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Frigid air crystallizes and beds over the marshes and swamps around the St. Croix and Namekogan River Valley. Leaves scurry by like tumble weed with crisp Northern winds from Canada. The ice on Rooney Lake builds larger every morning stretching out from shore to shore. Canadian geese fly South over head in a well formed V-shape. A 10-point buck runs across the logging road in search of his soul mate before the winter flurries fly.

The young men at Northwest Passage Lakeshore (previously known as Northwest Passage II) bundle up for an exciting morning. Of course a photo adventure, but excitement settles in just as the first snow fall of the year blankets the ground. Everything looks different; the trees sit silently, the sun peaks from behind the clouds, and the animal tracks from that morning glisten off the fresh snow. The sense of adventure is in the air to make the next bend in search of the next beautiful photograph.

– Erik Thue, photography instructor at Northwest Passage Lakeshore

Beautiful, by Austin R.

Beautiful, by Austin R.

Good Memories, by Michael

Good Memories, by Michael

My name is Michael. I’m 15 and I live in Neopit, WI.  In the past I did all kinds of drugs and alcohol.  I always ran away from home and got in trouble. In the future I would like to play with my favorite band. I like photography because I like wilderness and it makes me happy.

I like this photo because it brings me good memories. When I was a kid I used to see water push on the rocks when my mom and I were at the bridge. My mom said she wouldn’t let me fall.

First Snow, by Michael C.

First Snow, by Michael C.

Frosty Namekagon, by Payton

Frosty Namekagon, by Payton

What photography means to me is that I have found a new hobby that I never thought would be something I would enjoy. Now I do and I might take classes in school after I graduate from NWP2. It has been such an experience for me to go out in the woods, learn new things about photography and nature. It has been amazing to take great photos and come back to edit them professionally on the computer. To see all the photos I have taken and what I have learned in photography has been a great experience. When I leave NWP2 I get to take my photos home. This is what photography means to me at NWP2. –Payton

Always Smiling, by Jamahri

Always Smiling, by Jamahri

I feel that this fish is like my little brother

Always smiling

Loves his mother

One day this fish will end up in heaven

So will I, so we’ll be together

Hi, my name is Jamahri. I’m 15 years old and live in Chicago, IL. I love to swim. All my life I’ve struggled to go to school. One day I hope to become a chef. Photography, to me, is happiness.

Tree with Sun Flare, by Drake B.

Tree with Sun Flare, by Drake B.

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