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6 November 2021

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 421st in our series of Saturday matinees today: Lake by Travis Novitsky.

The star of this 3:07 video is Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes of North America. Bordered by Ontario, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, it covers a surface area of 31,700 square miles. Just to set the scene.

There are mornings on the lake when the whole world is nothing but orange light.

Nature photographer Travis Novinksy, a citizen of the Grand Portage Anishinaabe Nation, was born on the north shore of the lake in Minnesota and has spent his life admiring and now photographing the "infinite number of moods" of the lake.

There are the calm, crystal clear days and the dramatic stormy ones with waves 30 feet or higher. Even the storms vary one from another, Novitsky tells us.

One of his favorite things about the lake, he says, is the "sea smoke" or steam that rises from the warm water when Arctic air passes over it. There are mornings on the lake when the whole world is nothing but orange light, he points out.

Watching it a second time we wondered if Novinksy didn't spoil the fun by telling us these were all shots of Lake Superior. Would we have guessed they were all the same lake? Or would we have thought he's a world traveler with a penchant for large bodies of water.

Novinksy's portrait of the lake, both in video and stills, reveals a body of water with, as he says, many moods. You simply stand in wonder on its shore as you see it through his lens.

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