Sunrise from Lower Harbor Ore Dock, Marquette, MI

Sunrise No. 774 of 1,600+

  • Sunrise time: 7:57
  • Azimuth: 109°
  • Did the sun rise: Yes
  • Was the sun visible: Too happy to care


  • Felt like: 9 ºF
  • Air Temp: 9 ºF
  • Humidity: 87%
  • Wind: 3 mph


  • 17mm
  • f/20.0
  • 1.6 sec
  • 100


Lower Harbor Ore Dock, Marquette, MI

0.9 mile commute

📍 46° 32' 22" N, -87° 23' 12" W

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Musings [244 words]

Happy happy sunrise!

When this project began, I never envisioned I would spend multiple sunrises ice skating on the frozen Marquette Harbor at sunrise.

Happiness is ice skating on a frozen Lake Superior at sunrise. I was out there until my toes were nearly frozen.

The crystal clear ice lasted not much longer than 48 hours, but the ice underneath this fresh dusting of snow was just as skateable, you just couldn’t quite tell when a big crack was coming.

As an aside, did you know there were this many types of lake ice cracks

  • Tight cracks
  • High density tight cracks
  • Wet cracks
  • Contraction cracks
  • Tranverse cracks
  • Dry cracks
  • Shear cracks
  • Techtonic cracks
  • Pressure ridges
  • Ice bulge cracks
  • Wave break cracks
  • Subsurface cracks

I did terrible in science classes growing up. I mostly thought that science was limited to biology, chemistry, and maybe a couple other things.

If I knew as a kid that there were career scientists who studied lakes, ice, and frozen lakes, I likely would have taken a much different look toward science.

It’s never too late for a career change, maybe I could still become a Great Lakes ice researcher.

Mandatory spinning selfie when I’m this inspired and enthused at sunrise.

Ice skating at the Marquette Ore Dock
Bugsy Sailor during a February Sunrise on Lake Superior

If you’re not part of the sailing or boating community in Marquette, you probably didn’t know there’s a ‘Welcome to Marquette’ sign out here in the harbor. At least I didn’t know until I ice skated that far out.

Welcome to Marquette sign


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