Lake Superior is the coldest, biggest and cleanest of the Great Lakes. At its deepest point, it is over 1,300 feet. Some parts of the Big Lake never get above 55 degrees fahrenheit. The Midwest has emerged from one of the coldest winters on record. Indeed, for a large part of the winter, it was colder in parts of the Midwest than in Alaska. Unfortunately, the black flies and mosquitoes have also emerged from the harsh winter hungrily! I have been fortunate to be able to spend quite a bit of time on the shores of Lake Superior. The last time I was at the lake, in March, snowmobiles buzzed across its edges and it was covered in ice as far as the eye could see. I spent Memorial Day in Marquette, Michigan along the shores of Lake Superior and had the opportunity to shoot some dramatic photos of this land that I love so much. Here are just a few of the shots from a wonderful weekend.
What a juxtaposition seeing people lying on the beach in bikinis with giant ice bergs floating along the lake.
Two kayakers exploring the ice bergs
As the sun began to set (at nearly 10 p.m.), one of my best friends, Sharon, and I watched the sunset in awe as the colors emerged from the sky, changing from yellow to pink to purple. People celebrated Memorial Day on the ledge overlooking Lake Superior at Presque Isle Park when suddenly a swiftly-moving storm system blew across Lake Superior.
The temperature dropped at least 10 degrees and the party-goers on the ledge shouted out in awe at the drastic storm front and temperature change.
Lake Superior is so dramatic.
As Sharon and I began the trek back to her farm in Rumley, Michigan, we spotted another dramatic scene unfolding in Marquette. The Michipicoten, a nearly 700 foot long ship, was docking at an ore dock in Marquette. I didn’t have my tripod, so I wasn’t sure what quality of shots I could get of the big ship. But the scene was too amazing not to try. She pushed the ice bergs along the water eerily and a low fog began rising from the drastic different in temperature between the water and the air. My efforts were rewarded, regardless of the lack of tripod. I could not help but think of the Edmund Fitzgerald; indeed, the Michipicoten resembles the famous Fitzgerald, who sunk in the icy waters of Lake Superior off the coast of Whitefish Point on November 10, 1975, killing all 29 of her crew members.
Thanks to the Curtice Family for having me on such a spectacular weekend!
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