Staying Connected to Your Favorite Places on the North Shore and in the North Woods

While it may not be time to visit, this should give you all some nice ways to stay connected, and even support some of your favorite places here on The North Shore and in the North Woods of the Arrowhead. Ill give you some webcam links for live looks! Spring is an ever changing time here. From weather, to the thaw of the lakes and snowpack, to the spring movement of wildlife, you never know what you may see on the webcam from day to day. I’ll also give you some links to artists and photographers who can keep you entertained. Some local musicians and artists are doing what they can to entertain, and they still need support. I’ll also include some links to local North Shore and Duluth area businesses who could use support at this time. I’ll try to update often. Take a look, take care and thank you.

A Boundary Waters Sunset…

Webcams can be a great way to stay connected. Here are some links to webcams on the Gunflint Trail, the Lake Shore, and Duluth areas.

Chik Wauk Nature Center – Gunflint Trail

Bearskin Lodge – Gunflint

Seagull Lake – Gunflint

Gunflint Lodge

Lutsen Mountains

Lutsen Resort Livestream


Isle Royale

Crashing waves at Tettegouche State Park – 4/14/2018

YouTube Channels can provide hours of entertainment. I don’t have a ton of videos, but I will add more as I can. I have moose, lynx, a few sunset and sunrise and some moonrise videos you can check out. I will add more YouTube channels in coming days. If you would like yours added, let me know.

A glance from a Canada lynx – Winter 2020

Shop local if you can, and support your favorite spots to visit with a gift card or apparel or other show of support. A lot of these places provide things you NEED in the coming weeks and will ship. Ill add more in the coming days so check back!

Fika Coffee – Lutsen

Gunflint Mercantile – Grand Marais – Homemade soups, FUDGE, etc

Trail Center – Camp Chow – Gunflint – Gift Cards

WatersEdge Trading Company – Tofte – Gift Cards?

Sawtooth Outfitters – Tofte – Gift Cards – BWCA Trip planning

Java Moose – Grand Marais – New online shop

Moose on the Sawbill Trail

Local Artists and musicians, many of whom depend on travel or tourism could use your support. Here are a few, some of whom are offering online performances among other things. I will update this section often in coming days.

Bump And Adam – Pushing Chain – These guys just put out a CD. You can buy one online and see what they are offering up live in the coming days!

Traveling and working photographers are restructuring and having to curb travel. Show some support to those who provide you with free online content and beauty. Check their social media and websites to purchase prints, gift cards or workshops or online learning if they offer it. They rely on travel and tourism to educate and provide beauty.

I will update this often, so please share and check back. Let me know if you know of anyone or have a business you would like included. Thanks everyone and take care. See you all soon.

Summer So Far in Pictures…

It’s been a fun summer for wildlife and landscapes in Minnesota’s Arrowhead region. I have spent a lot of time working on the Gunflint Trail and the rest of my time exploring and photographing the rest of Cook County, mostly on the backroads and at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Here is a selection of photos that may or may not have been shared on my social media pages. We still have plenty summer left, so I’ll update and do another post a little closer to fall. Thanks for stopping to take a look. As always, you can browse more photos for viewing and for purchase at my Gallery Site by using this link. Photo Gallery

Morning fog on a canoe country lake as a camper enjoys coffee by the shore.

I have had numerous moose sightings this summer. I think I have already seen more moose this summer than I did all of last summer. This young bull ate in a swampy river area for 30 minutes one cool morning at sunrise as fog moved across the water.

Turtles have been abundant. Early summer, our painted and snapping turtles can be seen along roadsides near lakes, swamps and rivers as they lay their eggs. It is a time to use caution, but it is a great opportunity to see turtles somewhat close. Of course, do not disturb them as they are digging and laying eggs. Give them and all wildlife a respectable amount of space. Pictured here are a couple Snapping turtle shells and an odd, deformed painted turtle. The painted turtle has a condition known as kyphosis. Kyphosis is a condition that causes an abnormal, convex curvature of the spine. It happens in humans as well as turtles. I had never witnessed this condition in our painted turtles.

Working this summer in the mid Gunflint Trail area has provided a few fun wildlife sightings. The early morning commute was good for a handful of great, yet brief moose sightings. This red fox greeted us many mornings at our jobsite on a BWCA entry point lake. Some mornings, it would be sitting in the grass nearby when we arrived.

Red Fox near a BWCA entry point lake.
Our red fox friend was often willing to pose for a photo before it moved on.
Cabin Reflections off the Gunflint Trail

I have had numerous wolf sightings and encounters this summer as well. They are always pretty shy, but this one cooperated for photos

Gray wolf – Superior National Forest
Gray wolf in the tall grass
This gray wolf wasn’t too impressed with me taking it’s photo. 🙂

More moose! This healthy looking cow moose gave me a few minutes of photo opportunities. She looked pretty flighty at first, but she calmed down and allowed me to take a few photos and some video as she chewed on the grass and brush one morning near the edge of the BWCA wilderness.

Cow moose and a sideways glance
Canoe country sunset at Sawbill Lake – Boundary Waters

And a few more summer photos from the past few weeks in the forest. Still plenty of summer left, so I will be back with more in a few weeks. In the meantime, keep following on Facebook and Instagram for more weekly photos from Minnesota’s wildest, most beautiful area. The woods and lakes and shores of Superior National Forest.

Bald eagle eyeing up lunch in Superior National Forest
Morning light and morning fog in canoe country
Lupine, morning fog and morning light on an inland swamp