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We were driving through Superior, Wisconsin late in the afternoon when I noticed some great light on theĀ  SS Meteor Whaleback Ship. We drove down along the water and I managed a few shots before the sun set.

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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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After a long day of photographing waterfalls and driving through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore we decided to drive through Sunset Seney National Wildlife Refuge just as the sun was starting to set. It was cloudy out and I didn’t expect much of a sunset but as it turned out it was spectacular.

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One of my favorite fall photography locations is Gile Flowage just outside Hurley, Wisconsin. Normally I stop out at the flowage for sunrise but this trip I had a little time in the evening so I drove out for some sunset photos. The leaves were not at peak but they were still colorful.

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I noticed that the Whitefish Bay was going to be leaving Duluth, Minnesota around sunset so I walked down to the harbor to watch. There was a nice sunset which provided a good backdrop as the ship made the turn and headed under the Aerial Lift Bridge.

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After watching the ship leave I noticed a beautiful sunset behind the Aerial Lift Bridge.

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Late in the evening I noticed some nice color in the sky over Lake Superior so I decided to take a late evening walk along the lakewalk to the harbor entrance. By the time I had reached the lighthouses I noticed the sky had lost some of its color.

North Breakwater Light

North Breakwater Light

As I looked back over the city I noticed that there were some clouds that were just reaching peak color.

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Waterfront

I walked from the lighthouses under the lift bridge toward Waterfront Plaza. The clouds had reached peak color over the hills above Duluth. I took several shots of Waterfront Plaza and the surrounding area with the sunset in the background.

Waterfront Plaza Marina

Waterfront Plaza Marina

Waterfront Plaza Marina

Waterfront Plaza Marina

Water Towers

Water Towers

The sun quickly set so I walked over to Bayfront Park to get some photos of the reflections off of the harbor. There was almost no breeze to interfere with the reflections. The only thing making it difficult was the number of mosquitoes.

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Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

Blatnick Bridge

Blatnick Bridge

Our last stop of the day was Grand Marais, Minnesota. After grabbing a bite to eat we headed out to the harbor. We were hoping for a spectacular sunset but it didn’t happen. Never-the-less the weather was warm and it was a calm evening.

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We took some photos of the breakwater. Lake Superior is high right now so areas that were exposed a few years ago are not under water.

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Walking out onto the natural rock breakwater we noticed some names carved in the stone. This one was from 1899.

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The late evening light brought out lichen colors on the rocks.

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This was the sunset looking toward the Sawtooth Mountains.

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As we were walking back to the car we noticed this duck sitting right beside the path. It wasn’t about to move.

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This was a shot looking east from the harbor parking lot.

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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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Cason J. Callaway Leaving the Duluth Harbor late in the evening. The photographs were taken from Observation Park in Duluth.

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We drove up to Split Rock Lighthouse for the 40th anniversary celebration of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Every year the lighthouse holds a program and then at sunset turns on the light. We arrived about two hours before sunset and were lucky to get the last parking spot in the most distant parking lot.

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We spent the first hour walking along the shore toward the Lighthouse. The late afternoon light was beautiful on the cliffs below the lighthouse. As the evening wore on more clouds came in making for a beautiful sunset.

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We stood on the beach for the last hour waiting for the light to be turned on. There were quite a few other photographers around. Fortunately it was an unseasonably warm night for the event.

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