Friday, September 19, 2014

Early Autumn Blaze

The fall colors are really starting to pop up now in the woods inland from Lake Superior.  It'll be a awhile yet before the Birch and Aspen start to show their autumn glory, but the Maples are really starting to take off!  This photo was made about 7 or 8 miles inland from Lake Superior at the base of one of the Maple ridges in Grand Portage.  It was a cold, wet and cloudy day which really makes the colors seem extra vibrant.  I really liked the arrangement of leaves on this young tree and couldn't resist making a photograph of it.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Autumn Tapestry

The colors of autumn are intensifying!  Yesterday we went for a short drive in the woods to see how the colors of the maple trees are progressing.  We found lots of nice color, but still mostly in the smaller trees.  The big maples, for the most part, are still green.  A few were already more than 50% turned, more than a few were just starting to turn but the majority were still quite green.  It was a cold and rainy day, the temperature was right around 40 degrees and there was a steady drizzle when I made this shot.  Not the best conditions for spending the day outside but the colors sure are beautiful on an overcast, rainy day! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

False Aurora Alarm

Last night's aurora forecast was VERY promising.  Unfortunately, it was also unrealized for us in northeast Minnesota due to heavy cloud cover.  I stayed up until about 4 AM watching the sky and the forecast but the clouds never cleared.  I was really wanting some nice shots to add to my aurora collection and I even had a new location in mind where I had never photographed the aurora before.  I think the location would have been phenomenal, especially with the combination of waning moonlight and the forecast for strong auroras.  I guess I'll just have to wait until the next storm!  Patience is definitely a virtue when it comes to photographing the northern lights.  Since I didn't get any new shots last night, I went through my archives and found an image that I hadn't shared yet from the early morning hours of July 15, 2012, one of the best nights for aurora activity that I've ever experienced.  This photo was made at 2:38 in the morning on the shoreline of McFarland Lake at the end of the Arrowhead Trail.  It may not be current, but it's still very cool and I think very much worth sharing!  

Friday, September 12, 2014

September Sunset, Grand Portage Island

Last night while I was mowing the lawn the sky was beautiful.  The sunset had subtle yet sublime color.  I couldn't resist taking a break from mowing and walking down to the beach to make this photo.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Early autumn colors

I went for a drive in the woods yesterday and was surprised to find a lot of small maple trees were already at their peak fall color.  The large trees are all still quite green, just these little ones were vibrant red.  The warm colors were very welcome on a cold, windy day (the temperature was 39 degrees when I made this photo).  I'm looking forward to lots more autumn glory in the coming weeks!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Late Summer along the Echo Trail

On this cold and blustery September day my mind goes back to a beautiful late summer day spent along the Echo Trail in northeast Minnesota.  I spent part of the day driving the Echo Trail (which is actually a gravel road for those that don't know) to scout it out for photo locations.  It was my first time driving the trail, which some may find interesting considering that it's not that far from where I live.  However, we have plenty of roads similar to this one (Arrowhead Trail, Caribou Trail, Sawbill Trail, etc.) closer to where I live and those roads provide plenty of photographic opportunities as well.  Still, I was always curious about the Echo Trail and the scenery along the road certainly didn't disappoint!  Especially this location, the "Little Indian Sioux River" canoe access point.  I'm not a big fan of the name, but the view sure beckoned.  I was wishing I had more time and a canoe with me so I could paddle down this beautiful river.  Someday in the future Jessica and I will have to return so we can further explore this beautiful part of northern Minnesota.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Harvest Moon and Ancient Pine

Last night I went out in search of a photo-worthy sunset, which I did not find.  Thanks to thick cloud cover along the Lake Superior shoreline I chose to head to an inland lake hoping to find a clearing sky as the sun set.  Well, I found a clearing sky alright.  The trouble is, it cleared too quickly!  By the time the sun went down the sky was completely devoid of any clouds.  What I did find, however, was a very beautiful moonrise!  Luckily I was in an area that had several large pine trees that stood apart against the sky from the rest of the forest.  I found a pair of trees that I liked and photographed the rising moon in between the two trees.  I loved the subtle color in the sky and I decided to break one of the "rules" of photography and composed this photo with the trees and the moon in the center of the frame, because that composition just called out to me and I really liked it.  I hope you like it as well :-)