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On a recent foggy morning I walked down to Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota to photograph the Aerial Lift Bridge. These are some of the photos from the morning.



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.

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.


Uncle Harvey's Mausoleum

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum

Duluth Breakwater Lights

Duluth Breakwater Lights

Those of you who follow my blog know that I like to photograph the sunrise in Canal Park. It is probably because I can’t see the sunrise when I’m home on the farm because of all of the trees.

Tug Bayfield

Tug Bayfield

Uncle Harvey's Mausoleum

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum

Duluth Harbor Lights

Duluth Harbor Lights

As I mentioned in yesterdays blog there were some large waves on Lake Superior over the weekend. This is a shot of the waves hitting s line of rocks just offshore.


The waves were so large that they were coming over the Lakewalk.


The waves were so large that they exposed the pillar that had fallen into the lake earlier in the year. When it fell in it turned upside down and you can see the wood foundation sticking out of the water between the swells.


After photographing the waves coming over the breakwater I walked along the lakewalk. There were a bunch of kids on the lakewalk waiting to get hit by the waves.


I mentioned in an earlier blog that part of Duluth’s, historical waterfront disappeared. Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum a.k.a. the cribs lost the pillar that stood between the shore and the main part of the Mausoleum.


We were out walking on Park Point and kept hearing a loud noise but couldn’t place it. Turns out it was a Lake Assault Boat operated by the Saint Louis County Search and Rescue Squad. They were attempting to get through the ice to reach the Mausoleum.


We found them using a camera to locate the missing Pillar.


I spent a couple of very cold mornings photographing the sunrise at Canal Park on the Duluth, Minnesota waterfront. It has been quite some time since I have seen the sunrise at Canal Park. The last time was late October of last year. Every time we have been in Duluth since then it has been cloudy out.


I didn’t see anyone else on the Lakewalk which is very unusual for Duluth. People are usually out walking early in the morning regardless of how cold it is.


This is a sunrise shot of the Cribs sans the pillar that fell down about a month ago.


More photos from Canal Park can be found on my Website.

Last week a part of Duluth, Minnesota’s historical waterfront disappeared. Harvey’s Mausoleum a.k.a. the cribs lost the pillar that stood between the shore and the main part of the Mausoleum. It took a while before folks realized that was missing.

Uncle Harvey's Mausoleum

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum

The Mausoleum was a popular spot for swimming in the summer and in recent years swimmers had attached a slack line between the pillar and the main structure entertaining tourists with their efforts.


I assumed the pillar was solid concrete but , in fact, it was a wood frame timber structure sheathed in concrete. The concrete below the water had fallen away and the timbers apparently weakened. The St. Louis County Rescue Squad provided some underwater video of the fallen pillar. This photo was taken after the pillar disappeared.


It had been raining in Duluth, Minnesota for almost a week and I had been under the weather so I hadn’t gotten out much. I noticed the Presque Isle was going to be leaving port. It was still raining out but thanks to the sky-walk system in Duluth I was able to walk down to the harbor in comfort. I was able to watch the Presque Isle make the turn for the Lift Bridge while still in the DECC. I walked over to the Lift Bridge to take a few photos of the ship leaving the harbor.


That’s when I heard the roar of the waves hitting the beach. When I reached the beach I noticed that the strong winds had blown ice from the lake into shore and the high waves were coming over the breakwater. When the waves hit the shore the water was way above the breakwater. The water would fall onto the breakwater then chunks’ of ice would fall out of the sky. It was a little dangerous because some of the ice chunks were as big as softballs.

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum-

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum


I was a little negligent in getting out for sunrise shots on our last trip to Duluth. On the final day I decided to give it a try. I made it up so I could photograph the dawn which means I was out about an hour before sunrise. I’m glad I made the effort because it was a fantastic dawn.

Uncle Harvey's Mausoleum

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum

Dawn Duluth Harbor Entry

Dawn Duluth Harbor Entry

Dawn North Breakwater Light

Dawn North Breakwater Light