I’ve had some questions about the amount of ice piled along the shore of Lake Superior near Duluth, this is just a small sample of conditions as of this past Wednesday. As winds shift, so will the piles of ice.
A sky blanketed in clouds, a hazy glow from the sun. Ice everywhere, rocks holding fast to their formation, silence dominates the scene. Even now, viewing the image, I remember that silence, being immersed in the moment. Quiet, quiet, more quiet.
This time of year in Duluth, along the seven miles of sandbar on Lake Superior known as Park Point, wave action forms amazing ice formations that often have an alien feel to them. Each storm adds its contribution and the ice builds in layers outward from the beach. Depending on conditions, there will be piles of ice rising high above the water, ice caves and blowholes. Caution is advised when exploring these formations as the lake is always in motion and you never know when one of the chunks may break off or split. Also, the spaces between the heavier layers may have thinner ice.
Snow, ice, water and a tree.
Canon 5D S, Tamron SP 28-75mm f 2.8, ISO 50, 28mm, f/ 7.1, 1/200 sec.
On a whim, I took a short drive on a snowy day to see what I might see. Snow was falling, the temp just barely above zero and large chunks of ice were floating on Lake Superior. As I drove along a gravel road, the snow dusted shrubs caught my attention.
Canon 5D S, Canon 50mm 1.8, ISO 50, f/2.2, 1/640th sec.
Shovel Point at Tettegouche State Park as seen from Palisade Head.
Although I’m currently traveling, my mind is never far from the inland sea named Lake Superior. While having a bit of quiet time before having to go check in on a family member, I searched through my image collection on my iPad and decided to work on the image below using the mobile versions of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. They may not be as robust as the desktop verions, but I was able to arrive at a satisfactory result with a bit of work and even add a watermark (in Photoshop). It would be nice if I could access the watermarks I’ve created on the desktop version.