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Hey there. My day job’s been busy, so I haven’t had much time to work on my drawing and dolls. I did however take a trip to the North Shore last weekend to visit my aunt, which has resulted in some photographs I would like to share!

So that pictured above is of Canada. I don’t have a passport, so my aunt took me as close to the border as possible – Grand Portage, MN – and we did a bit of hiking. She showed me this view of Canada from across the river.

A majestic waterfall. Pretty how the sunlight was hitting it on this day.

After hiking in Grand Portage, we started heading back south, and we stopped at Hollow Rock on the way. Interesting place. I loved walking along the shoreline and just admiring all the different kinds of rocks, brush, and flowers there were.

Here’s one snap shot of what the landscape looked like.

We ate dinner in Grand Marais, MN. We decided to stay in Grand Marais until it was dark so we could catch the sunset and see the stars come out. The sunset on this night was super pastel colored. It was gorgeous.

We were hoping we might be able to see the Milky Way on the way back to my aunt’s home, but we forgot it was a bright moon that night, so we weren’t able to see it. It wasn’t a problem, though, as the moon looked absolutely freaking beautiful on the water. The picture above does not do justice to how stunningly beautiful the moon was that night, I cannot even put into the words. Lake Superior was just shimmering with golden moonlight. It felt like something out of a storybook. And that little bright dot to the left of the moon? That is JUPITER! I forgot how bright and lovely jupiter is in the night sky.

Gosh it was such an amazing sight.

The next day, my aunt drove us to nearby Isabella, MN to show me the remains of the Greenwood Fire from 2021. It was a haunting, yet fascinating landscape of scorched trees.

The leaveless trees stacked side by side almost looked like skyscrapers.

I think this area was the one I found most fascinating. Although all the trees have been damaged, the rolling ground below was so green and flowerly and sweet. It was angelic…

I just love the North Shore so much. It’s inspiring. I saw so many beautiful things, and I wished I could have had more time to explore the forests and shorelines of the lake. I can’t wait for when I can return again.


Published by Steph Kunze

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