Smoky Morning

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Cold morning air meets the slightly warmer water of Lake Superior.

Nine Below Zero

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Worth the numb fingers and toes.  Stoney Point along the shore of Lake Superior.

So Much Ice

Another example of the effects of wind driven waves leaving ice high up on the rocks along Lake Superior. The ice reaches nearly 100 feet above the waterline. This is from Split Rock State Park along the Minnesota’s north shore.

Icy Chains

Along the rocky shoreline of Lake Superior at Gooseberry Falls State Park is a line of stone posts and chain barrier. When winter winds kick up big waves, the rocks and chains become collecting points for ice.

Welcome to the Future

2020…it sounds very futuristic.  In many ways, compared to what I’ve grown up with, it is the future, just not quite the one I was expecting.  I raised myself on a steady diet of science fiction books and films, so I thought I would have a flying car by now.  Sure, we have computers for home use that are amazing, smart phones, smart watches and even Artificial Intelligence, but where is my flying car?  We can video chat with anyone around the world, we can travel long distances in short amounts of time, (if you don’t count going through security) but no flying car!
Oh well, here’s to the future as it is and a toast to what the future will look like for us photographers.  And leading off the new year, here’s an image that caught my attention while hiking along the rocky beach in Split Rock State Park in northern Minnesota.

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I’m guessing that the log was flipped by wave action which reoriented the icicles.

Day and Night

Every year in Duluth the city creates a lighting spectacle in Bayfront Park on the harbor.  Bentleyville draws thousands of visitors from all over to witness this event and it was recently featured on The Great Christmas Light Fight!
The December full moon was on the 11th and I hoped to capture an image of the moon, Bentleyville and the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.  After first using Photopills to scout possible vantage points to shoot from, I settled on a spot along the Superior Hiking Trail that offered a view of all three.  I went out earlier in the day to inspect the site, felt it would work well.  In the light, it seemed like it had everything I was looking for.

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However, come night, it did not live up to my expectations.  It had too much foreground, the moon was higher than I had hoped for and overall, seemed to be lacking something.

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Sadly, the weather the next day would be snowy and cloudy so no re-shoot was possible.  I did take one of the images and crop to a panorama that, again, not great, but fun and colorful to look at.

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