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Monthly Archives: December 2017

After leaving the Blue Hills we continued on toward Ironwood, Michigan  which was our final destination of the day. We drove though Clam Lake where there was some nice fall color. After a brief stop for a photo we continue on.

Our next stop was Upson Falls. I had seen some nice fall colors from this area but it soon became clear that most of the fall leaves were already down. It was wet and slippery as we stumbled our way to the falls.

After a brief stop at home we embarked on what turned out to be our last fall color trip. Our first stop was the Blue Hills just east of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. We were a little late for the peak color but there were still some nice color in some areas. We did notice that most of the lakes in the area were very high with some of the docks under water.

These were a couple of shots as we reached the outskirts of the Blue  Hills. We encountered the horseback rider of one of the back roads.

These are some shots in the Aldie Lake area.

This is the first time we encountered Bald Eagles on our fall trips through the area. In all we must have seen about a dozen Bald Eagles.

We also encountered a Ruffed Grouse along the road. It posed for some photos before flying off.


In my wanderings around the farm I find that fall is a great time to try some abstract photography. Use of a neutral density filter allows me to slow the speed of the the shot  even on a sunny day.

This show was created by focusing on a Sumac leaf then slowly zooming out.

This was created by slowly tilting the camera up.

This was created by slowly panning the camera.

On our drive home from Duluth we stopped in Spooner to drop off some T-shirts that my wife had collected for a quilt. We then drove over to Shell lake for lunch with Linda’s Sister. After lunch Linda wanted to find a road that she thought would have lots of color. She remembered it from here childhood and recalled that it was called the Narrow Gage Road. We found a road on Google Maps that was named the Narrow Gage Road but Linda didn’t think that was the road she remembered.  On the positive side it did have some nice color.

After lunch we headed back to Duluth with a stop at Cascade River State Park.

It was about lunch time when we left Judge C. R. Magney State Park so we decided to drive over to Naniboujou Club Lodge and see if they were serving lunch. They weren’t but they were just about to start so we wandered around taking photos of the place. It was built in the 1920’s as an ultra exclusive private club with  Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey and Ring Lardner among its charter members. A membership of 1000 was originally sought, but when the stock market crashed on “Black Tuesday” precipitating  the 1929 depression, the club began to fail. In the mid 1930’s the club reached a state of financial shambles. The mortgage was foreclosed, and it was sold. It is an amazing place and we vowed to come back and stay on our next trip to the area.

After driving around a bit we decided to head to Judge C. R. Magney State Park for some hiking. It was another beautiful day. Our first stop was lower falls where there was quite a bit of spray because of the large amount of water flowing over the falls.

We then headed to Devil’s Kettle Falls  which was also impressive. Difficult to photograph because of the bright sunshine but still an impressive visit.

We were fortunate to be around when the fall colors at Hoffman Hills were near their peak. The following day a fall hike was scheduled but the weather indicated strong winds and heavy rain so we went a day early.

I’m normally traveling during the fall color season and typically don’t get a chance to photograph fall colors on the farm. This fall I was home for a few days so I took the opportunity to walk around. the sumac were really in full color.

After returning to Grand Marais we checked into our motel and grabbed a bite to eat before heading out to the harbor for some sunset photos. Unfortunately the sunset was not anything spectacular but there were some nice waves.

The next morning we drove inland from Grand Marais hoping to find some fall color. This is a photo of Grand Marais from the hill above the harbor.