Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cross Country Bliss


















Yesterday we headed up to Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail to play in the new snow that fell overnight.  It sure was a beautiful day!  It was fun to be the only skiers out on the trails and to be making the first tracks in 4 to 5 inches of fluffy new snow.  I made this photo as we were nearing the end of our ski, heading back along Summer Home Road towards the lodge.  The ski tracks, clouds, sunlight and tree shadows all combined to make a beautiful photo that really summed up what it felt like to be out enjoying the day.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hugging the shore


















Very cool to see the Interlake Steamship Company's "James R. Barker" traveling so close to the shoreline yesterday.  It was a cold but beautiful day.  The clouds were nice for this shot and the cold air made for a nice trail of steam coming from the ship's stacks.  When I spotted the ship it's tail end was just disappearing from sight around Tamarack Point on Grand Portage Bay.  I had to drive to Horseshoe Bay in Hovland to get a little ahead of it then wait a few minutes to make these photos as it passed the bay.  



Saturday, December 2, 2017

Foggy Moonrise on the 2nd of December

















After spending a few hours on the bike this afternoon and evening it was a nice treat to see the moon rising through the fog and trees.  Such a beautiful end to a nice day in the woods!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Pigeon River Ice Flume


















Grand Portage State Park, MN.  The ice on High Falls is always very impressive this time of year.  I find it endlessly fascinating to view the variety of ice formations that develop on the waterfall.  Every day it's a different view!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A beautiful day for a hike!

























From an early morning hike recently at Grand Portage State Park in northeast Minnesota.  A cold morning with glorious sunshine!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Puffy Grouse

















A couple of mornings ago when the temp was just above zero I went for a walk in the woods and came across this Ruffed Grouse.  He was all puffed up to stay warm on the brisk morning.  He sure was cute!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Early Ice at High Falls


















Grand Portage State Park, MN

One of the prettiest times of the year to view High Falls on the Pigeon River is late fall/early winter, when the river is beginning to freeze.  I'm always amazed at the beauty of all the ice formations that build up around the waterfall and throughout the gorge.  November 10 is a little early to have this much ice buildup already, but it looks like it might melt as the temps are supposed to get back up to the low 40's next week.