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Following the photographers: Lake Superior in Minnesota

Wish you were there? For people who love the North Shore, online images are the next best thing.

Photographers head home after a day at the ice caves.

© Beth Gauper

Two of the many photographers who flock to the ice caves head home at dusk.

Do you love to see gorgeous photos of your favorite landscapes, especially when you're sitting in an office cubicle?

Facebook makes it easy to see when giant waves are crashing along shorelines, when northern lights appear in the winter sky and when full moons frame lighthouses. Online galleries and blogs offer photography tips as well as images.

One place especially blessed with photographers who share their work is Minnesota's dramatic North Shore of Lake Superior, where world-class scenery stretches from Duluth to the Canadian border.

Fall is perhaps the most photogenic season, with changing leaf color, northern lights and rutting moose.

But many photographers prefer winter, when they can capture beautiful photos of ice caves, crashing waves and owl irruptions.

Here are some of the photographers who share their images.

Travis Novitsky, Grand Portage. Novitsky, a ranger at Grand Portage State Park, posts his images on a photo journal.

Bryan Hansel, Grand Marais. Hansel, a photography instructor and kayak guide, regularly posts his images on his Facebook page.

Paul Sundberg, Grand Marais. Sundberg, the retired manager of Gooseberry Falls State Park, posts a photo gallery every week, often with spectacular wildlife images accompanied by information and observations.

Thomas J. Spence, Tofte. Spence takes many photos along the shore but also ventures into Superior National Forest for photos of wildlife, especially moose.

John Gregor, Two Harbors. This longtime photographer and teacher often posts photos of the bays and shorelines around Two Harbors as well as images from around Lake Superior on his Facebook page and newsletter.

Richard Hoeg, Duluth. Hoeg specializes in birds but also posts many photos of shipping, sunrises and the northern lights.

The Facebook page Destination Duluth posts the work of dozens of photographers, including Dennis O'Hara, Paul Scinocca, Christian Dalbec, Shawn Thompson and birder Michael Furtman.

Among the many fine photographers posting online images: Nace Hagemann on the Gunflint Trail.

Some of these photographers also teach photography workshops.

And during the running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon along the North Shore, Jessica Shold and Candace Watson of Rivers' Cross Photography provide wonderful images.

For great images of western Lake Superior, including Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the Keweenaw Peninsula and Isle Royale, see Following the photographers: Lake Superior's south shore.

Last updated on November 4, 2015