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We hadn’t stopped at Gooseberry Falls for a while so we decided to walk around and check out the frozen Waterfalls. For the most part they were not all that interesting this winter. After looking at the waterfalls we decided to drive down to the beach and check it out. This turned out to be well worth the visit. There was some great ice in the beach area.

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My wife and I were at Gooseberry Falls wandering around on the ice when she spotted an ice formation that looked like Abe Lincoln.

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We recently drove up the Minnesota North Shore. Our first stop was Gooseberry Falls State Park. It was a mostly cloudy day which allow for good waterfall photography. It was mid week before the Memorial Day traffic started so we encountered more fishermen than photographers.

More photos from Gooseberry Falls State Park can be found on my website.

 

Upper Falls

Upper Falls

Middle Falls

Middle Falls

Lower Falls

Lower Falls

Above Lower Falls

Above Lower Falls

We had some time a couple of weeks ago so my wife and I drove up to Gooseberry Falls State Park to check on ice conditions. It was a beautiful cold sunny day. The waterfalls were frozen with more ice that I’ve seen in the last few years.Gooseberry-Falls-State-Park-Lower-Falls-13-12-_0421

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It’s been a while in coming but last Friday the spring melt started at Gooseberry Falls State Park. Most of the ice was gone from the face of the falls but the river below the falls was still frozen. There was clear evidence of the very low water levels in the river at the end of last year. Over the weekend the weather warmed and the river really started flowing. The next couple of weeks should see the river at its peak for the spring. We walked the circle trail that goes around the middle and lower falls. There was still ice in places so we wore our ice cleats and didn’t have any problems. I would expect that by next weekend the trails will be clear around the falls.

Upper Falls

Upper Falls

Middle Falls

Middle Falls

Middle and Lower Falls

Middle and Lower Falls

Lower Falls

Lower Falls

 

 

 

This past weekend we took a road trip to the Minnesota’s North Shore. We didn’t know what to expect because a major storm had moved through the Northern Wisconsin earlier in the week. Duluth was supposed to receive a major blizzard but it turned out the storm track moved south at the last minute and on the farm we received over 15 inches of heavy wet snow. As we neared Superior we found they had not received any snow. In fact most of the snow was gone from the ground.

Amnicon Falls

Our first two stops were in Wisconsin. Anytime we head for the North Shore we always stop at Amnicon Falls State Park. This was my first visit to the park when the snow and ice were starting to melt so I was able to capture some photos that were not already in my portfolio.

Wisconsin Point Lighthouse

The second stop is usually Wisconsin Point Lighthouse. There was some ice in the harbor entrance and the ice along the shore was piled so high that it was difficult to see the Lighthouse. The recent storm had pushed the ice onto shore.

Two Harbors Lighthouse

That evening we stopped at Two Harbors for a fine dining experience at the Black Woods Bar and Grill. I had hoped to get some nice sunset and sunrise photos but conditions were not all that good. I managed a few photos of the lighthouse and some of the ice hanging on the railings on the breakwater.

Gooseberry Falls

Icy Steps Gooseberry Falls

The next morning we drove up to Gooseberry Falls State Park. I really didn’t expect to find much water running since it had been cold but there was enough running to start the spring breakup of the ice. Again I had never been at Gooseberry when the ice was starting to break up so it offered a different photographic experience. As you can see from the photo on the left the walking conditions are not the best this time of year. We wore traction devices on our boots.

Ice Formation Tettegouche State Park

After Gooseberry we headed on up to Tettegouche State Park. We basically stopped at this park to use the facilities but things quickly changed when we discovered that the storm that passed through earlier in the week created some surreal ice sculptures. I described this stop in the previous post.

Ice Patterns

After spending most of the day at Tettegouche we headed up to Grand Marais to rest up after a difficult day of bushwhacking around Tettegouche looking at the ice formations. We did take a little time to take some photos around the harbor. The day had been warm so what would have been interesting ice patterns among the rocks was just water trapped among the rocks. I concluded that it would be much more interesting after a cold night. We headed off to a great dinner at My Sisters Place and then called it a day.

Ice Patterns

On Sunday morning we again went out to the harbor for some photography and to look at the ice formations. As I anticipated they were much more interesting after the water trapped in the rocks had a chance to freeze.

White-tailed Deer

This is defensive driving  season on the North Shore. On the drive from Two Harbors to Grand Marais we saw well over 100 white-tailed deer along the road. We had to stop 5 times to let them cross the road. The highway is along a south facing slope which is the first area to see snow melt and uncovered grass. The deer seem to gravitate to the area in the early spring. Of course we saw a large number of dead deer along the road. This also attracted crows and bald eagles. We saw at least 15 eagles along the road.

We then headed home with a stop at Betty’s Pies, just outside Two Harbors, for lunch.