Opt Out Outside

In 2015, REI Co-op started Opt Outside inviting employees and members to look at the Black Friday in a new light. I have been participating in Opt Outside from the beginning and this year was no different. For 2021, I took a trip to Jay Cooke State Park, the nearest state park to Duluth and a park I frequent due to its closeness. On arrival I was happy to see a busy parking lot and lots of people enjoying the nice November day.

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.

A Little Fresh Air

I’ve been cooped up a bit too long between staying home and my time working at our local food co-op, time to go outside and hug a tree.  And grab a photo or two.

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Sunset colors above the St. Louis River as it flows through jay Cooke State Park.

Fluid Dynamics

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Another visit to the St. Louis River as it flows through Jay Cooke State Park.

Spring Flow #2

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This image could also have been better with a shorter exposure to bring out the detail in the flowing water.

Spring Flow #1

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Tamron SP 28-75mm F/2.8, ISO 50, f/11, 20 sec, 10 stop ND filter.

In hindsight, I think I could have gone with a lesser stop filter and shorter exposure to maintain more detail in the water.

Morning Activity

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Sunrise viewed from Skyline Parkway above Duluth looking toward Superior, Wisconsin.  The St. Louis River flows from the right on its way to Lake Superior on the left.