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Monthly Archives: January 2018

I love to photograph birds in a snowstorm. I managed to catch these cardinals one afternoon.

 

 

After blowing snow we decided to drive down to the Red Cedar State Trail and check on conditions. As it turned out the trail had not been groomed after a foot of heavy wet snow. Someone had broken trail for about 100 yards but after that we ended up being the only people on the trail. It was really beautiful with the trees covered in wet snow. We decided to ski down to the ice wall located about a mile and a half up the trail.

 

When we reached the ice wall we started looking to see if any eagles were around. My wife spotted two of them on their favorite perch above the ice wall. While we were photographing the ice wall they flew across the river to their nest. We watched as they seemed to be cleaning the snow out of the nest.

 

After skiing at After Hours we decided to drive over to Ironwood and ski at ABR in Ironwood, Michigan. It had been a couple of years since we had skied their trails. We were not disappointed. They had even more snow than After Hours. While we enjoy skiing we love to take in the breathtaking scenery. More photos from ABR can be found on my website.

This fence is always a popular spot to stop for a few photos. Another group of skiers passed up by while we were photographing the fence.

At several places on the trail we passed trees with ski poles hanging from the branches.

We discovered there were quite a few new ski trails since our last visit and some of the old trails had been changed. We decided we really need to make another visit.

 

We had an old fashion snow storm. It snowed all day and into the evening followed by heavy winds. The next morning my wife and I were out blowing and shoveling.

 

I worked on the back deck while my wife shoveled the two smaller decks. The hardest part was getting onto the deck. The body parts don’t move like they used to.

About an hour later everything was done.

There had been some nice snow along the South Shore of Lake Superior so we decided to head up to Duluth. On the way we stopped at the After Hours Ski Trails in Brule, Wisconsin. It was some of the best conditions that we had seen at After Hours. The trees were covered with heavy snow. More photos from the After Hours Ski Trails can be found on my website.

When we arrived the groomer was still working. Some of the trails had not yet been tracked but the groomer passed us a had laid a nice clean track just before we reached some nice hills.

The snow of the bushes looked like cotton balls.

It has taken me quite some time to write and post my photos and blogs from our Scandinavian Vacation this summer so I decided to bring all of the posts together in one place. This covers our visit to Denmark, Sweden and Norway in May of 2017.

 

Nyhavn Copenhagen Denmark

Kalmar Castle Kalmar Sweden

Wharf Area Trondheim Norway

Scandinavian Saga Day 1 – Flight to Copenhagen, Denmark
Scandinavian Saga Day 2 Copenhagen, Denmark
Scandinavian Saga Day 3 Kalmar Sweden
Scandinavian Saga Day 4 Skallby Sweden
Scandinavian Saga Day 5 Skallby and Vaxjo Sweden
Scandinavian Saga Day 6 Kalmar to Stockholm Sweden
Scandinavian Saga Day 7 Stockholm Sweden
Scandinavian Saga Day 8 Stockholm Sweden to Oslo Norway
Scandinavian Saga Day 8 Stockholm Sweden to Oslo Norway
Scandinavian Saga Day 9 Oslo Norway
Scandinavian Saga Day 10 Oslo Norway
Scandinavian Saga Day 11 Oslo Norway
Scandinavian Saga Day 12 to Trondheim via Røros Norway
Scandinavian Saga Day 13 Trondheim to Bodø, Norway
Scandinavian Saga Day 14 Bodø to Svolvaer Norway
Scandinavian Saga Day 15 Lofoten Islands Norway
Scandinavian Saga Day 16 Lofoten Islands Norway
Scandinavian Saga Day 17 Svolvaer to Trondheim Norway
Scandinavian Saga Day 18 Trondheim Norway
Scandinavian Saga Day 19 Two Country Bumpkins Fly First Class

While we were watching the American Spirit leave I started talking with a fellow boat nerd. He mentioned that the Cason J. Callaway would be coming into dock at the or docks. It had been an overcast afternoon and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to stick around. I checked the Marine Traffic Report and noticed that the Callaway was underway. I also noticed that the sun was just about to break out of the clouds providing some late afternoon sun on the boat and the Wisconsin Point Lighthouse with dark clouds in the background. Apparently quite a few other boat nerds saw the same thing because about a dozen of them turned up to watch the Callaway come in. The shipping season was ending this week so the boat nerds will have to find something else to photograph. More photos from Wisconsin Point can be found on my website.

We happened to be driving through Superior, Wisconsin when I noticed that a ship was leaving the docks at Wisconsin Point and that a couple of tug boats were in the area. When we arrived the American Spirit was just entering the ship canal. The Heritage Marine Tug Helen H can be seen in the background. More photos from Wisconsin Point can be found on my website.

The Great Lakes Towing Tug Arkansas was breaking ice in the shipping canal.

The American Spirit sailed out past the Wisconsin Point Lighthouse.

Normally I have problems photographing Black-capped Chickadees because the move around so quickly but this year it hasn’t been a problem.

It was a bitterly cold day and one of many this winter. We decided that the Nelson Ice Sculptures on the Rush River should be doing well in this type of weather so we decided to drive down and take a look. They were doing very well. It was so cold that steam was rising off of them. If you are not familiar with them you can check out my earlier blog describing what is going on. You can also see more photos of the ice sculptures on my website.