FALL COLORS FROM THE DECK
Autumn 2012 brought vivid colors to the North Shore of Lake Superior. While the peak colors lasted only 2-3 days, it was a spectacular display.
VISITING THE DAISY
Visiting the Daisy
A hardworking bee visits this late-blooming daisy along the Lake Superior cliff top near Little Marias MN.
Cliffs at Crystal Bay
The winter cliffs at Tettegouche State Park sparkle as the big waves from Lake Superior roll in on this cold December day.
The Lighthouse in Grand Marias Harbor
THE GRAND MARIAS LIGHTHOUSE
The lighthouse stands proudly above the cold waves as a February storm winds down. Each winter storm coats the lighthouse and its supports with a fresh coating of ice as the Lake Superior winter marches on!
The big waves from a fall storm at the cliffs of Tettegouche State Park
EARLY FALL BRINGS CHANGES TO THE SHORE OF LAKE SUPERIOR
The first hints of fall along the lake do not happen quickly. The huge lake moderates the cooling temperatures along the shore and the birch and aspen trees are slow to follow the changes in color that are already evident in the highlands to the north.
One sign of the approaching winter, however, is not easy to miss: the beginning of the season for the huge storms the locals call “Nor’easters.” The Cliffs at Crystal Bay in Tettegouche State Park frequently catch the waves from these storms, as this photo shows. From a vantage point along the cliffs, I often photograph the storms. It is an invigorating experience, always cold and wet, but very exciting to watch as the 40 foot waves and the shoreline cliffs collide to put on one of nature’s greatest displays.
An icy storm at the entrance to the Grand Marias harbor
LAKE SUPERIOR FURY
Taking photos during a Lake Superior storm is always challenging. Especially in February!
The storm had been raging for some time when I found my way to the vantage point near the Grand Marias harbor entrance. The rocks along the shore were coated with ice and footing was treacherous. Frequent “snow-bursts” would obscure the subject and a fine mist from the breaking waves encouraged me to “get on with it.” The photos from that day are among my favorites because they bring me back to the moment so completely and remind me again of the Fury of Lake Superior.
A 40 foot wave on Lake Superior
LAKE SUPERIOR NOR’EASTER
The storms on Lake Superior are Legendary and this photo shows the reason why. On this day in October I stood on the cliffs across the river and battled the howling wind and cold spray to quickly snap a few photos before the elements got to me or the water damaged my camera. It was early in the season for a nor’easter, but there was no doubt that the big lake was in charge that day.
BIG WAVE AT TETTEGOUCHE
This was an unusual September day at the mouth of the Baptism River in Tettegouche State Park. The beautiful foliage along the North Shore of Lake Superior was just beginning its annual display; the leaves were still tightly anchored to the trees and the big rollers were pounding the cliffs with a vengeance. This photo was taken from a perilous perch atop the cliffs while dodging the over-spray from the waves. Another adventure in search of a SIGNATURE photo!