Saturday, September 4, 2021

Coneflowers Are Cool


 









One of my favorite things about late summer is the coneflowers. They are such a cool flower and the pollinators love them!  

Monday, August 30, 2021

Evening Sun Rays on the Grand Portage Hills


 









Last night we headed up into the local hills to catch the sunset. As we drove inland it looked like it was probably going to be a dull sunset as we couldn't see very many clouds. When we got high up on our chosen vantage point, however, we saw a nice cluster of clouds to the west.  The sun was behind the clouds and rays of light were bursting through and washing over the landscape below. Even though it was really windy, it was worth the outing to see this majestic light show!



Finally some rain!


 









In case you haven't heard, it's been a very dry summer in northeast Minnesota. Until this past weekend hardly any rain fell since the first week of July. Over the past couple of days, though, we've finally received a decent amount of rainfall!  Just under two inches fell in the Grand Portage area. Most of that fell last night and this morning the fog and clouds were crazy cool over Lake Superior.  The landscape looked more like a painting than real life.  The view over the Susie Islands was especially awesome.  



Saturday, August 28, 2021

The Coast Guard and a Kayaker


 









We were in Grand Marais this afternoon to get some groceries and grab a burger for lunch.  We typically sit over near Artists' Point to eat our burgers but today we went over by the campground.  While we were sitting there eating our lunch the coast guard patrol boat entered the harbor.  Not long after that someone came along in a kayak and paddled out beyond the breakwall.  The sky was very overcast and a few intermittent rain drops were falling.  It was a very peaceful afternoon. 



Thursday, August 26, 2021

Smoky Summer


 









Thanks to a plethora of wildfires across North America we sure have been seeing a lot of smoky days this summer. Some days our air quality has been extremely poor. Probably the worst days have been this past week as we now have around a dozen or so fires in northeast Minnesota. The largest of these has burned over 20,000 acres so far and is still listed as 0% contained. We have received very little rain since early July but this weekend the forecast is looking pretty promising for some moisture.  Hopefully it pans out as we could sure use some rain to knock down the fires and the smoke. 












Friday, August 20, 2021

Solitary Swan


 









This swan has been hanging around on the small lake behind our house for most of the summer.  I'm thinking it must have lost its mate.  It hangs out in this area most of the time but on occasion will fly away for a while then come back. It's been nice to see the beautiful bird so much but I can't help but feel a bit sad for it. 

These photos were both taken with my Sony RX10 Mark III camera. The first one was at its full wide angle of 24mm and the second one was taken zoomed all the way in at 600mm.  It's an amazing camera to have so much zoom range and image quality in a relatively compact package. 



Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Milky Way and Airglow


 









A beautiful night scene over a small lake in northeast Minnesota.  The Milky Way shines brightly while some airglow adds a little mystique to the atmosphere. We had just finished watching for Perseid meteors from the middle of the lake when we noticed this cool view from the boat dock. It was an unforgettable parting shot to top off an incredible night of sky gazing.