While walking along Park Point Beach we found some interesting ice formations.
The very cold weather we have seen the past few weeks is ideal for creating ice and frost. On an earlier visit to Paradise Valley and Devil’s Punchbowl I noticed that the small stream had overflowed and created a large amount of ice. This along with the cold weather created some ideal conditions to form frost feathers. Indeed the ice on the stream was covered with them. I took my macro lens along on the second visit and spent a couple of hours photographing them.
The streams flowing through Devil’s Punchbowl has more water than normal flowing. The result has been a lot of ice and fall leaves encased in the ice. More photos from Devil’s Punchbowl can be found on my website.
Late in the fall or early in the winter my wife and I hike the Red Cedar State Trail looking for Bittersweet. This year we didn’t find any. It’s the first time we have been skunked and we haven’t figured out what happened to it. Normally there are large patches along the trail. I particularly like to photograph it after a fresh snowfall. Here are a few photos from previous years.
After visiting Lake of the Clouds we drove down to Union Bay. This is one of my favorite Lake Superior photography location that diminished in quality with the rise in water levels. A number of years ago it was possible to walk along a wide beach at Union Bay. Now there is only a narrow beach and it is not possible to walk the entire length because the water is right up to the rocks. In fact there appears to be considerable erosion along the beach. If the water keeps rising the road could be in jeopardy.
I ended up spending my time taking photos of rocks, leaves and trees along the waters edge.