Monday, December 25, 2017

Best of 2017


There is quite a collection this year. It was too difficult to choose and limit myself to 12 
- so here they are in chronological order.
Enjoy and a happy New Year.

Winter sunset at the Chippewa Flowage, northern Wisconsin.
The large root added an interesting element to the composition.
End of February much of the snow melted in northern Wisconsin. Little Falls at the Flambeau River is a favorite place to visit.
Early March at the north shore of Lake Superior. Warm sunset colors at Black Beach near Silver Bay, Minnesota
April sunrise in the Blue Hills, northern Wisconsin. 
Blue Hour (Dawn) at Split Rock lighthouse, north shore of Lake Superior. Some of the warm colors are reflected off the rocks.
Lady Aurora was dancing on May 27th and I was lucky to be home, Blue Hills, Wisconsin
We had a lot of rain in June and enjoyed a good flow of water at Echo Dells near Washburn, Wisconsin.
A magical place to visit!!
4th of July at Split Rock Lighthouse. It was lit and to our surprise we were the only people at the beach to watch the light beams go across Lake Superior.
Audie Lake in the Blue Hills is probably the place I go to the most to take photos.  The morning fog on this late July morning added a mysterious mood. Now I have a 4 season collection (plus some) of this little spruce island.
Lost Creek Falls near Cornucopia, WI was a little known waterfall but since the new trail was built a lot of people are taking advantage of it. I had to wait for people to leave to get this image (on Labor Day, September). 
We had never camped at Split Rock Lighthouse campground and were able to spend a night in mid September.  Sunrise beams behind Ellingsen Island, Lake Superior with the lighthouse on the left.
We had some amazing sunrises in September and this is one of them.  Maybe it was due to wildfires out west.

Bond Falls in the UP Michigan is a popular destination especially in the fall. We finally made it there !  A close up of the upper cascades with some of the fall colors reflecting in the water.

Bond Falls, upper falls or cascades - simply stunning!!

After Bond Falls we visited the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park, Michigan.  It started to rain and almost everyone left so we had the place to ourselves. The rainy, misty weather was perfect for waterfall photos. I was fascinated with the swirling water.

A long exposure of the water swirl or spiral.  It was fun to experiment.

Old Growth forest at Porcupine Mountain State Park. It was getting dark and I didn't want to leave.  It seemed the trees had many secrets to tell.

Early October at Audie Lake, Blue Hills. The fog was lifting and the colorful trees appeared.

Perfect fall color reflections at Audie Lake, Blue Hills. It can't get much better than this!

Lost Creek Falls (near Cornucopia, WI) in mid October. The scattered leaves on the rock added a special touch to this composition.

Winter came early in November and many lakes froze solid. Another foggy morning at Audie Lake, Blue Hills.

End of November warmer temps arrived and the surface of the ice melted and created some interesting patterns and reflections. At Audie Lake, Blue Hills
Winter is here to stay (December). A moody scene at the Couderay River, Wisconsin

Sunrise splish splash, Lake Superior north shore. At Split Rock lighthouse, Minnesota

A group of Cedar trees flooded with the last light of the day. At Cascade River state park, Minnesota


  1. Gorgeous collection of photos. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. Your photos are exceptional, and so beautiful!

  3. What a beautiful journey through the year. Outstanding images Susanne and it is an honor that you share them.

  4. Your photos are exceptional, I too enjoy taking photos at Audie Lake, I just love the Blue Hills