It is time to start the January 2011 Photo Contest.
First an important note. If you see that you have won the contest or a prize in the contest, please email your address and choice of hat, shirt, or bandanna to me.
As people are hard at work planning their trips, I thought this would make an appropriate theme for the month.
The theme for this month's contest is "Entry Points".
Monthly Category: Entry Points
Prize: BWCA Hat, Shirt or Bandanna.
Additional Prize of leather work from Dicecupmaker with the bwca.com flying moose on it. Thank you Dicecupmaker!
Thanks to Cooke Custom Sewing (CSS) for sponsoring the year end prize.
Remember 1 entry per person please. This helps us vote accurately.
Rules: - You must be signed in as a member with a valid email address in your profile to enter (or win). - You can only enter one photo per monthly contest. You can enter the same photo if it did not win in a previous month. - You must be the photographer of the photo and have the rights to post it. - Photos are entered in the contest by making a reply posting to this message and using the "Add a photo to this message" link during composition. This will allow you to upload a photo from your computer to the contest or allow you to select a photo which you have already loaded into your photo gallery on this site. If you want to enter your photo in another way, please contact us. - Please describe in the message the location of the photo. - Judging will be done by the www.bwca.com staff and moderators. - A member may win once per year. - Photos must be posted to this thread by 11:59pm on Jan 31st. - Photos must be in jpg (jpeg) format and uploaded to the site.
Contact me if you have something in a different format or are having problems uploading to the site.
That is an interesting comment, gutmon. I was surprised when I really began looking, to find that I have very few, and most of them aren't good photos at all. At first I thought "Oh, there must be lots and lots!" and when I actually began looking. . . .
Must be we are just too much in a hurry to get out there. Not a bad thing, either.
gutmon, Spartan2... I only started taking pictures of the most mundane things on our trips over the past 4 years or so... washing dishes, gathering wood, playing cribbage, tent setups, etc. Maybe it was influenced by seeing pictures of my parents and grandparents in normal everyday settings with backgrounds that told so much... the old appliances and big-finned cars in the driveway, etc.
So, I'm lucky to have 6 or 8 entry point pics. But you're right: they tell a story but none of them are very good, probably because we are all in such a hurry to get out there. Oh, and we have tried to do a group shot at the entry point sign ever year, usually on the way out, with spotty success. (Last year's group shot was at the Ely Steak House, one of the finer exit points around.)
Here's our normally organized group, in the typical giddy, haphazard formation that they assume every time upon entry. North Kawishiwi River August 2010:
"You can observe a lot by watching." -- Yogi Berra
Ram Lake. This is the breathtaking view from the top of the portage into Ram lake. The Ram lake EP starts with steeply graded 80 rod portage up to Ram. This view can be had if you stop at the top of the portage and look back the way you had just climbed.
I thought I'd use this picture because it is a seldom used entry to the BWCA. Entry Point 49 is most commonly accessed via Skipper Lake. However, the permit is also valid entering through Portage Lake. Portage Lake is accessed by first paddling through Iron Lake (Gunflint Trail). The picture is the put-in on Iron Lake.
After Jim and I got launched, and before we even started to paddle, we saw this ...
We also saw him when we came out.
Note, too, that Iron Lake has a small campground, perfect for the night before/after your trip.
quote Ho Ho: "Those Ram Lake EP photos are great with the hills in the background. Guess I'll have to make the trek over to the east side some time." Thanks. The portages in that area go through the Misquah Hills-- a beautiful but rough area to trek through. Pack light if you decide to enter on Ram and have some sturdy footwear for portaging. The worst portages are from the parking lot to Ram (103 rd); from Rum (not Ram) to Little Trout (62 rod); from Little Trout to Misquah (230 rd).
Absolutely beautiful area. Visited Misqua Hills last spring. Outstanding wilderness. Have been able to see 4 Moose in two days span. Early spring provides for spectacular views through just developing foliage of the trees. Will go there again some day.
This is Magnetic Lake #57. You have to put in on Gunflint Lake; this image is just after crossing into the BWCA on Magnetic Lake.
I selected this image for several reasons: 1. It shows the vegetation prior to the Ham Lake Fire (we did this trip in May, 2004). 2. It shows Tabitha wearing a Superior North life vest. SN was also a victim of the Ham Lake Fire. 3. This was our first trip into the BWCA. The Lake was like glass, and the skies blue, though it was about 40 degrees. This would be the nicest weather of the trip.
So glad to see so many images of #14, LIS North. One of my favorites, and my own image was a close second to this one.
"It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt." Mark Twain
Joy is a great teacher, but so is dispair. Wonder is a great teacher, but so is confusion. Hope is a great teacher, but so is disillusionment. And life is a great teacher, but so is death. To deny yourself any of those in any aspect is not experiencing life totally.
Team Martin at EP30 heading into Lake Two for a quick September trip. Two adults, six kids, and one dog in two canoes. Stephanie was 8 months pregnant at the time with kid #6. Honestly, I didn't think I could get her to go, but she was determined to paddle into the BW one more time that fall.
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs build the ark, professional build the Titanic.