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Walking around the ice on Lake Menomin I found a few items of interest. There were a few leaves on and embedded in the ice.

I found a partially eaten Crappie on the ice. Not sure where it cam from. Once when I was watching ice fishing the fishermen were throwing the fish out on the ice and a dog was picking them up and walking away with them.

This is an old ice hole that was drilled in the ice and has since frozen over.

 

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In Wisconsin ice fishing is a common winter sport. As soon as the ice freezes over ice fishermen can be found out on the ice. As the ice thickens and can support vehicles the fishermen drag ice shacks out on the lake. In the winter a small village can be found on the ice of Lake Menomin. I usually take at least one opportunity to wall through the village taking photos. This year it was particularly challenging to walk on the ice. Normally the ice is covered with snow but this year rained so the ice was very smooth and slippery. You will note that some of the ice houses are jacked up or placed on boards. This is done so the ice houses don’t freeze to the ice on the lake. If they do it makes it very difficult to remove them in the spring.

 

 

 

On one of the rare sunny days we have had recently I walked out on frozen Lake Menomin to take some ice photos.

 

On a recent trip to Duluth we stopped briefly at Amnicon Falls State Park.

 

It has been treacherous to be out and about this winter. Snow followed by rain has turned most trails and driveways int a sheet of ice. The Red Cedar State trail was no exception. When we decided to walk down the Trail to see the ice formations we wore our ice cleats. Sever other people were making the journey but they soon turned back because they didn’t have ice cleats. Or it could have been they weren’t dumb enough to walk a mile and a half on a treacherous trail. The ice wasn’t the best that we’ve seen but it should get better with the cold weather.

 

We had some flurries a couple of weeks ago. Not much snow but what we did have were very large flakes. I notice these White-tailed Deer walking along the woods.

My wife has put together an exhibit of eight of my winter photographs for the Menomonie, Wisconsin Public Library. The photos selected are shown below.

A Female Northern Cardinal taken during snowstorm.

A Bald Eagle shot at Colvill Park in Red Wing Minnesota. It was fourteen below zero.

These trees covered in ice were photographed above Lake Superior at Tettegouche State Park in Minnesota. A strong March storm roared across Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Nor’easter caused huge waves along the lake which then froze on the trees.

Bridge along the Red Cedar Trail near Downsville, Wisconsin after an early November snowfall.

An Ice formation at Devil’s Punchbowl near Menomonie, Wisconsin

Bond falls is my favorite winter waterfall destination. It is located near Paulding, Michigan in the U.P.

Trees photographed, during a winter snowstorm, while skiing the Backcountry Trail at Swedetown. Swedetown is located in Calumet, Michigan.

A rock and Ice formation along the Apostile Islands.

On our recent trip to Duluth we took in the 2018 edition of the Bentleyville Tour of Lights. Every year they seem to get better. This year was the best ever

with a number of new displays.

 

Our first ski trip of the season took us to Ironwood Michigan. The drive over to Ironwood was OK but just outside of Ironwood it started snowing. It was snowing so hard that we had trouble following the road to the ABR Ski Trails. The trails had been groomed the night before but by 11 am they had received 7 inches of new snow. It was beautiful on the ski trails but the wax was not working good and it was tough going.

On a beautiful Sunday morning we drove over to Cornucopia, Wisconsin to meet some friends and hike into Lost Creek Falls. Several years ago we made this hike and were covered in mud because of the trail conditions. Someone has done a wonderful job of improving the trail.

There were a few flowers out along the trail. We saw quite a few Bunchberries and Bluebead Lilies along the trail.

The waterfall was beautiful as usual.

Intense discussion about a new camera.

A little mossy area flowing into the creek.