May-ish

It certainly seemed like March weather in April would push our April weather into May. Although conditions are still damper and colder than May typically starts out, the ice has darkened and some sprouts of green are appearing. For us it will be a bit yet before blossoms pop but we can enjoy them on our desktop in the meantime.

End of winter?

Anxious for a view like this again! In reality, our lake is still covered with more than a foot of hard packed snow insulating more than 2 feet of ice! Temperatures are not forecast to be above freezing for another week. We’ve had snow since October 25th. Spring can not come soon enough.

Blessed Easter, everyone!

March blue moon

Did you seen the blue moon in January? Did you know there will also be one March 31st?

Although this is not the blue moon nor during the ‘blue hour‘, the very blue scene is the moon rising over an island just off the shore of Lake Superior a little north of Grand Marais, MN. I was fortunate to attend an Outdoor Photography class with Bryan Hansel in early February. Bryan kindly shared some of his incredible knowledge of photography and some of his favourite locations along the north shore. We were thrilled to have a clear night sky for this outing.

I still have much to learn and know better for future shots to lower my ISO in order to have a less grainy image.

I could also upgrade the quality of my equipment…

At the water’s edge

The other day I braved the bitter cold air and water to stand in the creek for a close up of the hoar frost on the bent branches of bushes along the water’s edge.

It reminded me of the last time I waded into cold winter waters for some icy shots. I shared a number of those shots in this post which explains the frozen lake surface in the image below. It’s from the 2015 shoot I selected the image for our calendar this month.

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Hello 2018

Happy 2018! We experienced one of the coldest Christmases in several decades. I trust your holiday time was warmed by being surrounded with those you hold most dear as we were.

May you have courage to face the challenges ahead in 2018 and a heart open to appreciate your blessings.

December red and white

When the snow comes all fresh and pure, our vistas are transformed mostly to crisp black and white. The bright greens, reds and golds of fall foliage are gone and the pines and spruce seem to desaturate. Moving water in the creeks turns a blue as dark as a starless night sky. Scenes are stunning in their contrast.

But every now and then, tiny pops of colour burst.

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Golden

The boreal forest in which we live is a little shy on maples. We are still blessed to have some reds in the spectrum of fall colours as blueberry and raspberry bushes paint the underbrush. Taller foliage is mostly poplar and birch in varying shades of green to yellow. Once the winds have whisked off those leaves, tamarack allow their needles to turn thus extending the days of golden vistas.