American Larch aka: Tamarack

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Tamarack Trees
American Larch

The American Larch, also known as the Tamarack, is an abundant tree in northern Minnesota. In the fall it adds it’s brilliant yellow color as it mixes in with the now barren trees of late autumn.

Skyline Parkway

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Coming ’round the mountain.

Skyline Parkway is a scenic drive through the hills above Duluth Minnesota. It is a 28 mile route that was begun in 1889 and a must drive for visitors to the area. The route has many scenic overlooks and passes by the Enger Tower park where you can climb to the top for an even more spectacular view of the city of Duluth and Lake Superior. In the summer, the gardens are in full bloom.

Ready For A Close-up

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One of my remaining lenses for my Canon cameras is a Canon 100mm 2.8 macro. The first image I chose to allow a bit of background bokeh and the other I used focus stacking.

Autumn Trickle

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A dry summer has kept most local streams to just a trickle. But, with a background such as this, the trickle is a minor part of the composition.

Gathering Together

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At the base of small waterfall is a pond which serves as a collection place for the leaves as they fall from the trees. Should we get more rain than we’ve been getting, the leaves will be flushed from this pond and make their way to Lake Superior.

Two Trees

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Over there, off to one side, another tree.  Two trees, each watching the other, keeping the other company.  One obviously older, having seen more, able to share with the other knowledge of the past.  They both watch, as the man on the side of the road takes pictures before vanishing down the October Road.

One Tree

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This one tree, standing alone, bare, receiving the morning sun on it’s bark and branches.  It catches the eye of a passing motorist who stops his journey on the October Road and captures a moment.

Two Shot Stop

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A closer view of the reflections in the water.  I find it myself mesmerized as I fall into the patterns.  Just another wonderful stop on the October Road.