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We left the Gunflint Trail and headed north. Our goal was to drive in the interior away from Lake Superior. We encountered a number of lakes and some nice fall colors while driving on some forest roads. I took a few panorama shots to capture the fall colors along some of the lakes.

 

These were taken in my back yard.

These were taken 10 minutes later.

My wife and I drove up to Crex Meadows to observe the fall migration of the Greater Sandhill Cranes. About 40 thousand of them pass through Crex each fall. When we arrived at Crex we drove our normal route looking for wildlife. The fall colors were just about done but sill very nice.

 

On our drive we encountered a family of Trumpeter Swans feeding right next to the road. They seemed unconcerned when I exited the car to take their photograph. Our our return drive we found them on an old Beaver house.

 

After driving around the flowages we decided to drive some the back roads south east of Grantsburg. During the day the cranes leave the flowage and fly out to the fields to feed. You can usually spot where they are feeding by following the flying cranes. Most of the crops had not been harvested because of the rain. Those fields that had been harvested were covered with mud. The farmers must have had an interesting time trying to drive equipment in the mud.

 

We then drove back to Grantsburg to check into our motel and grab an early dinner before heading back out to the flowages. Not all of the cranes leave the flowages for the day. This one was feeding along the road. About an hour and a half before sunset the cranes start the evening flight from the fields to their rousts for the evening. The sound of them returning is something to hear. There were a large number of Trumpeter Swans resting peacefully in the nesting areas. Once the cranes started returning they caused such a disturbance that the swans started making their own  racket.

 

 

As the crane flight slowed down we decided to head back to town and try and get a few sunset photos along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

We were on a fall trip to Grand Marais, Minnesota looking for fall colors. The trees hadn’t turned much along the shores of Lake Superior but they had turned in the interior. The visitors center informed us that some of the fall color tour roads were closed due to strong winds the night before. Some of the roads south of Grand Marais were open so we headed back toward Duluth driving some of the interior forest roads.

A friend told us about the Chippewa County Forest and how beautiful it was if you hit it just right. We took a drive through the forest just north east of Bloomer, Wisconsin. There was some nice color in spots. Lots of yellows this year.

On our way back from our Highway 2 trip we decided to drive over to Root Beer Falls. There was quite a bit of water running and the colors were OK.

In the morning we decided to drive from Ironwood to Watersmeet on Highway 2. We had seen some nice colors the day before but the weather was bad so we didn’t stop for any photos. We soon found that Highway 2 was too busy to stop for photos. Highway 28 was closed so there was more traffic than normal. My wife suggested we start taking some of the forest roads off of highway 2. This turned out to be a great idea. We found some nice color and only encountered a few cars.

 

After finishing at Bond Falls we drove back over to Hurley were we were staying for the night. I was hoping for a nice sunset or sunrise but it remained cloudy. Still the fall colors around the flowage were at their peak.

We headed north on the first fall color trip of the season. We ended up in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin. We decided to take Vilas County Highway B over to Presque Isle. Even though it was an overcast day the fall colors were outstanding.

 

Our last stop of the fall color trip was Black river Harbor. I love to photograph the landpools under the bridge but they were not all that good this year. There were some nice shots of the bridge across the Black River and boats in the harbor. Incidentally, this is the last year you will be able to visit the harbor for free. Next year there will be fees imposed.