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Monthly Archives: September 2017

As we were driving through Two Harbors we noticed that there was already a ship in the harbor and another was just arriving. It is always fun to watch the ships in Two Harbors because you get a close view of them entering the harbor. It takes them a long time to get into the docks. In this case the Erie Trader-Clyde S. VanEnkevort was just arriving and the Presque Isle was in the docks and loading Tackonite. The Erie Trader-Clyde S. VanEnkevort is basically a barge (Erie Trader) pushed by the tugĀ  (Clyde S. VanEnkevort). We don’t see a lot of tug barge combinations on Lake Superior but the are apparently far less expensive to operate that the traditional great lakes ship.

As I mentioned ship watching is a popular pastime. It is rare when we stop at the harbor not to find others watching the ships. On this trip even the Ground Squirrel was watching the ships.

 

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My wife and I decided to hike up the Lester Park Bike trail a couple of weeks ago. The fall leaves were just starting to turn. It was a Monday and we were fortunate not to encounter too many bikers. It was a beautiful although warm day. Duluth is in the process of creating bike trails throughout the city and it is now a destination for bikers from around the country.

Lester River

Lester River

Bike Trail

The trees were starting to turn in Duluth.

On the return trip we walked down the Amity Creek bikeĀ  trail. This was more of a challenge for bikers and we saw a couple of then take bad tumbles.

Amity Creek

There are quite a few birch trees in the park so it should be a nice place to hike during the fall color season.

We were surprised to find a variety of wildflowers blooming along the trail. Most of them were flowers that bloomed at home six weeks ago.

Walking around the Prairie I encountered a number of insects this week. The Flower Flies and Grasshoppers are really out in large numbers.

Red-legged Grasshopper

Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Flower Fly

Flower Fly

Dragon Fly

Walking through the prairie I found a large cluster of Milkweed Tiger Moth Caterpillars. These beautiful caterpillars turn into a very plain moth.

The Touch-me-nots have been out along the Red Cedar State Trail. The insects seem to be enjoying them.

My wife and I spent an hour walking around the Prairie at Hoffman Hills. Not the peak season for photography but we did manage a few photos.

Morning Dew

Growth

Queen Anne’s Lace

False Sunflower

Big Bluestem

We have been having a lot of dew in the morning so I walked around the Prairie to get some photos.

Common Yarrow

Butter and Eggs

Foxtail

Gloriosa Daisy

As the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were leaving for the south the bird that was guarding my Red Prince Weigela Flowers remained to the bitter end. After I watched him for a while he decided to watch me and flew right in front of the camera for some photos.

In all the year I’ve been photographing birds around the farm I’ve never photographed Goldfinch fledglings. This year there were quite a few around at the end on the Summer. It seemed that the males were doing all of the feeding. This male was attacked by two fledglings demanding food.

I watched this fledgling for over an hour as he patiently waited to be fed. Every time a bird turned up at the feeder it would start fluttering its wings. I had to laugh when some Baltimore Orioles turned up and it wanted to be fed. Finally an adult goldfinch turned up and fed it.