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Monthly Archives: May 2014

We recently drove up the Minnesota North Shore. Our first stop was Gooseberry Falls State Park. It was a mostly cloudy day which allow for good waterfall photography. It was mid week before the Memorial Day traffic started so we encountered more fishermen than photographers.

More photos from Gooseberry Falls State Park can be found on my website.

 

Upper Falls

Upper Falls

Middle Falls

Middle Falls

Lower Falls

Lower Falls

Above Lower Falls

Above Lower Falls

A few bird shots from the last couple of weeks.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak female

Rose-breasted Grosbeak female

Rose-breasted Grosbeak male

Rose-breasted Grosbeak male

Indigo Bunting male

Indigo Bunting male

Eastern Bluebird male

Eastern Bluebird male

American Goldfinch male

American Goldfinch male

There are a lot of Ring-billed Gulls hanging out around Canal Park and Park Point.Ring-billed Gull 14-5-_0133

My wife found some crackers and fed a couple of them on the beach. That started a battle among the gulls.Ring-billed-Gulls-14-5-_0011

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Later in the day we ran across a family that set up a “gull trap” using some French fries as bate.Ring-billed-Gulls-14-5-_0112

On a recent trip to the Ice Age Trail we found the Round-lobed Hepatica in full bloom.

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I was driving through Hayward, Wisconsin during the winter. The American Birkibiner was taking place the next day and the main road was closed. I was rerouted past the Veterans Cemetery where I noticed this photo opportunity. It is one of my favorite photos.

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to see the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge go up and stay up while the CSL Laurentien entered the harbor and the Paul R. Tregurtha exited the harbor. This is the first time I had seen ships go in and out on the same lift.

CLS Laurentien

CLS Laurentien

Paul R. Tregurtha

Paul R. Tregurtha

On a walk on the Park Point Beach I photographed some of the object found on the sand.

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Out our last trip to Duluth there was still ice outside the harbor. I converted a few ice flow shots to black and white.Ice-Flows-14-5-_0358

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Walking through the woods this past week I found a number of flowers blooming in the woods. The last of the Bloodroot can be found on the north facing slopes. The remaining flowers can be found on the southern slopes.

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

Large-flowered Trillium

Large-flowered Trillium

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium

Large-flowered Bellwort

Large-flowered Bellwort

In a previous post I mentioned the great day of ship watching as the last convoy of the spring came into Duluth. The elapsed time between the first and last ship was about two hours. Fortunately there was plenty of “entertainment” taking place in Canal Park.

Several groups were participating in the Cold Water Challenge. Fortunately they were doing it on the beach next to the ship canal. Earlier in the week officials were spending their time preventing kids from jumping into the ship canal.Cold-Water-Challenge-14-5-_0416

Several bikers were doing tricks on the rocks along the beach as well as out on the ice.Canal-Park-14-5-_0300

A wedding was taking place in Canal Park.Canal-Park-Wedding-14-5-_0240

Kids were playing on the ice.Canal-Park-14-5-_0233

There were so many things to watch that it was difficult to take it all in.