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On any fall visit to Crex Meadows the main attraction is the migration of the Sandhill Cranes. About an hour before sunset they return from the fields surrounding Grantsburg, Wisconsin where they have been feeding. Wave after wave of them fly into the meadows providing some great opportunities for photography. In the morning the process is reversed. At sunrise you can see thousands of Sandhill Cranes at their roosting sites. From Sunrise to mid morning the cranes gradually fly out of the Meadows to feed in the fields. Crex Meadows offers an outstanding opportunity to view the Sandhill Crane migration up close.

More photos from Crex Meadows can be found on my website.

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On most morning visits to Crex Meadows we normally stop at Phantom Lake to photograph the Sunrise. I didn’t think it would be all that great because there were clouds in the east but at it turned out it was a great sunrise. As the sun came up we could see the Sandhill Cranes starting their journey to the fields south of Grantsburg where they would feed for the day.

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It was a beautiful fall morning when my wife and I stopped at Gile Flowage to watch the sunrise. When we arrived there was fog over the flowage providing for some interesting photography opportunities.

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It has been a difficult summer for sunrises in Duluth. I just haven’t been around when they have been very good. The other day I walked down to Canal Park hopping for a good sunrise but things didn’t look promising.

On the way down I stopped to take this photo of Endion Station. Its an old railroad station that was moved down to Canal Park and is now a restaurant.

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The last couple of years people have been attaching their padlocks to these posts. The collection continues to grow.

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I took this photo of the Aerial Lift Bridge during the Blue Hour.

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I had given up on an interesting sunrise when I noticed there were a few clouds, that looked interesting, in back of the North Breakwater Light.

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This is a shot I’ve not taken before. The back lighting on the north pier and lighthouse was interesting,

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Large forest fires in Canada resulted in a beautiful sunrise in Canal Park as the smoke covered the horizon.

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We were hoping for a little better sunrise and sunset but it is what it is and one has to make do with what is available.

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I had to wait several days before I managed to get a sunrise that could provide the backdrop and light necessary to photograph the ice along the waterfront. It was worth the wait.

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Small pieces of ice backlit by the sunrise provided photo opportunities.

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Large plates of ice looked like someone had smashed glass along the lakefront.

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore taken from a small boat on a beautiful calm day on Lake Superior.

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Winter at Bond Falls in the UP of Michigan. One of my favorite winter waterfall locations.

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Badlands-National-Park-15-6-_3306Crex Meadows after a summer storm.

Crex-Meadows-15-10-_3706Ice Caves at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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Photographs of the South Breakwater Light at the Duluth, Minnesota Harbor entrance. I spent several hours photographing the rapidly changing light.

More photographs from the Duluth Waterfront can be found on my website.

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Sometimes the best time to photograph the sunrise is the hour before sunrise. This is referred to as the blue hour by photographers. It can provide an opportunity for some spectacular photographs. These photos were taken on dawn walk along the Duluth, Minnesota waterfront.

More photographs from the Duluth Waterfront can be found on my website.

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Uncle Harvey's Mausoleum

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum

Duluth Breakwater Lights

Duluth Breakwater Lights