Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

My blog has been neglected of late, as the cup of life overfloweth.  My camera has been busy, but it has been at high school Nordic ski races, music concerts and the like.  So, I intentionally set aside a few minutes today to tackle this week’s Challenge:  the three-picture story.

With a fresh foot of snow and new round of bitter wind chills, and Lake Superior nearly frozen over, the story up north is the weather.

1.  An establishing shot: a broad photo of your subject.

Catching the last light of a February sunset on Lake Superior, looking toward the City of Duluth, Minnesota.

Frozen Lake Superior ~ Duluth, Minnesota

2.  A relationship: two elements interacting with one another.

The wind is not always easy to capture in still photos (in hindsight, I wish I would have thought to take a short video clip instead), so you need to expand your senses for this shot.  Imagine, a cold winter wind whipping across the ice, fingers turning numb in thin gloves (to make it easier to handle camera controls), and then listen closely … think of the sound of sugar pouring into a mixing bowl, and now transfer that sound to the photo below:  it is the sound of powdery snow and ice pellets skimming across the frozen expanse of the ice-covered Lake.  The fine particles create the illusion of a low-lying, fast-moving fog bank.

Wind-swept Lake Superior ~ Duluth, Minnesota

3.  A detail: a close-up of one part of your subject.

From a distance, the shore-to-shore ice cover of Lake Superior may appear uniform, but the beauty lies in the details.

Lake Superior ice formations ~ Duluth, Minnesota

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Threes” was 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.

24 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes”

  1. […] Many Minnesotans would suggest the stark icy landscape of Lake Superior this winter is the epitome of abandoned — all warm temperatures have made themselves scarce this season, as we “celebrate” our 65th day of sub-zero temperatures in Duluth today.  (Weather Underground has been kind enough to do a daily sub-zero tally update for those cities in the Midwestern region of the United States who are part of the “Abandoned by Humane Temperatures” club.)  For more photos of this stark, but beautiful, frozen landscape, stop by yesterday’s  ”Put On Your Big Girl Mukluks and Enjoy Winter’s Beauty” post, and last week’s photo challenge, “Threes.” […]


  2. I’ve seen the Great Lakes frozen and they look like an artist’s idea of some other planet. Hard to believe that, in a couple months, they’ll be “normal” again.


  3. Oh goodness, Kat! These photos and the way you’ve linked them all up are just lovely:) In fact a better word would be ‘phenomenal’….and I’m sure grateful to be out here in Texas, slightly warmer!


    • Thanks, Madhu — I really need to find time this summer (suspect until my eldest graduates high school, no time!) to learn how to leverage the manual features on my new camera! But even the automatic settings do quite well.


    • I have so wanted to go to see the ice caves at the Apostle Islands and between work and family schedules just haven’t been able to find a free day to do so! Hoping the ice stays stable enough for another week or so, but it doesn’t take long to shift.


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