The full moon rose over Lake Superior yesterday evening just before sunset. Practicing my best lazy boy photography methods, even though I had researched many great places to photograph the full moon rising over Gitche Gumee within various 45 minute drives, I decided to just pop down to the shore of the big lake which is 800 yards from my house. This started nine hours of photography on Lake Superior! I found the Lesser Yellowlegs from their southern migration at 6:15 am which ended my ten hours!
The freighter, American Century, steams under the full moon ...
Morning Mergansers (sunrise at Stoney Point)
Lesser Yellowlegs on Minnesota Point (forms the Duluth / Superior harbor)
The rains returned to northeast Minnesota, and with the drenching rain the puddles / ponds reappeared on the playing fields at the end of Park Point. This combination plus the NE winds insured that at this time of year migrating shorebirds made an appearance to feed. Here are a few photos I took during yesterday morning’s blustery and foggy conditions.
I’ve also added two owl photos I took just prior to the start of this project / web site. Both owl photos were taken late winter 2013 within 800 yards of my home on Amity Creek.
Post Update on August 22nd: I’ve updated this entry to correctly identify one of the birds as a Lesser Yellows. Please see the comments for this blog post, as Adam and Dan helped with the ID and provided useful information.
Lesser & Great Yellowlegs on the hunt!
Barred Owl (archive photo)
Boreal Owl (archive photo)
These two images were taken six minutes apart at dawn this morning on the North Shore of Lake Superior … just before dawn and at the moment of sunrise. It is a special time to be outside, which was 5:15 am this morning!
After my lupine photo shoot, I worked my way back down the shore towards Duluth, and my home. As you see, photographic opportunities continued!
Lupines at Dawn (images taken six minutes apart)
I See You!
Mallard Family Sunrise
Last week’s storm just keeps on giving in terms of beauty. Although no bird photos today, I was up before the dawn, and Nordic skiing after the sun set on the Lester Amity Trails. The day started with a brilliant sunrise, and twenty minutes before sunrise the scene was both gorgeous and surreal out on the Lake Superior ice.
Later in the day we received 5+ inches of bright white fluffy snow. Thus, after day I went cross-country skiing. I hope you enjoy my photographic journey on both sides of the day … during the Nordic Night.
Ice Planet Sunrise Over Lake Superior