Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

What is my photographic muse?  It is that big, beautiful body of water called Lake Superior, a frequent subject of my photos and thoughts.  The shores of Gitche Gumee are ever-changing, and each season has its own character and allure.

Grand Marais Lighthouse

I have to give a nod to Bryan Hansel Photography, and an evening photo workshop I was fortunate enough to take from him yesterday in Grand Marais.  It was the kind of evening that reminds us why we put up with months of sub-zero temperatures and bone-chilling winds off the frigid waters of the Lake.  As we set up our tripods and adjusted to the fading light, the haze of campfire smoke and fog settled into the pine-covered hills rising from the shoreline.

Across the bay, the lights of the charming town of Grand Marais danced and twinkled across the calm waters.  The sound of bluegrass music from one of the local bars wafted on the air.  Rather than intruding on the peaceful scene, the notes blended seamlessly with the soft colors of the sunset.

Grand Marais at Sunset

The waxing gibbous moon illuminated the dark waters as twilight turned to night.  A loon’s haunting cry … the silent ripples from a beaver swimming in the bay … the night shift was starting …. my muse never sleeps.

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Muse” is this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: ROY G. BIV

A creative response to this week’s Photo Challenge? Perhaps not.  But, this rainbow so vividly displayed the full spectrum of colors, as we drove through Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota a few years back, it immediately came to mind when I reviewed our photo charge for the week!  If only we had more time, perhaps we could have discovered that pot of gold lurking behind the butte at the end of the rainbow ….

Butte Rainbow near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”ROY G. BIV” is this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

A few weeks out

Kat at travelgardeneat:

Ahhh, to be young again without life getting in the way! Don’t get me wrong, life is good, but I am so excited to share with you my oldest son’s first blog post as he departed for a summer of study abroad in Spain this morning! Follow along, and chime in with must-sees or must-dos as he travels during and after his study abroad program in Toledo, Spain. Ciao! ~ Kat

Originally posted on Chuck's Trip:

Here it is, my first blog post. I’ll use this post as a sort of introduction before I do any real traveling, as well as a way to start figuring out how to use WordPress. I started this blog per recommendations by study abroad counselors and others (mom), with the intention of recording what I see and do while abroad in Spain and elsewhere. I say elsewhere, because I haven’t really formulated any solid solo-travel itinerary yet — so far, just a general loop around the country and a stop in France, a route to potentially follow during the two weeks after the study abroad program officially ends. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up in Croatia (probably not).

Anyways, I’ve taken Spanish since 8th grade and continued my studies at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus, working toward the completion of a Spanish minor. Keeping that goal in…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

While a sunset photo was my initial thought in responding to this week’s challenge, I instead was drawn to another photo taken the same Memorial Day weekend at the cabin.  In an old pallet leaning against a tree, in contrast to the dull brown-gray of the weathered wood and nest materials, was the most vivid blue collection of robin’s eggs.  The nest was diligently protected by Mother Robin, and the eggs certainly have hatched by now, two weeks later.

Vivid blue in the Robin's nest

Mother Nature’s palette is naturally vivid, producing colors that we find ourselves striving to reproduce in our daily lives.

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Vivid” is this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Way

A trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) Wilderness in northern Minnesota is all about the journey, not the destination.  It is what you don’t see on the way that makes it so special … no buildings, no power lines, no signs of development … it is a special place that must be preserved.

Paddling through the BWCA

For more photos and blog series on our camping trip to the BWCA, start here:  Unplugged and Off-the-Grid: Gearing Up.

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”On the Way” is this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.