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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.

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A pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches turned up at my feeder this year. It has been several years since I’ve seen any of them around.

I haven’t seen a Pileated Woodpecker at my feeders in quite some time. Earlier this fall I noticed one fly by as I was working on the bird feeders. This past week a female has turned up at my feeders several times. The second time she turned up I was able to get to my camera with the long lens so all I could photograph was her head.

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.

One of my favorite winter past times is photographing birds during a snow storm. Fortunately our first significant snowfall occurred during the day so I was able to photograph a wide variety of birds. A good snowfall always brings out plenty of birds.

Northern Cardinal female

Northern Cardinal male

Blue Jay

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

House Sparrow

Hairy Woodpecker

American Goldfinch

 

On our way back fromĀ  Skiing at After Hours Ski Trails we decided to stop in at Amnicon Falls State Park to look around. As it turned out the combination of fresh snow and the root beer colored water made for some nice photos.

Last year was a disaster in terms of cross country skiing. I think we made out to the ski trails three times all winter. This year we happened to be in Duluth when it snowed for three days. We had planned to drive over to Ironwood and ski at ABR but as we drove past the After Hours Ski Trails we decided to stop and check on conditions. The trails had been packed but no track had been set. We decided that was good enough so we spent about three hours skiing. We came back the next day on our way home and skied for another three hours. Overnight the tracks had been set so it was even better. We had a chance to use the new ski hut for the first time.

 

The last time we drove to Duluth, Minnesota there were 40-50 mph winds blowing so we decided to continue on up the North Shore and see if we could catch some big waves. The winds were blowing from the South East andĀ  there were no big waves. We stopped at Gooseberry Falls to check out the conditions.

Upper Falls

Upper Falls

Middle Falls

At the time I thought we should have driven to Grand Marais, Minnesota but we didn’t have time. Paul Sundberg was able to capture the furry of the storm in the harbor.

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.