Cold Mission

Mornings have been ideal for photography the past several days…well, sort of.  The subzero temperatures have made the sea smoke rise from Lake Superior, it has also caused delays in shipping which have left several ships out on the lake making for great photo ops.  On Friday, I was pleased to see the tug boat, Helen. H., of Heritage Marine, cutting through the ice in the harbor.  She was heading away from me as I grabbed my camera to take photos in the -15 degree temps.  I was a little disappointed at first, because I has hoping for a nice close up, but  instead I got this.

8:32a.m.

I had a hunch that she wasn’t finished yet and would circle back around to create a larger path for a large ship to come in under the Aerial Lift Bridge, so I went back outside a few minutes later and took this photo which was featured as Capture Minnesota’s Photo of the Day today.

8:40a.m.

After nearly freezing my fingers off, I went back inside, only to hear the bridge’s horn signaling a ship coming through.  I headed back out to see the Edgar B. Speer come in under the bridge.

9:01a.m.

9:02a.m.

9:03a.m. – Check out the crewman at the bow of the ship.  Brr!

9:06a.m.

I think it was worth numb fingers to catch these images depicting the difficult conditions for the shipping industry on Lake Superior.

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Ships, Sea Smoke and a Sunrise

I had great intentions to make it to work on time this morning…until I decided to bring my camera with me.  I ended up taking a little detour.  First stop, the parking lot at the church Mike & I were married.  The parking lot has fabulous views of Lake Superior.  The sun had just risen and the sea smoke was billowing up from the lake.  Ten ships were anchored awaiting their turn at the dock (there really are ten, you just can’t see them all in my photo).

I wanted a closer look, so I made another stop at the shore of Lake Superior.  The ships were there, just not visible because of the low level sea smoke.

I finally made it to my destination and this was the view outside the back door.

What a beautiful place to live and work…despite the subzero temps.  I’m still trying to warm up.