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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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When we returned to Duluth from the CopperDog 150 Sled Dog Race we discovered there had been a major storm that had pushed the ice in Lake Superior up onto the shore and covered everything in ice. These photos were taken several days after the storm.

This is a photo of a post along the Lakewalk. The post was covered in ice. There is a recent tradition of attaching padlocks to the post and they were also covered in ice.

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This bench still had a lot of ice on it.

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A view of the waterfront from the Lakewalk. At this point the Lakewalk is a good 20 feet above the lake which gives you a good ideas of power of the storm.

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It’s been a while since I’ve photographed at Dawn on the Lakewalk. The last time was several years ago in the summer when I was photographing by the War Memorial and almost stepped on some folks sleeping in among the rocks along the shore.

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War Memorial

Generally I don’t go out to photograph unless there is going to be a sunrise. When I woke up there were no stars in the sky but the weather report said dense fog so I decided to go out anyway. The decision is always easier when dawn is at 7am.

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Canal Park

Turns out there wasn’t any fog and it was cloudy. Nevertheless the colors of the city lights bouncing off of the clouds provided some nice color.

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Fitger’s Duluth

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.

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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.

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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.

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