When The Sun Sets

 

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Evening light highlights the clouds which are reflected in the still waters and enhancing the composition of light, sky, cloud and shoreline.

Y’er Out of Here!

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I have shot my last game for the spring season and now it’s time to head back to Duluth and home for an extended stay.  As much as I have enjoyed the work of photographing high school sports, the long weeks away from home take their toll after awhile.  I look forward to sleeping in my own bed, being close to Lake Superior, working at the bridge and assisting my wife with her upcoming, very busy summer.  It’s going to be her turn to be on the road and away from home.  I also look forward to catching up on all the projects around the house and spending time by the lake and in the forest.

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The scenic route home, Highway 23, also known as the Evergreen Memorial Highway.

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The sun sets on what’s behind, on to a new day.

Black Friday Road Trip

Of course getting to four state parks in one day required a bit of driving.  I did my best to pick a route that would keep me off the freeways as much as possible so as to enjoy the beauty of the freshly fallen snow clinging to the trees along the road.  Sadly, by the end of the day, the sun had melted most of it off the branches and even some of the snow on the ground.  All in all, it was a wonderful day filled with new places to explore, many photos captured, a fair amount of hiking and a lot of fresh air.  I drove through several small river towns, all in need of return visits with my camera.  And with the sun setting in the west, I called it a day and headed back to have dinner, upload the day’s work and sleep knowing I had a grand adventure in the outdoors rather than a dismal day in a shopping center.

A Day of Gratitude

Today I am spending time thinking of those things I am grateful for, the list is long and only a few will be posted here.  Life has, for the most part, been good to me.  It has been enriched by good people, nature, animals, wonderful experiences, the opportunity to travel and family.  As I travel north from the hills covered with redwoods outside of Watsonville California to Fremont to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, I will be keenly aware of the blessings that allowed me to be here at this time and will be in a state of gratitude today and always for those blessings.

Happy day of gratitude to all and thanks to all who share my photo journey through blogging.

Diary of a Hike

The northland was blessed with another beautiful fall day and it served as an invitation to take a hike.  The destination, Duluth’s Park Point, also known as Minnesota Point, a seven mile stretch of sand that begins at the Aerial Lift Bridge and ends at the Superior Entry ship channel.  Once you get past the small Sky Harbor airport, which is about halfway out on the point, it is an unspoiled area with beach on the Lake Superior side, forest in the middle and views of the working harbor on the other.  If you like driftwood, the beaches are covered in pieces from the very small to the very large.  You can also find wildlife, interesting rocks, bits of glass polished by the action of sand and waves, plus the usual assortment of human waste that washes up during storms.  The forest is a mix of pines and broadleaf trees, plus assorted undergrowth and wild flowers, not to mention the patches of Poison Ivy.  The area has been designated as Minnesota Point Pine Forest Scientific and Natural Area.  On windy days you can hear the sound of waves crashing on the beach as you walk through the woods.

Further out on the point is an old, crumbling lighthouse which I have photographed in the past, but now the fence protecting it has been repaired and it’s harder to get close to.  There are other reminders of human habitation on the point.  There once was a buoy tending station on the point with houses for the tenders.  At the end of the point, which is not only the channel, but also the site of the natural mouth of the St. Louis River, you can see the Coast Guard station on the Wisconsin side and the lighthouse that signals the entry from Lake Superior.  The end of the hike was blessed by a gorgeous sunset over the harbor.