But Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

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The temp was -12F when I ran from my warm car to capture a few shots before dashing back the the warmth of my heated seat.  The water of Lake Superior is warmer than the air which produces the mist, also known as sea smoke.

Canon 5D S, ISO 50, 200mm, f / 11, 1/100 sec.

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In Winter’s Grip

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The cold has tightened it’s grip upon the land and is making every effort to smother everything in it’s path.  I get shivers just looking at this image.

Lights Everywhere

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The annual Bentleyville “Tour of Lights” is in full swing in Duluth right now through December 26th.  This popular attraction draws thousands to the area and every year.  This past week the warmer than usual temperatures have made for even larger crowds.

Like A Mirror

It was one of those rare nights when the harbor was perfectly calm allowing for near perfect reflections of the Aerial Lift Bridge. The only camera I had with me was my iPhone 7 Plus so quality is not as good as I would prefer. I did however use the ProCam app which allowed me to shoot RAW with the hope of salvaging a decent final image. Editing was done on my iPad with Adobe Lightroom CC.

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A Few Final Reflections…

Now that I have enjoyed another #optoutside, I can start thinking about where I’ll go next year to celebrate the fourth annual event.  I have a whole year to plan, and you have a whole year to wait.  In the meantime, do get outside whenever possible and enjoy what nature has to offer to each of us.  And, whenever possible, share the experience with others.  And, don’t be afraid to look at things a little differently.

The River

Correction: I have mis-identified the Kettle River as the St. Croix River, sorry for any confusion.

The Kettle River is one of several scenic rivers in Minnesota.  From it’s humble beginnings to where it meets up with the St. Croix River, it offers many miles of boating, fishing and hiking.  The section of the river that runs through Banning State Park has peaceful, calm areas, as seen looking upriver from the access point.  But, as the signs warns, up ahead are challenging rapids.