Thomas Spence took this photo.

The Big Lake They Call Gitche Gumee…

There was a rare beacon lighting at Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior this evening to honor the life and music of Gordon Lightfoot, who passed away earlier this week. The beacon, which was decommissioned in 1969, is always lit on November 10th to honor the 29 lives lost on that day in 1975 when the lake freighter Edmund Fitzgerald was sunk in a stormy gale. It’s one of only a few times per year they illuminate the beacon. For many, Lightfoot’s song about that night resonates every time they visit The Lake. That was surely the case tonight at Split Rock. The light of the near full moon lit the scene nicely. Waves lapping at the shoreline with a gentle, cool breeze. Perfect evening. Thank you to Hayes and the crew for lighting the candle tonight.
Minnesota 🌲
📷 May 2023
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