Sunday, May 22, 2022

From Winter to Summer

As I am writing this blog (May 22nd) it is a very chilly morning (close to freezing) here in northern Wisconsin. Looking out of the window though it looks like early summer. Not too long ago we still had some ice on the lakes and all trees were bare. 

Earlier I wrote a blog about the Never Ending Winter (https://soulcenteredphotography.blogspot.com/2022/04/the-never-ending-winter-2022.html)

In the second week of May we had unusually warm temperatures, up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (30 C) and Nature just exploded. The woodland wildflowers or spring ephemerals popped up so fast and were done blooming within a blink of an eye. The Trilliums are still in bloom right now but due to the dense tree canopy they won't last long.

I feel like we all got "cheated" out of spring and went straight to summer. But I won't complain as the fresh greens are a welcome sight and the humming birds and Orioles  are back and regular guests at my feeders. I enjoy my walks with my dog Shanti and listen to the song birds and frogs. Shanti found a new passion - going for swims wherever he can, regardless how cold the water temperature is!

The following photos span the time frame from end of April until May 20. 

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Enjoy, Susanne


Chippewa River near Bruce, 4.24.'22

Still some ice at Audie Lake, 4.27.'22

Beautiful patterns on a thin layer of ice

A floating bog  on Audie Lake, 4.27.'22

Morgan Falls, 5.2.'22

Lake Superior ice near Ashland, 5.2.'22

At Houghton Falls, snow along the creek, 5.2.'22

Pink Hepaticas, 5.3.'22

Hepaticas, 5.3.'22

White Hepaticas, 5.3.'22

Sunny day at Audie lake, 5.3.'22

Blue Hepaticas, 5.4.'22

At the Ice Age trail Center near New Auburn,  5.4.'22

At the Ice Age trail Center near New Auburn,  5.4.'22



Blue Hepaticas, 5.4.'22

Bloodroot, 5.7.'22

Bloodroot, 5.7.'22

new spring leaves, 5.11.'22

Daffodil, 5.11.'22


Spring scene at the Chippewa River, 5.12.'22

Spring morning, 5.14.'22

Spring morning, 5.14.'22

Trillium close-up, 5.14.'22

Young Maple leaves, 5.14.'22

Beautiful spring day at the Chippewa river, 5.14.'22

Beautiful spring day at the Chippewa river, 5.14.'22

Fishing boat at the Chippewa river, 5.14.'22

Magical Creek in the Blue Hills, 5.20.'22

Magical Creek in the Blue Hills, 5.20.'22

Magical Creek in the Blue Hills, 5.20.'22


Dutchmen's Breeches (Dicentra), 5.12.'22

Shanti at a Lake





Thursday, May 5, 2022

Morgan Falls and Houghton Falls, May 2022

Right now is a good time to go for a walk in the spring forest and visit a waterfall.

On May 2nd I did exactly that and enjoyed Morgan Falls, one of my favorite waterfalls in northern Wisconsin.  There was a good flow of water and still some snow and ice in shady spots. Last year I was there in April and wrote this blog:

https://soulcenteredphotography.blogspot.com/2021/04/morgan-falls-april-2021.html

Next stop was Houghton Falls Nature preserve just outside of Washburn, Wisconsin. Another favorite location especially in spring to see the waterfalls. Later in summer there is often times no water at all.

Information I found on the Web:
A stream meanders through hemlock, cedar, spruce, tamarack, birch, and maple, cascading over the exposed sandstone before descending over 60 feet into a rippled sandy cove at Lake Superior. Upstream (and also on the property) is Echo Dells, a series of watercarved rock cliffs and caves interspersed with small waterfalls and a forested footpath.

We still saw pieces of ice floating on Lake Superior making the most beautiful sounds moving across the water surface. I can't find words to describe the sound, maybe something like a wind chime in the distance. 
It looks like it is warming up fast in northern Wisconsin and our spring could be short. Enjoy this special time while you can.
Susanne

Click on the photos for a larger view.

A video on YouTube I made about Morgan Falls: https://youtu.be/yV4Fomboawc



Morgan Falls




Morgan Falls, close-up

Ice piled up at Lake Superior's shore, in Ashland

Echo Dells

Echo Dells

Echo Dells



Some snow left in shady spots

Ice floating on Lake Superior

Small ferns growing on rocks

Ice floating on Lake Superior







Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Never Ending Winter, 2022

 Today is April 21. 2022 - one month since the spring equinox. But it seems winter doesn't want to quit here in the north country (Wisconsin). 

There is a saying that once the Robins return, snow has to fall onto their tail 3 times before spring arrives. I think we have all stopped counting the numerous snow falls we had since the Robins arrived! But the daylight is increasing and many birds have returned and delight us with their songs. And today I heard the first spring peepers!! What a welcome sound! so there is hope!! 

The following photos are in chronological order, the first one taken at the spring equinox walking on a frozen lake in the Blue Hills. The last photo is from April 18. - hopefully the last snow fall!!

Enjoy the last of winter and celebrate spring!

Susanne 

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Sunlight and shadows, 3.19.'22


Sunset colors, Audie Lake

Shanti enjoying a snow bath

Shanti enjoying a snow bath

Ice covered rocks at Morgan Falls

Ice covered rocks at Morgan Falls

Ice covered rocks at Morgan Falls

Morgan Falls hidden underneath snow and ice, 3.27.'22


Ice covered rocks at Morgan Falls

Ice covered rocks at Morgan Falls

Flambeau River, 3.27.'22

One of the many grey and dreary spring days, Chippewa River

Light and shadows at a creek in the Blue Hills

Light and shadows at a creek in the Blue Hills

Light and shadows at a creek in the Blue Hills

Beautiful ice art on a cold spring morning

Beautiful ice art on a cold spring morning

Promising spring morning

Water and light in crystalline form - Frozen creations at a creek

Water and light in crystalline form - Frozen creations at a creek

Water and light in crystalline form - Frozen creations at a creek

Water and light in crystalline form - Frozen creations at a creek

Shanti loves the water

On a spring walk, 4.10.'22


Yet another snow fall, 4.16.'22

Yet another snow fall, 4.16.'22

Yet another snow fall, 4.16.'22

Audie Lake still with solid ice, 4.16.'22

Some open water at Perch Lake

Enjoying a rare sunset

One more snow fall, 4.18.'22