GRAND MARAIS — Considering how often a just-peeking sunrise, usually over Lake Superior, is captured in Bryan Hansel’s photographs, you’d just assume he was a morning person. “Oh no, not at all. It’s terrible,’’ Hansel said of his almost constant task of getting up early to capture the best images, the best light, the best composition for his photographs. Yet Hansel is out there — in the cold, as dark inches toward daylight, often right in his adopted little city on the shore — looking for something new, something different, something special to capture.
Jack pine often don’t get much respect. The sometimes scraggly, usually not-too-tall pine trees often lag behind their bigger cousins, the white pine and red pine, when it comes to favorite evergreens of the north woods. But a jack pine on Namakan Lake in Voyageurs National Park has gained some national notoriety. The 73-foot-tall tree, on the shores of Moose Bay, has been officially declared the largest jack pine in the U.S. and was recently added to the American Forests’ Champion Trees national register.