Lost in a Frozen Woodland

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Cold, so very cold.  Not the kind of day anyone should venture out without proper preparation.  It goes beyond being uncomfortable, it’s not just that you can harm your body, it’s the kind of cold that can kill the unprepared.  Take it seriously.

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Wind and Water

We have very strong winds in Minnesota today which is causing some serious wave action on Lake Superior.  I took a short drive to a spot just up the shore from Duluth called Stoney Point to see if there was a possible photo op, yep!  Stoney Point is also the location of an old fishing shack, which has probably been photographed by every photographer in the area and beyond.  Everyone has there own take on the relic, I’ve included one of mine.

Winter Colors

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On an unseasonably warm February day, it seemed appropriate to take a moment and savor the vibrant red of the red twig dogwood growing along the walking path.

July Sky

July skies in the northland are often changing as quickly as the weather changes.  A nice day by Lake Superior can turn on you in a heartbeat.  Within minutes, the temperature can drop by 20 or more degrees as the wind shifts around from the east off the lake.  Even on an eighty degree day you need to keep a jacket handy for such occasions.

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Canon 5D Mk ll, ISO 100, 51mm, f/9.0, 1/1250 sec, HDR Efex Pro 2

A Piece of Rock

As I previously mentioned, Tettegouche is one of my favorite Minnesota state parks and one of its most famous landmarks was the stone arch.  On one of our trips to the park,  my wife and I had the chance to kayak through the arch.  However, in late August of 2010, the bridge portion of the landmark collapsed into the lake and left behind a stack rather than an arch.  Because of its location, this part of Lake Superior’s north shore is often subject to large waves from storms and when that happens during frigid winter weather, the blowing spray can create unusual ice formations along the rocky shore and on the trees.

In case you haven’t figured it out, the three bottom images are from the same day, but from opposite sides.  The first two are looking south from Shovel Point, the Watcher is looking north.