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.
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.
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.
Sunset colors above the St. Louis River as it flows through jay Cooke State Park.
Today is Black Friday and once again I have chosen to #OptOutside. Minnesota State parks were open to the public with free admission today and I visited Jay Cooke State Park. It looks like I wasn’t the only one making tracks to the outdoors.
I’ve been trying to cross this off my photography bucket list for some time now. Although conditions weren’t the best from this location, it was a good practice opportunity for me.
Aug. 31, 2019, Thompson Reservoir, between Carlton and Jay Cooke State Park.
Canon 5D S, ISO 1250, 28mm, f/2.8, 15 sec.
In the woods at Jay Cooke State Park, Minnesota.
It’s always fun to head outside with a group of students interested in nature and photography. Although doing it in a cold, persistent rain does take away a bit of the fun. I am onboard as a photographer for the Document Spring project, which is part of iNaturalist. The program is part of the work being done at the Oldenburg Arts and Cultural Community. The outing took place at Jay Cooke State Park. As usual, there were some poor clothing choices considering the weather. Many of the students wore only thin cloth shoes and no socks. A few of us had appropriate rain wear and foot wear and could have stayed out longer.
Another visit to the St. Louis River as it flows through Jay Cooke State Park.
This image could also have been better with a shorter exposure to bring out the detail in the flowing water.
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.