Making Tracks to the Outdoors

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.

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At The Edge

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At the very point of Stoney Point along the north shore of Lake Superior was the dividing line of open water and ice.

Merger

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The Temperance River flows into Lake Superior.  The clouds on the horizon warn of an incoming snow squall that will make driving interesting as I head back to Duluth.

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Still Drifting…

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Every time I open Lightroom and see the images in the collection, I can’t help seeing something new.  A little while later, something wonderful emerges.  It’s almost, but not quite enough to make me wish we would get another good snow with wind so I can go out and capture more drifts.

Fluidity

I am constantly amazed by the wonderful fluid and organic shapes nature creates.  When wind and movable particles work together, the results can be absolutely stunning.  Whether walking along a road, a beach or an open field, I feel as though I am walking through the world’s largest art gallery.  Come spring, the exhibition closes and we wait till the following winter to see a whole new exhibit of wonders provided free of charge to the viewer.

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The Shape of Snow, Last One…Maybe!

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Who knows if I’ll catch sight of another set of snowdrifts as I drive along a road in an open area prone to drifting?  But, I suppose if that happens, and I have a camera, I’ll stop the car and spend time searching for the right combination of light and shadow inherent in snowdrifts everywhere.

Sony RX100 Mk5, ISO 100, 8.8mm, f/2.2, 1/1000 sec.

Silver Efex Pro 2, Preset 032 Film Noir 3, Kodak Tri-X 400TX Pro

The Shape of Snow, Pt. 4

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The other aspect of snowdrifts is the opportunity to explore light and shadow.  The shape of the snow as the wind sculpts the form creates soft curves that shapes the light in unique patterns.

Sony RX100 MkV, ISO 100, 8.8mm, f/I2.2, 1/1250 sec

Silver Efex Pro 2, Preset 032 Film Noir 1, Kodak 100 TMAX Pro