Day 2 took us off the island and into the border town of Sault Ste Marie. Once again the autumn colours were in full blast all the way there, and the weather was gorgeous.
Once in Sault Set Marie we went out for some more night shooting, getting this great shot of the milky way diving down over Lake Superior and into Michigan state.
That was, sadly, the last of gorgeous weather – last night we went through a harrowing, pitch black, stormy drive into Thunder Bay and the weather hasn’t cleared yet – resulting in me missing out on a great solar flare from a great latitude. The trip is not over yet though, so I still have hope!
Tito and I drove to Sault Ste. Marie on the weekend – a pretty ambitious endeavour since the Sault is about 9 hours from Toronto (13 if you stop, as we tend to do, for every interesting looking thing you see along the way). Before I do a post showcasing how gorgeous Lake Superior is, I need to show off the pics that made me the happiest.
This is a sun dog, photographed from Toronto at 6 am:
I felt it was a good omen to see atmospheric phenomena right at the beginning of our journey. That night we found a road we thought (wrongly) would be empty, pulled over, and got to enjoy an au natural Canada Day light show:
The best thing was that this time, they were so bright that I saw them. Not squinty after my eyes adjust to the darkness and I think ‘kinda maybe?’. Nope, I saw them. They were so bright that at first I thought it was still blue hour, even though it was 11:30pm.
They dimmed after that, but I still got some gorgeous images, despite the fact that the ‘empty road’ turned out to be a highway and the mosquitos gorged themselves silly on me.
All taken in the wee hours of Canada Day – what a great way to celebrate!