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We spent some time driving around Seney National Wildlife Refuge on our last trip to the U.P. It doesn’t have the best wildlife but it is a beautiful fall photography location. It was created during the depression when no one else wanted the land. It now has a variety of wildlife including a large number of Trumpeter Swans.

More photos from Seney National Wildlife Refuge can be found on my website.

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One of our favorite places to photograph fall colors in Hiawatha National Forest just south of Munising, Michigan. We have a route that we drive that passes a number of beautiful lakes. Sometimes the route changes a bit depending upon the number of photographers we find at any given lake. This area is a favorite destination for photography workshops so you can expect to find large groups of photographers a some locations.

More photos from Hiawatha National Forest can be found on my website.

Our first stop is usually Pete’s Lake.

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From Pete’s Lake we drive back toward Munising stopping at Moccasin Lake. There is a pull off right along highway 13. This is also a trail head for Bruno’s Run Trail which loops past a number of these lakes.

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moccasin-lake-hiawatha-national-forest-16-10-3456After photographing at Moccasin Lake we continued back toward Munising stopping at Thornton Lake. The turnoff for Thornton Lake is not well marked and difficult to spot if there are a lot of leaves on the trees. On this visit it was standing room only because a photography group was just packing up to leave.

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thornton-lake-hiawatha-national-forest-16-10-3626Continuing on toward Munising we turn off on Buckhorn Road and connect to Doe Lake Road. Just after turning on to Buckhorn Road you will encounter Twin Lakes.

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reflections-big-twin-lake-hiawatha-national-forest-16-10-3643We then drove on to Doe Lake ending our fall tour of Hiawatha National Forest lakes.

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We did so much traveling this fall that we almost didn’t have time to visit Hoffman Hills to view the fall colors. We were finally able to check it out and the colors were near peak.

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As a rule the reason to traveling north to Grantsburg, Wisconsin to to view the wildlife in Crex Meadows. This fall the conditions were right to spend some time photographing the fall colors. They were mainly earth tones this year but with the dark storm clouds and great evening light it made for some great photography. More photos from Crex Meadows can be found on my website.

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The following photo was taken off of Main Dyke Road. Normally this area is a large pond and a prime area for Sandhill Cranes to roost. This year they had an issue with the dam gates and most of the water had drained out of the pond.

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After spending the morning driving around Hiawatha National Forest we decided to spend the afternoon waterfalling. Our first stop was Au Train Falls. We had actually visited this falls a few weeks earlier but thought is was worth another visit because of the variety of waterfall photography opportunities.

Au Train Falls consists of a number of waterfalls. This is the main falls photographed from near the power station.

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On this visit we walked down the river below the bridge to photograph the fall colors.

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au-train-falls-16-10-3869In addition to the main falls there numerous smaller falls that are produced by springs that flow out of the hills above the river. These were taken from a spring just below the main parking lot.

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More photos from Au Train Falls can be found on my website.

It’s been five years since I first visited Rock River Falls. At that time there were no signs to the falls and the parking lot was a wide spot on a one track road. I would have missed the falls it it wasn’t for another photographer who was parked along the road. Things have changed. There is now signage along the road and a nice parking lot. It appears that some of the states are realizing that waterfalling is a growing and popular sport and they are making more of an effort to provide directions and parking to these attractions.

I hadn’t been back to the falls because of the terrible road. At the time I first found it I was alone and driving my Subaru.  On subsequent trips my wife was along and we were driving a van. I didn’t think the van would be able to get down the road but the improved directions and roads made it possible.

More photos from Rock River Falls can be found on my website.

rock-river-falls-16-10-3923There was quite a bit of water flowing over the falls. The hike in was exciting because of the muddy trail. We met a number of people that were attempting it with tennis shoes on. My wife and I always wear our Muck Boots when hiking to waterfalls and they really came in handy on this hike. Rock Falls is not all that large so after photographing the falls I spent some time taking intimate photos of the area surrounding the falls.

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rock-river-falls-16-10-4022On our way out we managed a few photos. In-spite of the narrow road it was a beautiful drive through the forest.

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After leaving Mosquito Beach it was a long hike back to the car. The only thing to break it up was a series of waterfalls along the Mosquito River.

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More photos from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore can be found on my website.

You know when you reach Chapel Beach because you see Chapel Rock at the end of the trail.

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We walked down to the beach to photograph a waterfall that flows into Lake Superior. Several years ago we were on the Beach when a strong storm hit. My wife had put here pack down on a sandbar and the sudden storm created strong waves that almost washed out into the lake. On this day things were quiet.

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I spend a little time photographing objects along the beach including some footprints that I hopped was a large dog.

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We took one last look at the Beach before heading out on the Lakeshore Trail to the Mosquito River.

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More photos from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore can be found on my website.

Leaving Chapel Beach we headed out on the Lakeshore Trail for the Mosquito River.

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chapel-beach-to-mosquito-river-pictured-rocks-national-lakeshore-16-10-3060I managed to photograph a few small objects along the way including some Hoof Mushrooms.

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leaf-on-lichens-chapel-beach-to-mosquito-river-pictured-rocks-national-lakeshore-16-10-3183After, what seemed like a long hike, we reached Mosquito Beach.

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More photos from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore can be found on my website.

When we are in the Pictured Rocks we generally like to hike a loop trail that starts from the Chapel Beach Trail head, Connects with the Lakeshore Trail and then return to the trail head via Mosquito Falls Trail. Our first stop on the trail is usually Chapel Falls. This is an impressive falls with opportunities for intimate photographs of parts of the falls.

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One thing we saw a lot of on our three trips to the U.P. of Michigan were mushrooms. The very wet summer and fall proved to be an excellent year for them.

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There was not a lot of color along the trail. Fall colors were unusually late this year. This area is spectacular in the spring when the flowers are out.

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More photos from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore can be found on my website.