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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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We arrived in Hurley late in the day. Normally we drive out to Gile Flowage for some sunset photos but it didn’t look like there wouldn’t be much of a sunset. We decided to drive out anyway to look around. Gile Flowage is one of the first places that fall colors turn in northern Wisconsin so we didn’t expect much color this late in the season. We were pleasantly surprised when the sun peaked though the clouds and lit up what color their was.

 

After watching the sun rise and burn off the fog on the flowage I was able to capture some of the fall colors. It was not yet peak but it was probably as good as it was going to get this year.

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It was a beautiful fall morning when my wife and I stopped at Gile Flowage to watch the sunrise. When we arrived there was fog over the flowage providing for some interesting photography opportunities.

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One of my favorite fall photography locations is Gile Flowage just outside Hurley, Wisconsin. Normally I stop out at the flowage for sunrise but this trip I had a little time in the evening so I drove out for some sunset photos. The leaves were not at peak but they were still colorful.

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It is sometimes difficult to hit the fall colors just right. I’ve had the most success visiting Ironwood at the end of September some of the other locations I try to judge the fall colors using the Wisconsin Fall Color Foliage Report.

Gile Flowage Sunrise

Gile Flowage Sunrise

I’m starting to think about fall color trips. Typically my fall season starts with a trip to Ironwood, Michigan at the end of September. My two favorite photograph locations are Gile Flowage. Gile Flowage is a great place to start the morning by photographing the sunrise.

Gile Flowage

Gile Flowage

Later in the day I like to drive over to Copper Peak International Ski Flying Hill and make the trip to the top of the ski jump. There are some spectacular views from the top of the ski lift.

Copper Peak International Ski Flying Hill

Copper Peak International Ski Flying Hill

In mid October I like to drive over to Munising, Michigan. This is probably one of the premier fall color locations in the country. While I’m in the area there are three locations I like to visit. The first is Hiawatha National Forest. There are quite a few lakes in the forest that offer some spectacular fall color shots. The leaves turn first in the National Forest. If you are really lucky you will be in the area when the snow falls on the colors.

Thornton Lake

Thornton Lake

A week or so later the colors will turn at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Hiking along the trails above the lake offer some unsurpassed scenery. If the weather cooperates a sunset cruse on the tour boats is well worth your time.

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While in the area I always try to visit Seney National Wildlife Refuge. It offers some spectacular sunrise and sunset opportunities as well as a chance to photograph wildlife.

Seney National Wildlife Refuge Sunset

Seney National Wildlife Refuge Sunset

Toward the end of October I like to drive down to Baraboo, Wisconsin. There are some great photography locations in the area. Devils Lake State Park is always popular and can be crowed on a beautiful fall Day.

Devils Lake State Park

Devils Lake State Park

Gibraltar Rock offers some great views of the Wisconsin River Valley.

Gibraltar Rock

Gibraltar Rock

My favorite location is Pewits Nest. If you time it right the leaves can be outstanding. Pewits Nest is small natural gorge cut by Skillet Creek.

Pewits Nest

Pewits Nest

I’ve compiled a list of my favorite fall photography destinations. The links go to additional photos on my website.

Blue Hills – Drive through the back roads of the Blue Hills east of Rice Lake and you will find beautiful fall colors.

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Blue Hills

Crex Meadows – In October and November you will find thousands of migrating Sandhill Cranes.

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Sandhill Cranes

Devils Lake State Park – Beautiful fall colors.

Devils Lake State Park

Devil’s Lake State Park

Gibraltar Rock – Overlooks the Wisconsin River valley.

Gibraltar Rock

Gibraltar Rock

Gile Flowage – An often overlooked gem. The fall colors turn in the Hurley area early.

Gile Flowage Sunrise

Gile Flowage Sunrise

Parfreys Glen – A beautiful walk up a small stream through giant boulders.

Parfrey’s Glen

Parfrey’s Glen

Pewits Nest -The best of the Wisconsin State Natural Areas.

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Pewit’s Nest

I have a few more reflection shots from our first trip of the fall. The first two are from Gile Flowage near Hurley, Wisconsin and the third shot is from the Black River Harbor near Ironwood, Michigan.

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Gile Flowage

Gile Flowage

Gile Flowage

Black River Harbor

Black River Harbor

We drove out to Gile Flowage well before dawn to try and capture the sunrise. As it turned out there were clouds in the east so there wasn’t much of a sunrise but the dawn was spectacular.

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Last weekend marked the start of the fall color season in Northern Wisconsin. Our first stop was at Gile Flowage just outside of Hurley, Wisconsin. We spent about an hour driving around the flowage as the sun set it the west.

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