Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Top 13 Lake Superior Sunrises of 2013

Between the busyness of the holidays, massive snow, and artic temperatures, I have not been out to photograph the sunrise since November. Since I don't have any new photos to share, I thought I'd give you my top 13 favorite Lake Superior Sunrise photos of 2013.

The first day I saw ice built up on the lake

This ice-covered rock looks like a large creature frozen in the middle of the lake. I love the reflections of the clouds in the lake, too.

Calm ripples

After the April snowstorm

I like the silhouette of the trees against the orange sky

Thursday, December 12, 2013

We're Gonna Have a White Christmas

Last week we had our first major snowfall of the season.  I don't know what the official totals are, but I think we had around two feet of snow.  Areas near us had up to 42"!  The snow combined with the bitter cold temperatures that followed means I've only ventured out for snow photos in the backyard, not early morning sunrise photos.  Click here for sunrise pictures from last year at this time.

Round One: (pictures taken on Tuesday)

The kids couldn't wait to get out and play in the snow

These trees sure hold a lot of snow

Leftover Mountain Ash Berries really stand out against the snow

That's a lotta snow on this little twig

Friday, December 6, 2013


Raina at the Bayfront Park playground in Duluth

Sunset at Canal Park at the end of June

Low light makes this photo look like a painting

 It was cloudy last weekend, so here's a sunrise from June

In Ashland, Wisconsin, they were taking down the old docks that are no longer used for shipping

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sunrise, November 24

It's been a year since I first started taking Lake Superior sunrise pictures. I'd like to think I've learned a lot about my camera in that year, but I also have more learn. So I'll keep on practicing! I finally made it out last weekend after a couple cloudy Sundays in a row.  I had to get out all my warm winter clothes because it was 0 degrees.  The sun rose at 7:22 a.m.  I stayed close to home, driving to the marina.

I first tried the safe harbor area, but the sunrise was a little hard to see

I went to the overlook instead, where the sun lit up the sky despite some pretty heavy clouds

Rocky coast

Not a bad view

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Barry and I were on our way home when we saw this amazing sunset that filled the sky with color.  Here you can hardly see where the sky ends and the lake begins.

Cold summer eve means hot chocolate . . . 

 . . . and being wrapped up in a blanket. (Taken June 17)

Hanging out at Grandpa and Grandma Braun's house.

This Luna Moth was hanging out on the side of the Holiday gas station one morning when I went to buy the Sunday paper.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


I didn't go out for the sunrise last weekend because it was cloudy and not good for taking photos, so here's one from last June

Grilled veggies

Raina's birthday.  She chose ice cream sundaes instead of cake, so we improvised with Skittles instead.

Canada Geese

Sailboats by Canal Park in Duluth

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sunrise, November 3

With Daylight Savings Time ending, the sunrise was earlier again this week at 6:51 a.m.  When I first got up and looked outside, the sky was brilliant orange.  It was 21 degrees outside with frost on the windshield again, so I let the car warm up a few minutes.  I decided to go to Split Rock Lighthouse.  When I got there, I had to fill out a state park permit form, hurrying anxiously as the bright orange gradually faded.

Frosty roof as the sun shines on the foghorn building

Shoreline looking south

Monday, October 28, 2013


Remy's drawing of Angry Birds Obi Wan Kenobi

Big ship by Silver Bay

Jackson turns 14

Remy's kindergarten graduation

Remy's kindergarten class

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sunrise, October 20

The weather has changed drastically with flurries in the air and freezing temperatures.  It was 28 degrees out and I had to scrape my windshield before I left.  The sun rose at 7:30 a.m.  I drove down to Iona's Beach again, and the color in the sky was a fiery red-orange.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Snapshots from Texas

Barry and I recently went to Texas for the Austin City Limits Music Festival.  Here are some of the highlights.

Austin skyline, taken from the parking ramp where we parked

Entrance to the festival

We caught the last part of Sons of Fathers' performance

Listen to Sons of Fathers Roots & Vine

Courtyard Hounds, with Emily and Martie from the Dixie Chicks

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Grand Marais and Beyond

When we were finished hiking at Sugarloaf Cove, we drove north to Grand Marais.

Kids + rocks on the beach=happiness

The weather was perfect--sunny with a few clouds and mild temperatures

Trout bike

I thought the texture of this tree branch was interesting

Seagull on blue