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This is a big winter weekend with two of my favorite events taking place. Just down the road in Hudson, Wisconsin is the Hudson Hot Air Affair. They typically have a large number of hot air balloons at the event. More photos of the Hudson events can be found on my website.

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While in Hudson you can also visit the Trumpeter Swans on the Saint Croix River.

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Another option is to drive over to Willow River State Park and cross country ski or walk down to Willow Falls.

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Up north is the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race. This is always a fun family event. In my opinion it is one of the better sled dog races for spectators because all of the races are out and back so you can watch the entire event from one location. We usually watch the start of the race then head off for some lunch and then return to watch the racers return. More photos from the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race can be found on my website.

 

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Off and Racing

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In the afternoon we drive down the Meyers Beach and walk out to the Apostle Islands Ice Caves. It doesn’t look like you will be able to walk out to the caves on the ice this year but there is a hiking trail above the ice caves that provides some nice views. More photos from the Ice Caves can be found on my website.

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Apostle Islands Ice Caves

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Linda put together a show of eight of my photos at the Menomonie Public Library. She did all of the printing, matting and framing of the photos. I just took the pictures. They will be on display through the month of April.

There are four Landscape photos.

Now and Then Falls Amnicon Falls State Park

Now and Then Falls Amnicon Falls State Park

Apostle Islands Sea Cave

Apostle Islands Sea Cave Cornucopia, Wisconsin

Crex Meadows

Crex Meadows Grantsburg ,Wisconsin

Seney National Wildlife Refuge

Seney National Wildlife Refuge Seney, Michigan

 

There are four wildlife Photos

Goslings

Goslings Hoffman Hills Recreation Area Menomonie, Wisconsin

Black Bear

Black Bear Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary Orr, Minnesota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Canadian Hill Farm Menomonie, Wisconsin

Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies Fontenac State Park Fontenac, Monnesota

 

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore taken from a small boat on a beautiful calm day on Lake Superior.

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Winter at Bond Falls in the UP of Michigan. One of my favorite winter waterfall locations.

Bond-Falls-15-1-_2254Sunrise at Badlands National Park.

Badlands-National-Park-15-6-_3306Crex Meadows after a summer storm.

Crex-Meadows-15-10-_3706Ice Caves at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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Red Bull Adventure published my photo of the Apostle Islands Ice Caves in an article entitled “7 of the most amazing ice caves in the world”

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My wife and I are frequent visitors to the Apostle Islands Ice Caves and have always wanted to tour the caves in the summer. Until recently we thought the only way to do so was via kayaks. Never having been in a kayak we have been a little apprehensive about such a venture.

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A few weeks ago we were in Cornucopia, Wisconsin to visit friends. We stopped at the harbor to kill a little time and for me to take a few photographs. While I was photographing the harbor my wife visited some of the shops. She came back with a brochure for Good Earth Outfitters. It Turns out they provide boat tours of the sea caves. We decided to give them a try after our friends recommended them.

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We made an early day of it. It was cloudy and it looked like it might not be a good day to be out in the lake. After lunch we drove over to Cornucopia to catch the boat. By the time we arrived it was a beautiful day.

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Tim was our tour guide and did a great job. He pointed out that we were really lucky because it was a beautiful day. Many of the trips this summer have been in rough weather. It has been a windy summer.

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We were taken out to the end of the sea caves and then moved in close to shore so we could get a closer look at them. In a number of cases we backed into the caves. I was surprised that motor boats could visit the caves but they are permitted. Tour operators must have park permits. It was a beautiful trip and I would highly recommend it particularly for those who are not able to kayak.

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After our tour of the sea caves we walked over to Halvorson Fisheries to pick up a load of Whitefish.

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One of the problems with winter is the vast array of photographic opportunities. February is especially busy time of the year. More things to photograph results in a large number of photographs. In going through my photography files I realized I only processed a small number of this years photos from the Apostle Islands Iced caves. Here are a few of my favorite lost photos.

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More photos from the Apostle Islands Ice Caves can be found on my website.

As people walked around through the uplifted ice pieces would break off and get scattered around. Some of them made beautiful subject for photography.

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More photos from the Apostle Islands Ice Caves can be found on my website.

 

The clear ice at the Apostle Islands in addition to providing some nice ice fractures also provided some really interesting ice patterns. I also spent a considerable time looking for interesting ice patterns.

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More photos from the Apostle Islands Ice Caves can be found on my website.

Ice fractures are a subject that I love to photograph but all too frequently can’t find during the winter. Conditions have to be just right to find them. There has to be a stretch of cold weather that freezes the water. There can’t be much snow, no sleet or rain nor can it thaw and freeze. This year things came together at the Apostle Islands Ice Caves. There was open water followed by a very cold stretch and no snow to speak of. While everyone else was wandering around looking at the ice caves I was spending time looking for beautiful examples of ice fractures. Given the amount of clear ice they were not hard to find. The ice was so clear in some spots that I could see the bottom of the lake.

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More photos from the Apostle Islands Ice Caves can be found on my website.

Here are a few more photos from my trip to the Apostle Islands Ice Caves. These were taken along the shoreline. We found that the ice close to Meyers Beach was not as good as it was a mile or more down the shoreline.

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More photos from the Apostle Islands Ice Caves can be found on my website.