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I first set eyes on Lake Superior after moving to Minnesota over thirty years ago. Soon I began to travel around the lake nearly every summer. Returning to the shore became a ritual and form of devotion, a way of grounding the seasons and years in the familiar features of dependable places. The lake's long, tortuous geological history has created a varied coastal landscape of low ledges and rolling outcrops, cliffs and headlands, sandy bays and cobble beaches. Large swaths of ancient granite and gneiss in Ontario, billion year-old basalt in Minnesota, and younger sandstones on the Michigan and Wisconsin shores mingle with smaller amounts of other rocks.


Each stretch of the shore tends toward a unique character defined largely by the nature of its bedrock, while also sharing common features and growing environments with other shores. Through the photographs, drawings, and writings here, I share my quest to understand the rugged coastline of the world’s largest inland sea.


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