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After hiking from Miners Beach to Mosquito Beach  and back we decided to drive into town and see if we could get tickets to the sunset tour of Pictured Rocks. This is the best time to view the Pictured Rocks coastline because the late afternoon sun brigs out the vibrant colors on the rocks. We had a couple of choices. A ride in a smaller boat that went out as far as Chapel Beach or a ride in a larger boat that went out to Spray Falls. We took the latter. It was a great trip on a beautiful day. The fall colors along the shore were not yet at their peak but strong winds had bringing down the leaves. Two days before our trip there had been a storm come through causing 18 foot waves along the coast.

The first stop is the East Channel Lighthouse on Grand Island.

Bridal Falls is the first thing you see on the tour along Pictured Rocks. Normally this time of year it would not be flowing but heavy rains had most of the streams running with lots of water.

Miners Castle. This is where we took some great sunset photos the evening before the boat tour.

The colored rocks are what the Lakeshore is named after.

This shows one of the trails down to Mosquito Beach. We spent a wild day out on the rocks in the foreground one day when the waves were really pounding the shoreline.

Indian Head Point with the evening light shining directly onto it.

Chapel Rock consists of a small pillar with a tree growing on top. The tree roots extend over a void to land.

Spray Falls with lots of water flowing. We were starting to loose the direct sunlight at this point.

The ride back was spectacular as sunset approached.

 

 

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When we arrived at Mosquito Beach there was not much of a beach remaining but there were some nice rocks.

I love taking picture of water patterns along the beach.

Rocks and other things I find on the beach are also fun to photograph.

On the way into Munising we stopped for a photo along the lake. The sun was on the trees and the color was great.

We grabbed a bite to eat then headed out to Miners Beach. I had expected to find quite a few photographers but didn’t see a one. In fact during our whole visit to the Munising area we only saw a couple of photographers. Normally in the fall we have trouble getting photos because there are so many photographers around.

Several years ago the lake was lower and I could walk on the beach over to Elliot Falls but that is no longer the case.

The sun was starting to set so we decided to drive over to Miners Castle to photograph the sunset.

It was about lunch time when we left Judge C. R. Magney State Park so we decided to drive over to Naniboujou Club Lodge and see if they were serving lunch. They weren’t but they were just about to start so we wandered around taking photos of the place. It was built in the 1920’s as an ultra exclusive private club with  Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey and Ring Lardner among its charter members. A membership of 1000 was originally sought, but when the stock market crashed on “Black Tuesday” precipitating  the 1929 depression, the club began to fail. In the mid 1930’s the club reached a state of financial shambles. The mortgage was foreclosed, and it was sold. It is an amazing place and we vowed to come back and stay on our next trip to the area.

On the way back from High Falls we stopped at a couple of turnouts to photograph Wayswaugoing Bay  and Teal Lake. The lake side was much greener and had not yet reached its peak.

Teal Lake

Teal Lake

Wayswaugoing Bay

Our main destination for the day was Oberg Mountain. We always stop for a fall hike and some spectacular views of Lake Superior and the interior colors. We were a bit late for the interior colors. There had been strong winds and heavy rain in the previous few days so many of the leaves were down. The trail was in poor condition because of the mud.

We usually make a brief stop at Sugarloaf Cove on our drive up the North Shore. The fall colors weren’t much but there were some nice shots of the rocks in the water.

When someone goes down to Canal Park to watch a ship come in and two ships come in and/or go out it is called a twofer. On this particular day the Michipicoten was coming in.

The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. was on its way out of the harbor.

When we are in Duluth I like to walk down to Canal Park to watch the sunrise. On this particular morning I was setting up and heard a loud splash. A little while later I noticed that a couple of young men swimming out to Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum. This the first time I had seen anyone on the Mausoleum at sunrise.

I took their picture then did a couple of panoramas from the same location.

There were some beautiful clouds in the sky over the harbor entrance.

As the sun rose the South Breakwater Light just glowed.

There were some great shots of the South Breakwater Inner Light which is privately owned.

Sunlight and water always make for some nice shots.

Just about every year we try to drive out to Wisconsin Point to Photograph the lighthouse when the sun rises from behind the lighthouse. We made the trip again this year. We arrived well before sunrise so we stopped to photograph the Burlington Northern Ore Docks that were lit up. The Roger Blough was at the docks loading Taconite. I was very surprised to find there were no mosquitoes around.

We then drove back to the road that leads to the south breakwater where the lighthouse is located. I walked out to the beach for a photo before sunrise. As it turned out the best color was well before sunrise.

I decided to walk along the beach between the south and north breakwater photographing from various locations along the way. My wife drove the car over to the north breakwater parking lot to meet me.

I then walked out on the north breakwater to watch the sun rise.

When I turned around to leave I notice the beach was glowing in the sunrise.

I walked back along the breakwater to photograph the abandon Burlington Northern Ore Docks.

As I turned to leave I notice some small rocks on the breakwater. The sun had cast a long shadow.