We were driving through Superior, Wisconsin late in the afternoon when I noticed some great light on the SS Meteor Whaleback Ship. We drove down along the water and I managed a few shots before the sun set.
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.
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.
After watching the ship leave I noticed a beautiful sunset behind the Aerial Lift Bridge.
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.
As I looked back over the city I noticed that there were some clouds that were just reaching peak color.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walking out onto the natural rock breakwater we noticed some names carved in the stone. This one was from 1899.
The late evening light brought out lichen colors on the rocks.
This was the sunset looking toward the Sawtooth Mountains.
As we were walking back to the car we noticed this duck sitting right beside the path. It wasn’t about to move.
This was a shot looking east from the harbor parking lot.
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.
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.
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.