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Category Archives: Reflections

When we are in Duluth I like to walk down to Canal Park to watch the sunrise. On this particular morning I was setting up and heard a loud splash. A little while later I noticed that a couple of young men swimming out to Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum. This the first time I had seen anyone on the Mausoleum at sunrise.

I took their picture then did a couple of panoramas from the same location.

There were some beautiful clouds in the sky over the harbor entrance.

As the sun rose the South Breakwater Light just glowed.

There were some great shots of the South Breakwater Inner Light which is privately owned.

Sunlight and water always make for some nice shots.


While processing some of my photos of the Little Carp River in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, I decided to try some colorful abstracts which brought out the fall color reflections in the river.





It had been over a week since my wife and I stopped at Hoffman Hills to look around. Constant rain had prevented a visit but today it was beautiful and sunny.

The ponds were really full of water. This emerging White Water Lilly was floating on the water.


The grasses were reflected in the pond.


As we approached the first pond in the wetlands area we encountered a pair of Canada Geese. They didn’t have any young but they were defending their territory. Another goose came flying in and they drove it off.




The trees and bushes were emerging from the long winter.



I was able to capture two birds that I had never photographed before. This elusive Belted Kingfisher was feeding in one of the ponds.


There was also a Northern Flicker feeding on the pond dyke.


The last time we were at Hoffman Hills there were a pair of bluebirds on this house. Tree Swallows seemed to have taken over.



I walked down along the waterfront in Duluth to capture some photos of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth Docks and the Great Republic taking on fuel. The last shot was an accident. I was taking a long exposure when I noticed someone with a drone so I picked up my tripod before realizing the camera was still on.

Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

Great Republic

Great Republic

Duluth Minnesota Docks

Duluth Minnesota Docks



As I’ve mentioned several times fall reflections are one of my favorite subjects. Here are a few more fall reflections from the Black River.

More Photos from the Black River can be found on my website.





Late one afternoon I was on a walk along the Duluth Harbor and notice some beautiful reflection shots in the water.





While I was down photographing the blue Moon I took the opportunity to photograph the waterfront.





If the lake is calm there are some interesting reflections to be found in the ship canal.

Duluth Lift Bridge

Duluth Lift Bridge

Duluth South Breakwater Inner Light

Duluth South Breakwater Inner Light

Duluth South Breakwater Light

Duluth South Breakwater Light


I had been wanting to make a trip to Crex Meadows but was down with a bug so we hadn’t been able to make the trip. Also the weather had not been cooperating. We finally found a beautiful warm day so we decided to drive up the Crex for the day. I wasn’t expecting to see much but we were pleasantly surprised.

We counted over twenty Trumpeter Swans as we drove around the dike roads. I was able to get a few action shots because the swans were moving around.



We also saw quite a few Canada Geese. This pair was right along the road and didn’t want to be disturbed.


We  saw a large number of Sandhill Cranes in fairly large groups. They were attracting a crowd in the area just west of Phantom Lake.


We also ran into a Ruffled Grouse walking across the road. I was able to exit the car and get some shots before it moved off into the woods.


In the same area as the Ruffled Grouse I managed to get some nice reflections shots in a birch grove.


I took this shot of the marsh grass in an area that I have a history. I love the beautiful grass in this area. Several years ago I stopped to take a photo and was so excited that when I walked off of the road into the grass I didn’t realize that the marsh was filled with water. Fortunately when I hit the water I was able to keep my camera dry although it took quite a while for me to dry out.



On the previous blog I showed the HHL Congo entering Duluth Harbor. Because the water was so calm I was able to get some nice abstract reflection shots as the Congo sailed through the Duluth Ship Canal.