Lake Superior September Trip – Part 2
March 22, 2012
Back for more huh? Well, if you thought the stuff from the first part of the trip was intense, wait till you see this!
Let’s see. I camped overnight at Mosquito Beach and stumbled down to the water about 30 minutes before dawn. It was raining, windy, and just plain wicked out. My kind of weather! Between the wind and rain I was able to capture this baby:
(Click the photo for more details about that morning - the story behind this one is pretty cool)
Next it was time to break camp and hike the quick four miles to Chapel Beach.
I think I experienced more weather in that four miles than I had all year up to that point! Intense wind, on and off rain, sleet, small hail, sunshine, and some rainbows along the way to keep it interesting. I wasn’t really planning on doing a video, but I’m really glad I captured a lot of the intensity of the weather that day – it might be the coolest video I’ve posted so far!
Also, keep in mind the video below was shot on my trusty iPhone, so I apologize for the 1970s quality in some sections, but it does a good job of showing just how intense things were. Also, please bear with the wind noise (some spots are better than others)
Oh, to get a sense of the wave heights, check out some of the shoreline clips and look at the size of the trees compared to the waves smacking the shoreline.
Not a good day for a swim!
I arrived at the campsite around lunch time, so I mostly killed time that afternoon and scouted some locations along the beach. Honestly, it was fun just hanging out in that kind of weather. The wind was deafening at the shoreline and the gigantic waves washing in were really hypnotic. If it hadn’t been so cold I probably would have spent all day sitting there.
That evening I was able to capture this sunset (I’m SO glad I spotted that driftwood while scouting):
I did capture one more image the next morning, but haven’t had a chance to mess with it just yet…
Overall, I don’t think I’ve ever captured so many cool photos in so little time. Just goes to show you that bad weather can really be a photographer’s best friend!
Hope you enjoyed these quick little posts, and again, sorry it took so long to get ‘em up on the site.
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