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Category Archives: Minnesota State Parks

It was late in the day and cloudy creating ideal conditions to photograph at Cascade River State Park. I was a little surprised at the low water levels given the high water on the southern end of the North Shore.

 

After stopping at Gooseberry State Park we drove up the shore for a brief visit to Split Rock Lighthouse. The color was just starting to turn.

 

 

Quite a bit of water running at Gooseberry Falls State Park this spring. I spent most of my time taking intimate shots of the falls.

 

After leaving Pattison Park we drove over to Jay Cooke State Park in Minnesota. The road to Jay Cooke had been closed since 2012 because of the heavy storm damage. It had just recently been opened and we wanted to see what they had done with the road. Big improvements but I’m not sure how long it will last. Storms are becoming much more violent with large rain amounts. The same storm damaged roads in Wisconsin and this week there was a repeat of the storms with 13 inches of rain in some places

We stopped at Jay Cooke for a short time. There was also a wedding party at Jay Cooke. Apparently state parks are a popular place for wedding photography.

We only took a few photos from the swinging bridge. It took a while because of the number of people walking across.

 

Our second stop for the day was Tettegouche State Park where we hiked the Shovel Point Trail which runs along the lake. This tree is a popular photographic subject because the roots have grown around a large rock.

While we were checking the tree out this fellow came along the trail. He seemed to be licking the sap off of the branch.

There were a couple of rock climbers working the face.

Looking closely you can see the ice on the cliffs along the shore. This is what remains from a large northeaster from a week earlier. It created some spectacular ice formations along the cliffs.

 

Normally we don’t drive up the North Shore of Lake Superior on a weekend because there are just too many people around. However, it was a beautiful day and we had been kicked out of our condo garage because it was being cleaned. We decided to get up early and beat the crowd. When we arrived at Gooseberry there were about 20 cars in the parking lot. We walked up to Upper Falls and took a few photos. I was a little surprised there wasn’t more water flowing in the river.

Tough taking waterfall photos in the bright sunlight. This is a shot of Middle Falls.

There was a spray coming off of Middle Falls and it was cold enough to produce an ice covering on some of the vegetation below the falls.

There were also quite a few fishermen below the lower falls. I didn’t see anyone catch anything.

When we returned to the car the parking lot was starting to fill up.

The weather was going to turn warm so we decided to hear up the North Shore from Duluth to hike to the high falls of the Baptism River. On the way up the sun came out making it a little warm for hiking. More photos from Tettegouche State Park can be found on my website.

After walking over to the falls for some photos we decided to cross the bridge over the Baptism River and photograph the top of the falls with the sun at our back.

By the time we were finished with our hike we were pooped. I think it was a combination of several days of skiing, a hilly trail, warm weather and difficult waking conditions.

After lunch we headed back to Duluth with a stop at Cascade River State Park.

It was late in the day when we arrived at Grand Portage State Park for our hike to High Falls. As I mentioned the previous few days had seen heavy rain so we were braced to get drenched from the mist coming off of the falls. We were not disappointed. It was difficult to photograph the falls because the lens kept getting covered in water droplets. This is a common problem at this location.

As we finished hiking the Split Rock River Loop Trail we could see some big waves down by the lake. We drove down for a closer look and did find some big waves crashing into the shore.