Saturday, June 24, 2017

Painted Lady on Lilac

We haven't had much sun lately but when it has been out the butterflies have been all over our lilac bushes!  This painted lady was posing nicely for a photograph.  

It must be summer!

It must be summer... road construction is in full swing :-)

Duluth, MN

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Painted Turtle enjoying the sunshine!

It's a beautiful sunny day and the turtles are enjoying it as much as we are!  I caught this cute little painted turtle sunning itself on a log on a small pond yesterday.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Superior Refraction

There have been a lot of cool clouds floating over the Arrowhead region of Minnesota the past two days.  Lots of rain off and on as well.  I love days when the weather is changing as much as it has been recently.  Every time you look at the sky there is a new and interesting view to see.  This was my favorite moment from yesterday, when a rainbow formed in a storm that was dissipating over Lake Superior.  

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mississippi Sunset, Crow Wing State Park

During my week in the Brainerd/Little Falls area, one day we had some pretty cool thunderheads passing over all afternoon.  While it never rained where we were, in the evening I drove up to Crow Wing State Park and it had rained there.  The park road had puddles on it and everything smelled really fresh.  The mosquitoes were also horrible.  I stood on the end of the boat access ramp to make this photograph of the clouds as they were breaking up just as the sun was going down.  I was swatting at mosquitoes the entire time, but I couldn't bring myself to leave until all the color had faded from the clouds.  It was just too beautiful to walk away from, even though I was getting eaten alive!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer Storm over Palisade Head

Yesterday while driving home from Duluth the sky was incredible as a storm approached from the west.  At first, as we were driving between Duluth and Two Harbors, all we could see behind us was a big black wall of clouds approaching.  As we got a little further up the shore the clouds starting taking on all these incredible shapes and textures.  

We stopped at the Palisade Head overlook in Tettegouche State Park to take some pictures of the sky.  During that time there was a rain squall occurring over the lake, with a brighter patch of light emanating from the center of the squall.  We only had a few minutes to enjoy the view before the heavy rain hit.  We were driving the rest of the way home in some pretty heavy downpours.  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sunset from Hopper Hill

A beautiful sunset from the Hopper Hill Trail in Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area!

Mushroom Cloud over Pete's Island

One of the coolest clouds I've ever seen over Lake Superior showed itself behind Pete's Island at sunset on Grand Portage Bay the other day.  

Friday, June 9, 2017

Early morning on the Superior Hiking Trail

About two weeks ago I spent most of the night photographing the stars of the Milky Way over Lake Superior.  It was such a good night for photography that I stayed out until the horizon started to glow with the light of the approaching sun.  I love that time as you can still see quite a few stars in the sky as dawn approaches. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Hollow Rock and the Milky Way

Two of my favorite photo subjects together in the same shot: Hollow Rock and the Milky Way.  Taken during the new moon phase in May 2017. 

Shot with a Nikon D750 camera and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens.  Exposure time 30 seconds at f/2.8 and ISO 6400.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Secrets in the Stars

The Universe holds many secrets and I find it difficult not to ponder those secrets while basking under the glow of the Milky Way.

Photographed along the lakewalk section of the Superior Hiking Trail just north of Grand Marais, MN. 

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Early Summer on Mud Creek

One of my favorite roadside views in Cook County.  From the Pine Mountain Road between the Gunflint Trail and County Road 8.