Thursday, March 5, 2015

A New Day at Hollow Rock

Here is a photo from yesterday morning's sunrise at Hollow Rock in Grand Portage, MN.  I haven't been to Hollow Rock for a sunrise in quite some time.  My plan yesterday was to get up early and drive closer to Grand Marais to photograph the sunrise over some ice piles.  The snooze button on my alarm put an end to that plan :-)  I hit the snooze button and thus when I woke up I didn't have time to drive to my pre-planned location.  Instead, I stopped by Hollow Rock which is much closer to home and boy, am I glad I did!  A week ago there was solid ice out as far as you could see.  Lots of windy days in the past week have sure taken care of that.  Now there is open water as far as you can see.  Luckily, these floating cakes of ice were being held against the shore by the rock and made for a very nice foreground.  I am actually thankful that I overslept a bit because if I hadn't, I wouldn't have made this photograph.  And, there are other photos I got later in the day that I probably wouldn't have made either because the conditions would have been completely different due to my timing.  As my mom has always likes to say: "Everything happens for a reason!"

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Moonrise Magic

I just got in from another full day spent outside in search of photos. I started with sunrise at Hollow Rock in Grand Portage and ended with the rising moon just north of Grand Marais.  It was another amazing day of photography!  The sunrise over Hollow Rock was beautiful, I saw lots of cool ice formations throughout the day and the sunset was gorgeous.  I even had the pleasure of watching some eagles and ravens for about an hour as they fed on a dead deer on the side of the highway.  The moonrise image you see here was the perfect end to a perfect day!  

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spring is coming!

After a full day of pretty steady snowfall and gusty winds with overnight lows tonight dipping down below zero, I thought it might be nice to share a photo of warmer days that will (hopefully) soon be here.  I was looking through some old photos this morning and came across this one which I rather like.  It is the view from my driveway, looking out over Grand Portage Bay on Lake Superior.  It was taken at sunset on a beautiful spring day.  I loved the clouds and colors in the sky.  It also made me think of spring which is why I decided to share it today.  I figure there are others out there who might like a little spring teaser as well :-)

Drift Patterns

Today is a blustery, snowy day so in honor of such days here is a photo that is a result of a similar day about a week ago.  Last week we had very high winds that blew snow around every which way causing some amazing drifts to form pretty much everywhere.  The drifts shown in this photo were found along the lake walk section of the Superior Hiking Trail just north of Grand Marais, MN. Most of the length of shoreline along the lake walk had cool patterns like this.  With so much to choose from, it was kind of hard to pick out just one area to photograph!

Monday, March 2, 2015

3 A.M. Surprise

Last night was pretty sweet for northern lights!  It was the 3rd night in a row that promised some aurora activity, but the first night that we had good enough sky conditions to actually see the lights.  I headed out around midnight and met up with a friend to do some shooting.  At first the lights were there, but they were really faint.  After a while we noticed an increase in activity and we started to get some nice results in our images.  It wasn't until just before 3:00 AM, however, that the lights really picked up.  It was around 2:00 when my friend went home; we figured the activity was pretty much done at that point as we hadn't seen much happen in the previous 45 minutes.  I decided to stay a little while longer and I sure am glad that I did!  These were far from the strongest lights that I've seen, but they were very good.  And they most likely would have looked better if we hadn't had the light of a half-moon to contend with.  Even with the moonlight, the lights shone through and filled the sky with their beauty.  It sure was an awesome night! 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Ice Tree

I still have a few images to share from the ice I photographed at Tettegouche State Park a couple of weeks ago.  There were so many interesting ice formations, it was hard to decide which ones to photograph!  To make this photo, I was laying on the ground on my back and using my wide angle 17mm lens to frame this shot of an ice-covered tree.  I love the wide angle view and how it makes certain subjects look extra dramatic, especially when using super-low angles such as this. 

The View - My Morning Commute

I really have to be one of the luckiest people in the state of Minnesota.  I get to drive by this view twice every day, once on my way to work and once on my way home from work.  Often times I sail right by and enjoy the view as I pass through on the highway.  Other times I just have to stop and make a photo of the view.  Yesterday was one of those days when I just had to stop.  The clouds were fascinating as they were rolling in off the lake.  Just minutes after I made this photo that cloud bank reached land and proceeded to dump some snow on us.  It was a nice lake effect squall that lasted for a couple of hours.  The rest of the day following the squall was nice and sunny!