Monday, October 16, 2017

Sunset Rays

A simple yet beautiful cloudless sunset that I captured while on one of my bike rides back in September.  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Maple Leaves on the Forest Floor

Maple leaves litter the forest floor after a rainy day in the Minnesota northwoods. 

Autumn on Cascade River

I went for a drive in the woods yesterday followed by a bike ride in the woods.  This photo was taken as I was driving out to the area where I wanted to bike.  It's the Cascade River in Cook County, MN photographed from the County Road 45 bridge that spans the river.  

Saturday, October 14, 2017

October Glow

The Northern Lights came out for a surprise show last night!  While I missed the "best" part of the show, which occurred early in the evening (before 9:00 PM), I did still catch them glowing nicely between 11:00 PM and midnight.  It had been quite windy during the day yesterday but after nightfall the wind died down to pretty much nothing.  This made for some nice reflections of the stars in the water on this pond.  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Partridge Falls

Partridge Falls of the Pigeon River in Grand Portage, MN.  It's one of my favorite waterfalls.  I never tire of visiting it or photographing it.  Such a magical place.  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 1st Sunrise at the Spirit Tree

It had been a long time since I'd been down to the Spirit Little Cedar Tree so last weekend I decided to head down there for sunrise.  I picked a great morning to go as there were some really nice clouds just as the sun was coming up.  Nothing quite like watching the sun rise over Lake Superior :-)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Fall Color Drive

Yesterday I had to drive to Duluth and I had plenty of time so I decided to drive the backroads on the way down and look at fall colors.  While the colors inland from Lake Superior are overall past their peak, there is still plenty of beauty to be found.  For this photo I purposely shot a slow shutter speed to blur the movement of the trees as I drove down the road.  I had my tripod set up on the passenger side of the car and used a remote trigger to take photos as I was driving.  For those that are curious, this was a 1/3 second exposure.  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Brilliant Birch

I sure do love autumn.  The forest is filled with such brilliant color right now.  It's like being in a fantasy land!

Friday, October 6, 2017

October Moonbow at High Falls

The moonlight last night sure was beautiful!  I went for a walk up to High Falls at Grand Portage State Park to see if there would be a moonbow.  Earlier this week we got several inches of rain which brought the water level in the river up about 4 feet.  When high water level coincides with full moonlight you can usually see a rainbow at night, often referred to as a moonbow.  

As I walked up the trail the light from the moon was so bright I didn't even need to use my headlamp, even when I was beneath the forest canopy.  When I got my first glimpse of the falls I could easily see that there was indeed a rainbow visible at the base of the waterfall!  Such a cool and unique thing to see.  The wonders of this world are endless!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Autumn ECR

Autumn ECR.  Beautiful ride under the forest canopy this evening.

Yellow Maple Leaves

A glorious, sunny autumn day in the maple forest of northeast Minnesota.  

Monday, October 2, 2017

Autumn sunrise over my two favorite lakes

Early morning light washes over my two favorite lakes: Speckled Trout Lake and Swamp Lake in Grand Portage, MN.  It sure was a beautiful weekend, I hope you all were able to get out and enjoy it!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Autumn Beauty

There's a lot of fall color out there.... get out and see it before it's gone!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Dawn of a New Day

September sunrise over Lake Superior and Isle Royale National Park as seen from Grand Portage, MN.  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

How many of me can you see?

Here's a fun photo from yesterday.  I was photographing a waterfall when I noticed tons of bubbles floating past my feet at the river's edge.  When I bent down to photograph the bubbles I noticed my reflection in almost every bubble that floated past. I decided to wave at myself and take a picture... the result is one of the most fun photographs I've made in a while :-)

Good Morning Northwoods!

Yesterday morning's sunrise over the Grand Portage forest in northeast Minnesota.  It was so cloudy we weren't sure the sun was going to peek out but it eventually did a few times.  During one of those brief moments I made this photograph and happened to catch a really nice lens flare too.  The fall colors are a little weird this year.  So many of the leaves seem to just be turning brown rather turning a nice vibrant color.  Still, the forest is always a beautiful place to be even if the colors aren't prime this year :-)  

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A day for details

As I mentioned in my post from this morning, yesterday was a very rainy day.  Those days make for fun photography underneath the forest canopy.  The lack of any direct sunlight makes for nice soft light along the forest floor.  So, I spent part of the day looking down for things to photograph.  Here are a few of my finds.  

A rainy day drive

Yesterday was a very wet day.  According to my rain gauge we received a full inch of rain throughout the day.  This is on top of what has already been a wet week.  I figured it was a good day to go for a drive in the woods.  Along the way I captured a couple of interesting "road view" photographs.  The first photo is Jackson Lake Road in Grand Portage State Forest and the second photo is Rengo Road on the Grand Portage Reservation.  Two of my favorite biking roads although I was glad to not be biking them yesterday as the rain made them pretty muddy!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Friendly Seals - Noyo Harbor, California

When we returned from a day of fishing on the Pacific Ocean we had a great time watching a few friendly harbor seals hanging around near the docks in Noyo Harbor.  Seeing these guys was one of the highlights of the trip to California!

Morning Fog on the California Coast

A beautiful morning on the coastline of MacKerricher State Park in Fort Bragg, California.  The coast was foggy but just half a mile inland the sun was shining.  By early afternoon the fog had completely dissipated and the sun was shining brightly on the beaches.  

Monday, September 25, 2017

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Point Reyes National Seashore has one of the most fascinating lighthouse locations I've seen.  Unfortunately the lighthouse was closed the day we visited and we were unable to walk down the steps to see it up close.  No matter, it still looked cool from way up on the hill!  The lighthouse was first lit on December 1, 1870 and was automated in 1975.  The location is frequently blanketed by week-long periods of fog and few years pass that do not see gales of 75 to 100 miles per hour strike the area.  

Fishing Boat off Point Reyes

There are so many cool things to photograph along the California coast!  While hiking out to Point Reyes in Point Reyes National Seashore we saw this fishing boat quite a ways offshore.  Using my 600mm zoom I was able to make an interesting photograph of the boat and the cloud shadows on the surface of the ocean.  

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Oberg's Shadow

On a recent hike of the Oberg Mountain Trail in Lutsen, Minnesota I was surprised at how little fall color there was.  Usually by that time in September the maples are turning more than they were so far this year.  Even so, it was a beautiful hike (indeed, it always is no matter what time of year). As I came to the overlook that looks to the east over Lake Superior I was taken by the prominence of the mountain's shadow.  I had to make a photograph of it!  

Sea Lion Surf

I loved this view of the coast at Point Reyes National Seashore in California.  As were were hiking up on the nearby cliffs we could hear sea lions barking.  At first we couldn't tell where they were, because they were so far away.  After careful examination of the rocks down below using my camera lens zoomed in at 600mm, I finally spotted a few sea lions playing in the surf.  It looked like they were having fun, they were simply hanging out in the water and diving under the waves as they approached shore.  See if you can spot the sea lion in this picture!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Surf and Shadows, Point Reyes Coast

Spectacular view of the coastline at Point Reyes National Seashore in California.  It was super cool to see the shadows dancing across this landscape as we watched from high upon the nearby cliffs.  

Sunset Squalls and Fall Colors

The sky sure was beautiful last night as the day drew to a close.  I was going to go for a bike ride but after checking the forecast and the weather radar I saw more storms were on the way.  I decided instead to take a drive inland and check out the progression of the fall colors.  The maples aren't at their peak yet but they are coming along nicely.  I went up to one of the local fire towers to get a view over the forest canopy.  While I was on the tower I could hear thunder rumbling to the east and I could see rain falling from the clouds.  It sure was beautiful!

September Storm over Grand Portage Bay

Yesterday we had some incredible thunderstorms move through in the morning and again in the evening. The clouds were fascinating.  I made this photo as I was driving home from work just after 5:00 PM.  

Friday, September 22, 2017

September Sunlight on the Oberg Mountain Trail

A beautiful evening hike along one of the premier fall color trails on the north shore, Oberg Mountain in Lutsen.  The colors haven't changed as much as I was expecting yet, but we should see a lot more of it popping up in the next week!

A walk through the Cypress in the fog

Fog is so beautiful, especially when its surrounding awesome trees like these magnificent Cypress in Point Reyes National Seashore, California!  

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Early Autumn at Oberg Lake

On my way home from Duluth yesterday I stopped and hiked the Oberg Mountain trail to see how the fall colors were doing.  Things were still pretty green.  Not a whole lot of color yet but even so the view was still spectacular as always!  

Tule Elk, Foggy Day at Point Reyes

During our visit to Point Reyes National Seashore in California we did some hiking on the Tomales Point Trail.  As we were hiking we could hear the Tule Elk bugling all around us, but we couldn't see them or the ocean because of the thick fog. Several times when we heard the Elk calling we stopped to see if we could catch a glimpse of them.  Time and time again we were foiled by the fog.  On the return to our car we heard a call that sounded VERY close. We stopped once again to try and catch a glimpse.  The fog was blowing very quickly from right to left across the meadow in front of us.  

As we stared into the white nothingness Jessica exclaimed "I think I just saw him!"  After a few more moments the fog cleared just enough and I saw his silhouette as well.  It was extremely difficult to get the camera to focus on the elk in such challenging conditions but after looking into the foggy field for about 10 minutes I did manage to come away with several interesting photos. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed making them!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tule Elk at Point Reyes

I just returned from a trip to California where Jessica and I took some vacation time and did some exploring north of San Francisco.  On the first day of the trip we visited Point Reyes National Seashore, which has a resident population of Tule Elk.  As we were driving out to one of the trailheads in the park we came over a rise and there was a big, beautiful bull elk standing right close to the road!  A few cows were in the distance and I got some great shots of all of them.  It sure was a great way to start the day at Point Reyes!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Aurora Waves over Hollow Rock

From the night of June 22, 2015.  Probably the single best night of northern lights that I've ever seen. The lights easily filled 70 to 80 percent of the sky that night.  The view here is actually looking south/southeast, which gives you an idea of how strong the lights were.  Usually the best views of them are looking to the north, but on this night they were everywhere.  Simply unforgettable. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Esther Lake Milky Way

An awesome night of viewing the Milky Way over Esther Lake in Grand Portage State Forest, Minnesota.  I never tire of being out on nights like this!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Happiness is a sunset bike ride

Happiness is a sunset bike ride :-)

Friday, September 1, 2017

The leaves they are a-changin'

Autumn will soon be here in all its glory!  The signs are out there... and they sure are beautiful!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fireball Sunset

I love what 600mm does for a sunset photo.  This was taken from the top of a fire tower in Grand Portage, MN.  A beautiful end to a beautiful day.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Great American Eclipse

Yes, I photographed The Great American Eclipse too.  We almost missed it here in northeast Minnesota as our skies got really cloudy just as the eclipse was reaching its maximum for us (right about the time this photo was taken).  Clouds were moving quickly across the sun/moon combination and every now and then the eclipse was visible through an opening in the clouds. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Late Summer Sunset

I finally got my "big" camera (Nikon D750) out for some photos last night.  It was the first time I'd used it this month, which I still have a hard time believing.  At any rate the shoreline by my house was completely socked in with fog so I took a chance and drove inland, hoping for a decent sunset.  It was a nice one, with a perfect gap in the clouds which allowed the sun to peek out for a few minutes and give me a beautiful moment to photograph. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Horseshoe Bay Milky Way

The Milky Way Galaxy as seen over the small island at the Lake Superior Water Trail campsite in Hovland, MN.