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After finishing at Bond Falls we drove back over to Hurley were we were staying for the night. I was hoping for a nice sunset or sunrise but it remained cloudy. Still the fall colors around the flowage were at their peak.

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After driving along Highway B in Vilas County Wisconsin we headed north into the U.P. of Michigan and over to Bond Falls. It had been spitting rain all day and as we walked along the river it really started to rain. Never-the-less I persisted and managed to get a few shots with the fall colors.

We headed north on the first fall color trip of the season. We ended up in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin. We decided to take Vilas County Highway B over to Presque Isle. Even though it was an overcast day the fall colors were outstanding.

 

We try to hike to Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak) when we are in the Black Hills. It was a beautiful day and relatively cool so we decided to make the hike. The fall leaves were nearing their beak color.

On the way to the top we encountered a number of deer on the trail. The couple behind us had to restrain their dog when this one jumped across the trail.

There were still a variety of flowers out. I captured this Bluebell.

There was some graffiti along the trail. This is the first time I’ve seen anything like this.

To native Americans Black Elk Peak is a sacred site. In the past we have seen offerings but they seemed to have increased in recent years.

The views from the top of the Peak are spectacular.

Beautiful views on the trip down from the top.

When we woke up it was a very foggy morning and looked like it might rain. After breakfast at a local cafe we tentatively decided that we wanted to hike out to the Petrified Forest. We stopped at the ranger station to check on road conditions. The roads were in good shape because their oil wells right up to the park boundary so the roads are well maintained.

More photos from Theodore Roosevelt National Park can be found on my website.

We found the trail an as we started out we were not certain if we would go to the south or north unit of the petrified forest. The decision was made somewhat easier because there was a Buffalo standing on the trail to the north unit.

We hadn’t gone far before we ran into a couple of wild horses.

There was quite a bit of petrified wood in a relatively small area. There were petrified wood chips everywhere. I seemed a little strangeĀ  because the chips looked just like real wood.

After looking around a bit we decided to continue hiking and see if we could find the Maah Daah Hey Trail. Turned out to take a little longer that we expected but w ran into several other hikers and they indicated that the trail was well marked at all of the intersections and trail markers could be seen along the trail.

We saw a variety of wild flowers blooming on the prairie.

Toward the end of the Maah Daah Hey Trail we encountered a couple of buffalo. One wandered onto the trail ahead of us but didn’t pay munch attention to us and continue on down the trail. A second one came running after the first one but noticed out presence and made a couple of charges in our direction. We made a retreat and decided to have lunch while we waited for him to move off. We later encountered him again and he still was very interested in us. We have hiked in buffalo country quite a bit but never had a buffalo show this much interest in us.

We continued walking along what appeared to be a large plateau The trees along the area had some good color. We could see quite a ways.

 

We found the North Petrified Forest Trail and took that hopping it would take us back to our car. The trail dropped down into a large ravine with some interesting rock formations.

After climbing out of the ravine we finally reached the north unit of the petrified forest. It was far more extensive than the south unit and if you only had a short time it would be the area I would suggest you visit.

We then headed back to the car. Fortunately the buffalo was no longer on the trail. It was a great day of hiking. We managed over 11 miles for the day.

It took us a full day to drove to Dickinson, South Dakota where we stayed for the night. The next morning we drove over to the South Unit where we spent the morning driving around and getting a feel for the Park.

More photos from Theodore Roosevelt National Park can be found on my website.

It was overcast but we could see occasional glimpses of the sun. Fall was in the air and the colors were starting to change. In some places it was outstanding.

We stopped at the Prairie Dog town. In addition to the Prairie Dogs we saw a couple of Pronghorns.

Our next stop was Peaceful Valley Ranch where we notice a number of folks getting ready for a trail ride. I have to admire anyone who rides horses. It looks like a lot of money and time is involved just getting to the trail and saddling up the horses. I wouldn’t have the patience.

At Skyline Vista we noticed these strange rock formations. We think the second shot is an ancient see creature that had absorbed a lot of iron and is embedded in the rock formation. We saw this same thing at other locations in the park but this was the best example.

As we drove down the road I noticed a Buffalo back behind some rocks. I walked back to get a better look and discovered a small herd in a wash. The one hiding behind the sage brush seems to by quite interested in me so I was also keeping a close eye on it.

As we drove down from Dickinson we noticed a couple of wild horses along the highway. When we entered the park we ask about the horses and the ranger said we would see them if we were lucky. As it turned out we were lucky. For some reason we took a dirt road off toward the Roundup Horse Camp. As we came over the hill we found a small group of five horses. The group consisted of a stallion and four mares. We watched them for about a half an hour before moving on.

We then continued on the loop road finishing in Medora in the early afternoon.

The following photo appears in the November 2018 Lake Superior Magazine. The article is entitled “Transitions – Celebrating Our Seasons of Colorful Conversion”.

Full color at Oberg Mountain is almost upon us. More photos of what you will find can be found on my website.

 

Nonesuch Falls is located at the former town of Nonesuch where a copper mine operated off and on from 1867- 1912. At it’s peak it had a post office and a population of 300. Now the only thing remaining are some foundations. The waterfall is not all that impressive.

The hike out was spectacular with deep blue sky and lots of color in the trees. Unfortunately it was 80 degrees in late October and way to hot to be hiking.

One of my favorite fall photography subjects is landpools (reflections). With the beautiful day there were plenty of reflections shots in the streams along the Union Mine Trail.

Normally the best time to photograph the many waterfalls along the Union Mine Trail in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is in the spring when the water is likely to be flowing. This year with all the rain there was still a good water flow in the streams along the trail.