It was cold and Dreary this weekend in Duluth. I decided to walk down to Canal Park and see if anything was going on. Not much happening. I was a little surprised at the number of people wandering around given how cold and dreary it was. The shipping season was just getting underway and there wasn’t much activity.
Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum
Duluth Harbor Lighthouses
We had some time to kill so we drove down to Brighton Beach in Duluth, Minnesota to check on winter conditions. Not what we expected. This is what mid March weather should look like at Brighton Beach.
This is what it looks like this year.
On a recent visit to Duluth I managed to capture a few photos of the North and South Breakwater Light. There was only on other photographer around and he was really wrapped up in his work.
In the past I saw large numbers of Common Goldeneyes in the Duluth Ship Canal and Harbor but after the brutal winter of 2014 when everything froze up they seemed to disappear. This year they are back although in smaller numbers.
While walking on the beach I started taking closeup photos of the patterns on the drift wood washed up on the beach.
While walking along Park Point Beach we found some interesting ice formations.
It was a beautiful day so we decided to walk over to Park Point Beach and walk along the Beach. There was still a little ice around so I spent time taking photos of ice patterns.
When we arrived back in Duluth after our trip along the North Shore we realized the Duluth Polar Bear Plunge was still taking place in Canal Park so we drove down to watch a bit of it. Canal Park was surreal. It was almost 60 degrees in mid February and the place looked like it does during the height of the summer tourist season. People were walking along the Lakewalk in shorts. There was no ice to be seen on the lake. In a normal year the only area of open water would be withing the area where the participants jump in. The rest of the lake would be frozen. The first photo is from an earlier Polar Bear Plunge.
There are a number of Great Lakes Ships in Duluth for winter layup. The shipping season usually ends in mid January and resumes again around the third week in March. As you can see most of the ships are being worked on while they are in port for winter layup.
Philip R. Clark Port Terminal Berth 1
American Century Port Terminal Berth 11
American Spirit Port Terminal Berth 8 and 9
Rodger Blough Port Terminal Berth 4
Author M. Anderson At CNN Docks
The Philip R Clarke arrived in Duluth at six am. I managed to get out of bed at sunrise and saw that it was attempting to dock. I drove down to the harbor to watch as several tug boats attempted to get it into the docks for winter layup. I finally gave up and drove back to the condo for breakfast. Late in the morning we were leaving town so we drove past the docks to see how things were going. The Clarke still wasn’t docked but they were getting close. More photos from Duluth Harbor can be found on my website.
American Spirit- Philip R. Clarke
American Spirit- Philip R. Clarke and Helen H
-American Spirit and Helen H
American Century – Helen H – American Spirit and Philip R. Clarke