Posts Tagged ‘Lake Superior’


Taken on Presque Ilse at sunset. Normally a migraine would have sent me to a dark room for relief. But today I was drawn by light, the angle, the tone and hue.

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Ore Dock reflection, photo by Kim Nixon

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USCG Mobile Bay, Coastie Curves, Photo by Kim Nixon

The USCG Mobile Bay broke the ice into Marquette’s Lower Harbor this weekend. The sun glittered on the fresh cut ice. I was surprised to see how thick the ice was 4-8 inches. I guess last weekend’s Ice fisherman were safe afterall. Whew!

This is a sure sign of spring’s coming! The Great Lakes shipping season will soon be underway.

USCG Mobile Bay, Ice Hulled, photo by Kim Nixon

USCG Mobline Bay, Prop, Photo by Kim Nixon

Fractured, Photo by Kim Nixon

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Menacing February, Photo by Kim Nixon

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Founder's Landing and Winter Green, Photo by Kim Nixon

I spent most of February chasing blue ice and here we find green. Located just off the bike path in the Founder’s Landing area. I often walk here in the warmer months. I rarely walk here in the winter.

Almost Aerial, Gray and Blue, photo by Kim Nixon

Here I am taking a pseudo aerial shot. I am standing above the recreation building that houses a indoor picnic area and bathroom facilities. In the warm months there are picnic tables on top, a solid rail around the upper deck of this structure adds safety. Perfect handicap access to views of Lake Superior. I do home health work as my day job and I often park here, unload a stroller-type wheel chair and go for a spin on bike path, then eat lunch at a picnic table. The bathroom facilities are perrrrfectttt for wheelchair and two person use. Great Design! If you have a young family many people wade the waters here.

Founder's Outlet, Winter Blues, Photo by Kim Nixon

There is a creek that once was trapped underground. The watershed here has been restored and is nicely landscaped to prevent erosion. I do not know the creek’s name–please share if you do. The creek comes out on one-side of Gaine’s Rock. When revving up my fitness walk I go off bike path and over Gaine’s Rock and hop the creek. Be careful though, Gaine’s Rock is covered with posion ivy.

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Cataclysym in Blue, photo copyright Kim Nixon

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Heading Out, photo copyright Kim Nixon


Day two of ice shots near Presque Isle. The fisherman pull out to the ice with trucks and put-in their boats. On shore ice plates pile up in pretty slabs of 5-7 inch thick ice. Mike and I were first out on Valentine’s Day and headed out again today. I was more enthralled with the boats than the ice on day two.

This boat headed out so fast that through my viewfinder it looked like he was pretty heavy in back and might swamp his boat. I shivered at the thought. It was about 18 degrees with a nice wind today. Parts of Superior had white caps, but the boats here had protection from the break wall.


Poling the Ice, photo copyright Kim Nixon


This next boat was a bright spot of color as clouds moved in. I wasn’t getting the blues out of the ice slabs that I wanted with the clouds piling up. To tell you the truth, Mike’s camera was catching all the color over the last two days. I was really struggling to get the February Blues that Mike has posted at his Flickr account.

In the background is a pocket iron ore dock and where they off-load coal for the power plant. The waters coming into Lake Superior at this location (from the power plant) often have the water misting with steam. The fisherman hit ice again soon enough, pole thru, and get to where a bit of open water remains. This varies from day to day. On Valentine’s day in the 30s offered much more ice. Today things were glazing up.


Painted 'N On The Town, photo copyright Kim Nixon

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Ice Floes, Marquette Michigan, photo copyright Kim Nixon

Wednesday was my day off and luckily it was one that fulfilled all areas of my life–I was needing that. I was able to take the last digital captures, up in Ishpeming, needed for a project that can now be invoiced. I wrote my column for Health and Happiness. I was able to organize my thoughts for the Wealthy Spirit group. And I got to take photos for me, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. And soak up some sun on a day that wasn’t below zero.

I heard whale songs, the sound came from under the ice, the hum. The chant. Followed by the sound of crackling as ice froze. Of course I believe in fantasy. But if you heard the song…you too would have watched for whales.

Ice Forming, Marquette Michigan, photo copyright Kim Nixon

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Iconic Marquette Photos, copyright Kim Nixon

Iconic Marquette Photos, copyright Kim Nixon

Iconic Marquette Photos, copyright Kim Nixon

This is the most iconic image of Marquette. A study all local photographers eventually take.

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