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.
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.
As we were leaving Duluth to head back home we stopped at Amnicon Falls to look around. I didn’t think we would take any photos but this was the first time I had seen large amounts of foam at the bottom of lower falls.
Having given up on walking on the ice to the brownstone caves we decided to return to our original plan and drive over to Lost Creek Falls. This was to be our first time hiking to the falls in the winter. With the unusually warm conditions we figured there would be some water running over the falls. We had a great time at the falls. It was a great hike in and the falls offers a little seclusion and an opportunity to reflect. More photos from Lost Creek Falls can be found on my website.
After a bitterly cold day on Friday things warmed up a bit so my wife and I drove over to the After Hours Ski Trails for a morning of cross country skiing. Conditions were outstanding.
We made a late fall visit to Governor Dodge State Park. The leaves were already down but we had not visited the park in a long time so we decided to do some hiking and scout around for photograph locations.
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.
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.
On most morning visits to Crex Meadows we normally stop at Phantom Lake to photograph the Sunrise. I didn’t think it would be all that great because there were clouds in the east but at it turned out it was a great sunrise. As the sun came up we could see the Sandhill Cranes starting their journey to the fields south of Grantsburg where they would feed for the day.
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.
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.
After a long day of photographing waterfalls and driving through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore we decided to drive through Sunset Seney National Wildlife Refuge just as the sun was starting to set. It was cloudy out and I didn’t expect much of a sunset but as it turned out it was spectacular.