Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Peak Fall Color weekend on the NorthShore of MN.

This is reported to be a peak fall color weekend on Northshore of Minnesota. But perhaps could see some aurora colors as well? I sure hope so! Click on the links below to check for Northern Lights and Northern Leaf color reports. I'll be using my smart phone to do just that. Tonight the Aurora is active but it's a bit cloudy so not certain they can be seen? The weekend is forecasted to be clear and sunny. Cool hiking weather! Nothing at this point could stop me from getting up HWY 61 to Carlton Peak or Lookout Mountain. This will be a good one. Stay tuned for pictures.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Pagami Creek Fire and Fall Colors.

No visible plumes of smoke today on the daily satellite shot. You can clearly see the burn area on the map. 93,000 acres of it. If you look close on the ridges just above the lake you can see fall color. It should be just about peak this weekend in areas. This is important because I leave for a week of color hiking and touring in about two days. Good food, good hikes and colorful leaves. It's my most favorite time of the year. I've been thinking about it for two weeks.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pink Salmon spawn Minnesota North shore.

The Pink Salmon have started the spawning run on some of the North Shore streams of Lake Superior. I missed seeing this last year by only a week. They have been reported on the Cascade River. I hadn't heard of Pink Salmon and was confused about what they were? Come to find out they are a exotic that was introduced to Lake Superior.

And how did they get here:

Also known as the 'Autumn Salmon', Pink Salmon are now running in the Temperance River. These fish were accidentally released into Lake Superior in the 1950's, and are now thriving in the lake. They spawn in the lake's tributaries in the fall, and die after spawning. Often, otters and birds of prey can be seen taking advantage of this all-you-can-eat salmon buffet. Look in the mouth of the Temperance River and the pools below the foot bridge for this Pacific exotic.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pagami Creek Fire updated Satellite shots, Minnesota

It's the mop up time for the Pagami Creek fire, and it could take weeks. The updated number is 93,000 acres burned. Quite a huge area. You can clearly see the burn area on the close up shot that is circled on the map. Smoke was hardly noticeable today on the satellite shots. Last week I was amazed how much smoke it produced. The amount of work the firefighters are doing is incredible. Over 500 working right now getting the hot spots in rough country.

Good pictures:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pagami Creek Fire BWCAW Minnesota

I found another incredible satellite shot of the fire, this one from NASA. This was from last week when the fire was really blazing. The amount of smoke was huge. Yesterday the fire didn't grow despite the winds up to 25mph gusting. Today, Sunday there is rain in the area and that will aid the firefighters. There are 500 of them working on this fire. Conditions are so dry in the area that campfires are not allowed of course. The Arrowhead region of Minnesota is in drought.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pagami Creek Fire updated views

9-16-2011 Satellite Shot.

Close up below:

Yesterday's cloudless satellite image showed a clear view of the burn area. The fire had calmed down a bit and firefighters are getting control. Concern however is that winds this weekend will kick up due to a approaching front. There are 500 firefighters on the job. Including the elite Hot Shots. We have seen these fellows on the news fighting huge western fires. They are the top guns of fire fighting. There have been close calls to date but nobody has been hurt or injured.Campers have escaped the fire and have stories of ash and embers flying over them. Sunday it's to rain which will aid the firefighters in containment.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pagami Creek Fire BWCAW Minnesota

I really enjoy satellite shots from the daily fly over of the weather satellite. You can see the smoke from the Pagami Creek fire in these shots from the last two days. It has not advanced much more then 100,000 acres which it was at yesterday. But that is HUGE! The largest fire since 1918 I have read. The 40mph NW winds on Tuesday really had moved it further then they had expected it to go. Stories in the newspaper of campers being overtaken are quite scary to read. Folks hoping for the best with cabins in the area. It's a remote area and Hotshot firefighters canoed into the area. Helicopters drop equipment and water pumps. The elite firefighters are from Boise Idaho. I was talking about it today and a person said why don't they just put it out? I explained how remote it was, no roads! Helicopters and planes are used to do water drops. The story is getting coverage in the news in Milwaukee and Chicago for the only reason that they are affected. The smoke has come down due to the winds and people can smell it and even see the smoke. It has caused many to call fire departments in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Where is the fire?? It's in Minnesota? How far away?? What??? The fire was caused by lightning and I was near the Boundary Waters in a cabin the week when it happened.

Daily reports and updates:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pagami Creek Fire

The smoke was heavy today blown by a strong NW wind. In Whitewater I could smell it.That is in Whitewater Wisconsin! Yes way down between Madison and Milwaukee! It was all haze and smoke today from the fire! The winds were just right to carry it that far where I was visiting somebody. Amazing! Miller Park in Milwaukee closed the roof for baseball due to smoke tonight.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fall Brook Trout Spawning Run.

Two falls ago we were hiking in search of fall color in which to photograph. It was a wonderful fall and we were near peak color time. Hiking along a small stream we spotted something, brook trout! They were in spawn! We were thrilled as we had never seen this or been so lucky to be there at the right time. I put on my zoom lens and snapped these shots. Being very careful not to scare them away. They look bigger then they are with the zoom but you can see how pristine the water was in this wonderful unnamed stream. So now this is our secret place and we shall try to time another visit to the spawn this fall which is about to happen. For more information click on the link below:

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Two types of color

Image from of the aurora flaring up about 10pm.

Stream on the Northshore that is dry due to the lack of rain in the far north of Minnesota.

Tonight there are reports of Aurora up on the North shore. Wish I was there! This seems to be a active year for Northern lights. The other type of color from changing leaves is just beginning. There is just a hint of color on the ridges. Not much but a hint. Drought in the far northern part of the Arrowhead of Minnesota might cause the leaves to drop quickly there? Will see? I have a fall color tour planned and it's all timing. Last year I was just past peak.This year I hope to hit it right on the nose. But that is hard as there are so many factors that cause the timing to change slightly. It would be a double thrill to see the Aurora and the peak fall colors during the same week. Now that would be asking for alot but you never know?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Anderson Aero sad story

Grand Marais, MN.
Floatplane flips over on Devil Track Lake.
A floatplane taking off from Devil Track Lake flipped over on the east end of the lake on Saturday, August 27, resulting in substantial damage to the plane, but no injuries to the pilot or three passengers. The plane, a 1960 Cessna 182 fixed wing single-engine owned by Dan Anderson of Grand Marais was piloted by Mike Raymond of Grand Marais

Hopefully the plane can be restored to working order again. It's a very nice Moose Tour.

Ship coming in!

It never gets old, I've watched the ships arrive at the Shipping Canal for 30 years.