Photo Essay: Lake Superior’s Harder Edges

Heritage Marine’s Helen H. moves through an ice-choked lane in the closing days of the shipping season. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com
By Steve Kuchera, Duluth News Tribune

One of my favorite work assignments is going up in a light plane to photograph a subject from an eagle’s prospective. Earlier this month, I was in the air over Duluth to get photos of several different buildings. Each location required at least two passes to ensure I captured the images I needed. As we looped around to line up for the next pass, we flew over either the lake or the harbor. The different views of ice and water beneath the plane caught my eye, and I couldn’t resist blowing through a lot of pixels to capture the sight.

Plates of broken ice float near open water inside the Duluth harbor recently. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com
Broken ice floats on Lake Superior in concentric loops amidst an otherwise random collection of ice near the Duluth ship canal. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com
Sheets of clear ice show up nearly black on the harbor’s surface. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com
Open water meets ice along the shore of Park Point. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

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