Sunday, May 29, 2016

Le Grand du Nord

















Above: Nearing the top of the climb on Lindskog Road, just before turning east on County Road 60

Yesterday Jessica and I rode in "Le Grand du Nord", a bike event/race starting and ending in Grand Marais, MN.  There was a 50 mile ride and a 100 mile ride; we participated in the 50.  This was my first time ever participating in something like this and I had a blast!  After the rain the night before the course was pretty wet but still lots of fun.  The temperature was actually kind of perfect.  All of the riders were super friendly.  It was a lot of fun chatting with fellow riders as we rode along and interesting to see the huge variety of bikes and setups that people were using.  The course was roughly 90% on gravel roads, with just a couple of short pavement sections and only one short section that was really rough.  Very well designed and challenging route with 3,000 feet of climbing.  Thanks to all those involved in planning and implementing this event... we sure had a great time!  And, of course, you know me... I just had to bring a camera along!  A few people poked fun at me for taking pictures during a bike race, but whatever... I had loads of fun and now I have some cool pictures to go with my memories of the day!


















Above: Beautiful spring green along County Road 60!



















Above: The Cook County fat bike crew... John Twiest, Adam Harju and Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux on Trout Lake Road


















Above: Beautiful foggy scenery along Pine Mountain Road


















Above: The worst section of the route... along the Meridian Road


















Above: After the Meridian Road, it was smooth sailing along County Roads 6 and 7 all the way to the finish!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Happy Birthday Grandma!

















This beautiful 20x30 metal print was purchased by my parents to give to my Grandma for her birthday last week.  It's a beautiful print and she absolutely loved it!  Everyone that sees a metal print is always fascinating and quite frankly blown away by it.  This is a friendly reminder that any of my images can be printed on metal and my night images (Northern Lights, Milky Way, etc.) look especially stunning when printed on metal.  Visit the Purchase page of my website for more information about these prints and a description on how to order them.  

These photos were taken by my dad, Rick Novitsky.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Singletrack Adventure on Lester River


















We finally got to try out some real singletrack trails!  It sure was a big change from riding a wide variety of gravel roads, which is what we're used to.  It was challenging for both of us but lots of fun! The trails were beautiful and the amount of work that goes into building and maintaining them is nothing short of astounding.  A big thanks to COGGS (Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores) for providing these awesome trails for us to ride!  These photos were taken on the Lester River Trail in Duluth, MN.


















Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Aurora Clouds

















Okay, I think this is the last photo I'm going to share from the aurora event of May 8, 2016!  I just keep finding more pictures from that night that I want to share.  This one was made before the lights got REALLY good that night... and that's saying something because I think they're pretty darn good in this photo too!  I made this photo early on in the night when the lights were less active... and these were pretty active, so you can imagine how it was when they really took off!  Well, actually you don't have to imagine.  Just check out the photos I posted about a week ago :-)  Shortly after making this photo, the clouds you see on the left came in and completely blocked the view of the sky.  Once that happened, I took a drive in search of openings in the clouds, but didn't find any until I returned back to this tree a couple of hours later. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mother's Day Delight
























I'm still finding photos from the Mother's Day aurora storm that I like!  Came across this one last night that initially didn't really strike me that much but after a few tweaks in Lightroom I really, really liked it!  This view here is actually looking south, so you can get an idea of how strong the "northern" lights were on this night! 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The best part of my week


















This is the best part of my week.  Sweet 2 hour ride with my lovely and supporting wife Jessica after work.  Nothing relieves stress and makes you feel good the way a 20 mile gravel ride can.  Oh, and this photo proves that we ride more than just fat bikes :-)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Spring Storm over Mt. Josephine


















A beautiful spring storm passing over Mt. Josephine and Hat Point in Grand Portage, MN on a May afternoon.