I should say a walk along the disappearing Park Point Beach. With the high water levels in Lake Superior the beach is only a shadow of what it was a few years ago. My wife and I usually take a bag along with us and police the beach on the way back from our walks. We did receive a lot of compliments but noticed no one else was picking up.
A walk along Park Point Beach in Duluth, Minnesota revealed some amazing ice patterns. Here are just a few of them.
On a beautiful Saturday we took a walk on the Park Point Beach from the Sky Harbor Airport to the tip of Park Point. These are some of the things we encountered along the way.
Driftwood shelters are a common sight on the beach. Duluth Minnesota is in the background.
Driftwood is also found all along the beach. On one walk we found a young couple trying to carry a large root system to their car. I would probably make a great coffee table.
This is a memorial to Luke Voigt. Luke was tragically killed in a freak accident. The family was on a sailboat trip when a violent storm approached. They headed for safety at tip of Park Point. Everyone left the sailboat for shore when large hail started to fall. They then headed back to the sailboat but before they made it a lightening bold hid the water. Seven people were injured and Luke was killed.
Luke Voigt Memorial
Park Point is mainly a sand beach but in many areas there are pebbles along the shore.
More photos from Park Point can be found on my website.
I found a beautiful flower garden on Park Point and was able to photograph the Alpena as it entered the harbor with the flowers in the foreground.
Fourth of July weekend I was able to get some nice dawn photographs at Wisconsin Point. I was hoping to replicate the experience on a visit to Park Point in Duluth.
We had visitors at our place in Duluth so I was on my own for this trip. For this reason I was able to get an extra early morning start. I drove down Minnesota Ave to the parking lot next to Sky Harbor Airport. There are several access points to the Lake Superior Beach from this location. I was hoping to photograph the long grass with dawn in the background. As it turned out there was not much of a dawn. It has been hazy in Duluth because of smoke from Canadian fires and fog on the lake. The result was no dawn to photograph and the beach grass in this area was not very long. As luck would have it I noticed this shot as I was walking back to the parking lot from the beach. The color in the sky is from the lights of Superior.
I decided to drive back down to a beach access point around 12th Street and see if there were any shots to be had. Dawn was a bust but as the sun rose above the haze on the lake it created a delayed sunrise. I walked along the beach and found a place that I could photograph the beach grass with the sunrise in the background.
More photos from my visit to Park Point can be found on my website.
On a beautiful spring day my wife and I decided to take an early morning walk along the Park Point Beach. The beach is about seven and a half miles long and when combined with the Wisconsin Point beach comprises the longest freshwater sandbar in the world.
It wasn’t surprising that there were quite a few people out walking. Duluth had just gone through the snowiest April on Record and this was one of the first nice days of spring. There were hikers, dog walkers and joggers on the beach as well as families with kids playing in the sand. Fog was rolling in off of the ice on the lake.
As we walked along we noticed several small planes flying out of Sky Harbor Airport. Apparently they were involved in flying lessons since they would fly to the Airport and touchdown and then fly off again.
There was considerable ice just off of the beach. This had been pushed in when a violent storm hit the week before. Winds were gusting at over 50 miles per hour and ice that was out in the lake was pushed into the beach. This kayaker was taking advantage of the ice to get some great photos. The Blue Heron is in the background.
There were geese out on the lake but these two were walking along the ice next to the beach.
All along the beach people have erected structures with the driftwood from the beach. This one was a little more elaborate that most.
We took our spring road trip to the Minnesota North Shore this past weekend. We usually try and make the trip in early June just before the motel rates go up. On Friday we closed on a condo in downtown Duluth so we had an exciting and stressful day. After the closing we had a great pizza at Pizza Luce. We then walked over to the Sons of Norway Hall to see “Last day at Lambeau” about the divorce of Bret Farve from the Green Packers. It was one of the films showing at the Duluth Film Festival. It’s a great documentary will worth seeing if it has a showing near you. It was even a little more exciting because of the mix of Minnesota Viking and Green Bay Packer Fans in attendance.
The next day we decided to take a walk along the Duluth beach. It’s Just across the lift bridge and forms the eastern edge of Minnesota Point (known as Park Point) the point is 7 miles long and when combined with the Wisconsin Point beach forms the longest freshwater sandbar in the world. We decided this would make a nice morning hike. It was a warm day with the breeze blowing along the shore. It was even warm enough for some folks to go in swimming which is unusual for this time of year and probably for any time of year because Lake Superior is known for being very cold. Objects on the beach always interest me and offer a great subject to photograph while walking along beaches.
Swallowtail and Friend
At the start of the walk we found a large dead fish. I think it was a Lake Sturgeon. It was a popular attraction. Milo, a local dog, was interested in it. What caught my attention was a swallowtail butterfly that was attracted to it.
We stopped to asked a young man some questions about the black stuff we had seen along the beach in an earlier visit. He was very helpful. Apparently it was wood chips that had washed out into the lake from the Saint Louis River or purged from ships ballasts.
Turns out the young man had just graduated from pharmacy school in Duluth and was starting to work at a local hospital. Soon his brother and mother came over and we talked for about a half an hour about great things to do in Duluth, hikes, skiing the senior program at the university etc. The title for the blog came from the mother who said she told her friends that she just bought a place on the beach in Duluth, Minnesota. It seems a bit of an oxymoron since most folks who visit Duluth aren’t aware there is a beach in Duluth and Duluth is not associated with beach property. One of the sons and his son were flying a box kite on the beach.
There were a number of birds along the beach. I took a few photos of some Ringed-billed Gulls as they swam just off shore. They can be found all along the beach.
More Park Point photos can be found at my website.