If not for the swarms of vicious mosquitos, this would have been a very enjoyable location to sit and relax for awhile.
Pattison State Park also features a second waterfall, Little Manitou Falls which is 31 feet high and features twin falls.
I couldn’t resist using the bent tree as a frame to hold the waterfall.
In twenty-four hours, the weather in northern Minnesota went from warm and foggy, to an overnight thunder storm and then a snowstorm the next morning. Very strange weather for us in December but, it did make the north shore rivers and stream more interesting.
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.
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.
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.
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.