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My wife and I were watching the news when the weather forecaster mentioned the sunset. We looked out the window and it was indeed spectacular so we both grabbed our cameras and went out to get a few photos. It would be great if the sunsets would last a little longer.

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Typically when we drive out to Wisconsin Point in the summer we are able to spot some Bald Eagles. On our last trip we saw over a dozen of them. There were five of them in one tree. It looked like the two adults along with their three fledglings. It was by far our best day of eagle watching at Wisconsin Point.

Just about every year we try to drive out to Wisconsin Point to Photograph the lighthouse when the sun rises from behind the lighthouse. We made the trip again this year. We arrived well before sunrise so we stopped to photograph the Burlington Northern Ore Docks that were lit up. The Roger Blough was at the docks loading Taconite. I was very surprised to find there were no mosquitoes around.

We then drove back to the road that leads to the south breakwater where the lighthouse is located. I walked out to the beach for a photo before sunrise. As it turned out the best color was well before sunrise.

I decided to walk along the beach between the south and north breakwater photographing from various locations along the way. My wife drove the car over to the north breakwater parking lot to meet me.

I then walked out on the north breakwater to watch the sun rise.

When I turned around to leave I notice the beach was glowing in the sunrise.

I walked back along the breakwater to photograph the abandon Burlington Northern Ore Docks.

As I turned to leave I notice some small rocks on the breakwater. The sun had cast a long shadow.

 

Last week I noticed a White-tailed Deer in the yard. I watched it for a while as it moved around in the Yard. It finally noticed me.

After a while it made some strange sounds as it ran off.

About 10 minutes later it came running back making the same strange sounds. I thought she might have misplace her faun the way she was wandering around and calling.

As I noted in an earlier blog we had tried to get to Rouse Falls a few days earlier but a threatening storm caused us to turn back. When we tried the second time we only drove in on the logging road a few hundred yards before parking. The road wasn’t good to start with and the recent rain made it impassible. As it turned out were not all that far from the Falls on the earlier attempt. It only took us about 15 minutes to walk to it on the logging road. We were a little confused because the logging road split and went up a hill. There were no signs so we tried both branches and both of them petered out in about 50 feet. We noticed a faint trail on the right fork. After about 50 feet we could hear the Falls. Photographic conditions were not very good but I managed a few photos.  I think with a little more water flow this would be a nice falls to visit on a cloudy day.

On the way back we took a few photos of the logging road. As you can see it was a wise decision not to try it in a van.

We then drove on to Wren Falls. We were a little concerned when we encountered this sign. Probably not a place you would want to visit during hunting season.

Wren falls was nice but not a lot of photography options because it is in a canyon which we were not about to climb down into.

This is a view up the Tyler Forks River.

Our next stop was Tyler Forks Dells. We drove to the end of the road and then followed a faint path along the river. As we walked into the woods the path was easier to find.

As we were returning to the car we noticed two fishermen. These were the only people we say during our waterfall excursions. We then headed over toward Rouse Falls. We started driving down a logging road only to determine that we would never make it in a van so we pulled over and parked. After walking for about five minutes we noticed that the sky was getting black so we decided to give it up for the day. We were lucky that we turned back because a strong storm hit just after we hit the main road.

We were in the Bayfield area last week and the wild Lupine was blooming. Always a great sight.

After leaving Foster Falls we drove over to Upson to try and find Upson Falls. I had stopped on several earlier occasions but didn’t realize that Upson Falls could not be seen from the small park and campground. After a short walk around a large outcropping of rocks we found Upson falls.

Upson Falls also had some interesting foam patterns to photograph.

When we returned to the car I took out my macro lens to photograph some of the flowers found along the Potato River.

On my birthday, I had forgotten it was my birthday, my wife and I decided to take a waterfalling trip through northern Wisconsin. Our first stop was Foster Falls. It was a beautiful sunny day, not the kind of day you want for taking waterfall photos but none the less it was a great day to drive around northern Wisconsin. Foster Falls is not all that impressive but still provided some nice photo opportunities.

After photographing the falls I noticed some nice foam patterns in the water and spent quite a bit of time photographing them.

My wife and camera assistant patiently waiting for me to finish.

We made a late spring visit to Crex Meadows last week. Our first stop was a Bald Eagle nest on Phantom Lake Road. One of the adults was sitting by the nest and there were two young in the nest. It looked like they were just about ready to leave the nest.

When we reached Phantom Lake we found a number of pairs of Canada Geese with their young. This adult seemed to be upset with something and it kept chasing other geese.

There were a number of pairs of Trumpeter Swans with their young. The adults were furiously churning the water. I assume to free plants from the bottom so they would float to the surface and the Cygnets could feed on them.

One of the popular attractions this year has been Killdeer nesting in the roads around the flowage.

We also found this Leatherback Turtle laying eggs along the road.

The spring flowers were out in the meadows. Indian Paintbrush and Yellow Water Lilies were common.

We encountered a number of White-tailed Deer in our drive through the meadows.

The young ducks have also hatched and could be found on the flowages.