Can you feel the water freezing, the wind howling and the snow blowing everywhere? This is northern Minnesota in the winter. Location: Gooseberry Falls State Park.
The temperature was around -20 when I arrived at the shore of Lake Superior this morning. Many had already headed out on to the ice to set up portable shelters for fishing. Besides myself, several photographers were waiting for the sun to break the horizon. This was the first morning of our extended cold spell that I have ventured out to do some photography. We have been mostly below zero for over a week and I have not felt inclined to endure the weather if I did not have to. However, knowing that the weather was going to be warming in a few days, I layered on the winter wear and braved the cold.
I have three shots in mind for the morning. The first was to use my lens ball, the second was an ice composition and third, a frozen bubble. The lens ball image is today’s featured image. I felt safe inverting the image due to the blurred background and I like how the ball appears to be hanging from the snow. In case you noticed the black shapes to the right of the sun, those are fishing shelters.
This is a five shot bracket from a Canon 5D Mk4, Tamron SP 28-75mm, ISO 50, 75mm, f/10, 1/1– sec.
Cold morning air meets the slightly warmer water of Lake Superior.
Worth the numb fingers and toes. Stoney Point along the shore of Lake Superior.
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.
So wonderfully shaped, yet so cold and uninviting.
There’s nothing like a little sun, a lot of water and some time to wander the shoreline. Even in the cold of northern Minnesota there is reason to explore the nooks and crannies of the rocky shore of Lake Superior. Being an ice hunter, I go searching for the creations of nature while they persist, but knowing that what exists today will be gone tomorrow. However, in it’s place will be new creations formed by wind, water and cold.
The temp was -12F when I ran from my warm car to capture a few shots before dashing back the the warmth of my heated seat. The water of Lake Superior is warmer than the air which produces the mist, also known as sea smoke.
Canon 5D S, ISO 50, 200mm, f / 11, 1/100 sec.
You know it’s cold when the snowman turns blue!
Winters can get very cold around Lake Superior, so cold in fact almost anything can become frozen. This truly is the spirit of winter in the northland.
Feb. 21, 2010, Canon EOS 40D, ISO 250, 76mm, f/ 11, 1/500 sec.