Sunrise from Thill's Fish Dock, Marquette, MI

Sunrise No. 751 of 1,600+

  • Sunrise time: 8:25
  • Azimuth: 119°
  • Did the sun rise: Yes
  • Was the sun visible: Technically, no


  • Felt like: -6 ºF
  • Air Temp: 8 ºF
  • Humidity: 70%
  • Wind: 9 mph
  • Wind gust: 14 mph


  • 17mm
  • f/4.5
  • 1/80 sec
  • 500


Thill's Fish Dock, Marquette, MI

0.8 mile commute

📍 46° 32' 30" N, -87° 23' 21" W

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Musings [245 words]

Well this one one special.

I came here this morning with the intention of Orehenge. In the past, I would have had more hope. But now over two years in, I was fairly certainly the sun wasn’t going to break through. In addition to feeling introverted and not wanting to be in a crowd of people, I opted to walk down the Fish Dock. It did not disappoint.

However, what is most special to me is the two photos below.

Here is January 20, 2021…

Sunrise at Thill & Sons Fish House

Compare this photo to January 17, 2019

Sunrise at Thill & Sons Fish House

Two years and three days apart, they could not be more identical. While I have this same composition during very different mornings, and entirely different seasons, I am both dumbfounded and delighted how similar these two images are.

This type of sunrise (I hope to name and categorize it one day), one of the most glorious, is a rare sunrise. At most, maybe there will be three sunrises like this during the course of a winter. I just happened to be in the same place, during the same season, where even the amount of snow is similar.

One of the biggest differences? At some point, Thill & Sons added an entryway.

I was tempted to use this near identical photo for today’s published sunrise, but I don’t have one anything like today’s official selection.

Several people were gathered to watch Orehenge. It gets quite busy now. Some people blame me. Sorry, not sorry.

People watching sunrise at Marquette's Ore Dock


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Rarely do I worry about footprints in the photo, but on this one, I’m slightly annoyed with myself for stepping further onto the dock, in fresh snow, before realizing it.

Tough call. Choose a photo with a little less of the building and more of the Ore Dock? Or, a little more building and no Ore Dock?