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We arrived at the east entrance to Yellowstone Park late in the morning. Once again we had a nice chat with the ranger about the Green Bay Packers. He was getting off his ship soon and planned on watching the Packer game. It seems that there are a lot of park rangers that follow the Packers.

We drove over to Fishing Bridge and stopped for a few photos. There were storm clouds in the air with rain in the lower elevation and snow in the mountains.


There were storm clouds in the sky as we drove along the Yellowstone River on our way to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.


This was the first buffalo we spotted in Yellowstone National Park.


When we arrived at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone we headed out to Artists Point. We were very surprised to find a large number of people at Artist Point. We thought there wouldn’t be many people in the park given the late season and the fact that many of the facilities were closed. I can’t imagine what the park would be like during the summer. When we were in Custer we met a person who had been working in the park and was in the process of unwinding from a very busy and stressful summer.

Lower Falls

Lower Falls

There were enough people at Artists Point that we had to stand around and wait for a place to open up so I could take photos of the lower falls.


We then drove over to the north rim and hiked a number of trails.Lower-Falls-Yellowstone-National-Park-14-9-_2550




Leaving Canyon Village we headed over to Norris Geyser Basin. It had been spitting rain most of the day and continued to do so when we visited the geysers. Norris-Geyser-Basin-14-9-_2684


As we were leaving we noticed a ranger giving a talk on survival equipment used by firefighters. Here he was demonstrating the use of the personal fire shelter.

After leaving Norris we headed to West Yellowstone where we were going to spend the night.

More photos from Yellowstone National Park can be found on my website.

Last week we had several days of warm weather so we decided to head up to Gooseberry Falls State Park to check on the spring melt. There was quite a bit of water coming over the falls but the ice was still in the river. I’ve always wanted to be at the falls for ice out but missed again this year.

More photos of Gooseberry Falls can be found on my website.

Upper Falls

Upper Falls

Middle Falls

Middle Falls

Lower Falls

Lower Falls


Twenty four hours later the ice went out. This video shows the dramatic change in the falls when the ice goes out.

It’s always hard to pick out a favorite photo but I decided to go through my summer photos and pick out some interesting ones that I liked.

Seney Sunset

Sunset Photo – Without a doubt this was my favorite photo of the summer. It was taken in Seney National Wildlife Area in the U.P. of Michigan. My wife and I had taken a three day weekend to drive around the U.P.. Our plan was to stop at Seney to photograph the sunset. I didn’t hold out much hope that the sunset would be any good because we had not seen a single cloud all day. In addition, we had doddled along during the day and were late in arriving at Seney. Early in the evening a few clouds appeared in the western sky along with some contrails. The contrails mixed with the clouds to create this fantastic sunset. The image of an eagle in the sky really makes the photo.

Lower Falls

Waterfall Photo – This was taken at Amnicon Falls State Park. The park had received some rain so the water levels were fairly high and there was good color in the water from the tannin giving the water a root beer appearance. The water is flowing horizontally and the trees are vertical. The steps tie the two together.

Now-and-Then Falls

Black and White Photo – My favorite B&W photo was also taken at Amnicon Falls State Park. It is a photo of the base of Now and Then Falls. It gets its name because the falls only flows when the water levels are high. Water from the main stream flows off to the side and down this beautiful falls.

Tree Swallow

Bird Photo – This photo of a fledgling Tree Swallow was taken on my farm. I had been photographing them on the nest earlier in the week. He unexpectedly turned up at my bird feeder. This was definitely a first. He seemed very confused with all of the birds flying around the feeder and he was getting buzzed by some hummingbirds.

Au Sable Point Lighthouse

Building Photo – I typically don’t take photos of buildings but this was a shot taken on one of my favorite hikes in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. We love to hike along the lake shore to Au Sable Point Lighthouse. Hiking along the shore is a lot more interesting, a lot cooler and fewer bugs than hiking the inland trail.

Honey Bee

Insect Photo – This is a macro photo of a Honey Bee on a Milkweed plant. What I like is the fact that the milkweed plant is in two different stages of budding with different colors. The bee provides a transition between the two groups of buds.


Action Photo – Again I typically don’t photograph people but my wife and I decided to drive over to Wausau, Wisconsin to watch the Midwest Freestyle Kayak Championships. The event took place all day and offered various levels of competition. This Kayaker was in the process of doing a vertical roll.

Tiger Moth caterpillar

Studio Photo – When the weather is bad, no sun, rain, too much wind etc. I sometimes bring subjects into my studio to photograph them. On this particular day all three conditions existed. I was looking for flowers to photograph when I found this Tiger Moth Caterpillar crossing the road. I decided to borrow him for a short time and brought him into the studio.


Strangest Photo – This is a tree frog shot on my car windshield. It was taken on a drive through the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. This was one of the strangest photography days I’ve ever had. I documented it in an earlier blog.¬† I was driving through the park when something landed on my windshield. It took a few minutes to figure out what it was. I finally found a spot to pull over and remove him from the windshield. I took his photo before I did.

Flower Photo – My favorite flower photo is also my favorite flower to photograph during the spring, summer and fall. It is a common flower in the dairy state and is the alfalfa bloom. As long as you cut the alfalfa you will get blooms from early June into the fall.

More photos can be found on my Website.

Last week we made a trip to Duluth, Minnesota. No trip to the area is complete without a stop at Amnicon Falls State Park. No matter how many times I visit the park there are always different photographs to be taken. On this trip the water levels were very low allowing access to some shots that normally would not be available. In addition, there was a group of photographers from a Minnesota camera club at the park working their way along the Amnicon River so I included them in my photographs.

Upper Falls

Snake Pit Falls

Lower Falls

Amnicon River

More Photos can be found on my website.

One of my favorite waterfall destinations in Wisconsin is Amnicon Falls State Park. There are several reasons I like to visit the park. On one it is at critical junction in my travels to the Minnesota North Shore of Lake Superior and the South Shore in Wisconsin. When I travel to either location I usually travel past Amnicon Falls State Park. A more important reason is the large number of beautiful waterfalls in a very small area.

Now and then Falls

Now and Then Falls

As the name implies the waterfall exists only now and then. In fact, it wasn’t until my third visit to the park that I realized that the waterfall existed at all. The water flow has to be high enough feed the falls which is on a tributary flowing off of the main river. I always check to see if this falls has water flowing over it. This falls can be shot from a bank above the falls and by scrambling down the bank to the right of the falls. I like to wade up the stream to photograph the falls from below. It used to be easy to describe how to reach the falls because it was right behind the restrooms. However, the recently build new restrooms in a different location. The falls is located to the right of the new restrooms at the south end of the main parking lot.

If the stream flow is low enough I like to wade up the stream to get some intimate photographs  There can be a lot of debris in the stream so sometimes it is difficult to get to the base of the falls.

Upper Falls

Upper Falls

Upper Falls is located just above the Covered Horton Bridge. It can be very dramatic if there is a large amount of water flowing in the Amnicon River. There are photographic opportunities from above, below and on both sides of the river. You can photograph from the bridge or if the water levels are lower you can walk under the bridge. This is a popular wading spot in the summer so you may have to share the falls with others.

Lower Falls

Covered Horton Bridge

Lower Falls is located just below the Covered Horton Bridge. You can photograph from both sides of the river. Just below the parking lot on the cliffs above the river is probably the place most people photograph from because if offers a dramatic view of the Horton Covered Bridge just above the falls. This is also a popular wading spot in the summer so you may have to share the falls with others.

Snake Pit Falls

Snake Pit Falls

Snake Pit Falls is located across the island from the Horton Covered Bridge. It is perhaps the most dramatic of the waterfalls as is drops in a deep chasm before flowing back toward the main stream. You can photograph the falls from several locations above the falls and also walk down a gully to photograph where the falls leaves chasm.

Amnicon Falls State Park

There are many more smaller waterfalls located in this beautiful park. In addition there are rapids all along the Amnicon River in the park.

You can view more photos of Amnicon Falls State Park on my website.