This past Thursday, Feb. 3, I had to take a trip to west central Minnesota. When I left Duluth, the temp was -17F. As I traveled west, the thermometer in my car started reading even colder temps, with the lowest reading at -32F. The cold, dense air created a thermal inversion which blocked warmer air from rising. This effect was best illustrated by the smoke from wood fired boilers rising about 30-40 feet above ground and stopping as though it had hit an invisible ceiling. If you were to travel further north, you could have experienced even lower temps, some lower than -40F.
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.
Big waves and freezing temps coat everything in their path with a glaze of ice.
2022 arrived a couple of weeks ago, Happy New Year everyone. A new year means doing the bit of housekeeping, such as creating a 2022 folder on my hard drive and in Lightroom. I am slowly adjusting to my new editing space that I moved into last year. I still have more sorting and organizing of stuff as I downsize. I’ve made a resolution to shoot more than last year. Learning more about my new camera and lenses is an ongoing process. After shooting with various Canon cameras over the last fifteen years, switching to Fuji has been a bit strange, yet not too difficult to manage. The basics are pretty much the same on all cameras, it’s just getting use to new buttons, dials and menus. When I need a good, old fashioned dose of reality, I can break out my Nikon FM and load some film.
Where I live, a new year also means winter. What better way to start out the winter of 2022 with some ice along the shore of Lake Superior.
An image taken with my iPhone 12 while standing on a mound of wind blown ice on Duluth Minnesota’s Park Point looking eastward up the lake.
Although Lake Superior was in turmoil, this cove was serene and peaceful. Image was captured at Split Rock State Park.
This past week week we had a few foggy days with cooler temps which usually creates a frosted wonderland. Although I did not have the chance to really take advantage of the phenomenon, I did capture a few images and went out a couple of days later to try macro photography on what was left of the frost.
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.
Captured along a northern Minnesota back road.