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The Duluth Portfolio

The Duluth Portfolio

Copyright Date: 1995
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 108
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    The Duluth Portfolio
    Book Description:

    In these images, Craig and Nadine Blacklock have captured the essence of Duluth-the bedrock on which it is built; the waters that flow through it; the great lake at its base; the glowing wildflowers and stately trees that give it life. The photographs in The Duluth Portfolio will refresh memories and inspire Duluthians and visitors alike to explore the city with new vision.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-9984-1
    Subjects: Art & Art History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-4)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 5-5)
  3. [Illustrations]
    (pp. 6-6)
    (pp. 7-8)

    Throughout history, visual artists have sought to capture the mysterious beauty of their natural surroundings. Nineteenth century American landscape painter Thomas Cole, for instance, portrayed the American wilderness as a sublime and sacred place; a sanctuary of purification and transcendence. In his hands, the wilderness landscape became a moral statement, the allegorical equivalent of biblical Eden, vulnerable to predation by the odious serpent of civilization. Cole foresaw industrialization draining the aesthetic and spiritual existence from humanity. Writers of the time such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were also cynical about the progress of civilization. Thoreau extolled nature's...

    (pp. 9-9)
    (pp. 10-21)

    I am making meager headway kayaking against the increasingly swift current in the St. Louis River upstream from Fond du Lac. A look back at recent geological history explains why my paddle, up until now, had been so easy. During the last glaciation, the ice mass depressed the land for hundreds of miles to the northeast. When the ice melted, the land rebounded, tilting the Lake Superior basin and raising the water level in the western part of the lake. The St. Louis River was submerged as far as Fond du Lac, creating an estuary along what geologists refer to...

    (pp. 22-47)

    Dark clouds close the sky, snuffing out spots of sunlight on the autumn foliage. Ely's Peak dissolves behind a curtain of rain. The storm crosses a valley and reaches my position on an outcrop of Bardon Peak. I drink in the solitude, raising my face to let the first raindrops wet my cheeks. These peaks were special to the Amshinaabeg. Ely's Peak was a fasting site for young men seeking visions. Bardon Peak, calledManidoowi-aazhibikor “Spirit Mountain,” was thought to be home to the mythological characterWenaboozhoo.Today seems a good day for seeking visions and communing with spirits....

    (pp. 48-69)

    It is perhaps obvious that any city built on a hill formed of rock will have streams and waterfalls. Water follows gravity's pull, travels the path of least resistance, transitions into mesmerizing waterfalls when it spills over a ledge.

    Duluth's rock is primarily basaltic lava flows and coarse-grained gabbroic rock. The lava flows can most easily be seen along the North Shore and at Lester River, Chester Creek, and Tischer Creek. Lester, near the eastern end of the city, is the only waterway, other than the St. Louis, large enough to be called a river. It runs wider with higher...

    (pp. 70-91)

    For the fifth time this summer I take my camera down to a stretch of shoreline that has several possibilities for close-up photographs. One composition in particular has haunted me: a crescent-shaped puddle cupped in smooth, gray bedrock. The rock wraps partway around a bed of pink pebbles and a boulder. In calm weather, the boulder and pebbles are dry. When the winds are gusty, swells cover the entire area. If I time my visit to coincide with small waves, the conditions are perfect: Water swirls around the boulder, wetting some of the pebbles, turning them ruddy brown.

    After many...

    (pp. 92-105)

    Look down at Lake Superior from almost any hilltop in Duluth and your eyes are inevitably drawn to the sand beach leading to Wisconsin. Minnesota Point (commonly called Park Point) stretches out from Duluth's shore to almost touch Wisconsin Point. Together, these points form the longest freshwater sandbar in the world, creating a natural breakwater for the Twin Ports' shipping industry.

    This sandbar is one of the regions most recent natural additions. According to one study, it began growing as a spit from the Wisconsin shore 3,200 years ago when the lake level dropped from 607 feet to 596 feet...

  11. [Map]
    (pp. 106-106)
    (pp. 107-107)