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We were on a fall trip to Grand Marais, Minnesota looking for fall colors. The trees hadn’t turned much along the shores of Lake Superior but they had turned in the interior. The visitors center informed us that some of the fall color tour roads were closed due to strong winds the night before. Some of the roads south of Grand Marais were open so we headed back toward Duluth driving some of the interior forest roads.

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Late in the day we drove over to Duluth for the evening. The following day was going to be the only nice day for a two week period. We decided to drive up the North Shore to Grand Marais with a stop at Oberg Mountain. Overnight there were some bad storms that brought many of the leaves down. Nevertheless there was some nice color. Most of the trees in the interior were on full display. There was still a lot of green along the lake.

Apparently a lot of other people had the same idea. Oberg Mountain was crowded. It was standing room only at the overlooks and the I had never seen so many cars in the parking lot. On the way around the top of Oberg we started talking with a young man that had driven from the Twin Cities overnight. He is shown in the lower left of the last photo. He was on his way to Caribou Lake and invited us along.

The following photo appears in the November 2018 Lake Superior Magazine. The article is entitled “Transitions – Celebrating Our Seasons of Colorful Conversion”.

Full color at Oberg Mountain is almost upon us. More photos of what you will find can be found on my website.

 

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

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

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.

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.

Our next stop on the North Shore fall leaf tour was Temperance River State Park. We only stopped briefly because the light was not very good for photographing waterfalls and we were pressed for time.

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 we woke up it was bitterly cold out and Lake Superior was covered in sea fog. This is a phenomenon that occurs when the water is warm and the air is very cold. There have been some spectacular photos of the Duluth Harbor area with walls of sea fog out in the lake. We decided it was too cold out to go cross country skiing so we decided to drive up the North Shore and check out ice conditions. Our first stop was Stoney Point where I captured a few photos of the sea fog out in the Lake.

More photos from Stoney Point can be found on my website.

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