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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Early in the evening last Friday the Thunder Bay entered Duluth Harbor. It was the first time I had photographed the Thunder Bay. The Thunder Bay is one of the new Trillium class self unloaders build in China for Canada Steamship Lines. This class of vessel is highly automated and efficient.  This is its first year of service. It started traveling to Duluth in August.

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Last weekend we attended the first ever Le Festival des Montgolfieres at Bayfront Prk in Duluth, Minnesota. As near as I can tell it is the only balloon festival in Minnesota.

We headed down to the Park early in the evening on Friday. As it turned dark the plan was to inflate the balloons for a balloon glow as the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra played in the background. As it turned out there was too much wind so they arranged the baskets in front of the stage and turned on the burners at strategic points in the music.

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As the evening wore on visitors were treated to an even better attraction as the full moon rose over the Aerial Lift Bridge.

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Saturday morning we headed back down to Bayfront Park to watch the balloon ascensions and to get free static ride in one of the balloons. Unfortunately the wind was too strong and the only thing they could do was to inflate some of the balloons. There were a lot of photographers around to document the event.

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On Saturday afternoon a local organization was offering free kites to the kids  so Bayfront Park was filled with kids, young and old, flying kites. It was a beautiful warm fall day.

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On Saturday evening the balloons were to make yet another attempt to ascend. There was a good crowd on hand to listen to music and watch the balloon ascensions but, once again there was too much wind.

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On Sunday morning there was one last attempt to get the balloons aloft but once again it was a beautiful day but too much wind. It’s hard to say if there will be a second balloon festival. It is a beautiful but tough venue for ballooning. The winds have to be relatively calm and have to be out of a specific direction because the balloons can’t go out over the lake or up the hills. Never-the-less it was a fun event to attend. It didn’t hurt that there were over a dozen craft breweries on site offering a taste of their brews.

More photos from the event can be found on my website.

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I happened to be in Bayfront Park last weekend when the Tim S. Dool exited the harbor. This was the first time I had seen the Dool in Duluth.

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I received word that my photo of Amnicon Falls has been selected as the winner in the landscape category in this year’s River Alliance of Wisconsin Photo Contest. I had been in Amnicon Falls a couple of weeks earlier and the water levels were so low that I could walk across the river on the rocks. I stopped at the Falls after several days of heavy rain and found the water levels just right to capture this photo.

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Lower Falls

I never pass up an opportunity to watch the ships as they enter and leave Duluth Harbor. This past weekend was no exception. There was quite a bit of ship activity. Pictured below are some of the ships that arrived and departed last weekend.

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Whitefish Bay

Walter J. McCarthy Jr

Walter J. McCarthy Jr

Philip R. Clarke

Philip R. Clarke

Edgar B. Speer

Edgar B. Speer

Algoma Olympic

Algoma Olympic

More photos from Canal Park can be found on my website.

There have been a number of frost warnings in the north country and some of the roses have been showing signs of frost so it won’t be long until the roses are done for another year. In the meantime I took the opportunity for a quick visit. It had been a foggy morning so some of the flowers were covered with a heavy dew.

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More photos from the Duluth Rose Garden can be found on my website.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit canal park several times at sunrise. It wasn’t the best of sunrises but I had the opportunity to take some photos from several different locations.

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More photos from Canal Park can be found on my website.

I’m always looking to find different ships when they arrive in Duluth. This past weekend the Virginiaborg a ship registered in the Netherlands arrived in Duluth. I had been watching it on my Marine Tracker as it approached and headed down to the harbor to watch it come in. I was disappointed when it veered out of the approach lane and dropped it anchor. I was encouraged a short time later when the Pilot Boat went out to the ship. I waited around and soon the Pilot Boat returned with more people on board than when it went out. After waiting around for a while I went into the Marine Center to see what was happening.

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It turns out that all foreign ships that come into the great lakes take on a pilot to guide them through the great lakes. When the  Virginiaborg anchored outside the harbor the Pilot Boat went out to pick up the pilot because the ship was not going to dock until the next day.

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I had hoped to watch the ship come into the harbor but it came in late in the evening. I watched from the condo as it move back out into the lake and then turned to enter the harbor. Unfortunately it was too dark for photos.

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More photos from Canal Park can be found on my website.

We happened to be in Duluth last weekend when the 19th NorthShore Inline Marathon took place. The race not only had opportunities for inline skaters but also included runners and ski skaters. We watched from various locations in downtown Duluth and the waterfront.

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Some skaters were not as serious and the elite skaters and were dressed in all manner of costumes.

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More photos from the NorthShore Inline Marathon can be found on my website.

I was walking past the AMSOIL Arena in Duluth this past weekend when I noticed some weird reflections in the windows. The downtown building were reflected but in a very distorted way making for some great photographs.

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