Sunday, April 25, 2021

Morgan Falls, April 2021

 It was a cloudy, cool April day and a perfect time to visit Morgan Falls. I was hoping for a good amount of water but as it turned out that wasn't the case. It gave me the opportunity to take some close-ups of the red rocks and streams of water flowing over them.

So much has changed since I started visiting this place 30 years ago! Back then not too many people knew about this hidden gem in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National forest in northern Wisconsin. I wrote a blog in 2012! (https://soulcenteredphotography.blogspot.com/2012/05/morgan-falls-chequamegon-nicolet.html). It was a magical place, especially in the spring time when the forest floor is covered with a carpet of woodland ephemerals. It is easy to imagine "little people" or fairies dwelling amongst the rocks and tree roots - if you believe in that! It still is a special place but for me it has lost some of the magic especially since the new huge parking lot was built a couple of years ago. After a massive rain storm (summer of 2016 I think) destroyed part of the infrastructure the place was shut down for 2 years! During that time several new bridges were built, the parking lot was relocated and a new trail head was installed.  Now many people are visiting so I was glad I had the waterfall to myself for a while to take photos to my hearts content.

On my way home I stopped at a lake to take photos of beautiful reflections of the spring forest/trees. Two swans came swimming towards me and added a special touch to the scene. The perfect ending of a quiet and serene spring day in the north woods of Wisconsin.

Thanks for viewing, Susanne


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Monday, March 29, 2021

March Full Moon day, 3.28.2021

 
What a gorgeous March full moon day it was - it started out in the early morning with the moon setting behind a barn north of Bruce, Wisconsin. We had received an inch of snow and it was cold and chilly with wind. I sure was glad for my snow pants, winter boots, gloves and hat. You never put them away until some time in May!!

And as I am writing this one day later it is 65 F again!

I loved to watch the change of color of the moon and sky from blue to pink as the sun was rising.

I continued on taking a short trip into the Blue Hills: Perch Lake (still had ice), Audie Lake - most of the ice had melted there, but the trees were covered with snow! What a pretty sight with the sunshine and blue sky!

And in the evening I went out again to watch the full moon rise. I didn't get a good photo right when the pink moon came up! At one point a thin cloud covered the moon which made her look like Saturn with his rings!

Enjoy this little moon viewing and the Blue Hills.

Thanks for viewing, Susanne


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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Lost Creek Falls, March 22nd, 2021

 
It was one of those days where I knew I had to get out with my camera and spontaneously decided to head north to take photos of waterfalls. It was supposed to be partly cloudy which is ideal for that kind of photography to make long exposures.

When I arrived in Bayfield, Wisconsin the sun was shining and the temperatures were in the mid 50ties. After a short stay I continued towards Cornucopia. As soon as I drove further north-west the temperature dropped 10 degrees and it clouded up. When I arrived at Lost Creek Falls I put on an xtra layer of clothing and started on the 1.5 mile long hike. Most of the snow had already melted. 

I visited Lost Creek Falls almost exactly a year ago (March 17. 2020) and at that time there was still a lot of snow and ice. Here is the link to that blog: https://soulcenteredphotography.blogspot.com/2020/03/lost-creek-falls-march-2020.html 


Half way to my destination mother nature changed her mind - the sun came out!! When I got to the waterfall it was half in the sun and half in the shade - very challenging to take photos due to the high contrast. But I thought I had to try and I pulled out my polarizer and neutral density filter to slow down the shutter speed. I kind of liked the results and tried different compositions and angles. I stayed long enough and eventually the waterfall was all shaded and I was able to take a few more photos.

I really like the first 2 photos, a stream of light in the darkness. It reminds me of a Rumi poem that I want to share here. 

"I said, what about my eyes?
God said, keep them on the road.
I said, what about my passion?
God said, keep it burning.
I said, what about my heart?
God said, tell me what you hold inside it.
I said, pain and sorrow.
He said, stay with it, the wound is the place 
where the light enters you."

Rumi


I hope you enjoy nature's beauty how I see it through my camera.
Thanks, Susanne

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Early March 2021, Northern Wisconsin

The first half of March has been very spring like here in Northern Wisconsin. The snow is melting fast with the warm temperatures though there is still plenty in the forest and shady spots.

The following photos were taken between March 1. and 15.

The first 3 images are at Copper Falls State Park near Mellen, WI on March 1st. The river  and waterfalls were still "dormant" and hidden underneath ice and snow. Compare that to the last 6 photos taken at the same location on March 15th! 

And look at the huge ice chunks that piled up at the bank of the river!!

The 3 sunset photos were taken at the Chippewa Flowage in Sawyer County (near Hayward, WI). It had clouded up but I am glad I waited as the sun appeared again and added a beautiful golden light to the sky and the reflections in the water.

The rest of the photos were taken in the Blue Hills at various locations - with more or less snow.

Thanks for viewing and I hope you enjoy this early spring/late winter tour  

Susanne  

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