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One of the most popular photographic locations at Bond Falls is called the Z. It provides an opportunity to capture falls reflections and an waterfall all in the same photo.

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While the main attractions at Bond Falls are the waterfalls there are also opportunities to photograph fall color reflections.

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This concludes my three blog coverage of Bond falls. Winter waterfall photography often lends itself to black and white photography because of the stark colors.

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More photos from the trip can be found on my website.

Waterfalls offer a great opportunity to take some intimate close-up photos. Folks generally feel they need to take the wide angle shots showing the full waterfall but intimate photos can also be quite spectacular.

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More photos from the trip can be found on my website.

As those of you who follow this blog know, one of my favorite winter destinations is Bond Falls in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. a couple of weeks ago my wife and I were in Ironwood, Michigan cross country skiing. The following morning we decided to drive over to Bond Falls. This was after a very cold spell. The highway department had plowed the roads but they were snow packed and slippery. It was like driving on a washboard.

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When we arrived at Bond Falls we knew it was going to be something special. The cold weather had created a lot of ice and there had been a fresh snowfall. We were the first visitors since the snowfall.

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This is a view of the steps that go from the top of the falls to the bottom. In the winter it is impossible to navigate the steps because of the ice. Fortunately we are always prepared and had our ice cleats along.

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As we walked along the west side of the middle branch of the Ontonagon River the views just kept getting more spectacular.

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We returned to the car by walking along the east side of the river. The trail is not as good on this side and the views are not as good but it was still beautiful.

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More photos from the trip can be found on my website.

As winter arrived I started thinking of places and events that I wanted to photograph this winter. The events and bird photography require a little more planning than the Landscape Photography locations.

Apostle Islands Ice Caves

Without a doubt the top of my list is the Apostle Islands Ice caves. I discovered them in 2007 and have photographed them every year they have been open. When I first started photographing them I was frequently the only person on the ice that day. What a difference social media makes. This past winter well over a hundred thousand people visited the caves in-spite of the bitterly cold winter. Given the temperatures we have been seeing so far this winter I would expect the ice caves will open again in February. If you haven’t been you should make the trip.

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The Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race

The Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race will be taking place on February 7th and 8th. This is really a fun family event and one of the better sled dog races from a viewers point of view. It is possible to get up close to the dogs at the start of the races. Since it is an out and back race you can also stick around and watch the mushers return. They also have different levels of races from professionals to kids.

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Off and Racing

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If you are really lucky, like we were last year, the Apostle Island Ice Caves will be open that weekend. You also may also be able to drive out to Madeline Island on the ice road while you are in the area.

Bond Falls

Although Bond falls is best known as a fall destination for photographers it provides some exceptional photography in the winter. There are not many waterfalls that are all that interesting to photograph in the winter. Bond Falls in the U.P. of Michigan is an exception. Most waterfalls in the Upper-Midwest are frozen in the winter. If there has been fresh snow they look like all of the other scenery. Bond falls is just below a dam it has water flowing all winter regardless of how cold it is. The flowing water combined with some interesting ice formations makes this one of my favorite winter photography locations.

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Bond Falls

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Mississippi River

During the winter we make a number of trips over to the Mississippi River looking for eagles. Our first stop is usually Alma, Wisconsin where eagles hang out around the lock and dam. The National Eagle Center provides a weekly report of eagles seen along this section of the Mississippi River. They also provide eagle watching tours.

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We then drive north to Reads Landing, Minnesota. We commonly see 30+ eagles in front of the Reads Landing Brewing Company. You can stop in the Brewery and watch the eagles in comfort while having lunch.

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Our last stop is usually  in Colvill Park  Redwing, Minnesota where the eagles hang out near the open water below the power plant. The catch to watching eagles in the winter is the best time to find them gathered in large numbers is when there is a bitterly cold stretch of weather. This causes the Mississippi to freeze up and reduces access to open water.

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Canadian Hill Farm

I can usually find something to photograph on the farm during the winter but most of my time is spent photographing birds during snow storms. There is nothing like hunkering down in the house with a roaring fire in the fireplace while sitting in my rocking chair and photographing birds.

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Hudson, Wisconsin

Hudson is a great place to watch Trumpeter Swans during the winter. With the successful reintroduction of Trumpeter Swans into the Midwest watching and photographing them has become a year around event. Trumpeter Swans don’t migrate in the winter they just move to the nearest open water. There is a small patch of open water in Hudson where they congregate in large numbers during the winter months. It is easy to get up close and photograph them.

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Hudson is also where the Hudson Hot Air Affair is held every February. This is one of the few hot air balloon rallies in the area. It is well worth the trip to watch the inflation and flight of the balloons.

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Amnicon Falls

Amnicon Falls State Park is a favorite stopping point during the winter. Although in very cold weather the Amnicon River usually freezes there are times when I can find open water. The tannin tainted water car result in some colorful photos.

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Amnicon Falls

Horton Covered Bridge

Horton Covered Bridge

Red Cedar State Trail

In the winter most of the Red Cedar State Trail is a cross country ski trail so in order to photograph it you have to be willing to cross country ski. There are some beautiful ice walls along the trail at the 1.5 mile mark. These are the result of water seepage through limestone rock.

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On cold days the trees along the trail can be covered in heavy frost.

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The southern portion of the trail is a walking trail in the winter and on a sunny day I like to photograph the Dunnville Stone in the late afternoon light.

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Dunnville Sandstone

Grand Marais, Minnesota

I like to make the trip to Grand Marais at least once every winter. I’m never quite sure what I’ll find. On one trip there were high waves washing over the breakwater and lighthouses.

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At other times I love to take intimate shots of the ice formations that are formed when the water washes over the breakwater and then freezes into beautiful patterns.

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Devil’s Punchbowl

I like to photograph at Devil’s Punchbowl near Menomonie, Wisconsin in the winter. Water seeping through limestone rocks creates a massive ice wall in the bowl. There are also opportunities to photograph objects frozen in the ice.

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Devil’s Punchbowl

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After our western road trip we returned to find that there were still plenty of fall leaves to be seen. We headed up to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On the way we stopped at Bond Falls. The peak leaf time at Bond Falls is usually around the end of September so we missed it but Bond Falls is always a great place to get some photos.

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When we woke up we were undecided on what to do for the day. Option one was drive down to Bond Falls then on to Ironwood and Ski in the afternoon. The other option was to drive to Bond Falls and then head home. After listening to the weather report we thought we just might drive home. It was -15 with a wind chill of -35. Skiing was out for the day.Bond-Falls-14-3-_0070

We decided to drive toward Bond Falls and see what the weather was like. We stopped at Bruce Crossing and I suggested we drive on to Bond Falls just to check it out. My wife rolled her eyes because she knew that would mean that we would be taking pictures at Bond Falls.Bond-Falls-14-3-_0103

Needless to say when we arrived at Bond Falls there was no one else around. I walked over to see if there was even a path down along the river to the falls. There was a narrow one which if you stepped off of it you were up to your butt in snow.Bond-Falls-14-3-_0144

It was a beautiful cold day with the warm water throwing off a lot of steam. Bond Falls is my favorite waterfall to photograph in the winter because it is just below a dam and it always has running water no matter how cold it is out.Bond-Falls-14-3-_0160

Just below the dam where the water runs slowly there was coating of ice covered with frost.Bond-Falls-14-3-_0052

Many of the trees were covered with a heavy frost.Bond-Falls-14-3-_0094

More Bond Falls Photos can be found on my Website.