Shores of St. Croix
This walk in the woods feels like cheating. It's an amazingly well kept trail system here
sun set over the frozen north
that moment just before the sun drops below the horizon.
Sort of eerie, minus the sort.
I'm glad I did stay up. What a view!
What I thought was some amazing meteor breaking up in the sky, may have actually been the first SpaceX launch of Starlink. A series of 60 satellites all launched seconds apart. Unfortunately with a long exposure, it just looks like a streak rather than the dots that they were.
The green zone between Horseshoe and Lake Three.
The sunset hitting the horizon behind me, it gives a little hint at how awesome this picture could be if I arrived 15 minutes earlier. A return trip is already in the plans.
The sun is rising just beyond that rock face in front of me. The winds are coming down river so the it's covering me and my lens... I mean, the mist looks cool as it comes down the river.
Quite a nice sunset. Watching the sheep, George, Frederick, and Oliver graze while Tally the goat nudges my legs testing my camera holding ability. After that I got the tripod.
Yeah, that's a nice sunet.
On top of the world.
Hey little puff of cloud. You're makin' that silo look like a smoke stack. A look at the pig pen with the night sky.
Falls Do Me In Every time - Leaving work for the day I wanted to see if I could head to these falls before night fall. After an hour drive and a 3 mile hike in some rather rough rocky and hilly terrain along with an insane amount of mosquito's following me every step of the way, I reached the end of the trail. They weren't the grandest of falls, but they were a nice spot to take a break and enjoy the cool mist and a very lush valley of furn before heading back... in the dark. Sometimes, it is the journey that makes the end the reward.
Yup, don't worry, I'm not getting any closer. Just eat your grass and be happy, please.
On The Lookout For Bison - Headed out to this section of property due to its "we have bison" appeal! Walked the trails for a few hours but didn't see any signs what so ever. Just as I was done for the day, back at the parking lot I see a van pull up to me to ask some questions about the bison. As I stated, no go here, and they drove off. A little down the road, I see the van pulled over and along the road side where views of the bison. If that van didn't make the stop, I think I would have driven right on by without even seeing them. Thanks to UofM employee Ashley the biologist for a great conversation about these bison and what they are doing for our land.
It Goes On And On And On = Wow!
Just A Wonderful Field Of Sunshine!
It's Just A Feel Good Kind Of View
This One's Waiting For That Pefect Moment To Shine
Hello! No chance of walking into you!
The Sun After The Sunset
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - The Prairies
An art insulation made completely out of Willow sticks.
Moody islands on Lake One
Hike Out - Just before sunrise - Good morning Mirror Lake
Mirror Lake Camp - Watching The Sunrise
But the view, wow.
Anyway, now that I'm on top of this mountain, I'll enjoy this ridge. I can't get enough of this view. 4826.1 ft
Mt. Washington, is that snow? Stay away for a few more days. The forground ridge is the other side of the loop. My way back.
More wind frost covering this rock cairn.
A look ahead to the round mound and then to the twin peaks and down into the valley. Follow the trail of rocks! 4491.5 ft
One last pano of the loop. I'm going to miss this view.
What seems like such an easy and smooth trail from the distance, becomes a different story up close. 4074.8 ft
Enjoying A Break By Natures Reflection
I think I've taken a picture of this cactus before. I should see how much it's grown in three years.
View From The Camel
City skyline amongst the hills.
Some thorny bush with Camelback Mountain in the background.
A room with a view.
Watching sunset from the mountain top. They say it's extremely rare to not see the mountains but it still was an amazing sunset.
A look at Camelback Mountain during sunset.
gone. Heading back down as the twilight hour still remains.
Phoenix lights up as the night creeps in.
An inviting Inn on the water. The Covington Inn - Bed & Breakfast
A lone tree in a field. Do you know how hard it is to find a tree by itself with snow on it with all this wind? But thankfully, there it was.
A lone tree in a field. Do you know how hard it is to find a tree by itself with snow on it with all this wind? But thankfully, there it is.
Even The Reflection Warms The Winter
Ice Served Warm
A Winters Night, The Moon, Venus, And I
Good morning Split Rock Lighthouse - Wishing there were more clouds to really make the sunrise more interesting, I looked for a more abstract approach to capture the sunrise.
The sunrise bringing warmth to winter -
One of the best sunrise captures I've had. I actually got to sit down and comfortably watch the sunrise, while waiting for that moment the waves formed this V shape as it crashed on the rocks in front of me.
Old pilings covered in ice.
Simplicity amongst the reeds.
You might be bigger, but I have a plant!
Chasing the light- Watching the colors fade to black.
One of my favorite places to go. Banning State Park.
Off the beaten path for sure.
Combine the hike, height, and falls. This is my most liked waterfalls in MN. It's like a mini Willow RIver in WI.
Good morning Powwow!
rows and rows or red crunchy apples.
This is Fall -
Strength in these roots. Now that's how you put down your roots.
Trying to put the leaves back on the trees and hold onto fall a little bit longer.
Midwest's very own Wisdom Tree.
Just allow your self to be here and enjoy the moment.
I traveled how many hours to take a picture of a rock. Huh, I didn't think I was that bored. But here is the rock, Hollow Rock.
I wonder why they call this the blue hour?
Once the sun gets 10 mins into the sky the place looks rather dull and flat. It's all about that early morning call.
The lichen covered rocks are what caught my eye to take this picture. The sun was being less dramatic now that it was a whole 30 mins old in the sky. But these colors still gave some interest to this perspective.
Through the front gates of the Fur Trade Depot looking at the great hall.
The Great Hall
Why is a rock with a hole in it so interesting. I guess when you get light reflections like this it seems to make sense.
There's the sunlight. Just enough cloud cover to give some nice light rays.
Nearby rocks covered in ice.
Black Beach - Silver Bay, MN The black "sand" is from years of taconite being dumped into the waters from mining companies as the waves bring it back to the shore. Over time the waves pound the small rocks into fine pebbles, creating this one of a kind black beach.
Most people: Look at the grandour of this canyon. The heart of a wonderer: I wonder what mountain that is out there... notes next adventure idea.
Imperial Point, North Rim Grand Canyon
I really like these little dark tunnels through the forest. It's creepy yet exciting. I also played with a little color shift here to set more of a cooler mood.
Yeah that's right. I'm taking a picture of you.
Well it wasn't the fall sunrise I wanted, but the sun through these clouds and the colors it was turning the sky was rather enjoyable to watch.
A wonderful trail filled with fall leaves.
Duluth pier on a great autumn day.
I've wanted to capture this view for a few years. Finally making it here I wanted a bit more time before the sun set behind the hills. Maybe tomorrow morning will give a nice push of color on these trees too.
A little walk through Sleepy Hollow.
On top of Oberg Mnt, the leaves had already fallen while the the lower areas still had full color on most of the trees.
Oh good, more haunty trail time.
I should turn back before I end up hiking these spooky trails at night. No thank you.
The way the forest looked was magical, but there was nothing short of hard work and hard breathing moving through these set of stairs.
Had to stop by the Lighthouse as I make my way home.
The ridge of this hill was so lonely. Although impressive to be able to see such distances, I couldn't help wonder what this old pine forest looked like pre-fire.
Looking like a nice peaceful day to enjoy the view.
The epitome of the Winter and Spring transition.
Spring is in the air.
Under the bridge in Minnehaha Regional Park
Watching winter wash away -
The warmth of the sun pushing the ice away -
Any time I see a train track, I have to take a 1 point perspective shot. A little creative editing gave this shot some interest.
Those that grew up in iron country, know how this iron ore rock stains everything. But doesn't it look nice against this contrasting green water. I'm trying to see iron in a cleaner way.
Can't beat a meditation spot like this. And yes, I used the jedi mind force to create those rock cairns. Okay, full disclosure, I didn't create those rock cairns.
Minnesotas Sound Of Music location... The pit it is a live... with the sounds of music.... I can here it, can you?
It was nice to just sit and watch the snowfall with this view as the backdrop.
Scanning the horizon for sunrise...