Mike Nordin, an avid cross-country skier and coffee lover, lives on the shore of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota with his family. Mike’s interest in digital photography began in 2002 while living in rural Wisconsin and developed further when he moved to Duluth which is on the shore of Lake Superior. Early in Mike’s photographic career he noticed some tiny insects on plants and he was fascinated by how they moved and went about their activities in unison. Mike’s attention was increasingly drawn to things that are often overlooked in the natural world, as he experimented with his macro lens. The camera allowed him to observe the changes in the natural world through the seasons. He also enjoyed using the camera to capture patterns seen in rocks and ice. His photographs depict much of the landscape and wildlife around Lake Superior, especially in the Duluth area. Mike’s degree in biology from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and his strong interest in environmental issues are a natural fit for his subject matter. Mike first became aware of the Duluth-Vaxjo sister city relationship through his wife, Sue. While a student at UMD in 1991 Sue was roommates with a Swedish exchange student from Vaxjo University and they developed a lifelong friendship which led to he Nordin family visiting Sweden in 2006.
Aside from his photography career, Mike has been a stay-at-home dad and neighborhood handyman, as well as serving as a volunteer related to environmental issues affecting Duluth. He recently served as an Environmental Specialist/Floodplain Mapper for the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA in Duluth.
Mike has Swedish ancestry and has visited Sweden with his family several times: his most recent visit was as a representative of the sister city program between Vaxjo and Duluth as sister cities.
Thank you for allowing me to share these images with you on my website. When you see the landscape and seasons of Duluth and the surrounding area you may find connections with your locale and its own unique beauty. The photograph captures a very small window of time but has a lasting effect. Maybe some of the photos shown this evening will elicit a memory from childhood or enhance a song you’ve heard by a local musician – that’s my hope.