First signs of winter

The tourists are gone so the city only needs half of the Blue Bridge to take care of those left behind and below, you can already see the metalwork above the sidewalk that will light up our walk through the park. Bentleyville, our spectacular winter wonderland, is setting up for Christmas. And as their web site reminds us today, Sunday, September 27, 2015, there are only 55 days, 4 hours, 24 minutes and 13 seconds until Bentleyville opens.

It must be Christmas again

christmastreeJust when the leaves fall off the trees and open up my view of the bridge, somebody goes and plants a metal ‘tree’ to shut it down. No problem, I still have 2 weeks in January to see the boats come under the bridge, unless it snows too much or gets too cold for me to go outside. Not that I am complaining. Cant wait until the last couple weeks of January when there will be no metal trees, snow, or boats to spoil my view of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. My tree, at right, doesn’t spoil anyone’s view.

Bentleyville says Goodbye for another year


Merry Christmas Federal Sakura

The last saltwater ship of the season, the Federal Sakura, arrived last night (December 17, 2012) at 7:56. She was of course greeted by the annual Bentleyville Christmas light display in Canal Park.

Paul R, the Bridge and Bentleyville

At 5:00 Sunday afternoon, December 18, 2011, the lights at Bentleyville were turned on. Half an hour later,  the Paul R. Tregurtha came by to say hello on her way out the door with a Christmas present for Detroit Edison, 64,000 tons of coal. If it is bad to get a lump of coal in your stocking, what happens when you get 64,000 tons of it?

Bentleyville opens!


The James R. Barker arrives in Bentleyville


Bentleyville pictures; comment question

Bentleyville, 2010, is a great place to catch the Christmas spirit, to say nothing of taking some interesting pictures with your camera, phone or whatever you have in your pocket. Above, you see a picture I took of the Bentleyville version of Duluth’s Aerial Lift bentleyville20101126_7075-2Bridge with an ore carrier about to go under.  I don’t usually talk much about Photoshop;  it has become a bad verb, but it showed me something about the pictures I took over there. In the top picture, it is very hard to see that the real Lift Bridge is just to the left of the Christmas ‘tree.’ I didn’t until I used the 
shadow/highlight tool in Photoshop. That tool magically found the real Lift Bridge, or quite literally brought the real bridge out of the shadows. So it is hard to say Photoshop changed reality; in this case, it found a little more reality.)
bentleyville20101126_7083But at the expense of messing up the nice black sky.  Then I closed in on the bridge and found that my camera saw something I did not see, and I still don’t know exactly what that is. These pictures were taken with a 1/3rd second exposure. If I had caught the bridge in motion, I assume the picture would be blurry.  Does the camera have a memory of what it had seen just seconds or less before; I have no idea.

Bentleyville opens in Canal Park


and will be open free to the public on these days and times

Saturday, November 20 through Sunday December 26, 2010
Sunday – Thursday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
bentleyville20101120_7030All the lights you see are Bentleyville lights; installed during the last  month; those lights not put up by Bentleyville belong to the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. But should those lights go out during the next month, Bentleyville built their own lift bridge. And just like the big bridge, it goes up and down. Their ore boat however, in the foreground, is going the wrong direction to go under the Lift Bridge, but that is a minor point since it wasn’t built to move at all.