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Sleepy Snowy

sleepy snowyFriends, Jim and i went to Duluth on a very bright day and found the Snowy Owl sitting on the snow high above us, he posed but would not open his eyes.  The eye shape was probably the inspiration for snow goggles worn in the northland to minimize the snow reflections on a bright day.  Just a horizontal slit in a piece of leather served to diminish the amount of light that enters the eye.  We had to follow a snowmobile track and fell into thigh high snow when stepping off the track, but we got out where we could photograph without the sun directly behind the owl.  The telephoto did the rest to get us close enough, this image is also cropped greatly.  Snowing today but we will return on another day.  til Tomorrow MJ


Yesterday in Two Harbors

ore docks two harborsFriends, yesterday I saw this barge/ tugboat combo aligned with the ore dock in Two Harbors Minnesota.  This combination, an ATB or articulated tug barge, was recently built (2012) and is 875 feet long.  Her name is Lakes Contender/Ken  Boothe Sr.  Could not resist trying a panorama of this scene, I love all the little details from this 3 photo pan. This small port loads iron ore and other commodities and is north of Duluth on Lake Superior. til Tomorrow MJ

Tall Ship Day

niagara 2011Friends, I am very excited today we are going to Duluth to photograph the tall ship parade as 10 ships enter the Duluth harbor from the mighty Lake Superior.  This is an image of the Niagara as it entered the canal marked by the little lighthouse in 2011.  Lots of history concerning the war of 1812 is connected to many of these ships and I hope to be in this same spot today to photo their entry.  In 2010 we had 12 ships for the festival, but in 2011 and 2012 only 2-3 ships were present for the show.  In 2011 you can see the weather was less than favorable, but today dawned bright and cheerful so good images may be possible. til Tomorrow MJ


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