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Glow from a Window in a Morning Fog
Island Lake
North of Duluth, Minnesota

A couple days back Isabela Sorescu (isabela_sor) shared a story and this photo of getting out to capture the sunrise only to find it obscured by fog. I wrote in my comments on her image that I had gone through a similar situation recently .. and so here is my image.

I arrived at my favorite shooting location on a small bridge near the center of Island lake at around 4:45 am .. a bit more than a half hour before sunrise .. The half hour drive up through the woods and bogs had been misty and foggy .. but it always is .. literally just before I arrived at the lake I entered this thick cloud .. it chased me onto the lake as I parked and set up my tripod .. Sadly I watched the inexorable conclusion of my sunrise shooting as this cloud enveloped the entirety of the still lake .. I shot this right at the top of the hour .. about 15 minutes before "sunrise" .. I then gave up .. packed my self up and shot up to the next lake North .. Boulder Lake ..

This image is a stereotypical Northern Minnesota scene ... thick forest pocked with thousands upon thousands of lakes ... and cabins. The Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) are about 3 hours south ...

My brother lives in the cities and if I journey down to see him on the weekend I feel like I am in a scene from some disaster movie .. the lone car heading south into the cities as the Northbound lanes are clogged with thick "stop and go" traffic. I expect to arrive in an empty metropolis with tumbleweeds blowing across the dusty streets .. It seems like everybody in the cities heads up North to a cabin somewhere on one of the infinitely many lakes in the woods.

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