October Gift

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We don’t often get temps above seventy in October but, when we do, it behooves us to get outside and enjoy it. I choose to spend a few hours at Jay Cooke State Park enjoying the sound of the St. Louis River and waiting for the sunset.

Autumn Trickle

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A dry summer has kept most local streams to just a trickle. But, with a background such as this, the trickle is a minor part of the composition.

Running From the Smoke

One last image before I seek cleaner air. The smoke was getting to be too much for me to handle, checked the air quality index and it was an unhealthy 158. Believe it or not, this is not the worst we’ve had lately, we were over 200 this past week. In many places out west if’s even worse.

Forest Fires and Burning Skies

Another from a smoky morning on Stoney Point along the shore of Lake Superior. It was difficult to work with the low air quality and I began to get a headache and scratchy throat making this one of the last images I captured before heading home.

Adding Color

Like many places in the U.S., northern Minnesota is experiencing forest fires. Depending on the wind direction, Duluth may have nice, clear air or heavy smoke from the fires. On this morning the smoke was blowing down the lake toward Duluth providing us with unhealthy air quality. The upside to the smoke is beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Morning by the Lake

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Sometimes you have to make a run for the lake when you think there might be a good sunrise. Today was pretty good.

Time in the Garden

Early morning in a summer garden to capture the last iris before it fades, plus a poppy and a Peony.