Summer has been in perfect glory the past two weeks, with incredible weather, warm sunny days, with cool comfortable nights. Last weekend I had a chance to drive 100 miles west of the cities to visit two close friends, Nate and Elissa, from college who are living on this gorgeous lake all summer. Leaving the cities for the summer, they are living in a 1920s one room cabin just tucked in the woods off the lake. Nate's figured out incredibly that he is the sixth generation of his family to spend time on the land. It was a great escape to visit for a night: a late night swim, hours talking around a fire, watching the stars hoping catch the meteor shower, and a lazy following morning. Perfect.
Lake Mille Lacs is a massive 200 square mile lake just two hours north of the twin cities. In many ways it is the center of the iconic Minnesota ice fishing culture. Because the lake is so large, it cannot just smoothly freeze over. Instead as the ice forms it expands and builds pressure and the ice must somehow release that pressure. The results are dramatic, jagged ridges of ice called pressure ridge, raising large chunks of ice 4-5 feet into the air. I loved the range of abstract shapes these chucks of ice form, loosing any sense of scale when photographed closely. Keep an eye here on my blog as I'll continue to post more photos from the trip.