A lens on the north

Lake Superior has many looks and moods and presentations — a generous, challenging subject for photographers. The weather, the light, the water below and the air above all have a part to play in the variety of our Great Lake. Alex Kormann has learned as much in his short time as the full-time photographer in the Star Tribune’s Duluth office. Judging from his photography on this page, his education is coming along.

In contrast and intensity, his image of the stormy coast near Split Rock Lighthouse is its own perfect capture. “I have learned to never underestimate the power of Lake Superior or the storms coming off the water,” he said. “I also love how fiercely connected the people of Minnesota are to the lake and the North Shore as a whole. I feel truly at peace watching the sunrise over the water, even if it is minus 15.” Kormann grew up in New Jersey and recalled making images of mountains and forests similar to northern Minnesota. Still, he said, his new territory is unique and reveals things to him he hasn’t seen.

- Bob Timmons


A large wall of sea smoke rolled over Lake Superior on Nov. 11 and engulfed the break water lighthouses in Duluth. Subzero air and water temperature created the surreal effect.
The first snow storm of the season Nov. 27 fell on an abandoned wooden shack on the side of Hwy. 61 in Two Harbors, Minn.
The sun rose over Lake Superior and Park Point on Nov. 11. The temperature was about minus 15, creating ripe conditions for sea smoke.
Snow and massive waves on Lake Superior made for a dramatic scene Nov. 27 near Split Rock Lighthouse.
Sea smoke on Dec. 2.
A lone tree was almost postcard perfect in a snow covered field in Superior, Wis.
A Hwy. 61 drive with fall colors.
Aspen stood bare in late October in Hoyt Lakes, Minn.
Peak foliage could be seen stretching out for miles Oct. 9 from the top of a ridge in Tettegouche State Park in Silver Bay, Minn.
Stars were reflected in Wolf Lake on Sept. 28 in the Cloquet Valley State Forest.