A Rock and a Cold Place

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Temp was in the mid-teens, very gusty wind off the lake and having to fight the blowing snow made the day challenging. On the ledge rock, along the shore of Lake Superior at Gooseberry Falls State Park.

Icy Abstracts

One of my favorite winter subjects is patterns in the ice. As water freezes, it doesn’t always do it at once, it sometimes does it in layers. I will spend a entire day scouring the ledge rock along the Lake Superior shoreline seeking the small crevices and pools that harbor these patterns. On this day, I only found two, but I’ll be back out soon looking for more of these frozen artworks.

Sunrise and Sunset

In August of 2016 I captured an image of the Paul R. Tregurtha as she left the harbor and headed out to Lake Superior. The sunrise painted a lovely glow down her side as she steamed away.

Fast forward to January 2022 and the same ship is arriving back to the harbor at sunset. The two images will make for a perfect triptych.

Arriving

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The Paul R. Tregurtha arriving under Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge at sunset on January 15th, 2022. This was her last trip for the season and will now be docked till shipping resumes in the spring.

At 1013.5 feet, Interlake’s flagship M/V Paul R. Tregurtha is the longest ship on the Great Lakes.

Fujifilm GFX 100s, Venus Optics Loawa 17mm f4.

Frosted Shoreline

After every good storm along the shore of Lake Superior, the spray from the waves coats everything in ice.

A New Year

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2022 arrived a couple of weeks ago, Happy New Year everyone. A new year means doing the bit of housekeeping, such as creating a 2022 folder on my hard drive and in Lightroom. I am slowly adjusting to my new editing space that I moved into last year. I still have more sorting and organizing of stuff as I downsize. I’ve made a resolution to shoot more than last year. Learning more about my new camera and lenses is an ongoing process. After shooting with various Canon cameras over the last fifteen years, switching to Fuji has been a bit strange, yet not too difficult to manage. The basics are pretty much the same on all cameras, it’s just getting use to new buttons, dials and menus. When I need a good, old fashioned dose of reality, I can break out my Nikon FM and load some film.

Where I live, a new year also means winter. What better way to start out the winter of 2022 with some ice along the shore of Lake Superior.

An image taken with my iPhone 12 while standing on a mound of wind blown ice on Duluth Minnesota’s Park Point looking eastward up the lake.

Frosty Wonderland

This past week week we had a few foggy days with cooler temps which usually creates a frosted wonderland. Although I did not have the chance to really take advantage of the phenomenon, I did capture a few images and went out a couple of days later to try macro photography on what was left of the frost.

Ledge Rock Abstracts #4

One more from the ledge rock at Gooseberry Falls State Park.

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Ledge Rock Abstracts #3

The third installment of my interpretation of ice patterns on the rocks at Gooseberry Falls State Park.

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Ledge Rock Abstracts #2

Second in a series of natural ice patterns.

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