Thursday, September 25, 2014

Winter is Coming, Ned Stark

I live in a place where cold, snowy winters are a given. In fact, that’s what appeals to so many of my neighbors and friends. They ski, snowshoe, ice fish, ice skate. Winter is in their blood.
Even the heartiest of these winter loving souls was taken aback last winter, though. We shattered all kinds of cold weather records, including the longest consecutive stretch of winter days where the high temperature was still below zero. What’s worse is the Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting more of the same for the coming winter. I expect a mass exodus of my snow loving friends to Arizona, Florida, and a whole host of tropical islands come January.

But let’s not look too far ahead. Today is one of those gorgeous autumn days that makes the upper Midwest a photographer’s paradise. The sky is blue, the leaves are turning, the air has just the right amount of bite in it that you need to keep a sweatshirt handy.

Autumn is my favorite time of year.
And winter? Well, we’ll deal with that when the time comes – we always do!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Missing the UP

It's a Tuesday afternoon and I'm at my desk enjoying an unexpected lull. I take a minute to peek at the Copper Harbor web cam.  Copper Harbor, Michigan is literally at the end of the road, the northernmost point of the Keweenaw Peninsula.  Cell phone service is spotty, Internet is only minimally available, people there are as friendly as can be - all of which make it perfect to my mind. Here are a few photos so you can see for yourself!

The most amazing thing from our most recent trip was this "fog bow" over Lake Superior:

It is truly a magical place!