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In the afternoon we drove over to Amnicon Falls State Park and then met some friends that we met when we were in Sweden. I thought there would be more water running in the Amnicon River because there was a good flow at Pattison State Park. I was dissapointed to see a low flow with Now and Then falls just flowing.

Now and Then Falls

With the low water flow I was able to capture this photo of Snake Pit Falls.

Snake Pit Falls

This is a shot of a stick in the water at the top of lower falls.

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We drover over to Amnicon Falls State Park to check on conditions. We ended up spending most of the morning photographing in the Park. Our first stop was Now and Then Falls. As I mentioned in an earlier blog there are several large trees down in the falls making it difficult to photograph.

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We moved over to the Lower Falls and photographed the Lower Falls with the Covered Horton Bridge in the background. The second photo is of one of my favorite pine trees. It is growing on the side of the river and the falls provides a good background for photographing it.

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Our final stop was Snake Pit Falls.

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More photos from Amnicon Falls can be found on my website.

We started the morning early and stopped for sunrise at Wisconsin Point. Unfortunately we were disappointed because there was not much of a sunrise due to heavy cloud cover. With the cloud cover we thought that it might be a good day to photograph at Amnicon Falls State Park.

Now and Then Falls

Now and Then Falls

Snake Pit Falls

Snake Pit Falls

We were not disappointed. The cloud cover held and there was a surprising amount of water in the Amnicon River offering some great photography opportunities.

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A couple of days before the arrival of spring we stopped at Amnicon Falls to check on ice conditions. The ice was still around but was breaking up. As we walked around the trails every once in a while the ground would shake and we would hear a loud bang. At first we thought it was someone dynamiting but it turned out that the river was washing away at the ice on the surface and every once in a while a large chunk would collapse causing the vibration and sound.

Upper Falls

Upper Falls

Upper Falls

Upper Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snake Pit Falls

Snake Pit Falls

Now and Then Falls

Now and Then Falls

In mid November I stopped at Amnicon Falls State Park. It has been snowing most of the week so I expected to get some black and white photos with the dark trees and white snow. As it turned out the tannin colored waters and snow created some beautiful colors so I stuck with color photography for the day.

Covered Horton Bridge

Covered Horton Bridge

People sometimes ask me why I keep going back to the same places to photograph. This day reminded me why. I don’t recall ever seeing Amnicon Falls with as much tannin colored snow and ice. It was a beautiful visit.

Snake Pit Falls

Snake Pit Falls

Amnicon River

Amnicon River

On a recent trip to Duluth we stopped at Amnicon Falls State Park. We assumed there would be a lot of water flowing in the Amnicon River but were a bit disappointed. There was enough water to so that Now and Then Falls was had water flowing over it.Now-and-Then-Falls-Amnicon-Falls-State-Park-14-6-_8039

It was an overcast day so it was relatively easy to photograph the various waterfalls without having to resort to a neutral density filter.Amnicon-Falls-State-Park-14-6-_8088

I was able to capture a different shot of Snake Pit Falls. It appears to almost wrap around itself as it flows into the canyon below the falls.Snake-Pit-Falls-Amnicon-Falls-State-Park-14-6-_8129

I’m frequently asked why the water in some of my photos looks so strange. Most people think it must be flood water containing large amounts of silt. The actual reason is that In Northern Wisconsin and along the Minnesota North Shore the water frequently hasĀ  a root beer color because of tannins, which come from the decomposition of wetland plants. The greater the watershed drainage the darker the water. Two prime examples of this can be found at Amnicon Falls State Park in Wisconsin and Cascade River State Park in Minnesota. The root beer color adds a dramatic touch to the photos and creates interesting patterns in the water.

These shots were taken at Amnicon Falls State Park just outside Superior, Wisconsin. The river was running heavy on this particular day and the water had a dark root beer color.

Lower Falls

Snake Pit Falls

These shots were taken at Cascade River State Park.

The Cascades

Cascade River