Following the photographers: Lake Superior's south shore
Wish you were there? For people who love the Upper Peninsula and northwoods Wisconsin, online images are the next best thing.
© Michael Crowley
Wisconsin photographer Michael Crowley photographed the Apostles ice caves.
Along the shores of Lake Superior, this winter is making professional photographers really happy.
First came weeks of northern lights. Then, an irruption of snowy owls swept down from the Arctic. And now, the mainland ice caves of the Apostles not only are accessible but magnificently frozen by subzero temperatures.
Amid so much natural beauty, photographers are like kids in a candy store. And they're sharing their booty on Facebook pages and online galleries.
So if you're stuck in an office cubicle or don't like to venture into the cold yourself, you're in luck.
Last winter, we gave you links to photographers who regularly share gorgeous images of Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior.
Now, we'll tell you where to see beautiful images of the Upper Peninsula and northwoods Wisconsin — the ice caves of the Apostles and also the Eben Ice Caves, the icefalls of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and the dramatic scenery of the Keweenaw Peninsula and Isle Royale.
In January 2013, his page had 200 likes. By April 2013, Crowley had 5,000 and thanked his fans, proclaiming himself "overwhelmed"; by January 2014, he had more than 33,000 fans.
"I have many people who follow me on Facebook who once lived or vacationed in the northwoods and can no longer be here, and they say my photos take them home again or bring back many memories,'' Crowley says. "I really love being able to do that.''
He posts many images of the albino deer who live around his home, as well as Lake Superior images.
When he posted a photo of pancake ice floating around Marquette's Presque Isle Park, an Alabama woman commented, "I NEVER thought I would be so homesick for Michigan . . . ANY part! . . . Your photos always remind me of how beautiful and amazing my home state really is."
© Greg Kretovic
Greg Kretovic shot this photo of the Eben ice caves near Munising.
She shares images and videos of Isle Royale National Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the Keweenaw Peninsula and the northern lights: "I feel very blessed to live where I do and to share the beauty that I see 'in my own backyard' with you."
Hannah Stonehouse Hudson in Bayfield, Wis. She's most famous for her photo of Schoep the arthritic dog floating in Lake Superior cradled in the arms of his owner, John Unger.
For tips on taking photos in winter, see Capturing winter's beauty.
Last updated on January 31, 2014