While processing some of my photos of the Little Carp River in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, I decided to try some colorful abstracts which brought out the fall color reflections in the river.
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.
The grasses were reflected in the pond.
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.
The trees and bushes were emerging from the long winter.
I was able to capture two birds that I had never photographed before. This elusive Belted Kingfisher was feeding in one of the ponds.
There was also a Northern Flicker feeding on the pond dyke.
The last time we were at Hoffman Hills there were a pair of bluebirds on this house. Tree Swallows seemed to have taken over.
I walked down along the waterfront in Duluth to capture some photos of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth Docks and the Great Republic taking on fuel. The last shot was an accident. I was taking a long exposure when I noticed someone with a drone so I picked up my tripod before realizing the camera was still on.
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.
If the lake is calm there are some interesting reflections to be found in the ship canal.
I had been wanting to make a trip to Crex Meadows but was down with a bug so we hadn’t been able to make the trip. Also the weather had not been cooperating. We finally found a beautiful warm day so we decided to drive up the Crex for the day. I wasn’t expecting to see much but we were pleasantly surprised.
We counted over twenty Trumpeter Swans as we drove around the dike roads. I was able to get a few action shots because the swans were moving around.
We also saw quite a few Canada Geese. This pair was right along the road and didn’t want to be disturbed.
We saw a large number of Sandhill Cranes in fairly large groups. They were attracting a crowd in the area just west of Phantom Lake.
We also ran into a Ruffled Grouse walking across the road. I was able to exit the car and get some shots before it moved off into the woods.
In the same area as the Ruffled Grouse I managed to get some nice reflections shots in a birch grove.
I took this shot of the marsh grass in an area that I have a history. I love the beautiful grass in this area. Several years ago I stopped to take a photo and was so excited that when I walked off of the road into the grass I didn’t realize that the marsh was filled with water. Fortunately when I hit the water I was able to keep my camera dry although it took quite a while for me to dry out.
I spent quite a bit of time in Canal Park last weekend photographing a wide variety of things. I watched the John G. Munson leave the harbor. There was a large crowd in Canal Park watching the ships this past weekend. The most people I’ve seen since last summer at the Tall Ship Festival.