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.

Frosted Rocks

Brrrr it's cold out there!  Winter seems to have arrived early this year.  We already got a bunch of snow, now we're getting the cold.  This morning the temperature was barely above zero degrees, which means we're getting an early taste of winter's beauty.  The rocks adjacent to High Falls at Grand Portage State Park have a lovely frosted look today. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Skidder on Old Highway 61

I got pretty excited the other day when I was driving along Old Highway 61 in Grand Portage and saw this skidder coming down the road.  I pulled over right where there is an intersection and waited for the machine to get closer.  When it got to the intersection it turned and went West on the Old Highway.  It made for a great shot with the quarter view of the skidder flanked by the snow covered trees on both sides of the road.  

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Target Practice

Bullet scars in a road sign along Old Highway 61 in northeast Minnesota. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Early Winter Blanket

Fresh snow blankets the forest of northeast Minnesota on October 28, 2017.

Frosted Forest

Grand Portage, MN - An early snow storm blanketed northern Minnesota with as much as 8 to 12 inches of wet snow on October 28, 2017.  The scenery after the storm was unbelievably beautiful!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Winter Wonderland (In October!)

I'm still a little bit in disbelief at how much snow we received so early this year.  In all my years of living in northeast Minnesota (which in another month will be 42) the earliest I can remember getting this much snow this early is the Halloween "mega-storm" of 1991.  And that was on Halloween... this year it was 4 days before Halloween!  

That year Duluth (150 miles south of where I live) got a dumping of about 36 inches of snow.  It started snowing on Halloween night and didn't stop for 4 days.  Here in Grand Portage we had maybe 6 inches, if I remember correctly.  This year on October 27th/28th Grand Portage received anywhere from 2 or 3 inches (on the Lake Superior shoreline) to as much as 8 to 12 inches (a few miles inland from Lake Superior).  

Most of the snow fell overnight between the 27th and 28th.  I spent the majority of the day on the 28th driving around up in the woods making photographs of the fresh winter beauty.  Speaking of which... it's still more than 50 days until winter officially arrives!  Kind of hard to believe...

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Bald Eagle and Blowing Snow

I was lucky yesterday to see this immature bald eagle soaring around near the tops of some spruce trees right as some wind gusts were blowing the fresh snow off the trees.  The blowing snow caught the sunlight and really made for a cool image.  One of the most unique bald eagle photos I've captured!

After the first snow - October 28, 2017

It sure was pretty up in the woods yesterday!  We received the earliest snowfall that I can remember in a loooooong time.  There was about 6 to 10 inches on the ground, depending on where you were.  The clouds parted enough mid-day that there was some blue sky which always adds a nice touch to fresh snowfall.  This photo was taken along Old Highway 61 in Grand Portage, MN.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Beautiful October Snow!

So I was in the post office today and there was a woman at the counter talking with the postmaster and every word coming out of her mouth was about how much she couldn't stand the winters here (for those that don't know, we had some nasty weather the last few days which left us with some really beautiful snow).  She actually said "Who would want to continue living in this HELL???"  I looked at her and said "Ummmmm.... I do... it's beautiful here!"  After that encounter I took a drive up in the woods and within 10 minutes of leaving the post office I came across this beautiful scene with the sun shining through the trees blanketed in snow.  If hell is this beautiful, heaven must be AMAZING!  

Friday, October 27, 2017

It's that time of year again!

Winter weather today meant that the plows were out! Which means that it's plow truck photo season again! Ha ha ha... those that know me know that I have an obsession with taking photos of plow trucks in action.  This guy was really flinging the snow today!

Autumn Sunrise over Isle Royale National Park

A recent beautiful sunrise over Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior, taken from Grand Portage, Minnesota.  

Friday, October 20, 2017

Fall colors at Mile 148 on Highway 61

Thanks to some pretty stiff winds the past couple of days the fall colors are now past their peak along Highway 61 in northeast Minnesota.  I meant to post this photo before the leaves were past peak but I missed it. I shot this on my way to work on October 16th.  The location is just a couple of miles south of the Canadian border.  

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hanging On

Fall color season is almost over for this year, but there is still a lot of color to be seen out in the forest.  Some trees are hanging on, savoring the nicer weather we've had this week.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Camp 20 Sunset

I was treated to a beautiful sunset this evening as I rode my bike down Camp 20 Road in Hovland, MN.  It was great way to end a superb day of riding!

Golden Tamarack

While out bike riding yesterday I saw a lot of really beautiful tamarack trees along my chosen route.  They are such beautiful trees!  The tamarack is a deciduous conifer, which means that its needles change color and fall to the ground each year.

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!