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One of the most popular photographic locations at Bond Falls is called the Z. It provides an opportunity to capture falls reflections and an waterfall all in the same photo.

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While the main attractions at Bond Falls are the waterfalls there are also opportunities to photograph fall color reflections.

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Bond falls is a favorite stop on every photographers visit to the western U.P. of Michigan. We made two visits this year.

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The leaves were just starting to turn color when we made an early fall visit to Bond Falls. It was a rainy day so we didn’t stay long.

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Bond falls lends itself to black and white photography so I took a few black and white photos of the waterfalls.

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I spend a lot of my time at waterfalls taking intimate photographs of sections of the waterfall. In this case it was mainly the ice formations along the edges of the falls and objects in the river.

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On our way up to Calumet, Michigan we stopped at Bond Falls. Given the warm weather we didn’t expect to see particularly spectacular ice and we didn’t. Nevertheless Bond Falls is worth the visit any time of the year.

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore taken from a small boat on a beautiful calm day on Lake Superior.

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Winter at Bond Falls in the UP of Michigan. One of my favorite winter waterfall locations.

Bond-Falls-15-1-_2254Sunrise at Badlands National Park.

Badlands-National-Park-15-6-_3306Crex Meadows after a summer storm.

Crex-Meadows-15-10-_3706Ice Caves at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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It was a beautiful fall day at Bond Falls. In the fall there are usually a large number of visitors to Bond Falls and this particular day was no exception. There is sometimes a line to photograph at key locations.

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Bond Falls Z

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Most of the waterfalls in the Marquette and Munising area. It is generally easy to visit them on a short trip. The two outliers are Haven Park which is over by Calumet and Tahquamenon Falls which is near Paradise, Michigan.

Bonanza Falls is located near Silver City just outside of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. It is really several small waterfalls. If the water levels are low it is easy to walk out into the Iron River to photograph the falls. I like to photograph them late in the evening and early in the morning.

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Bond Falls is my favorite waterfall in the UP. It can be photographed any time of the year and provides some excellent photography opportunities. It is particularly popular in the fall when you may need to stand in line at some locations because of their popularity.

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Bond Falls

Canyon Falls is located just up the road from Bond Falls. It is located on the Sturgeon River. I’ve only been able to hit the peak color along the river once but it was very impressive on that visit.

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Canyon Falls

Yellow Dog Falls is located near Marquette, Michigan. It is reached on a long dirt road followed by about a mile hike to the first of the waterfalls. The drive to the falls is spectacular during the fall color season.

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Yellow Dog Falls

Laughing Whitefish Falls is located between Munising and Marquette. It is a very impressive waterfall when there is sufficient water flowing over the falls. Some years the dirt road into the falls is filled with large potholes.

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Laughing Whitefish Falls

Haven Park Falls is one of the outliers. It is located in Lac La Belle, Michigan. It is not all that spectacular as a waterfall but it is a beautiful location for photographing the fall colors.

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Haven Park

Tahquamenon Falls is another outlier located near Paradise, Michigan. As a waterfall it is the largest and most spectacular. It is very popular in the fall. One day I counted cars from 16 different states in the parking lot.

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Tahquamenon Falls

We stopped briefly at Bond Falls on our way up to Calumet for the CopperDog 150 Sled Dog Races. It was a beautiful sunny day and a little difficult to get photos. There was almost too much ice on this visit.

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