Saturday, May 31, 2014

Lake Superior Ice Cover Still Remains -- Post 2

Today I will post the second half of the photos from the hike on the beach east of Grand Marais that I took the other day with Jamey and Lois.

As we walked east, we climbed the bluff a few times for exercise.

But the best part of the hike was playing with what I have always called "pencil ice."  I looked it up on the internet, and others call it "needle ice."  It forms when ice is pushed ashore where it is warmer.  The warmer temperatures weaken the ice so it splinters.

Lois had fun separating out the splinters.

Jamey had fun looking for agates.  He found the carnelian shown below, as well as a shadow and a fortification agate.

East of town there is a lot of erosion.  In some cases there are vertical escarpments of sand.

But between the layers of sand there are layers of rock.

The very large stump below was partially burned.

The magnificent stump that I documented last year is now half buried, partially eroded, and pushed up against the bank.

Here is what the stump looked like last year:

The sunset was fantastic.

As was our fire.

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