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We were the only people out skiing yesterday. It was cold again, around 4 degrees when we exited the car. We noticed a lot of frost on the trees and skied down to get some photos. While we were taking photos the wind came up and blew the frost off of the trees and we ended up in a blizzard of frost.

We then skied down to look at the ice wall and check for Bald Eagles. No eagles in sight but we did see a couple near the trail head when we drove into town. The ice wall is looking the best that I can remember.

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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.

 

With all of the cold weather we decided to stop and look at the Devil’s Punchbowl. It was very impressive. Hardly any of the ice had fallen off of the wall because it has been so cold. A shot of Linda looking at the ice wall. More photos from Devil’s Punchbowl can be found on my website.

The cold weather has resulted in huge ice flows and the bottom of the ravine is covered with a huge ice flow. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

I managed a few photos of leaves encased in the ice.

When we woke up it was -17 and no wind. I knew it would be a great day to find some frost along the Red Cedar State Trail. I planned on going alone but my wife didn’t want me out in this weather by myself so she decided to come along. When we arrived at the Irvington Parking Lot we could see the frost covering the trees. We skied south on the trail for a short distance because that is where the best frost can be found. More photos from the Red Cedar Trail cam be found on my website.

We were really cold because I was stopping for photos all the time. As long as we were on the trail we decided to ski down to the ice wall that forms every winter along the trail. It was difficult skiing because there were quite a few places along the trail where ice was overflowing the trail. In addition, there was barely enough snow to set a track. the ice wall was in peak winter condition.

After photographing the beach we drove over to the Lost Creek Falls for a short hike into the falls. As we walked along the trail this squirrel posed for us.

We were the only ones on the trail and the first ones to make the hike since the recent snow fall. When I first started hiking into Lost Creek Falls there was no marked trail. Now there are signs along the road pointing to the trail head and someone had done a wonderful job of putting in boardwalks on sections of the trail. No more walking in mud to get to the falls. I’ve noticed that communities have take not of how important waterfalls are and have made every effort to make waterfalling an enjoyable experience.

 

We had some time to kill so we drove down to Brighton Beach in Duluth, Minnesota to check on winter conditions. Not what we expected. This is what mid March weather should look like at Brighton Beach.

This is what it looks like this year.

On a recent visit to Duluth I managed to capture a few photos of the North and South Breakwater Light. There was only on other photographer around and he was really wrapped up in his work.

While walking along Park Point Beach we found some interesting ice formations.

It was a beautiful day so we decided to walk over to Park Point Beach and walk along the Beach. There was still a little ice around so I spent time taking photos of ice patterns.

 

It’s the end of the winter and the ice along the Red Cedar State Trail is starting to rot. The trail is not in the best of shape during the transition from winter to spring. Folks have been walking on it a are making a mess. We manage to walk along the edge where there was solid footing.