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As the winter has progressed I’ve had an increasing number of Northern Cardinals at my feeders. Up until recently I’ve not been able to capture very many female Northern Cardinals. They tend to spend more time on the ground and appear to be a bit shy. However, during a recent snowfall my luck changed.

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More bird photographs from Canadian Hill Farm can be found on my website.

While out photographing ships in layup I walked out to the tip of the Arrowhead Bridge at Rice’s Point in Duluth, Minnesota. On the way back I took a few photos of the historic bridge.

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With the cold weather folks have been able to get out on Lake Superior to fish for Lake Trout. This past weekend a small city sprang up just off Brighton Beach. This is the second year in a row that folks have been able to fish on the big lake. We drove out to Brighton Beach and found a steady stream of fishermen headed out onto the lake.

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Getting out to the lake was difficult because there was a large pressure ridge just off shore. Fisherman had to work their way through a wide area of ice that looked like broken glass.

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Snow has been hard to come by this winter. We had a brief snow squall last week and I was able to capture a few birds before it ended.

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

House Sparrow

House Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

More bird photographs from Canadian Hill Farm can be found on my website.

I had forgotten the Duluth Polar Plunge was taking place so when I walked down to Canal Park to check out the missing part of Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum I encountered far more people than I expected.

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I walked over to watch the event. Unfortunately just as I arrived they said they were done for the day. However, as luck would have it, a few more people volunteered to jump in the water including Captain Morgan.

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About a month ago my wife and I took a walk along the Red Cedar Trail. A cold spell had just ended and is was a beautiful sunny day. For some reason I had not looked at the photos from our walk. My two favorite subjects from this section of the trail are leaves in the snow and Dunnville Sandstone.

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On our visits to Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse State Parks we found some interesting ice on the beach.

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After hiking around the beach at the Lighthouse and a hike to Split Rock Falls we noticed a number of cars parked at the parking lot at the Split Rock River. Since we hadn’t seen anyone on our hike to the falls we decided to walk down to the lake and see what was going on. Turns out there were a number of people fishing for Rainbow Trout. I was more interested in the pilings at the mouth of the Split Rock River.

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When we arrived we hiked out to the Beach to Photograph the Lighthouse .

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After photographing the Lighthouse we walked along the beach looking at the ice formations.

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After walking the beach we drove down the the Split Rock River Parking lot and hiked to Split Rock Falls. For some reason we remembered that it was a long hike but it turned out to be only a mile round trip.

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When the Lake Superior shipping season ended the third week of January some of the ships that ply the great lakes head for Duluth/Superior for winter layup. This season a smaller number of ships than normal are in winter layup. Five ships in all can be seen this winter. A sixth ship, the Edwin H. Gott , was scheduled to layup but it could not make it through the Soo Locks before they closed.

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The Kaye E. Barker is in dry dock also at the Fraser Shipyard.

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The Mesabi Miner came in on Monday morning, January 19, 2015 and can be found at the Midwest Energy Resources dock.

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The American Integrity was the first of 6 vessels scheduled to arrive in Duluth/Superior for winter layup. She arrived on January 7and can be found at the Carrier Port Terminal Berth 1.

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The Indiana Harbor arrived January 17th entering the Superior entrance and is at the Enbridge Ogdensburg Pier. We happened to be at Wisconsin Point when the Indiana Harbor arrived.

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Lake Superior shipping should resume in about a month.

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