After a long week of sports photography in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, it was nice to take a break and head north for a visit home. It’s a little over two hours from where I stay in the cities to my home in Duluth, so it’s not a big deal to make the trip on the same day if needed. If I feel I have the time, I will sometimes use these trips to explore alternate ways of getting north or south rather than use the freeway so that I might discover new photo ops. But not this trip, this was a quick turnaround where I would have about twenty-four hours in Duluth. Upon my arrival, as I came to the top of the hill, which affords a panoramic view of Duluth, Lake Superior and the St. Louis River harbor, I was greeted with no view of any city, lake or harbor. The entire lake basin was hidden by a low lying fog bank.
Besides the tasks that need to be done, water plants, do my laundry, work a bit on cleaning the garage to be ready for my car this winter, local errands, I also had plans to be on the shore of Lake Superior for the lunar events Sunday night. As most know, there was a rare combination of a full moon, super moon and a lunar eclipse. I have never photographed an eclipse and wanted to give it a try. But, before leaving for the lake, I took a bit of time to document things growing in the yard.
Since the location I had planned to shoot the moon from was being used by a group of Native American women for a ceremony, I moved down shore about fifty yards and setup my gear. As the evening progressed, the magic of the lunar event was enhanced by the sounds and sights of the ceremonial event taking place nearby.
As I mentioned, this was my first attempt at photographing an eclipse and the intermittent cloud cover didn’t help. I did enjoy some successes, but there were many unusable images. However, I learned from the experience and will be better prepared the next time I have the chance to witness a celestial event of this nature again.
And now it’s Monday morning and in a couple of hours, I will be loading the car and heading back south to shoot soccer games later today. But my time in the northland was good, as it allowed me to slow down a bit and be removed from the frenetic pace of the big city for a few hours and to spend time by the “big lake” and be reminded why I move up here and away from the “big city.”