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Category Archives: Waterfall Photography

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.


We made a brief stop at Overlooked Falls for a few photos. As I mentioned it was 80 degrees and way to warm to hike.

Nonesuch Falls is located at the former town of Nonesuch where a copper mine operated off and on from 1867- 1912. At it’s peak it had a post office and a population of 300. Now the only thing remaining are some foundations. The waterfall is not all that impressive.

The hike out was spectacular with deep blue sky and lots of color in the trees. Unfortunately it was 80 degrees in late October and way to hot to be hiking.

On our way back fromĀ  Skiing at After Hours Ski Trails we decided to stop in at Amnicon Falls State Park to look around. As it turned out the combination of fresh snow and the root beer colored water made for some nice photos.

Our first stop in the morning was Bonanza Falls. I spent most of my time this trip taking intimate photos of the waterfalls.

From Chatham we drove on to Laughing Whitefish Falls. Things have really changed as the locals have recognized the importance of waterfalls to the tourist trade. When I first started visiting Laughing Whitefish Falls the potholes in the road were big enough to loose a car in. Now there is a nice road to the falls. It was another beautiful day for a hike in the woods.

There was a small stream along the trail with some leaves floating in it.

We had been to this falls many times so we didn’t bother walking down all of the steps to the bottom of the the falls.

Our next stop after Au Train Falls is usually Laughing Whitefish falls but we had heard of a small falls in Chatham. We drove past it the first time and had to backtrack to find it. There is a small park outside of Chatham where the falls is located.

In the park there is a snow roller. In the old days they didn’t plow the snow the rolled it. A team of horses pulled this contraption to keep the roads passable. They get so much snow in the U.P. that I can’t imagine what the roads were like during the spring thaw.

After driving through Seney we backtracked to Munising and then on to Au Train Falls. This is always one of our stops on our fall color tour of the U.P. Au Train Falls offers a wide variety of photo opportunities. This is a shot of the main falls from the power plant road.

A closeup of the main falls.

Next to the main falls there is a rock wall that is usually seeping water. On this visit quite a bit of water was flowing.

This is a shot of the Au Train River downstream from the power plant.

There are also quite a few small waterfalls along the road leading into the power plant. The are fed by springs flowing out of the hillside and offer some great photo opportunities.

After photographing Chapel Falls we walked back to the car before hiking to Mosquito Falls. I knew from experience that the trail was going to be muddy. We put on our muck boots and it was a good thing we did because we were ankle deep in mud on sections of the trail. The leaves on the moss made for some nice photos.

TheĀ  Mosquito Falls trail was a lot of ups and downs and we were dragging by the time we reached the falls.

I noticed these backlit beech leaves which made a nice shot with the dark background.

It wasn’t the best time to photograph the falls because of the high dynamic range with the sun out. Still it was a beautiful setting and I did mange a few shots of the many falls along this section of the river.

When I encounter difficult shooting conditions I like to concentrate on taking intimate photos of the subject. In this case small parts of the waterfall.

The morning after our outstanding boat cruise along the Pictured Rock Lakeshore we drove down to the Chapel Beach Trailhead. The goal was to hike down to Chapel Falls. It was another beautiful day for a hike. As it turned out we timed things just right. A couple of days after we left Pictured Rocks it rained for a week.

Some really twisted tree roots near Chapel Falls.

It is a little difficult to get a great view of Chapel Falls. This is a shot from above the falls.

A shot looking back up Chapel Creek from where the previous shot was taken.

A shot of a small falls just above the main falls.