This old farm site sees another sunset.
Fall River Falls
In a normal year the water level is not very high in the fall, but with the fall rains this year this waterfall was flowing pretty good.
Top Of The State
We drove down Otter Lake road north of Hovland until we got to this overlook. Down below is the Pigeon River which is the border between Canada and the U.S. This is pretty rugged country and is heavily forested. A fairly large area has been cleared of trees at the overlook site and is used as a helicopter landing area for emergencies.
Most people would look at this butterfly and identify it as a Monarch, and I would have done the same until recently. This is actually a Viceroy butterfly that looks almost identical to the Monarch. They visit the same flowers and hang around with the Monarchs, but they do not migrate like the Monarchs do. The best identifier of the Viceroy, for those of you that don't know, is the U-shaped line that runs horizontally and intersects the vertical lines on the lower portion of the part of the wings closest to the body of the insect.
There's nobody home to enjoy the rising sun.
Circle The Moon
If you live in Minnesota, almost everyone has heard of or seen sun dogs, but not everyone has seen or even heard of moon dogs. Like sun dogs, moon dogs usually only appear when it is very cold and I believe very high humidity helps to form crystals in the air that form the "dogs" and the circle. Moon dogs are pretty rare, and I think they only appear when there is a full moon, so that alone reduces a person's chance of seeing them. The "dogs" start to form, then the circle forms, then the moon gets diamond shaped when the vertical and horizontal lines form. If you have never witnessed this, it is quite a sight to see! They are pretty unpredictable as to when they are going to form and the duration of them. Dress warm!!
For better viewing, click on the photo to get a dark screen.
Portage Brook Falls is off the radar and the river is not huge, but I thought that it was a beautiful falls.
When I first saw this duck swimming around in the marina at Grand Marais, I thought that I had made a rare discovery. The Long-Tailed Duck usually inhabits ocean waters on the east and west coast of the U.S., but over the last few years as the Zebra Mussel establishes itself in the Great Lakes this duck has followed them inland for a food source. This duck is now pretty common in Lake Michigan, but I am not sure how common they are along the North Shore. This duck can dive up to 250 feet down in the water!
We've Got To Go
We were out in the yard putting up Christmas decorations when I noticed the western sky starting to develop. I told my wife that "we've" got to go" and pointed to the west. She's been around this crazy photographer enough to know what I meant!
What!?.....I was sure that I put pants on this morning!
I was trying to get a good picture of this Goldfinch, but he kept looking "down under". I am not sure what he was looking for, but I got a good laugh out of it!