Meeting the Sunrise

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After paddling under the Aerial Lift Bridge, through the shipping channel, three paddle boarders are rewarded with a beautiful sunrise over Lake Superior.

Paddling Out to Greet the Sunrise

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Three paddle boarders were taking advantage of the calm morning to make their way out to Lake Superior to watch the sunrise.

Wet Rocks on a Cold Day

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During a snowy, wet spring day, I took a short hike at Jay Cooke State Park to check the water level on the St. Louis River. The river still has a bit of ice around the edges but, the main channel is open and flowing. As I climbed around the rocks, I discovered this bit of color.

On The Ice

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Every now and then, the weather stays cold enough to freeze Lake Superior and create ice that is safe to walk on. Ice anglers, skaters and sightseers love to take advantage of this rare opportunity to venture out on the … Continue reading

Follow The Leader

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While in Texas, we visited Padre Island National Seashore to spend some time on the beach. Every now and then, a flock of pelicans would fly by in formation. It would start as a traditional “V” shape, then they would string out and play follow the leader in a curving pattern as they flew down the beach.

It Was So Cold…

This past Thursday, Feb. 3, I had to take a trip to west central Minnesota. When I left Duluth, the temp was -17F. As I traveled west, the thermometer in my car started reading even colder temps, with the lowest reading at -32F. The cold, dense air created a thermal inversion which blocked warmer air from rising. This effect was best illustrated by the smoke from wood fired boilers rising about 30-40 feet above ground and stopping as though it had hit an invisible ceiling. If you were to travel further north, you could have experienced even lower temps, some lower than -40F.

Problems, Problems, Problems!

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I recently took a three day trip to Portland, Oregon to pick up new camera gear and to spend a day photographing waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge. The flight out was uneventful. However, my choice of hotel was problem … Continue reading

North Dakota Prairie

I recently traveled around parts of North Dakota and had time to capture a few shots that I felt give a sense of the open spaces that exist in the western part of our country.  One of these days I hope to spend time slowly exploring these wide open places under the big sky.

Images were captured using my Sony RX100 V.

Making Tracks to the Outdoors

Today is Black Friday and once again I have chosen to #OptOutside.  Minnesota State parks were open to the public with free admission today and I visited Jay Cooke State Park.  It looks like I wasn’t the only one making tracks to the outdoors.

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Two Trees

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Over there, off to one side, another tree.  Two trees, each watching the other, keeping the other company.  One obviously older, having seen more, able to share with the other knowledge of the past.  They both watch, as the man on the side of the road takes pictures before vanishing down the October Road.