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While the main attractions at Bond Falls are the waterfalls there are also opportunities to photograph fall color reflections.

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It had been over a week since my wife and I stopped at Hoffman Hills to look around. Constant rain had prevented a visit but today it was beautiful and sunny.

The ponds were really full of water. This emerging White Water Lilly was floating on the water.

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The grasses were reflected in the pond.

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As we approached the first pond in the wetlands area we encountered a pair of Canada Geese. They didn’t have any young but they were defending their territory. Another goose came flying in and they drove it off.

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The trees and bushes were emerging from the long winter.

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I was able to capture two birds that I had never photographed before. This elusive Belted Kingfisher was feeding in one of the ponds.

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There was also a Northern Flicker feeding on the pond dyke.

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The last time we were at Hoffman Hills there were a pair of bluebirds on this house. Tree Swallows seemed to have taken over.

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As I’ve mentioned several times fall reflections are one of my favorite subjects. Here are a few more fall reflections from the Black River.

More Photos from the Black River can be found on my website.

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This past week we took a road trip to the U.P. of Michigan. We were searching for fall colors but didn’t know where the search would lead us.
Our first night was spent in Ironwood, Michigan. The colors in the area were past peak and were mainly earth tones. When we left home the weather report indicated that we would have four beautiful days. By the time we reached Ironwood the weather report was indicating snow.

The next morning we decided to drive over to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and check out the fall color. Usually close to Lake Superior the colors turn a little later in the fall. As we drove through the Porkies we found the fall colors to be at their peak so we decided to spend our time in the Porkies.

Bonanza falls

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We decided to drive over to the eastern side of the park so we could catch the morning light at Bonanza falls. As it turned out the fall colors were the best I’ve seen them. Unfortunately the drought has left the water level at Bonanza falls the lowest I’ve ever seen it.

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After leaving Bonanza Falls we made a brief stop at Union Bay to photograph the high waves. This is the first time we have been at Union Bay for several years and were surprised to find that most of the beach was gone because of the high water levels in Lake Superior.

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We then drove up to the Lake of the Clouds. The fall colors in the interior were spectacular although with the strong winds blowing they would not last long. We spent quite a bit of time photographing from the viewing area then started hiking along the top of the ridge toward the east end of the Lake.

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We then headed back to the South Boundary Road with a stop at the Summit Peak viewing area. The trees on the way up to the viewing stand were backlit and had a beautiful yellow glow.

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After hiking to the top of Summit Peak we raced back toward Ironwood and drove down to the Black Harbor which is my favorite location for taking reflection shots. I was hoping we would make it before the sun set and we did but just barely. Late in the afternoon is a great time to photograph at this location because of the late afternoon light. We closed our day photographing at Black Harbor before returning to Ironwood.Black-River-Harbor-Reflections-15-10-_2662

Fall Reflections are one of my favorite subjects during fall leaf season.

Rusk County

Rusk County

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Gile Flowage

Gile Flowage

Black River Harbor Reflections

Black River Harbor Reflections

Red Cedar River

Red Cedar River

 

 

Late one afternoon I was on a walk along the Duluth Harbor and notice some beautiful reflection shots in the water.

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If the lake is calm there are some interesting reflections to be found in the ship canal.

Duluth Lift Bridge

Duluth Lift Bridge

Duluth South Breakwater Inner Light

Duluth South Breakwater Inner Light

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Duluth South Breakwater Light

On the previous blog I showed the HHL Congo entering Duluth Harbor. Because the water was so calm I was able to get some nice abstract reflection shots as the Congo sailed through the Duluth Ship Canal.

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In an earlier post I had posted some landpool shots from the Duluth Ship Canal. Because the water was so calm I walked over to the harbor area and took a few more shots. This is a shot of the convention center reflected in the harbor.Harbor-Reflections-14-6-_5040

These two shots are of the William A. Irvin reflected in the Waterfront Plaza Marina.Harbor-Reflections-14-6-_5115

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The final shot is of the Vista Star anchored in the harbor.Harbor Reflections 14-6-_5038

More photos from canal Park can be found on my website.

Recently I was photographing the sunrise in Duluth, Minnesota’s Canal Park when I notice some nice reflections in the Ship Canal. This is a frequent photography location and landpools are a favorite subject of my but for some reason I have never taken any photographs of the Aerial Lift Bridge or the South Breakwater Inner Light reflected in the Ship Canal.Ship-Canal-Reflections-14-6-_5009

The above shot appeared in on the Duluth Daily Photo website a few days ago.Ship-Canal-Reflections-14-6-_5000

I was photographing the reflections when a Double-crested Cormorant popped up in the middle of the photo. The Cormorant had been fishing up and down the Ship Canal.Ship-Canal-Reflections-14-6-_4986

The next day I realized why I don’t have a lot of landpool photographs in the Ship Canal. The waves were so high that the water was flowing over the sides of the Ship Canal.

More photos from Canal Park can be found on my website.