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Just about every year we try to drive out to Wisconsin Point to Photograph the lighthouse when the sun rises from behind the lighthouse. We made the trip again this year. We arrived well before sunrise so we stopped to photograph the Burlington Northern Ore Docks that were lit up. The Roger Blough was at the docks loading Taconite. I was very surprised to find there were no mosquitoes around.

We then drove back to the road that leads to the south breakwater where the lighthouse is located. I walked out to the beach for a photo before sunrise. As it turned out the best color was well before sunrise.

I decided to walk along the beach between the south and north breakwater photographing from various locations along the way. My wife drove the car over to the north breakwater parking lot to meet me.

I then walked out on the north breakwater to watch the sun rise.

When I turned around to leave I notice the beach was glowing in the sunrise.

I walked back along the breakwater to photograph the abandon Burlington Northern Ore Docks.

As I turned to leave I notice some small rocks on the breakwater. The sun had cast a long shadow.

 

My wife and I frequently walk down to Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota to watch the ships arrive. On this night we were able to catch two ships as they arrived about an hour apart. The first to arrive was the Baie Comeau flying the Canadian Flag.

Between ships we walked out to the North Breakwater Light. There have been a large number of Double-breasted Cormorants hanging around the harbor this year.

There was some nice light and clouds behind the North Breakwater Light.

We watched the Herbert C. Jackson approach the ship canal.

Throughout the evening there were some interesting lake/sky photos.

 

Last week I noticed a White-tailed Deer in the yard. I watched it for a while as it moved around in the Yard. It finally noticed me.

After a while it made some strange sounds as it ran off.

About 10 minutes later it came running back making the same strange sounds. I thought she might have misplace her faun the way she was wandering around and calling.

Several years ago staff at the DNR asked if they could use a photo I had taken at Perrot State Park for a Display in their Nature Center. Although we visit Perrot fairly frequently I never stopped in the Nature Center to see if they used the photo. Last week we drove down to Perrot and I stopped in to check. Here is a copy of the original photo and the photo in the display.

This year we were in Duluth, Minnesota to view the fireworks. There are many locations to watch them and this year we chose to view them from the North Breakwater.

My wife always carries some peanuts when we go down to Canal Park in Duluth to watch the ships. Between ships she feeds the gulls peanuts. It’s great fun to watch them.

The Indiana Harbor arrived in Duluth while I was photographing the Sunrise.

As I noted in an earlier blog we had tried to get to Rouse Falls a few days earlier but a threatening storm caused us to turn back. When we tried the second time we only drove in on the logging road a few hundred yards before parking. The road wasn’t good to start with and the recent rain made it impassible. As it turned out were not all that far from the Falls on the earlier attempt. It only took us about 15 minutes to walk to it on the logging road. We were a little confused because the logging road split and went up a hill. There were no signs so we tried both branches and both of them petered out in about 50 feet. We noticed a faint trail on the right fork. After about 50 feet we could hear the Falls. Photographic conditions were not very good but I managed a few photos.  I think with a little more water flow this would be a nice falls to visit on a cloudy day.

On the way back we took a few photos of the logging road. As you can see it was a wise decision not to try it in a van.

We then drove on to Wren Falls. We were a little concerned when we encountered this sign. Probably not a place you would want to visit during hunting season.

Wren falls was nice but not a lot of photography options because it is in a canyon which we were not about to climb down into.

This is a view up the Tyler Forks River.

In the afternoon we drove over to Amnicon Falls State Park and then met some friends that we met when we were in Sweden. I thought there would be more water running in the Amnicon River because there was a good flow at Pattison State Park. I was dissapointed to see a low flow with Now and Then falls just flowing.

Now and Then Falls

With the low water flow I was able to capture this photo of Snake Pit Falls.

Snake Pit Falls

This is a shot of a stick in the water at the top of lower falls.

I walked down to Canal Park to photograph the sunrise. This was the first time I caught the sunrise in a long time. Ran into another photographer I haven’t in a long time.

Managed to photograph some feathers that were on the North Breakwater Light.