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We drover over to Amnicon Falls State Park to check on conditions. We ended up spending most of the morning photographing in the Park. Our first stop was Now and Then Falls. As I mentioned in an earlier blog there are several large trees down in the falls making it difficult to photograph.

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We moved over to the Lower Falls and photographed the Lower Falls with the Covered Horton Bridge in the background. The second photo is of one of my favorite pine trees. It is growing on the side of the river and the falls provides a good background for photographing it.

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Our final stop was Snake Pit Falls.

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More photos from Amnicon Falls can be found on my website.

We stopped at Amnicon Falls State Park to check things out. The water levels were a little low and I didn’t see any photos that I didn’t already have. Just before we left I decided to walk over to Now and Then Falls. I didn’t think there would be any water running but I wanted to see if the remains from some large trees had been removed. They had not been removed but there was a little water running. I decided to get the camera and photograph a small waterfall.

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It was a sunny day with strong winds in Duluth. We decided to drive over to Amnicon Falls State Park for a short photo expedition. We were more than a little surprised as we drove to the Park. In Superior Wisconsin it was 45 degrees but in Amnicon Falls it was 75. A thirty degree difference in 10 miles.

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It was sunny so it was difficult to photograph the waterfalls but I managed to get a few photos.

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Unfortunately one of my favorite spots to photograph, Now and Then Falls, is a mess. Several trees have gone down and the park has cut them up but the right side of the falls and the base of the falls is littered with debris. This photo was taken several years ago.

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Now and Then Falls Amnicon Falls State Park

This was another “We will just stop and take a quick look” visit to Amnicon Falls. By now my wife knows a quick look usually means a couple of hours. I think I can count of one hand the number of times we have stopped for a quick look and left without taking any photos. This is one of my favorite waterfall photography locations because of the variety of waterfalls and rapids. Are all easily accessible by a short walk.

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The water color at Amnicon is caused by tannin in the water. The tannin is the result of decaying vegetation in the Amnicon River watershed.

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Conditions were ideal. A good water flow and overcast sky to provide uniform lighting and a low enough light level not to require the use of neutral density filters.

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We started the morning early and stopped for sunrise at Wisconsin Point. Unfortunately we were disappointed because there was not much of a sunrise due to heavy cloud cover. With the cloud cover we thought that it might be a good day to photograph at Amnicon Falls State Park.

Now and Then Falls

Now and Then Falls

Snake Pit Falls

Snake Pit Falls

We were not disappointed. The cloud cover held and there was a surprising amount of water in the Amnicon River offering some great photography opportunities.

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A couple of days before the arrival of spring we stopped at Amnicon Falls to check on ice conditions. The ice was still around but was breaking up. As we walked around the trails every once in a while the ground would shake and we would hear a loud bang. At first we thought it was someone dynamiting but it turned out that the river was washing away at the ice on the surface and every once in a while a large chunk would collapse causing the vibration and sound.

Upper Falls

Upper Falls

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Snake Pit Falls

Snake Pit Falls

Now and Then Falls

Now and Then Falls

In mid November I stopped at Amnicon Falls State Park. It has been snowing most of the week so I expected to get some black and white photos with the dark trees and white snow. As it turned out the tannin colored waters and snow created some beautiful colors so I stuck with color photography for the day.

Covered Horton Bridge

Covered Horton Bridge

People sometimes ask me why I keep going back to the same places to photograph. This day reminded me why. I don’t recall ever seeing Amnicon Falls with as much tannin colored snow and ice. It was a beautiful visit.

Snake Pit Falls

Snake Pit Falls

Amnicon River

Amnicon River

Heavy rains provided good water levels at Amnicon Falls State Park. When we arrived last week it was an overcast day. Overcast is good when photographing waterfalls because it eliminates the harsh light. Unfortunately the sun came out shortly after we arrived. Bright sunlight makes it more difficult to photograph waterfalls. I like to shoot at a slow speed (lower than /4 second) to smooth the water out. Fortunately I just purchased a new Variable Neutral Density Filter so I decided to give it a try. The Neutral Density Filter cuts the amount of light reaching the camera allowing for a longer exposure time. The Longer exposure time allows me to slow the flow of the water giving the smooth blurred effect that you see in my photos.

More photos from Amnicon Falls can be found on my website.

Covered Horton Bridge

Covered Horton Bridge

Upper Falls

Upper Falls

Lower Falls

Lower Falls

Amnicon River

Amnicon River

Last week my wife and I stopped at Amnicon Falls State Park. There had been a lot rain in northern Wisconsin earlier in the week so I expected some good water levels at Amnicon. We were not disappointed. There was plenty of water flowing over Now and Then Falls. Typically late in the summer the water levels are such that Now and Then Falls is dry.

More photos from Amnicon Falls can be found on my website.

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On a recent trip to Duluth we stopped at Amnicon Falls State Park. We assumed there would be a lot of water flowing in the Amnicon River but were a bit disappointed. There was enough water to so that Now and Then Falls was had water flowing over it.Now-and-Then-Falls-Amnicon-Falls-State-Park-14-6-_8039

It was an overcast day so it was relatively easy to photograph the various waterfalls without having to resort to a neutral density filter.Amnicon-Falls-State-Park-14-6-_8088

I was able to capture a different shot of Snake Pit Falls. It appears to almost wrap around itself as it flows into the canyon below the falls.Snake-Pit-Falls-Amnicon-Falls-State-Park-14-6-_8129