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Tag Archives: Fall Color Photography

One of my favorite places to visit the last week in September is Copper Peak. The colors in the interior are usually at their peak and there are some outstanding views from the top of the Copper Peak ski jump. With any luck they will be ski jumping again at Copper Peak withing the next couple of years.

 

We met a friend for breakfast before parting. We headed over to the Presque Isle River on Highway 519. This was the last week in September and the colors in the interior were almost at their peak. Even though it was raining the it was a beautiful drive.

After visiting Bond Falls we headed over to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. We purchased a park sticker and then drove up to the Lake of the Clouds. There was still a lot of green along the lake.

 

 

One of my favorite places to photograph reflections (landpools) is Black River Harbor. There are usually winds off of Lake Superior that create waves against the river as it flows into the Lake. These waves create some very interesting patterns in the reflections.

After driving around Gogebic County for a while we decided to drive over to Bond Falls. The colors were not at their peak and it looked like rain was on the way. Indeed it did start raining once we reached the bottom of the falls.

I also managed a few close-up shots while walking to the bottom of the falls.

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.