Winter in Southeast Minnesota
This past weekend we traveled from Jefferson, IA, to Winona, MN, to visit my wife's family. On Thursday much of the midwest was preparing for a big blizzard. It did not hit us very hard in Jefferson so when we left Friday after work the roads were fine. The roads were fine until we got between Ames and Clear Lake where you could start to see more build up on the roads. Between Clear Lake and Albert Lee it was completely covered with ice. We were going 4 mph near the Albert Lee exit due to trucks not being able to climb even the smallest of hills. The entire trip normally takes 3 hours and 45 minutes but this trip took over 5 1/2 hours! The drive up there was not fun at all but the next morning was worth it because it was blue skies and a lot of snow on the trees. When the snow fell, it was a heavy wet snow that accumulated on the trees and the sub freezing temperatures kept the snow on the trees making a great combination for some unique winter photographs. I spent 3 hours in the morning driving around and taking pictures. I am sure I looked goofy as I was driving with the sunroof open and both windows down while it was only 10° outside! The following are some of my best ones as it was extremely hard to narrow them down so I hope you enjoy.
I thought my lens was distorted but I think the tree actually was crooked.
Here you can see the hood of the car as I was taking these pictures out of the sunroof. Yes it was really cold (10° and going 40mph) but the shots made it worth it. All of these were taken with a 12-24mm wide angle lens so I could include everything in the scene.
All in all I drove over 50 miles and had a great morning photographing the beautiful scenery. If we would have know how bad the roads were driving up from Jefferson we would not have made the trip but I am sure glad that we did because got some great shots.
Beautiful pictures Jamie! Thanks for sharing! Love the look of the trees all iced over.
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