SUPERIOR SUMMER 8850
"Autumn in August?"
August 25, 2015 - Crazy autumn-like weather yesterday! It definitely felt like fall with temperatures in the 50's, intermittent rain sprinkles and high winds all day long. I didn't let that stop me from taking my Monday evening post-work bike ride though. Maybe I should have stayed home, because I had a mishap which totally mangled the front derailleur on my bike. I had to remove it from the bike in order to complete the ride. During the last 5 miles of the ride I was descending in elevation back towards Lake Superior and looking at these beautiful clouds out over the lake. I was hoping the entire way that they would hang on until I got home so I could get some pictures. Luckily for me, the conditions lingered long enough for me to arrive home, grab my camera gear and run half a mile down the road to grab this shot.
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GRAND MARAIS 8601
"Grand Marais SUP'er"
A stand-up paddleboarder paddles across the Grand Marais, Minnesota harbor entrance in front of some beautiful summer sunset clouds. I noticed he was not wearing a life jacket or any kind of wet or dry suit... definitely NOT recommended on Lake Superior! The water is very cold; I guess he figured he wasn't very far from shore so he could have made it back to shore rather easily before hypothermia set in if he had fallen off. Perhaps the little bundle on the front of the board is a life jacket? That's better than nothing, I guess, but the life jacket isn't much good if you're not wearing it.
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"Sunset Smoke Haze"
July 2, 2015 - We have had a lot of haze in our sky lately, which I've heard is being caused by smoke coming from forest fires in Canada. It certainly has made for some interesting views of the sky lately. A few nights ago I captured this photo of the sun a couple of hours before sunset. The majority of the sky at the time was lacking any detail, but the area immediately surrounding the sun had some really interesting clouds. Add to that the unique color at the time and I think it makes for an interesting shot.
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There has been a lot of rain this year and along with that rain a lot of cool storm clouds. Here is a recent example of one such cloud, taken after a couple of rainy days. The photo was taken over Wauswaugoning Bay on Lake Superior. The clouds were directly above the Susie Islands. We were on our way back from picking up a kitten that a friend of ours had rescued from the recent storm. The kitten was found abandoned near her back yard. He was very fragile and we could tell he had been through a lot in his ordeal since being separated from his mother. We planned on giving him the best home we possibly could. Unfortunately he did not live long.
We had him for just two days when he passed. We think he had already been on his own for too long and was either unable or unwilling to eat. We did everything we could to try and feed him some kitten formula, which he did keep down at first but eventually he started throwing that up. We could tell his condition was deteriorating even further and when he started having seizures we knew we had to take him to the emergency vet, even though that was a 3 hour drive away in Duluth. So, at 9 PM on a Tuesday night we left for Duluth. He died in Jessica's arms along the way, somewhere between Split Rock and Two Harbors.
We had named him Niiskaa, from the Ojibwe word niiskaadad, meaning "It is stormy". We figured it was the perfect name for him since he was not only found in a storm, but it was also stormy the evening we picked him up. He was only with us for a couple of days but he sure touched our hearts and we got really attached to him in the short time that we had him. The cloud shown in this photo is the cloud that we saw on the way home after picking him up from our friend's place. We call it "Niiskaa's Cloud".