Warm winter day after the polar vortex

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Frozen lake in Hermantown, MN. Photo by Gene Dianoski
Frozen lake in Hermantown, MN. Photo by Gene Dianoski

During a warming period after a crazy super cold snap hoar frost started forming on many surfaces at higher elevations near me.

Even though I was recovering from a bad cold, I grabbed my camera and ventured forth to see what I could find in this winter wonderland.

A local trail runs under the road. Photo by Gene Dianoski.
A local trail runs under the road. Photo by Gene Dianoski.

My girlfriend and I stopped first at one of the local trails on the Duluth, Minnesota, hillside. The tunnel that runs under the road to connect the trails afforded a perfect opportunity to frame her in the gray winter light.

Fat tire biker enjoying the trail. Photo by Gene Dianoski
Fat tire biker enjoying the trail. Photo by Gene Dianoski

We weren’t the only people to enjoy the warm up. We encountered several bikers, joggers and a few cross country skiers using the winter trails. This trail is a perfect leading line taking the eye up through the image.

Frost formed on a bramble bush. Photograph by Gene Dianoski
Frost formed on a bramble bush. Photograph by Gene Dianoski

Hoar frost formed on many of the trees and bushes. I only had my 50mm lens with me on the trail. It’s times like these I wished I had a true macro lens. I ended up cropping the subjects in editing to fill the frame. The winter frosted forest trail looked amazing.

The Duluth, MN hillside. Photo by Gene Dianoski
The Duluth, Minnesota, hillside. Photo by Gene Dianoski
Spiky frost on a spiky bush. Photo by Gene Dianoski
Spiky frost on a spiky bush. Photo by Gene Dianoski

Both of us were still feeling the effects of our colds so we didn’t walk too far, but we did drive around for a little bit and found a small break in the trees where I captured this frozen winter lake. I wanted to capture the symmetry in the image with the trees on both sides of the frozen over lake. The lights, darks and grays also gives this image tonal balance.

A small frozen lake in Hermantown, MN. Photo by Gene Dianoski
A small frozen lake in Hermantown, Minnesota. Photo by Gene Dianoski

Our short time out was fun, but tiring so we headed back home to our old dog and the comfort of our recliners, blankets and a beer.

Old sleeping dog. Photo by Gene Dianoski
Old sleeping dog. Photo by Gene Dianoski

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