Monday, June 29, 2015

HHL Volga at Lake Superior Warehouse preparing to unload wind turbine blades

The HHL Volga prepares to unload wind turbine blades, each weighing 12 tons and 130ft long. The blades are components for a new wind farm being built in North Dakota by Minnesota Power.

I used Buzz to snap the picture.
HHL Volga

CSL Assiniboine departed Duluth 6/29/2015

CSL Assiniboine departed Duluth at 9:30 this morning. Since I was in the area, I sent Buzz up with his camera to get a better look.
Sorry, no audio on this short clip!

Federal Rhine arrived Duluth 06/29/2015

Federal Rhine arrived Duluth at 7:00 this morning to load grain.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

HHL Volga arrived Duluth 06/28/2015

The HHL Volga arrived Duluth this afternoon will a load of wind turbine blades destined for North Dakota wind projects operated by Minnesota Power.

The images were taken from the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.
HHL Volga

HHL Volga from Duluth Lift Bridge

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Indiana Harbor arrived Duluth 06/27/2015

The 1000ft Indiana Harbor arrived Duluth this morning as I sent up "Buzz Lightcam"  to watch from above.

Indiana Harbor
Indiana Harbor
Video music is "A Brand New Day" by Mary Beth Carlson -

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A viewer is looking for the Arthur M Anderson?

I know this has been discussed, but, can someone chime in as the the status of the Anderson?

Joseph L. Block arrived Duluth 06/23/2015

Joseph L. Block arrived Duluth at 21:15 Tuesday.  A rare warning whistle to several small craft ahead.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Paul R Tregurtha arrived Duluth 06/19/2015

The Paul R Tregurtha arrived at 5:15 this morning.

Coptercam - Early Morning Arrival

The 1000ft Paul R Tregurtha slips into the Duluth Shipping Canal on an early June morning.
The Coptercam captured the scene this morning as the always impressive Tregurtha made it's entry.

Music: Reflections bu Mary Beth Carlson -

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Whistler departed Duluth 06/18/2015

Whistler departed Duluth at 20:00 today.

Music: Clair de Lune - Mary Beth Carlson -

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races in Duluth

During the summer season, every Wednesday evening in Duluth, sailboat enthusiasts head out onto Lake Superior for an enjoyable evening of sailing the high seas.

Set to the music: Sailing, by Christopher Cross, this video captures the special moments that are so common in Duluth.

Edwin H Gott arrived Duluth 06/17/2015

The Edwin H Gott  arrived Duluth at 22:30 last evening.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Lee A Tregurtha arrived Duluth at 06:00 this morning.
Lee A Tregurtha

Whistler arrived Duluth 06/15/2015

Whistler arrived Duluth from anchor at 21:00 Monday. loading grain.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015

CSL Laurentien arrived Duluth 06/14/2015

CSL Laurentien arrived Duluth at 12:00 today

Vikingbank arrived Duluth 06/14/2015

The Dutch freighter Vikingbank arrived at 10:30 this morning led by "Sea Bear" Pilot Boat.

Paul R Tregurtha arrived Duluth 6/13/2015

The Paul R Tregurtha arrived at 20:00 tonight -- a nice night for a scenic photocopter flight.

Music by Mary Beth Carlson:
Remember to view video "Full Screen"

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Burns Harbor arrived Duluth 06/13/2015

Burns Harbor arrived Duluth today at 16:00

The Great Loon Cover-Up

The Great Loon Cover-Up - Two babies peek out from under the wings of an adult loon.
Loon chicks will spend much of their first two weeks of life tucked under the wings of the adults, or, riding the backs. The baby feathers keeps the little loons buoyant until they get strong enough to start learning to fish and dive during the summer months.
It has been 5 years since loons has babies on Caribou Lake, so, of course, I have taken lot's of pictures.

Thunder Bay arrived Duluth 06/12/2015

Thunder Bay arrived Duluth at 22:30 Friday

Thursday, June 11, 2015

It's Twins!

The nesting pair of Loons that I have bee watching hatched today.  withing a few hours, the babies were in the water sheltered by mom's wings.
The will leave the nest now and spend the rest of the summer on the water.
Baby Loons

Duluth Lakewalk - a birds eye view.

5 images taken from the photocopter and digitally stitched together.

John G Munson arrived Duluth 06/11/2015

John G Munson arrived Duluth at 9:36 this morning
John G Munson

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Alpena arrived Duluth 06/04/2015

Alpena arrived Duluth at 15:40 today

Camera Update - Harbor Patrol Cam


Since the Lafarge cam was removed last April due to construction, I put it up on Harbor Patrol.

It will scan the harbor every 10 minutes.   Enjoy the view!

James R Barker departed Duluth 06/04/2015

The 1000 ft James R Barker departed Duluth at 10AM this morning.

Camera Update!

10:00 update - Camera service restored.
Streaming service appears to be down.
Please use the backup (Snapshot Page) if you like

Hopefully the streaming will be back by the time the fog lifts.

Ghost Ship - Lee A Tregurtha departing Duluth 6/4/2015

The Lee A Tregurtha slowly passed under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning at 2AM.
Lee A Tregurtha

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Clipper Makiri - (photo copter)

The Clipper Makiri unloads wind turbine blades at the Port Terminal.  Each blade weighs 25 tons.
Clipper Makiri

Monday, June 1, 2015

American Integrity arrived Duluth 6/1/2015

The American Integrity arrived at 08:00 this morning

Clipper Makiri

Clipper Makiri at Port Terminal unloading wind turbine blades.
Clipper Makiri

Camera Update!

Just a note on camera operations.   In the lower left hand corner of the display is a number that is constantly changing. This is the kbs stream flow and is an indication of the amount of data that the camera is streaming. The amount of data is very dependent on the scene. Generally, if this number is below 500, you can expect a fairly good video.  If this number is over 500, you can expect some choppiness and stalls on the video.

The upload capacity of the Visitor Center cameras is between 2000 and 3000kbs for both cameras, so it tends to get backed up when there is a lot of wave, people and boats in the scene.

Eventually advances in technology will improve this situation, but for now, I'm doing the best I can.


Clipper Makiri arrived Duluth 6/1/2015

The Clipper Makiri arrived at midnight with a load of wind blades.

Clipper Makiri