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Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Herbert C Jackson has been in Fraser Shipyards since mid January undergoing a major upgrade. It was converted to a diesel-propulsion system. It also received a new paint job. This was a huge project for Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wisconsin. Unfortunately things went south and the shipyard was slapped with huge fines because workers on the Jackson were exposed to high lead levels.

Herbert C. Jackson Superior Wisconsin 16-7-_2692


We drover over to Amnicon Falls State Park to check on conditions. We ended up spending most of the morning photographing in the Park. Our first stop was Now and Then Falls. As I mentioned in an earlier blog there are several large trees down in the falls making it difficult to photograph.



We moved over to the Lower Falls and photographed the Lower Falls with the Covered Horton Bridge in the background. The second photo is of one of my favorite pine trees. It is growing on the side of the river and the falls provides a good background for photographing it.



Our final stop was Snake Pit Falls.


More photos from Amnicon Falls can be found on my website.

While watching the Wednesday Night Sailboat Races in Duluth we watched the Mesabi Miner enter the harbor.




The Touch-me-nots are blooming along the Red Cedar  State Trail. They are the most prolific Flower this time of year. They are a bit difficult to photograph because they grow in a tangled mass of flowers. I like to photograph them covered in dew but there wasn’t a lot of dew on this day. I also like to use a photo stacking technique so  I can separate the flower from the background. On this day most of them were Spotted Touch-me-nots with only a few Pale Touch-me-nots.





It has been a strange year on the farm for Monarch Butterflies. It was mid July before I saw the first one. I’ve only seen a few since. I’ve only found one Monarch Caterpillar so far this year. Last year I was overrun with Monarchs and Monarch Caterpillars.

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Butterfly and goldenrod

Monarch Butterfly and goldenrod

When my wife and I were at the Paddle Across the Bay race in Washburn, Wisconsin earlier this summer she had a chance to cat sit with Bugs. When I first saw her and Bugs I though she had adapted a cat. Fortunately she was just watching Bugs while his owner was participating in the race. Little did we know that Bugs was quite famous. A friend of ours from the Bayfield area sent us an article that appeared in the Bayfield County Journal. Turns out Bugs has her own Facebook page.


These are a few of the wildflowers I’ve seen recently at Hoffman Hills Recreation Area.

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

Green-headed Coneflower

Green-headed Coneflower

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed

Purple Prairie Clover

Purple Prairie Clover

It was June 2nd and we were in the last week of our trip. We didn’t have any major stops on our agenda for the day. Our destination for the day was Stykkisholmur, Iceland where we had another airbnb waiting for us. We would retrace our route from Patreksfjörður on highway 62 until we connected back up with Highway 60.

Harbor Stykkisholmur Iceland

Harbor Stykkisholmur Iceland

We had breakfast at the airbnb. there was no cooking facilities but we purchased some rolls at a local bakery and of course had tea and Skyr. Skyr was our go to food on the trip. It was convenient because in Iceland each package comes with a spoon.

This photo illustrates two things. First, it shows how many people drive in Iceland. The roads are narrow and have no shoulders. So it is common to drive down the middle of the road and pull to the right when meeting a car or when a car wants to pass. Second, this is one of the few vehicles that we passed on our three week visit to Iceland. Not to say that my wife is a bad driver but she is known for being slow. At home none of the kids on the soccer team wanted to ride with us because she drove the speed limit. Things didn’t change in Iceland. It always took us 1.5 to 2 times as long to get someplace as the Google Maps indicated. We did pass this RV, a tractor and one car. As it turned out the car was making a right hand turn so it had slowed down.


Sheep are an ever present road hazard when driving in Iceland. These were intent on crossing the single lane bridge, also common in Iceland, before we did. It would be nice if they stayed in the fields but even where there were fences they managed to get out quite frequently. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.



The ever present no crapping sign. According to the Icelandic Monitor this problem was much worse in 2015. I’m not sure what happened but it isn’t because they put up more rest rooms.


So far it had been a rather dull trip. It was cloudy and foggy most of the day making for some dull scenery. As we neared Hvammsfjordur the sun started to peek out a bit. This was a view from a little pull off along the road where some people were camping.



Views from-Highway-60-Iceland-16-6-_5050

Just a short drive down the road near the head of Hvammsfjordur we encountered a strange phenomenon. The clouds were pouring over the mountains and down the side. It reminded us of a waterfall.



It looked like the sun might make a full return as we turned off of highway 60 and caught highway 54 toward Stykkisholmur.



When we arrived in Stykkisholmur we decided the town was small enough that we could walk down to the harbor area. There were quite a few interesting places to visit in town but it was late and they were closed. Once we reached the harbor we climbed a hill and had some great views of the harbor and city.




When we walked back down to the docks a fishing boat had just come in and they were unloading their catch of Lumpfish. Most of them are sold to china for caviar.


It was getting to be dinner time and we noticed a food stand on the docks that was still open. We decided to try the fish and chips. It was very good although a little messy to eat.



After dinner it was time to call it a nigh so we headed back to our airbnb for the night.

More photos and a complete listing of my Icelandic blogs can be found on my website.

It has been a difficult summer for sunrises in Duluth. I just haven’t been around when they have been very good. The other day I walked down to Canal Park hopping for a good sunrise but things didn’t look promising.

On the way down I stopped to take this photo of Endion Station. Its an old railroad station that was moved down to Canal Park and is now a restaurant.


The last couple of years people have been attaching their padlocks to these posts. The collection continues to grow.


I took this photo of the Aerial Lift Bridge during the Blue Hour.


I had given up on an interesting sunrise when I noticed there were a few clouds, that looked interesting, in back of the North Breakwater Light.


This is a shot I’ve not taken before. The back lighting on the north pier and lighthouse was interesting,


At least once during the summer I like to walk around the farm taking abstract photos. these are are from flowers growing around the farm.