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After waiting all winter for snow we finally have some. This was our first ski on the Red Cedar Trail on a nice snowy day.

 

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It’s hard to believe but February 8th was the first day that the Red Cedar Trail was available for skiing this year. We headed out the next day. The trail had been rolled but not tracked but we still managed to ski down to the Ice Wall. With the recent cold weather the ice wall looks in good condition. I took a few photos to share.

 

It has been treacherous to be out and about this winter. Snow followed by rain has turned most trails and driveways int a sheet of ice. The Red Cedar State trail was no exception. When we decided to walk down the Trail to see the ice formations we wore our ice cleats. Sever other people were making the journey but they soon turned back because they didn’t have ice cleats. Or it could have been they weren’t dumb enough to walk a mile and a half on a treacherous trail. The ice wasn’t the best that we’ve seen but it should get better with the cold weather.

 

My wife has put together an exhibit of eight of my winter photographs for the Menomonie, Wisconsin Public Library. The photos selected are shown below.

A Female Northern Cardinal taken during snowstorm.

A Bald Eagle shot at Colvill Park in Red Wing Minnesota. It was fourteen below zero.

These trees covered in ice were photographed above Lake Superior at Tettegouche State Park in Minnesota. A strong March storm roared across Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Nor’easter caused huge waves along the lake which then froze on the trees.

Bridge along the Red Cedar Trail near Downsville, Wisconsin after an early November snowfall.

An Ice formation at Devil’s Punchbowl near Menomonie, Wisconsin

Bond falls is my favorite winter waterfall destination. It is located near Paulding, Michigan in the U.P.

Trees photographed, during a winter snowstorm, while skiing the Backcountry Trail at Swedetown. Swedetown is located in Calumet, Michigan.

A rock and Ice formation along the Apostile Islands.

The recent cold weather resulted in ice along the Red Cedar State Trail.

Last of the fall colors on the Red Cedar State Trail.

 

We took a short fall hike on the Red Cedar State Trail. We noticed some folks ahead of us looking up into the trees so when we reached the same area we tried to find what they were looking at. We could hear a bird calling and soon found this Broad Winged Hawk sitting in a tree. We watched it for quite a while before continuing out hike. On our way back we found it was still in the same tree.

The Groundnut’s are blooming along the Red Cedar Trail although they seem to be blooming in different locations from past years. It is one of my favorite fall flowers.

The Spotted and Pale Touch Me Nots are in full bloom along the Red Cedar State Trail.

Spotted-Touch-me-not

Spotted Touch-me-not

Pale Touch-me-not

Pale Touch-me-not

I’ve had the opportunity to hike several sections of the Red Cedar State Trail last week. It has really been hot and muggy so my hikes have taken place early in the morning. These are a few of the things I’ve seen.

Thistle

Wild Cucumber

Leaf

False Sunflower