So, Missy and I are tooling down US 41 heading away from Marquette, looking for a place to eat, and eventually Bond Falls and home, when we spot Ruth Lake and a “moonset” and a lot of mist on the lake. It was really quite pretty, so we stopped. It was one of those scenes where it looks pretty to the eye, but it just doesn’t come across in the camera. There was a Japanese family already there taking pictures, a young couple, an older gentleman, and a kid in the car looking bored out of his skull. After I get my tripod set-up, the two younger people took off down the lake shore, and the older gentleman was left, and he kept giving me dirty looks, as if I was going to rob them, or something.
As I’m getting ready to leave the older gentleman comes up and mentions my Iowa license plate, says he went to college at the University of Iowa (about 40 miles away from me), and is basically all chatty all of a sudden. It was like he’d found a long lost friend.
But I digress.
Anyway, we leave and head just a short bit down the road, and pull into a closed motel to turn around and see the scene in this photo here. All that time spent on a scene that I don’t think has much potential, and we literally stumble on this one. With the sun rising I had to work fast, but it was worth it. This scene has the silhouette, reflections, rays through the trees, mist, a boat dock… just a really cool vibe to it. And in just a few minutes it was gone.