Happy 2017!

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Raleigh Falls is just a 15 minute drive west of us. I can’t resist heading out there with my camera when conditions are a spectacular as this. I actually spent 2 consecutive days there and will share more shots in the next post.

Wishing you the very best in 2017.

November 2015 Calendar

We may not get much for glorious red maples in our part of the country in the fall but the under brush of the boreal forest still paints beautiful scenes with flaming yellows and oranges and reds.

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This was taken at the top of the Current River Cascades in Thunder Bay while hiking with my 10 & 7 year old grandsons in early October.

For different screen resolutions of the image, go here or drop down the Free Calendar tab at the top of the page and scroll to November.

September 2015

Why do summers seem to slip by past so fast?!

Much as I love fall when leaves change colour, the mornings are crisp and cool but the sun still embraces with comforting warmth, I hasten to rush away the too few warm days offered in our part of the world.

Time ticks on and seasons change. Happy Fall y’all!

This image is taken at Raleigh Falls which is just 15 km west of Ignace. There’s a beautiful picnic area just off the highway (a picnic table sits just to the left of the frame). There’s also a geocache nearby. It’s definitely worth a stop for a stretch and breather when passing by.

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For specific screen resolutions of the calendar click here or drop down the “Free Calendar’ tab in the menu above and select September 2015.

March 2014

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I waited all February for a mild (above -15 C) day to capture an image for March’s calendar. It didn’t happen. So, having run right out of time, on Feb 28 with the temperature at -22 C, I bundled up and headed out with gear in hand. I had hoped with such constant cold that the trees along this creek would be nicely frosted but between bright sun and raging winds of late, most frost had been weathered away. Thankfully, the heavy accumulation of snow softened and brightened the ragged river bed offering nice contrast to the dark turbulent waters. I decided the shot would suffice. I hope you like it. For specific screen resolutions, go to the Free Calendar tab in the menu bar and select March 2014.

March has come in as a lion if -30C with wind chill warning of -40C to -45C is considered fierce! Hopefully, there will be a much warmer looking scene for next month.

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Where a branch dips into the flowing water, ice builds up. Snow piles on top and unusual formations take shape.
This shot was taken at 1/320 of a second and freeze some but not all of the foaming water.frozen bubbles
I look forward to returning to this creek with my tripod and more time to play with the capture of liquid and solid.

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Water cascades over rocks in the creek glazing them as temperatures hover around the freezing point.

Gooseberry Falls

Recently we did a road trip covering 4400 km. It took us completely around both Lake Superior and Lake Huron. It was part business, part pleasure. Of course I had my photo gear along but did not have the opportunities I had hoped for some photo shoots. One stop we specifically made was at Gooseberry Falls MN just north up Hwy 61 from Duluth MN. It had been more than 30 years since my last hike along the river there; so long ago, I had completely forgotten about it. We drive by that spot many times every year but had not taken any time for a very long time.

Okay, enough talk. Here are the falls just below the bridge on Hwy 61 this October.

Ah, aren’t they pretty! If any of you have been there, you might not recognize them like this. I’m certain they must usually be part of a raging, roaring river!
I was very happy to find them so gentle, so soft. Especially when I took note of the ravine and what the absence of water revealed!



Hold fast!