CURRENT GRAND MARAIS SCENES: March 2017

NOTE: More Grand Marais scenes are posted often on my blog at www.agatelady.blogspot.com and on my main personal Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/karen.brzys.

For this webpage update, I have selected some of my favorite pictures that I took in the Grand Marais area between September and February.

First, here are a few fall photos.

One of the first snow storms we had coated everything with white.

Finally, here are some winter photos, including one photo from the UP 200 Dog Sled Race. The mushers stop, rest, and turn around in Grand Marais.

CURRENT GRAND MARAIS SCENES: June 2016

NOTE: More Grand Marais scenes are posted often on my blog at www.agatelady.blogspot.com and on my main personal Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/karen.brzys  . I also post agate photos, shared mostly on various Facebook rockhounding sites, to the museum’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gitche-Gumee-Agate-and-History-Museum.

For this webpage update, I have selected some of my favorite pictures that I took in the Grand Marais area between December and June.

First I will include several winter photos. The first picture was taken near First Creek, located on the west side of Grand Marais. The weather this day was well below zero with 40 mph winds!

 

The next photo was taken from the boat ramp on Sable Lake, located in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

 

I love exploring the Grand Sable Dunes every month of the year, but I think it is most beautiful in the winter.

 

Lake Superior did not freeze over this past winter, but there were huge shelf ice formations and ice volcanoes near shore!

 

The next two photos document how deep the snow gets in Grand Marais during the winter.

 

 

Us yoopers love the snow!

 

While skiing on the beach late winter, we came across a local resident.

 

In the early spring shelf ice hugs the Lake Superior shoreline.

 

The spring in Grand Marais is steelhead season. The photo below shows a couple of local fishermen trying their luck at the mouth of the Sucker River, located east of Grand Marais.

 

The photo below shows a pond that is located on the beach east of Grand Marais.

 

CURRENT GRAND MARAIS SCENES: November 2015

NOTE: More Grand Marais scenes are posted often on my blog at www.agatelady.blogspot.com and on my main personal Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/karen.brzys . I also post agate photos, shared mostly on various Facebook rockhounding sites, to the museum’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gitche-Gumee-Agate-and-History-Museum.

For this webpage update, I have selected some of my favorite pictures that I took in the Grand Marais area between July and early November of this year.

Those of you who have followed my webpage and my blog know that I love being in the right place to take photos of animals in nature. During a hike in the western part of Grand Sable Dunes, a friend of mine spotted the snowy owl shown below.

 

I also take many pictures of Lake Superior sunsets. One that I took late summer is below.

 

In early September I went on a hike with friends in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. We hiked the Chapel Loop, which is around 9.4 miles long. Two photos are below.

This past two years we have seen a considerable amount of erosion on the local beaches. It is difficult now to walk west of Grand Marais to the Sable River. Also, my favorite agate hunting beach east of town is no longer accessible. A photo of the bluff is shown below.

 

The fierce storms and the waves that result are responsible for the erosion. A series of three photos I took of the lighthouse at the end of the breakwall document some of these waves.

This has been the warmest and most beautiful fall since I moved to Grand Marais in 1994. Below are a few of the fall photos.


Below is another fall photo of Sable Falls.

 

Of course, I have to include a couple fall photos of Sable Lake and one of the Grand Sable Dunes.

CURRENT GRAND MARAIS SCENES: June 2015

NOTE: More Grand Marais scenes are posted often on my blog at www.agatelady.blogspot.com and on my main personal Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/karen.brzys . I also post agate photos, shared mostly on various Facebook rockhounding sites to the museum’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gitche-Gumee-Agate-and-History-Museum.

For this webpage update, I have selected some of my favorite pictures from the late winter and early spring.

First, here are a couple of photos of the outer harbor lighthouse at the end of the channel leading into Grand Marais Bay. These photos were taken when the ice around the lighthouse was at its peak in late April.

Check out this view from the bluff on the south side of the bay looking across the new breakwall toward the channel leading into the bay.

 

Late April is the best time to take pictures of the shore ice. These pictures were taken from the bluff in the Grand Sable Dunes, looking west and east.

Here are a few of my favorite photos taken also in late April. The first shows deer on the beach near First Creek on the west side of town. The second shows a still frozen Sable Lake as seen from up in the dunes.

At the end of April, I walked out onto the breakwall for the first time this year. Each spring is like a right of passage when we do a lot of “firsts” including walking the breakwall, driving the back road to Munising, accessing the bluff (used to be a beach) east of town, etc. There was still floating ice in the channel and across the mouth of the bay looking east. The sunset shows that there were also icebergs looking west.

In early May we had some warm days that melted most of the snow and almost entirely reduced the icebergs. However, you can still see the iceberg remnants in the photos below taken from the trail between the Log Slide and Au Sable Point.

The dunes with the last of the snow are shown in the picture below. I love this time of year since the snow, sand, and dune grass provide a lot of contrast.

 

If you like driftwood, spring is the best time to comb the Grand Marais beaches. Once the tourists start coming, much of the driftwood fuels beach fires (including some of ours).

Sure signs of spring – trilliums and morels.

CURRENT GRAND MARAIS SCENES: February 2015

For those of you who miss the monthly updates to this webpage and have not checked out other Internet sites at which I post photos on almost a daily basis, please check out my blog at www.agatelady.blogspot.com. I also have Facebook pages. Unfortunately, there are more than one. My main personal Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/karen.brzys . I have checked in the past how one can merge Facebook pages. The task is not easy if not impossible. I’ll have to revisit this again. If any of you know how to merge FB pages, please email me at Karen@agatelady.com.

For this webpage update, I have selected some of my favorite pictures from the Fall and early Winter. Let’s begin with a couple of photos from the Chapel Loop hike I did with friends in October.

A fall sunset from the beach in Grand Marais.

 

Here are a few pictures I took during the early winter months in November and December. We received a huge amount of snow in December with one multi-day blizzard that dumped more than two feet of the white stuff.

One of the reasons I purchased a camera with a powerful built in zoom lens is to have the ability to quickly capture photos of animals. Below are two pictures I took of whitetail deer and one of a muskrat.

This is the third winter in a row that we have received a lot of snow. If we would not have had the partial melt in December, we would be even more buried than we are right now. Pictures took the first few weeks of 2015 show just how much snow we have received.

First, here is a formation in the shelf ice (that we locals call icebergs). These two photos were taken a few weeks apart.

More winter photos…..

The depth of the snow as of early February is shown in the two pictures below. The first photo is of a garage located out on Coast Guard Point. The second photo shows the snow depth on the south side of my house.

CURRENT GRAND MARAIS SCENES: September 2014

I would like to thank everyone again for the positive comments about the pictures I post on the blog at www.agatelady.blogspot.com, as well as those I put on my personal Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/karen.brzys?ref=tn_tnmn Sometimes, but not always, I duplicate a few of the photos between the two pages. This helps save time, plus there are different people who visit the two web pages.

For this web page update, I have selected some of my favorite sunset pictures. Beginning early spring, the sun sets far enough to the northwest that we finally get to see it peek out from behind Au Sable Point. We can seemingly see the sun dip to the horizon until the sun again sets behind Au Sable Point in the fall. This year there was floating ice on the lake into June, so I was able to get some interesting sunset photos.

The photo below shows some of the floating ice. This picture was taken on May 28th.

Many of you know that I am passionate about the Grand Sable Dunes. The picture below was taken from the middle of the dunes.

Of course, I have to include a beach photo. The picture below was taken around six miles east of Grand Marais.

 

CURRENT GRAND MARAIS SCENES: April 2014

I would like to thank everyone again for the positive comments about the pictures I post on the blog at www.agatelady.blogspot.com, as well as those I put on my personal Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/karen.brzys?ref=tn_tnmn Sometimes, but not always, I duplicate a few of the photos between the two pages. This helps save time, plus there are different people who visit the two web pages.

For this web page update, I have selected some of my favorite pictures taken during the winter months. This has been quite a winter. It has been many years since Lake Superior has been as frozen as it was this year. I am hearing conflicting information about just how much snow we received, but it is close to 300 inches, if not more. Since we never had a thaw this winter, the snow just kept piling up. We are hoping that the initial formation of shore ice, followed by early winter movement of the ice around Lake Superior, and hopefully ending up with significant ice movement on the lake during the spring breakup – will bring new agates to the south shore. Time will tell.

The winter season started early. As the surface of the lake starts to freeze, pancake ice forms. The channel connecting Grand Marais Bay with Lake Superior is the best place to see pancake ice formations.

 

Next are a series of photos of Grand Marais lighthouses taken over the course of the winter.

I think the Grand Sable Dunes are more beautiful in the winter when you get the contrasting colors of various shades of white and brown.

 

As the wind shifts during the winter, it blows the ice back and forth around Lake Superior. Occasionally the ice breaks under the load and piles up. These ice sections are up to 20 feet in diameter.

 

Here are a couple of winter shoreline photos. The first was taken east of town; the second west of town.

Snow, snow, and more snow.

During the depth of the winter, the sun sets to the southwest. We always know spring is coming when the position of the setting sun starts to move toward and beyond Au Sable Point.

 

CURRENT GRAND MARAIS SCENES: November 2013

First of all, I would like to thank everyone for the positive comments I get regarding the pictures I post on the blog at www.agatelady.blogspot.com. This year I have missed more days than last, but I still average posting an update at least six days a week. So for this web page update, I looked through all the photos and picked out my favorite that I’ve taken over the past couple of months.

First, here are a few pictures taken along the cliffs in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The third one is the base of Chapel Rock. I think it looks like one of the stormtroopers from the Stars Wars movies.

Next is a photo of Chapel Falls.

 

Of course, I have to include a couple fall color pictures. The first one was taken from the overlook at Sable Lake looking straight across the lake. The second was taken on the path between the Log Slide and Au Sable Lighthouse.

Plus a couple of photos from the beaches of Grand Marais…..

And two pictures from the dunes, the second of which shows a different view of Au Sable Lighthouse….

But we may as well end this grouping with some sunset photos….

 

CURRENT GRAND MARAIS SCENES: August 2013

I have not had a lot of time for hiking adventures this summer, but I have had a few great outings.

After posting the last web page update in March, I did a series of snowshoes on the beach in front of Woodland Park. Here are some of the photos taken from March through April.

Here are some more late winter, early spring photos taken on the beach and in the Grand Sable Dunes.

One of my favorite things to do in the winter is to go to frozen waterfalls. Here are some shots that were taken at the Eben Ice Caves, as well as one of the creeks in Grand Marais.

During the winter, the whitetail deer hang out in my yard and dig for apples. Since the apple crop was not well last fall – the deer were very hungry. So in April, I did feed them corn in my yard.

Here are a couple of beach scenes showing driftwood and ice break up, followed by some other spring scenes.

CURRENT GRAND MARAIS SCENES: March 2013

Since the regular museum hours ended in September, I have spent all my free time when not at shows working on the Online Rockhounding Adventures. Thus, I have not executed a web page update. So for this update, I’ll include a few extra photos.

Fall colors were spectacular last autumn. Some of the maple trees were redder than they have been in years.

Even during the part of the year that the sun sets south of Au Sable Point, we still have nice beach sunsets.


Sable Falls with more trees than usual….


Boulders on the beach near Au Sable Point….


Grand Sable Dunes…


The Pickle Barrel during early winter…


Another winter beach sunset….


Winter snowshoe scenes….