Monday, June 18, 2018
Taken early last month during the first decent night of northern lights we've experienced in a while. For a long time the lights were not very bright or bold, but the stars sure were! It was so calm that night the reflections on the surface of the lake were surreal.
Friday, June 15, 2018
So many forest roads... and so little time to explore them all. I love seeing how the character of each road is different from the next. And experiencing them from the seat of the bike is the best way to go. You really appreciate everything along the way.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Monday, June 4, 2018
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Saturday, May 26, 2018
That's what it has felt like the past few days, like we're living in a foggy dream. There has been so much fog on Lake Superior the past few days and it never seems to burn off. It's there during the day and it's there at night. Yesterday as I was driving home from work the fog was thick but low and as I drove Highway 61 up the Mt. Josephine grade suddenly I was above the fog. I pulled over at the Susie Islands overlook and made this photo. The islands are down there, hidden underneath the fog. I loved the layers of the fog and the soft blue of the sky above. A magical scene.
Friday, May 25, 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018
So last night after my bike ride I was driving around on Arrow River Road in Ontario, Canada when I came around a corner near a beaver pond and there was a Lynx standing in the middle of the road! Once he saw the car he ran quickly off the road. I backed up a bit, then positioned the car so I could photograph him if he came back out, then turned the car off. After about 10 seconds he came back out into the road and sat right down in the middle of the road and looked at me. Apparently deciding I wasn't a threat, he disregarded me after that first look and went about his business.
After a few moments I realized he was intent on watching the few ducks that were on the beaver pond and at one point I thought he was going to try and catch one. He hunkered down and just like a house cat wiggled his butt and his tail started flicking back and forth. The ducks never got close enough however and eventually he started walking very slowly down the road away from me. It sure was a cool experience and a great way to end a day in the woods!
The next two photos are a little blurry but I still like them because of his posture as he walked across the road.
Last night's sunset was pretty sweet overlooking a beaver pond along Arrow River Road in Ontario, Canada. This sunset came after a super fun adventure bike ride where I saw 2 Sandhill Cranes, 4 Black Bears, 6 Garter Snakes and a Lynx! What a great day :-)
Monday, May 21, 2018
I made this photo while wandering around in the woods all night last night. It's kind of spooky but also wicked cool. That's the galactic core of the Milky Way behind the trunk of the tree. A group of coyotes were yipping and howling in the distance as I photographed this tree. Their sounds just added to the memory and the spookiness of the scene.
I went out last night after the moon dropped below the horizon to capture some more Milky Way images. My first stop was Hollow Rock in Grand Portage. I got a kick out of this photo because there are a couple of gulls sitting on top of the rock and it almost seems as though they are enjoying the view of the Milky Way as much as I was. I didn't even know they were there until I looked at the photo on the camera's LCD screen after taking it. I could these two white spots on the top right of the rock in the picture, but when I looked at the rock it was really hard to make them out because it was so dark. The long exposure makes them show up nicely, as the camera can record over time more light than our eyes can see in an instant.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Last night sure was a beautiful night to be outside staring up at the Milky Way. A nice cold night too (temperature right around freezing) which always seems to make the Milky Way easier to see. I feel like I could stare at a sky like this for the rest of my days and never tire of it.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
The other evening I watched this Egret fishing along the edge of a small lake near my home. Over the course of about 30 minutes I watched him catch and eat roughly a dozen minnows. It was such a calming experience to share time with this majestic animal. It really made my day.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
While I didn't do as much photography on my recent California trip as I have on past trips, I did still do some and I do have more images to share from that trip. So, on occasion I'm going to jump back and post an image or two from California. Like this photo of the Milky Way over the Sierra Foothills in Sequoia National Park. This was taken from the General's Highway at Amphitheater Point. The moon was still up but very low in the sky and about to drop behind the mountains behind me. The moonlight is what's illuminating the mountains in this photo. It was kind of an unfamiliar experience for me to be hanging out in 60 degree weather at night in April, but hey, that's California for you!
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
So I had this super interesting (and slightly scary) encounter the other night while photographing this scene. I was standing at the end of the short dock on Chester Lake under the glow of the Milky Way in Grand Portage State Forest, MN. As you can see from the photo, it was an incredibly calm night. So calm the stars were reflecting almost perfectly in the water. This meant that I could hear every little noise in the forest.
When I arrived at this location there were a couple of rabbits that were running around in the brush near the shoreline. I saw them in my car headlights when I first pulled up to the boat landing. As I absorbed the scene and planned out my composition I could hear them chasing each other back and forth in the woods. After a while they either got tired or left the area as there was no longer any sound. By then I was making my first exposures and getting my composition dialed in.
By the time I had everything just right, I could once again hear rustling in the woods behind me. Only this time it sounded different. This time it sounded like a much larger animal. I turned and faced the shoreline but it was much too dark to see anything. The noises kept coming closer. I heard a couple of twigs snap, then I could hear the animal breathing. I turned on the soft red light of my headlamp and there was a moose standing there near the edge of the lake, about 30 feet away.
All of a sudden I got very nervous, but I stood still and tried not to make a sound. I turned off my headlamp and the moose turned and started to walk through the brush along the water's edge. It walked right past the end of the dock and through the brush for about another 50 feet along the lakeshore then turned and headed back inland. Once I could hear that the moose was quite a ways away, I let out a sigh of relief and went back to photographing the scene. I never saw or heard it again that night. A little while later when I left to visit another location, I could see its tracks on the gravel road as I drove away from the boat landing. Standing under the glow of the Milky Way in such a beautiful location is special enough, but having a wildlife encounter such as this makes the night even more memorable!
Monday, May 7, 2018
Last night was quite a bit better than the previous night! The aurora put on a nice show just after midnight on McFarland Lake in Cook County, MN. There wasn't any wind to speak of either so the stars and lights were reflecting very nicely in the water. It's always so magical to be outside at times like this!
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Apparently I should have gone out shooting earlier than I did last night. It sounds like the best of the lights occurred before 10 PM. Still, I enjoyed a beautiful view of the night sky over McFarland Lake at the end of the Arrowhead Trail in Cook County, MN. There was just a touch of green behind some clouds on the horizon but the stars were pretty amazing!
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Sequoia National Park, California
I haven't had a post on my photo page in a while as I was in California on vacation. It was nice to get away and not really pay much attention to online posting for a while. But I'm home now and reviewing some of the images I made on the trip!
While I was in California the nights were filled with some pretty glorious moonlight. The foothills of the Sierras were alive with plants and flowers blooming everywhere. The yucca in particular was incredibly beautiful. I had never seen it in bloom before and it was impossible to miss it on this trip. Some of the plants were HUGE and the blooms were visible from quite far away. One night I went out to capture the blooms in the moonlight and came away with some of my favorite images from the trip.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
The big lake (Superior) was kicking up pretty fiercely today. High winds made for big waves all along the Minnesota shoreline. I took this photo from Hollow Rock Resort as the ship was sailing East across the lake. Kind of hard to tell it's spring, the photo looks more like it was taken in November!
Monday, April 2, 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Monday, March 26, 2018
Last night's sunset at Hollow Rock in Grand Portage, MN. Over the last couple of days the wind pushed the ice that was out in the middle of the lake towards shore and once it hit shore it built up into these piles. Just when I was thinking our Lake Superior ice season was basically over, we got a nice surprise!
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Super interesting ice to photograph yesterday on Chicago Bay of Lake Superior in Hovland, MN. This looks like pancake ice floating in the bay, but it's actually frozen in place by clear ice. I know when I first spotted it I thought it was pieces of ice floating around. When I took a closer look I was amazed to see the entire bay was actually frozen solid. Very "cool".