Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

Starkly shadowed and backlit at sunset, a bare tree in winter can be a beautiful thing.

New Year's Eve on Brighton Beach ~ Lake Superior

Ciao! ~ Kat

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

With a hint of fall in the air already, this winter silhouette of a kayaker on Lake Superior is a sight not far off again!

Kayaker on Lake Superior

Ciao! ~ Kat

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

Why Visit Duluth?!

Why Visit Duluth?  Winter or summer, the city has something for everyone….

Duluth’s visitor’s and convention bureau, Visit Duluth, is seeking photos for its 2015 Visitor Guide.  These were a few of my favorites from the past year or two which are just a small sampling of why the Lake Superior City of Duluth should be on everyone’s vacation destination list.

The summer arts and crafts fair at Glensheen (taking a year off in 2014 as construction wraps up on the grounds) creates a stunning shopping venue.

Art Fair at Glensheen Mansion ~ Duluth, MN

If you  need a break from shopping, you can grab a seat on one of the benches and rest a bit while enjoying Glensheen’s beautiful gardens.

Glensheen Mansion gardens ~ Duluth, MN

For a different seating option, the contrasting whites and blues at Brighton Beach in the winter invite you to sit and ponder the Lake awhile.

Winter scene on Brighton Beach ~ Duluth, MN

And for wintertime shopping, Canal Park is full of unique shops.

Canal Park ~ Duluth, MN

On the far eastern end of the city, the mouth of the Lester River provides a peaceful spot to watch the moon rise over Lake Superior.

Monnrise on Lake Superior ~ Duluth, MN

Once the sun is down and moon is up, Lester Park’s lit ski trails are just across Highway 61, with an extensive trail system day or night for cross-country skiing.

Lester Park Ski Trails ~ Duluth, MN

But, come Spring, the ice breaker is a welcome sight as the Lake’s waters open and shipping (and duck and goose) traffic begins!

U.S. Coast Guard ice cutter on Lake Superior in Duluth, MN

If you travel to the western end of the City, you can find the Lake Superior Zoo, where the peacocks provide a colorful show as they strut around the grounds.

Peacock at Duluth's Lake Superior Zoo

And if you happened to visit the Zoo last year, you may have been fortunate enough to catch a glance of not one, but two, baby Angolan colobus monkeys.

Lake Superior Zoo's Angolan colobus monkey

Spring gives way to Summer, and that means it is time for a Portland Malt Shoppe treat, while you enjoy the Lakewalk.

A malt from the Portland Malt Shoppe in Duluth, MN

Duluth is bursting with opportunities for residents and visitors alike.  If you have not had the opportunity to explore the City, be sure to add it to your travel list.

Ciao! ~ Kat

Need more information about visiting and exploring Duluth?  Check out Visit Duluth.

The Ides of March on Lake Superior

March 15th brings signs of Spring — Minnesota-style!  On a sunny Saturday on Lake Superior, Duluthians were out in force enjoying the ongoing winter weather.  From flying a kite to biking, from ice fishing to ice photography, Minnesotans know how to make the best of a delayed Spring.

Duluth, Minnesota Ice Fishing

Winter kite flying in Duluth, Minnesota

Ice biking in Duluth, Minnesota

Ice fishing in March ~ Duluth, Minnesota

Ice fishing on Lake Superior

Ice fishing on Lake Superior

Photographer on ice ~ Duluth, Minnesota

With hints of open water here and there, the season of frozen sports is sure to end soon enough.  In the meantime, all one can do is continue to embrace its icy beauty.

Ice fishing outside of Duluth, Minnesota

Ciao! ~ Kat

Last Look at the Apostle Islands Ice Caves

Moods were lifted and everyone I encountered today had a smile on their face — amazing what a little sunshine and warmer temperatures can do to the collective spirit of a community!  The snow and ice are likely to be part of our landscape in the weeks to come … what was created over several months’ time is unlikely to disappear overnight.  So, I do not think it unseasonal to post one more set of photos from our frigid hike last Saturday at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Apostle Islands ice caves

Viewing winter visitors next to the rocky bluffs allowed one to appreciate the massive scope of this natural beauty.  But, the details were just as spectacular.

(Click on any photo in the galleries below for a full-screen view.)

Icy openings provided stunning views and memorable seating.

The ice and snow were not the only features of interest.  The rock formations along the shore created layered contrast and diverse textures for Winter’s artistry.

Probably the most awe-inspiring features were the massive hanging curtains of icicles and suspended waterfalls. 

For more photos and links to visitors’ information for the ice caves, check out my earlier posts:

And if you are unfamiliar with the region, here is a Google Maps for context:  Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is located in the State of Wisconsin on the “South Shore” of Lake Superior, while the City of Duluth, Minnesota is located at the beginning of the “North Shore.”

Beautiful regions to explore, any season of the year.  I hope to share signs of Spring with you in the upcoming weeks, but in the meantime, perhaps the blog will revisit some classic summer road trip destinations and dining favorites.

Ciao! ~ Kat