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Speaking of chance, I really had no idea how large this waterfall would be. The research I did returned sparse results so I took a chance. Glad I did. With the spring thaw that went through the area recently made the falls quite active. Still fighting with the rain, which the intensity of was growing as I photographed I came away with some solid images.
The falls from afar
Standing at the edge of falls looking down...Not for the timid!!!
So as you can tell from the above story, you have to be ready for what nature throws at you and never underestimate what it will provide in terms of surprise and beauty regardless of the weather.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
This first thing I noticed was the abundance of clouds. If the clouds are in the right area, it is always a recipe for a more compelling sunrise. The other thing I noticed was small areas of ponding from snow melt occurring in the area. In the end the following was my unexpected sunrise.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
So at this point you might ask: What are the Eben Ice Caves? Basically it is wide, slow moving waterfall that freezes into place in the winter. What makes it unique is the vast array of colors presented in the ice due to the various minerals found in the water. Definitely not something you would think you would see in the Midwest, or for that matter in the United States.
As you will notice in the picture below, it definitely depicts a frozen waterfall. But the magic is not revealed until one goes inside the ice cave and see what the backlighting does to the ice.
This is where the magic begins:
Ice wall up close and personal. It doesn't get any better than this!
A waterfall within a waterfall
From the perspective in being inside the cave looking out
That is the glory of the Ice Caves. I felt I was meant to arrive there. Even with the treacherous weather I encountered in Marquette the day before I new once I arrived I was supposed to be there. When I arrived at the Caves I was all alone. All the owners (all locals) of the vehicles I encountered at the "parking area" were on the way back as I was heading out there or just leaving as I arrived. On my way back from photographing, I went through the same cedar forest that I in through. I can't remember the last time I observed the silence like I did at the moment. Nothing but a light breeze was all I heard. A silence of winter. A silence of being all by yourself surrounded by nature. If you interested in seeing larger versions of the images in these posts head over to my website: Click on this link to take you there. All images are for sale or stock usage.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The IPhone video below shows how much I get into my photography to get a great shot. At the end of the plank walk there is place to stand and observe/photograph the falls. I decided I wanted to shoot from the perspective of standing in the falls. I proceeded to climb down from the observation area and walk into the falls. As you will see in the video I am in the heart of my subject.
Getting to the heart of my subject results in perspectives like the below images portray:
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The second photograph shows the falls frozen in place and the portion you can walk behind. I was wearing Yaktraks for grip. Trust me you need them to walk on the solid ice.
After Munising Falls, I headed south and stopped by a roadside falls named Alger Falls. This is one of the taller roadside falls and it does have a nice pine forest surrounding it.
Next up in Part IV, Wagner Falls including video of location I shot it from.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Normally after my Part II entry of Upper Michigan Spring (Winter) suggesting a Part III, you would think that would be the next post, but I wanted to mention a promotion I have going on this week for Earth Day. All nature prints are 20% off through 4/27/13. Coupon Code: EARTHDAY. Click on the text that follows: Matthew J. Kirsch Photography Nature Collection
And don't worry Part III is coming soon!
Friday, April 19, 2013
As I mentioned in Part I of this entry, The UP gets its share of snow. I was actually stranded for a day up in Marquette due to a snowstorm. No images were taken that day. The next day I headed east toward Munising to capture the waterfalls in and near the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On my way I stopped by a falls named Scott Falls that is right across from Lake Superior. It is small falls, but has some character nonetheless.
Next up Munsing Falls, frozen in place...
Saturday, April 13, 2013
After that forest my next stop was over the Wisconsin-Michigan border in Norway, Michigan to check out Pier's Gorge. Pier's Gorge was quite active that day with temps hitting about 45 and lots of active snow melt from warm weather earlier that week. Additionally, Piers Gorge is usually more active due to the river feeding it narrowing at the point of the gorge. You can see the energy in the rapid closeup shown below.
Next stop Warner Falls...
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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All you have to do is look.
Monday, February 11, 2013
|Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte|
Monday, February 4, 2013
|Winter on a Farm in Reedsburg, Wisconsin|