Sometimes you have to make a run for the lake when you think there might be a good sunrise. Today was pretty good.
A view of the entrance to the Duluth harbor. Ships from all over the Great Lakes and the world visit the port every year.
Every year in Duluth the city creates a lighting spectacle in Bayfront Park on the harbor. Bentleyville draws thousands of visitors from all over to witness this event and it was recently featured on The Great Christmas Light Fight!
The December full moon was on the 11th and I hoped to capture an image of the moon, Bentleyville and the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. After first using Photopills to scout possible vantage points to shoot from, I settled on a spot along the Superior Hiking Trail that offered a view of all three. I went out earlier in the day to inspect the site, felt it would work well. In the light, it seemed like it had everything I was looking for.
However, come night, it did not live up to my expectations. It had too much foreground, the moon was higher than I had hoped for and overall, seemed to be lacking something.
Sadly, the weather the next day would be snowy and cloudy so no re-shoot was possible. I did take one of the images and crop to a panorama that, again, not great, but fun and colorful to look at.
The Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge has turned teal in an effort to recognize Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
2019 is the second year they have included a giant inflated duck as part of the Festival of Sail. Not sure why we need a giant duck, it’s here anyway.
I think we need to check the map…
One of the more unusual sights at the 2019 Festival of Sail.
It’s been awhile since I’ve roused myself early enough for a sunrise, almost missed this one too. The chunks of ice are remnants of Lake Superior ice that blew in during our most recent storm.
High winds are blowing down Lake Superior today creating large waves at the western end of the lake. At the time this image was taken, winds were running around twenty five miles an hour. Later in the day, the winds are predicted to grow in intensity and I will try to return to see how things look.
Soft morning light surrounds the North Pier Light in Duluth Minnesota.