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.
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.
All is quiet in the harbor.
Sunrise viewed from Skyline Parkway above Duluth looking toward Superior, Wisconsin. The St. Louis River flows from the right on its way to Lake Superior on the left.
This morning I arose early so I could be in Canal Park in Duluth for the sunrise and accomplish two goals. One was to get a shot of the sun rising between the two lights at the end of each pier at the entrance to the Duluth harbor, the second was a shot of the Aerial Lift Bridge lit by the morning sun. Below are two of the results.
The Pilot, inbound to the Duluth harbor.
The Wagenborg “Victoriaborg” on her way into the Duluth harbor.
A bit more is revealed, but not necessarily explained.