First Ice


The first ice of the season clings to and coats the Grand Marais harbor shoreline. The lighthouse lights its first light during sunset. Cook County, Minnesota.

Last night I went to the Grand Marais harbor for sunset. I knew that the 50mph offshore winds on Monday had kicked spray all over the shoreline and knew that it would have coated the trees and shoreline with ice. I just didn’t know if the ice would line up and work with the sunset, because the position of the sun wasn’t perfect. Luckily, it didn’t matter, because the sunset colored the entire sky.

I call this photo “First Ice.” It’s the first real ice that I’ve photographed this winter on Lake Superior. It’s the start of the winter photography season on the big lake. This is the start of the best season to photograph up here, because the sun rises and sets over the big lake.

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