In late November with winter just settling in, I went for a walk along Amity Creek in Duluth. I was looking for sections of open water but only a few spots of open water were to be found. Even the waterfall above “The Deeps” was frozen over, though you could still hear the thundering of the falls through the ice.
Above the falls there are some cascades where I found a stretch of open water with ice around the edges. It was that contrast of flowing water and frozen water that I was looking to capture in a photograph. With microspikes over my boots I was able to walk out onto an ice-covered rock, setup my tripod and photograph the cascades.
In late May I returned to these cascades, even though the water was not flowing at peak it was still flowing at a much higher volume than when I was here in November. The light was also quite different, instead of heavy overcast I had bright midmorning sun illuminating the red clay on the bank across the creek, while the cascades were in the shadows of the white pines on the east side of the creek.
The two photographs aren’t from exactly the same vantage point or even with the same focal length of lens, but if you look closely at the rocks you can see some of the rocks are in both photographs. Our society has the saying of “been there, done that” but returning to places you can see how dynamic our planet really is.
-EAK, July 2014