These anglers were at it early on a Saturday morning – fishing from the end of the Kewaunee, WI pier.
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This is the Tug Ludington, docked in the harbor of Kewaunee, WI. I took this photo in early July of 2011. Of course, the image I snapped was clear and colorful. (See the smaller version.) But, because of the rich history of this vessel, dating back to the early ’40s, I decided a “vintage photo” effect seemed appropriate.
To keep with the vintage look, I had to eliminate a red car that appears in the original photo, just above the stern. I simply cloned the foliage near it over the car.
The Ludington now serves as a tourist attraction – open to summertime visitors every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Here’s some of the historic details of the Tug Ludington found on the City of Kewaunee’s web site
Built at Jacobson Shipyard in Oyster Bay, New York, the Tug Ludington was fourth in a series of eight seagoing tugboats constructed specifically for World War II in 1943. After sea trials it was christened the “Major Wilbur Fr. Browder” by the U.S. Army.
The tug’s armament consisted of two 50 caliber machine guns mounted above the chartroom and pilothouse. Tugs were often strafed by enemy planes and submarines, but were considered too small a target to waste a torpedo on.
The tug participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, towing ammunition barges across the English Channel. It eventually ended up in Cherbourg, France where it assisted harbor operations until being sent to Plymouth, England for the duration of the war.
In 1947 the tug was transferred to Kewaunee, Wisconsin by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was renamed the “Tug Ludington.” With its arrival in Kewaunee, the Tug Ludington assisted in the construction and maintenance of many harbors on the Great Lakes.
The City acquired the Tug Ludington from the Federal Surplus Program on December 29, 1995 with official transfer from the U.S. Government Service Administration Federal Surplus Property occurring on May 14, 1996.
After acquisition, the City, community volunteers, and donations from both individuals and organizations evolved in the proper mooring facilities being constructed and restoration of the Tug Ludington to make it available for public tours.
On March 28, 2002, the “Major Wilbur Fr. Browder/Tug Ludington” was placed on the National and State Register of Historic Places by the Secretary of the Interior.
Whether it’s a sunrise or a sunset, for me, it’s the clouds that make the scene worthwhile. This same setup with clear skies would be pretty bland. If you can add the silhouette of a lighthouse and the sun’s reflection off the water, all the better.
Even though I’ve photographed the sunrise over Lake Michigan near the Kewaunee, WI lighthouse many times before, it has never looked quite like this. In every case, the clouds make the difference.
I was up early and on the beach one Saturday to catch the sunrise at Kewaunee, WI.
In addition to some nice sunlit images, (See Gold Rush and Early Amber Rising.) I also snapped a few in black & white mode. This one really captured the dynamic tonal range of the clouds above Lake Michigan, beyond the Kewaunee pier and lighthouse.
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A lone fisherman prepares his tackle for fishing off the end of the Kewaunee, WI pier. The rising sun, filtered through the clouds over a calm Lake Michigan, create an amber backdrop for him and the Kewaunee lighthouse.
This photo was taken from the beach using a 300mm lens. I captured several good shots on this morning and will post more in the near future.
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Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do. – Helen Keller
The sunflowers are in bloom! In our area, we are blessed with several fields of sunflowers every summer – thanks to our good neighbors, the Kuehl Seed Farm.
When the field is on a main highway, it is quite common to see people pull over, jump out and snap a couple of pictures with a digital camera. And who can blame them. A field of sunflowers in full bloom is so bright and cheerful it’s natural to want to take it home with you. This field of flowers is on Highway 42, Just north of Kewaunee, WI. (While I was taking these photos at least four other cars stopped to do the same.)
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This image is one of my favorites from the series I took at Kewaunee’s Trout Festival fireworks show.
I wouldn’t consider the fireworks burst the best of the bunch I took, but I find the reflection on the water awesomely spectacular. The purples, the reds, the greens…a literal watercolor painting in the harbor. The full moon is showing off a bit, too.