Rolling Golden Hills

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Taken from the scenic Veterans Memorial overlook along Hwy. 23 outside of Duluth.

Time with Trees

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After a couple of trips to the big city, it feels good to spend some time away from the hubbub of metropolitan energy and spend a bit of time in the northern woods.

Watchers On The Ledge

Three old friends stand together, silent observers of the landscape that lies below them.

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Dream Walking

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On a trail, eyes closed, I see differently.  I hear the silence between the notes sung by birds.  I hear the stream flowing nearby.  I am here, in this place, at this moment.  And it is enough, for this moment and this place.

Canon 5D Mk ll, ISO 50, 28mm, f/18, 0.4 sec, Silver Efex Pro 2

Textured Landscapes

I often like to see the world around me from a different perspective.  I will take an image and decide it might look more interesting if I turn it on its side, upside-down or make some other alteration that allows for a whole new way of seeing the object of my image.  It’s a way of seeing beyond seeing or seeing beyond the ordinary.

Retrospective: “Ghosts of the Fire”

In May of 2009 I took a solo trip into the BWCA to do a bit of unwinding and fishing.  I spent most of the few days I had on Seagull Lake as I did not want to make a bunch of portages.  This area had experienced a major fire and there was very little left of anything green on the north end of the lake.  I have many good memories of those few days, such as paddling under the watchful gaze of two bald eagles, each one perched atop dead, burned trees on the islands I was paddling between.  I also witnessed a group of loons doing what looked like a waltz, I’m guessing it was some sort of mating ritual.  In three days, the weather was very different each day.  Cold and misty, hot and windy, cold and windy, not unusual for the northland.

The fires that have traversed the area left many interesting remnants behind, this being one of my favorites.  The orientation of the roots seem to be so expressive.

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Canon EOS D60, ISO 400, 38mm, f/ 13, 1/500 sec, tweaked in Adobe Lightroom