Northwoods Project – Update
In continuation of the Northwoods personal photography project, I completed another photo trip to the area in May 2017. My first ever visit to the Minnesota North Shore area began in Duluth, Minnesota and followed historic Highway 61, 145 miles to the US-Canada border and included a brief cross over into Canada. Rain was ever present but along the way I was blessed with scenes such as Shovel Point in Tettegouche State Park, the beautiful Naniboujou Lodge, and many others. Capturing the images of waterfalls is an exhilarating experience. As you hike through the woods, the distant and faint rumble of the falls grows and, as you arrive on the scene, explodes into the thundering roar of the rapids pounding against ancient rock formations. Waterfalls photographed during this trip were Gooseberry, Caribou River, Temperance River Hidden, Cascade, Pigeon River High & Pigeon River Middle Falls. The lighthouses dotting the shores of Lake Superior offer their own mystique, and are majestic artifacts offering tributes to life in a bygone era full of challenge and courage. Visited during the trip were Split Rock, and Two Harbors Lighthouses.
Total miles traveled 1611, 520 original RAW photos taken resulted in 102 final images.
As described in last year’s recap, I had planned to continue the Essence project and plans are for Essence of the Northwoods Volume 2 to be completed early 2018.
In addition to having been awarded Best of Show honors at the Naperville Art League Chasing The Sun exhibit, “Guiding Light” was also shown at the North Central College Schoenherr Gallery exhibit staged during June 2 to July 9.
After that event, opportunities for the remainder of 2017 were limited as my wife and I relocated to Indiana and entered semi-retirement. Selling the old home, finding our new residence combined with the first move in many years as you can imagine took precedence over all other activities. I’m looking forward to 2018 which promises to be exciting as subjects in my new area abound and the Great Smoky Mountains are now as close as the Northwoods once were.