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The last time we drove to Duluth, Minnesota there were 40-50 mph winds blowing so we decided to continue on up the North Shore and see if we could catch some big waves. The winds were blowing from the South East and  there were no big waves. We stopped at Gooseberry Falls to check out the conditions.

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At the time I thought we should have driven to Grand Marais, Minnesota but we didn’t have time. Paul Sundberg was able to capture the furry of the storm in the harbor.

Gooseberry Falls State Park is a popular place for ice climbing but this is the first time I had seen any climbers. It looked to be an instructional session. This was taking place at the lower falls. The lower falls splits and this section was an ice wall and the other section was a waterfalls. More photos from Gooseberry Falls can be found on my website.

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After a brief stop in Two Harbors we headed up to Gooseberry Falls State Park. It was going to be a warm day and we hopped there would be some water running. There was a bit of water flowing but the river was mostly ice. More photos from Gooseberry Falls can be found on my website.upper-falls-gooseberry-falls-state-park-17-2-1894

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There was some nice ice out at the mouth of the river. There had been an ice storm earlier in the week but much of the ice was already melted.

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Our next stop on our North Shore venture was Gooseberry Falls State Park. The cold weather had created a lot of ice and all of the waterfalls were covered in ice. Strong winds the day before had covered up any tracks around the falls and conditions were pristine on a beautiful sunny day. Once again we were dissapointed at the lack of ice along the shore.

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

Upper Falls

Upper Falls

Lower Falls

Lower Falls

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On our way back from Oberg Mountain we decided to stop at Gooseberry Falls State Park for a short hike. There were way too many folks around to photography the waterfalls so I concentrated on intimate photos of the fall colors.

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Our next stop was Gooseberry Falls State Park. Unfortunately it was a beautiful sunny day which made it difficult to photograph the waterfalls. There was a fair amount of water running in the river and there were quite a few trout fisherman working the stream below the lower falls. Unfortunately they were not having any luck.

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Gooseberry falls is a short drive north of Duluth so my wife and I drove up to check on the ice in the park. There was a lot of ice but there was still water spilling out around the base of each of the falls.

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Upper Falls

Middle Falls

Middle Falls

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Lower Falls

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The day after watching the lighting of the light at Split Rock Lighthouse we drove up to Gooseberry State Park for some hiking. It was deer hunting season in Minnesota so we were limited in where we could hike. We took the loop around the waterfalls and then out along the lake where hunting was not allowed.

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Upper Falls

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Upper Falls

Middle Falls

Middle Falls

When I was looking for photos to use one the summer slideshow on my website I noticed I didn’t have any summer photos from the Minnesota North Shore. So in early summer we headed off for Gooseberry Falls. When we reached Gooseberry I remembered why I didn’t have any photos from the North Shore. Too many people.

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Middle Falls

In spite of the people I was able to get some nice shots of the falls. One of the reasons was the amount of water coming over the falls. Because of all of the rain this summer there was a lot of water flowing in the river.

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Upper Falls

Typically we drive down to the lake as our first stop. It was a beautiful sunny day and there were no other people around.

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We then drove back to the visitors center where we hiked over to the falls. Normally there would be people climbing all over the falls making it difficult to take photos but because of the high water it wasn’t a problem. There were a couple of places where I had to stand in line to get the iconic shot.

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On our visits to Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse State Parks we found some interesting ice on the beach.

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