Thursday, January 19, 2017

Riding through the Sugar Bush

Just another great day in the woods on the bike!  Enjoying a cruise through the maple forest in Grand Portage, MN.  Nothing much better than winter fun :-) 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cruising through the forest

A fun fat bike ride on a beautiful January afternoon at the "Tip of the Arrowhead" region in Grand Portage, MN. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Pigeon River Ice Factory

It sure has been a great winter for ice at High Falls of the Pigeon River in Grand Portage State Park, MN!  Which is somewhat strange because it hasn't been a horribly cold winter.  Sure, we've had some cold snaps where the temp dipped below zero but overall it hasn't been bad.  

This photo was taken on December 30, 2016 and shows some of the cool abstract patterns that were developing in the ice.  You can see that there was still quite a bit of water falling down on the left side of the photo.  If you visit the falls today you will see very little falling water compared to this. The main channel is now pretty much frozen with most of the running water existing out of sight behind the ice.  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Old Highway Star Trails

A 30 minute exposure of the night sky taken on December 23, 2016 in Grand Portage, Minnesota. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Big Cedar along the Deer Yard Ski Trails

Cook County, MN - While out on a recent ski outing we did the main loop on the Deer Yard Ski Trails.  It was my first time skiing this trail and I was blown away by the beauty of the trail corridor!  So many beautiful trees and curves along the trail.  My ski companions were getting a bit frustrated waiting for me because I was stopping so much to take pictures along the way.  I couldn't help myself... it was a perfect day for skiing and around almost every corner of the trail I would see another composition that I wanted to photograph.  The photo shown here is one of my favorites from the day.  I just loved this giant cedar right along the edge of the trail and the way the snow was clinging to its trunk.  

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Winter Flow on High Falls

I haven't posted a picture of High Falls in a little while, so here's an update as to how the falls looks right now.  Throughout the second half of December the waterfall was freezing up nicely and only had one channel of running water at year's end.  Yesterday when I walked up there I was surprised to see 3 channels of running water again, only this time they were running over the top of the ice that had already formed.  

It's a little hard to see in this still photo, but there is a lot of running water in 3 different areas along the face of the waterfall.  I don't remember ever seeing it look like this before in January.  It's very interesting and hard to say how long it will last like this.  Who knows, since yesterday some of these channels of running water may have frozen over already.  

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Fat Tracks in Fresh Snow

We got our fat bikes out yesterday and had fun playing in the 6 inches of fresh new snow that fell!  Enjoying the last day in the mid-20's before we get hit with a cold snap.  It's been an awesome week of skiing and biking with the comfortable temps we've been having.  Forecasted highs for the next 4 or 5 days aren't any more than 5 degrees above zero.