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I just received word that my landscape photo, Surfs Up, was awarded first place in the Northern Wilds Photo Contest. This photo was taken several years ago in early January. My wife and I drove up to Grand Marais, Minnesota to watch a sled dog race. As we neared Grand Marais we noticed large waves on the lake. When we reached Grand Marais we drove out to the harbor to watch the waves pound Artists Point and the Lighthouses. The wind was so strong that it was difficult to even stand-up to photograph the waves.

East Breakwater Light

East Breakwater Light

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

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We drove up to Grand Marais Harbor last week. This is really a two day trip from Duluth if you want to stop along the way but we did it in one day. Normally we drive to Grand Marais and stay then drive up to the Canadian Border the next day before returning to Duluth. This gives us plenty of time to make stops along the way.Grand-Marais-Lighthouses-14-2-_1014

I had hoped to get some nice intimate ice photos on the rocks outside the breakwater but there was just too much ice this time. This was a shot taken several years ago.Ice-Patterns-Grand-Marais-Harbor-12-2-_0329

The walkway on the breakwater was solid ice so we walked on the frozen water part of the way out before giving up. A snow squall started while we were out on the breakwater and the wind was blowing.West-Breakwater-Light-Grand-Marais-Harbor14-3-_1371

When we left Grand Marais little did we realize that our adventure was just beginning. This is the time of year that the deer come out of the hills and gather along highway 61. A few years ago we counted several hundred between Grand Marais and Duluth. On the way up we only saw a few dead ones.Grand-Marais-Breakwater-14-3-_1364

Just out of Grand Marais we saw a car just ahead of us hit a deer. The driver was ok. The deer was still alive and the car was totaled. We saw where another car hit a deer a short time later. The driver was checking out the front of the car and the dead deer was a little ways behind the car.

Unfortunately deer weren’t the only problem. Highway 61 has passing lanes every so far and we had pulled into the right lane. As the lane ended we pulled back into the main lane. Just then we saw a herd of deer in the road so my wife started pumping her breaks to alert the car behind us. Rather than slowing down he sped up so he sped up and drove on the right shoulder to pass us. Fortunately he missed the deer.

Before we got back to Duluth we had one more exciting moment. We were going slower than normal because all of the problem along the road when a van passed us on the left and at the same time a car passed us on the right shoulder. We were very happy to make it back home.

This past week we headed up to Grand Marais, Minnesota to watch the Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race. When we reach Grand Marais we found some spectacular waves in harbor. There were strong winds out of the south east pounding the breakwater creating waves higher than the lighthouses. I’ve never seen anything like in on Lake Superior. We were really lucky to experience the event.

 Our first stop was the East Breakwater where we were able to get some great shots of the waves hitting the East Breakwater. This also provided a good spot to capture the West Breakwater Light. 

West Breakwater Light

West Breakwater Light

East Breakwater Light

East Breakwater Light

East Breakwater

East Breakwater

 

We then moved on to the West Breakwater. Normally you can walk out to the West Breakwater Light but the waves were pouring over the breakwater. We walked out to Artist Point in order to capture the pounding Surf.

East Breakwater Light

East Breakwater Light

West Breakwater

West Breakwater

Flag at Coast Guard Station

Flag at Coast Guard Station

At sunset the surf was still strong so we drove out to the West Breakwater to capture some sunset photos.

Breakwater Lights at Sunset

Breakwater Lights at Sunset

Breakwater Lights at Sunset

Breakwater Lights at Sunset

East Breakwater Light

East Breakwater Light