The Drive North of Duluth, Minnesota

One of the ways I enjoy spending time on vacation is getting in the truck and driving.  I may not know what I am looking for, but I am always looking.  It is invaluable to have paper maps and GPS in hand.

After spending some time scouting for hawks at the Hawk Ridge area and not being successful, the pavement gave it familiar call.  Wanting to take it kind of easy, I stayed on the hard road.  Driving north along Lake Superior there were many sites to be seen.  Houses, beaches, places to eat and islands peaking through the tree lined shoreline.

It was starting to be get dark out and I had not found the image I was looking to capture with camera.  As mentioned, the hawks did not come in as I had hoped.  Driving, I saw a lot of pretty sites, but none that really moved me.

Using the topo maps on the GPS, I saw an island coming up ahead.  Islands are always worth investigating further.  I could see there was a road leading down to a place where the island was view able.  So many times, that does not happen.   There are trees in the way, or other obstructions making picture not possible.  Driving down a narrow steep road, the days plans came together.

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The sun had all but gone down, and there was a glow on the opposite horizon.  The island was picking up some of the last light.  I had  a foreground on top of that.  I love wide angle photography.  That is my first love in photography.  Getting out tripod, I did say tripod, I brought camera close to ground.  Using a remote shutter release, I started capturing time as it moved on in front of me.  Light was changing and time was working for and against me.  Against me, as I did not have much time.  For me, as it was painting the scene in front of me.

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Knowing there is always more that one image in a picture, I rotated camera and recomposed.

When, scene, light, and time come together, magic happens.  This was one of those moments.

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