I was delighted to find in my email yesterday Al Perry’s Lake Superior ice cave photographs. The nature photographer’s images are a fitting tribute to this winter. I asked Al, who was featured in the July/August 2008 Evansville Living, if I could share his images and what inspired his mid-February trip.
Q: Why did you visit Lake Superior?
A: My wife, Joyce, saw a clip on NBC News about something that occurs only every 10 years or so — ice caves on Lake Superior. After viewing the clip, two hours later my RV (a converted Mercedes-Benz van) was packed with food, cold weather clothing and camera gear. I departed Evansville at 10:30 p.m. Sunday and arrived in Southern Wisconsin at 4:30 a.m. to get ahead of another snowstorm. As an example of my affinity for cold weather photography, in the last 18 months I have been to Iceland twice and Alaska three times.
Q: Where are the ice caves located?
A: The ice caves are located along a 3-mile hike on the shoreline of Lake Superior in Wisconsin (near Cornucopia, Wis., east of Duluth, Minn.). Every 10 years or so, Lake Superior freezes over and people walk on the ice to view and enter the ice caves. Ice is formed as water runs over the top and through the sandstone cliffs. Caverns are formed by the waves of Lake Superior beating against the red sandstone cliffs.
Q: What will do you with your ice cave pictures?
A: I make multiple uses of my photos including prints for sale at my gallery in McCutchanville and sharing with others on Facebook and photo-sharing websites.
Q: What else are you working on?
A: Ninety percent of my time is spent with nature photography and motion photography (slow motion, time lapse, and real time nature sequences). Ten percent is spent managing my farmland in North Central Indiana where I grew up.
Al Perry’s photo gallery and office are located inside the old McCutchanville School on Petersburg Road North of the airport. The gallery is open to the public 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.