Thursday, May 5, 2022

Morgan Falls and Houghton Falls, May 2022

Right now is a good time to go for a walk in the spring forest and visit a waterfall.

On May 2nd I did exactly that and enjoyed Morgan Falls, one of my favorite waterfalls in northern Wisconsin.  There was a good flow of water and still some snow and ice in shady spots. Last year I was there in April and wrote this blog:

https://soulcenteredphotography.blogspot.com/2021/04/morgan-falls-april-2021.html

Next stop was Houghton Falls Nature preserve just outside of Washburn, Wisconsin. Another favorite location especially in spring to see the waterfalls. Later in summer there is often times no water at all.

Information I found on the Web:
A stream meanders through hemlock, cedar, spruce, tamarack, birch, and maple, cascading over the exposed sandstone before descending over 60 feet into a rippled sandy cove at Lake Superior. Upstream (and also on the property) is Echo Dells, a series of watercarved rock cliffs and caves interspersed with small waterfalls and a forested footpath.

We still saw pieces of ice floating on Lake Superior making the most beautiful sounds moving across the water surface. I can't find words to describe the sound, maybe something like a wind chime in the distance. 
It looks like it is warming up fast in northern Wisconsin and our spring could be short. Enjoy this special time while you can.
Susanne

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A video on YouTube I made about Morgan Falls: https://youtu.be/yV4Fomboawc



Morgan Falls




Morgan Falls, close-up

Ice piled up at Lake Superior's shore, in Ashland

Echo Dells

Echo Dells

Echo Dells



Some snow left in shady spots

Ice floating on Lake Superior

Small ferns growing on rocks

Ice floating on Lake Superior







Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Never Ending Winter, 2022

 Today is April 21. 2022 - one month since the spring equinox. But it seems winter doesn't want to quit here in the north country (Wisconsin). 

There is a saying that once the Robins return, snow has to fall onto their tail 3 times before spring arrives. I think we have all stopped counting the numerous snow falls we had since the Robins arrived! But the daylight is increasing and many birds have returned and delight us with their songs. And today I heard the first spring peepers!! What a welcome sound! so there is hope!! 

The following photos are in chronological order, the first one taken at the spring equinox walking on a frozen lake in the Blue Hills. The last photo is from April 18. - hopefully the last snow fall!!

Enjoy the last of winter and celebrate spring!

Susanne 

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Sunlight and shadows, 3.19.'22


Sunset colors, Audie Lake

Shanti enjoying a snow bath

Shanti enjoying a snow bath

Ice covered rocks at Morgan Falls

Ice covered rocks at Morgan Falls

Ice covered rocks at Morgan Falls

Morgan Falls hidden underneath snow and ice, 3.27.'22


Ice covered rocks at Morgan Falls

Ice covered rocks at Morgan Falls

Flambeau River, 3.27.'22

One of the many grey and dreary spring days, Chippewa River

Light and shadows at a creek in the Blue Hills

Light and shadows at a creek in the Blue Hills

Light and shadows at a creek in the Blue Hills

Beautiful ice art on a cold spring morning

Beautiful ice art on a cold spring morning

Promising spring morning

Water and light in crystalline form - Frozen creations at a creek

Water and light in crystalline form - Frozen creations at a creek

Water and light in crystalline form - Frozen creations at a creek

Water and light in crystalline form - Frozen creations at a creek

Shanti loves the water

On a spring walk, 4.10.'22


Yet another snow fall, 4.16.'22

Yet another snow fall, 4.16.'22

Yet another snow fall, 4.16.'22

Audie Lake still with solid ice, 4.16.'22

Some open water at Perch Lake

Enjoying a rare sunset

One more snow fall, 4.18.'22

























Saturday, March 19, 2022

Madeline Island, Wisconsin, early March 2022

 It's been many years since I had been on Madeline Island in the winter time. Driving on the ice road from Bayfield, Wisconsin,  to the island is an experience in itself. Not every winter Lake Superior freezes up enough that you can drive on the ice. 

When I heard that the ice road was accessible I had to go! 

A week ago (March 12. 2022) we made a trip up north - it was a chilly March day and when we arrived on Madeline Island's Big Bay State Park the wind was relentless! But the sights and sounds of the moving ice (and wind) was worth all the effort. 

We walked the trail along the sandstone bluffs which of course were all covered with snow and ice and looked like some ice castles or creatures, with icicles hanging on the sides. I was so glad we went for this outing just in time before the warmer temperatures arrived. It was the perfect ending of a long but beautiful winter in the north country. We still have a lot of snow on the ground but it is melting fast and spring is coming!

Information I found on the web about Big Bay State Park: On the eastern side of Madeline Island, the largest of the Apostle Islands archipelago, Big Bay State Park features picturesque sandstone bluffs along 4 miles of Lake Superior shoreline. The park also has a 1-mile boardwalk, sandy swimming beach, hiking trails, large family campground and two group camps. A short ferry ride from Bayfield to Madeline Island is needed to reach the park.

Enjoy the photos and thanks for viewing. Susanne

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Ice road towards Madeline Island; 3 eagles in the sky 
















Ice road at sunset heading back to Bayfield, wind blowing snow across the road