Ice Out, Green-up, Aurora and More – May 2018

May 2018 – in a few photos…
In May we saw a lot of changes and it seemed like we had all four seasons crammed into the month. Ice went off local lakes during the first week of May. It’s been great to back on the water in the canoe and boat. The open water brought loons, loons, loons! I am seeing a lot of loons including a nesting pair. Hoping to encounter babies soon. We also had some very warm weather for May. some mid 80s and a lot of 70 degree days. The Spring green-up has also been a welcome sight. The woods have come alive with buds, birds and flowers in the forest. We had some nice northern lights last month, too. Always a pleasure to be outside at night under our dark night skies in just a sweatshirt again. I saw a handful of moose in May, but not a lot of photo opportunities. June has already been better for moose ūüôā I am seeing a ton of tracks and occasional moose now. Cow moose had their babies at the end of May and are being seen in the woods of Superior National Forest. I hope to have some calf photos for next months post! So here are some photos from May, one of my favorite months on The North Shore.

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Temperance River after ice out
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The Temperance rushes into Lake Superior at Temperance River State Park
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Loon “running” on the water of an inland lake. You can still see some ice at the top of the photo. Early May
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Common Loon – Inland Lake
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The Lovely Loon
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Northern lights and “STEVE” on the left. A little info on the newly named phenomenon known as STEVE. https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/the-aurora-named-steve
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The aurora borealis and STEVE 
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Temperance Aurora
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The lights and the trees…
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Sawbill Trail Aurora 
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Sawbill Aurora
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Lots of birds last month…
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Male spruce grouse displays…
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Loon pair on an inland lake
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The male evening grosbeak
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Loon pair
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The indigo bunting visits my house for a few days each spring. Always a surprise and a treat to see in my trees…
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A Lake Superior Sunset
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The Lake and The River 
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Turtle on a log, reflecting…
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Back in the BWCA! A pair canoe the shoreline of Square Lake. The 2011 Pagami Creek Fire burnt all the way to this lake. Half the lake was burnt and half was untouched. It is quite a contrast but things are growing well and greening up nicely. 
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Fishing at sunset in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
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The end of the day in the BWCA
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The pack and paddle…
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Baskatong Lake – BWCA

May is an incredible month with the changes we see in the North. I always hate to see it go. Now, we move into the busy and buggy season! The black flies and mosquitoes are now here, waiting if you dare. The fishing is heating up a bit and the wildlife sightings are more frequent now so look for more wildlife in next months post. I have a few little local trips planned so I hope to have some nice photos to share. As always, thanks for following. If you are interested in prints or more photos, please check these links. Summer officially begins in two weeks! See you soon.
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3 thoughts on “Ice Out, Green-up, Aurora and More – May 2018”

  1. WOW you photos are so GREAT!! They show what a GREAT God we have too, to have created all this just for us to enjoy!!! THANK YOU for sharing your work!!!

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  2. Thanks for the photos and dialogue, super interesting. Sorry took so long to respond.

    On Wed, Jun 6, 2018, 9:09 PM Thomas J. Spence Images wrote:

    > thomasjspence posted: “May 2018 – in a few photos… In May we saw a lot > of changes and it seemed like we had all four seasons crammed into the > month. Ice went off local lakes during the first week of May. It’s been > great to back on the water in the canoe and boat. The open wat” >

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