superior on a foggy day to be endlessly mesmerizing...

Fog Wave

Going back to Saturday evening and why I spent so much time (about two hours) sitting at the Susie Islands along Highway 61.  The fog conditions were changing so quickly and dramatically that I simply could not pull myself away. Sometimes when we have abundant fog conditions on Lake Superior there is this fog "wave" that continually rolls over Hat Point in Grand Portage. And that is exactly what was happening on Saturday. In this series of photos you can see how the fog wave went from relatively small and undramatic to huge and super imposing, almost completely obscuring the point and Mt. Josephine from view! 

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Late July Clouds and Fog over Lake Superior

It took me a while to get home from work yesterday.  As I was driving by the Lake Superior overlooks along the way, the fog and clouds over the lake were awesome. I pulled over and spent the next couple of hours shooting and just watching the view as it continually changed in front of me. The air was very warm, humid and still.  It felt like a sauna. It's always a treat to be able to sit and take in these displays so close to home!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Comet NEOWISE and Meteor

The sky put on quite a show on Monday night!  Comet NEOWISE is moving a little higher in the sky and getting closer to the Big Dipper and I was lucky enough to catch a nice meteor streak in this photograph too!  There was a very light haze in the sky that night which made the brighter stars even more vivid in the sky, helping the Big Dipper show up better than it normally would in this wide angle photo. To top it off, it was a nice calm night so the stars reflected quite nicely in the water.