Wide open spaces where the wind blows unobstructed, the roads vanish in the distance and the sky goes on forever.
Sony RX100 V
I recently traveled around parts of North Dakota and had time to capture a few shots that I felt give a sense of the open spaces that exist in the western part of our country. One of these days I hope to spend time slowly exploring these wide open places under the big sky.
Knowing that today was the last day before the bitter cold arrived and was planning to stay for an extended visit, I grabbed my camera bag and headed out. My goal was to find the spot where there was open water on Lake Superior. The open water line was at Stoney Point, which is a little over 20 miles from my home in Duluth. At Stoney Point is an old fish house that is a favorite of photographers from everywhere and I have photographed several times. The seasons, the sky and the lake all add to the backdrop of the old structure and each person finds a unique perspective when they visit.
As I was walking to my car after a bit of shopping, I noticed a woman taking photos with her phone. When I turned to see what had caught her attention, I quickly grabbed my camera from the car and shot a couple images also.
The cold has tightened it’s grip upon the land and is making every effort to smother everything in it’s path. I get shivers just looking at this image.
Bright sun and interesting clouds highlighting the St. Louis River. I used the orange lens of my sunglasses as a filter on my Sony RX100V to bring out the texture of the clouds.
The darkness of totality. Disclaimer: because my Sony RX100 blew out the sun, which blotted out the moon, I placed a black disc in it’s place to simulate the eclipse. What I hope to convey is how dark it got during the time of totality. The rest of the image is un-retouched.
A cheerful start to the week, one of many wildflowers that grow alongside roads and paths in northern Minnesota.