Hiking at Gooseberry Falls

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For those who enjoy a good hike, there is a trail that takes you from the visitor’s center at the Gooseberry Falls rest area to the falls, then down the Gooseberry River where you can cross the bridge over the river, followed by a climb back up the other side to complete the circle back to the visitor’s center.  The entire hike is less than two miles, but does involve navigating a lot of stairs,  If you want to see more before returning to the visitor’s center, you can also follow the trials to the upper falls area and beyond, or take the trail to Lake Superior.

Visitors do not need a state park pass to visit the falls as long as you park at the rest area.

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Frozen (not the movie)

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My stop at Gooseberry Falls State Park gave me the unusual opportunity to have the falls all to myself, a very rare experience.  I guess it pays to get there early and be willing to be out in single digit temps.

Water in Motion

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I love photographing water in motion along with the sound of the water as it flows by.  The St. Louis River is flowing unusually strong for this time of year due to heavy rain in northern Minnesota.  This is providing a wonderful spectacle in Jay Cooke State Park where it flows over an incredible array of rock ledges and falls on it’s way to Lake Superior.

Fall Flow

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A moment of serenity in autumn along Keene Creek, Duluth, Minnesota.

Canon 5DS, ISO 100, 35mm, f/6.3, 1/30 sec and a few artistic touches.

Being One With the Flow

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Light changes

Water flows

Each moving with a rhythm tied to nature

A lesson for us to observe.

Marching Onward

My month long visit home has ended and I have returned to Minneapolis again.  Sports photography begins at the end of next week and my sister is arriving from Florida later today.  She claims she likes taking a break in cooler weather, but she may get more than she bargained for on this trip.
During the month of March I was able to accomplish many things that had been awaiting my attention, however, there is always much more for when I return home next.  I managed to sneak in a few photo trips while home, some of the results were shown in previous blog posts.  As I was kind of quiet during the past month, I thought I would share a few glimpses of how I spent some of my time in the Duluth area.  The image with the blue bridge highlights my upcoming summer adventure.  I will be a seasonal operator of the bridge, which opens to allow the tour boats, fishing charter boats and private craft to pass on their way out to Lake Superior.  Part of the job is to be an ambassador for the city of Duluth.  You can be sure I will always have a camera with me on this job.