Saturday, February 23, 2013

- The North Shore

People who are photographers take 1000's of pictures of things all the time.  Then they sort through all of them and edit 100's to get to their final product.  I took about 250 pictures at the North Shore and that has been completely overwhelming to sort through.  Which is why I'm getting my second post in just under the wire before the week ends...because I'm lazy.  And it took a while to muster the motivation.

I didn't even edit these pictures.  I just had to pick the ones I wanted to use.  Then I didn't really write anything.  It's a pretty pathetic effort.

Let's start with a map.  When we talk about North shore, we mean the stretch of land between Duluth and Grand Marais.  That's Lake Superior on the other side of the border.  Makes for a pretty scenic drive after Duluth.
(source: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/us_2001/minnesota_ref_2001.jpg)

We stayed at Blue Fin Bay Resort and this was the view from the living room:
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Pretty terrible.

It's easy to find yourself referring to Lake Superior as "the ocean" - it is, afterall, the largest freshwater lake in the World (by surface area, not volume).  I'm told it even has slight tides.  Even though most of the time I was there the temperature was closer to zero than not, it was nice to be outside and hear the sound of waves lapping at the shore.

We spent Saturday hiking around seeing pretty things.  It was too cold to stay away from access to a warm car or stroll through a local store for too long.   But it's worth it to be really cold in order to see this:
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One of the overlooks we stopped at on the way to Grand Marais
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In Grand Marais - we walked along the shore and then out through the trees.
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The water freezes on the shore in the most incredible way
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And on the rocks
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View from the edge
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Artist's point.  There was actually someone out there painting.  The temperature was maybe 0 degrees.
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But I get it.

On Sunday we stopped at some more overlooks on the way back south.  This is the frozen Temperance river:
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It's not totally frozen, because eventually it flows out to this.  I love how clear and blue the water is.
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Then there was Palisades.  You have to hike up quite a bit of elevation but the view is maybe worth it.
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Lame.
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Good thing I'm not afraid of heights.

Last there was Split rock lighthouse:
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I can't wait to go back this summer and see how everything looks in the warmer months.

1 comment:

Lantanalane2 said...

Your camera takes great shots...beautiful except for the height thing...made me whoozy.