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North Light

Looking out the second-floor lighthouse office window. On this visit, the last ice of the season was slowly drifting into the harbor.

Frozen Tracks

Both portals get clogged with ice in the winter. In the summer, the ceiling is always dripping. Mamiya GA645 / Kodak Pro 400

Ice in the Tunnel

Freezing groundwater in the drain has created this ice wall in Buckingham Creek Drain, which is nearly all blasted natural stone. Lit with several LED panels. It was a cold night.

Webster & Elevator S

This sea leg was installed to unload grain boats. It’s pretty much a big bucket elevator that can be moved and lowered into waiting boats.

Shadow-Boxing in Ashland

The light masts are there, but it looks like the cables that stretched across the dock with the actual lights have fallen down.

Superior’s Sub-Suburban Sprawl

The same view in 2007.

Superior, WI, some have said, is a suburb of Duluth, MN. It’s more like a sub-suburb, I would argue. It’s the industrial district that is technically in another state, one that sells beer on Sundays. Perspective is looking out of the mostly-disassembled larger (newer) elevator.

Bold in Blue

Standing on the ruins of the former sister dock, looking back at the soon-to-be-demolished family member. The pilings I stood on for the shot were those of the Chicago and North Western RR #3 which was dismantled in 1960 and used to be 2,040-feet long.

Dock 2 at Sunset

Winter skies over Allouez Bay. From a distance, it looks almost fragile.

Barracks and Trees

One of my favorite night views of Fort Snelling’s so-called Upper Post, taken between snowstorms.

Huron-Portland Cement, Duluth Plant

As photographed from a cement piling for Slip #3 poured in 1935, disconnected from land by erosion. How do I know the date? A pair of steamship engineers carved their initials and ranks into the wet cement!

Lauder, MB

The ghost town of Lauder, Manitoba. It’s seen better days, but I bet the TV reception on the flatlands is great.

Solsgirth, MB- Frozen Fields

Near Isabella, MB, frozen flooded fields expand to the horizon. Taken on a Voigtlander 25mm f/2.5 if you were wondering.

Rails to Trail

The east portal, looking toward Nopeming Junction and away from the US Steel ruins and Duluth’s ore docks.

Like a Ghost Town

This was my first view of Harris Machinery’s property… it was strange to find what looked like a ghost town five minutes from downtown Minneapolis!

Kettle Building

This is the building where the corn mash would be boiled in stainless steel kettles, now gone.

Lightpainted Lens Flare

Pointing a light at my camera from down Miller Creek Drain. Do you see the scale of it? It’s huge!

Fourth Floor Frost, Porta 160

A broken roof drain turned the fourth floor into a skating rink. Frost covers every surface. Kodak Portra 400 in Voigtlander Bessa.

Crank on Dock 4

Exploring Dock 4 was a very different experience, since it was almost all metal.

American Crane

A diesel crane and conveyor belt tripper are the major pieces of equipment that dominate the dock.

The JB Ford at P&R

For years, the Ford was docked next to the former Pennsylvania and Reading Railroad anthracite coal dock.

Cracked Lake Superior

As wind and currents moved the ice around between the ore docks, the sounds of crunching echoed through the otherwise quiet bar.

Sun-Shined Ice

Science Alert. When the sun strikes an object, that object absorbs some of the infared light in the form of heat. The heat absorbed by the old Soo dock absorbed and radiated that energy to melt off the snow from the ice around it, making it very reflective.

Excavated Foundry

The EPA has been doing work on and off over the past few years, digging up the foundations of the demolished steel mill to clean up the site.

Cargill in Spring (Film)

Taken from atop a grain train at the end of Cargill B-2, looking toward Lake Superior “I”, now part of the sample complex. This area used to have another slip, but Cargill filled it on when it built the elevator on the right.

Devan

Storms and waves, focused by the Port of Wisconsin entry have focused the faces to tear-up these boards below.

Red Dock

Negative twenty looks much warmer in retrospect, wouldn’t you say? Taken through the window of a gantry crane cab.

Car Shop Door

It was a strange choice, although I appreciate it, for the firm reusing the shops to brick up the doorways while leaving the doors.