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.

It Never Gets Old

By request, Mike and I brought Sophia and her friends to Canal Park on Saturday evening to celebrate her (belated) birthday.  She and her friends wanted to go out to dinner and walk around Canal Park and the Lakewalk.  It was a nice evening and there were many tourists in the shops, restaurants and wandering around by the lake.  We decided to also do the tourist thing while waiting for Sophia and her friends.  As we walked around by the lake we saw the stream of tourists headed for the canal in anticipation of a large ship making its way into port.  Although we have seen more ships than we can count over the years, we paused and decided to watch the ship too.  As we watched it approach, we realized it is still fun to see after all these years.  I’m still amazed that they can navigate through the narrow canal and under the Aerial Lift Bridge.  It really never gets old.

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