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We headed out early in the morning to catch the sunrise at Bonanza Falls. As I mentioned in an earlier blog there was more water than normal flowing over the falls. What really makes Bonanza falls so interesting is the large number of small waterfalls that can be found flowing over the upturned rock formations.

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After taking a few photographs before the sun came up we decided to find the fisherman’s trail along the river and look for some some more waterfalls before the sun reached the far shore. Overnight we had a chance to read the Waterfalls of Michigan by Phil Stagg and he indicated there were a few more falls to be found. We had visited Bonanza Falls many time but had never walked down stream. A side benefit of walking down the fisherman’s trail was finding an easier way to reach the river. In the past we had climbed down the steep embankment but it had become more difficult over time. We did find a couple of nice waterfalls.

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The sun was starting to hit the far shore so we walked back to the main falls area for a few last photographs.

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After getting a bite to eat we drove out to Bonanza Falls to photograph at sunset. As I had mentioned in earlier blogs there was a lot of water flowing in the rivers. Bonanza Falls also had more water than normal. Generally I like less as opposed to more water flowing because it provides more opportunities for intimate shots of the waterfalls.

 

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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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The Kingston plains is located just outside Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the central UP of Michigan. It was logged in the late 1800’s and then burned. The fire was so hot the soil was sterilized and nothing grew there for years. Only the stumps remained. This is what it looks like today.

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After visiting Lake of the Clouds we drove over to the Summit Peak area for a short hike up to the tower atop Summit Peak. The light shining through the gold covered trees was outstanding. It gave a golden glow to everything.

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Particularly interesting was the fact that the ground cover was also changing color at the same time as the trees.

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The view from the tower was not as nice as it was from Lake of the Clouds although you do have a nice view of Lake Superior from this vantage point. The fact that you can see the lake also means that the winds off of the lake can bring down the leaves which seems to have happened in this area.

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More fall photos from the Porcupine Mountains can be found on my website.

Fall Reflections are one of my favorite subjects during fall leaf season.

Rusk County

Rusk County

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Gile Flowage

Gile Flowage

Black River Harbor Reflections

Black River Harbor Reflections

Red Cedar River

Red Cedar River