Devil’s Gate

This is Devil’s Gate, located along the Bad River in Copper Falls State Park. The park is in northern Wisconsin and features a wonderful hike which follows the river and passes a couple waterfalls and this rock formation, which is far less intimidating than the name suggests.

Devil's Gate in Copper Falls State Park during the fall

Fall colors…but not in the trees

Spring is just arriving but it’s never to early to think about fall colors. I’m not a fan of cold days and short days but the changing of leaves during the fall is something I really enjoy. The thing about this photo that I like, and what makes it different from most of the other fall colors photos I have taken, is that the photo was taken later in fall after most of the trees had lost their leaves. The shrubs and other plants that grow closer to the ground still had their leaves and the brilliant reds stood out in contrast to the mostly brown colors elsewhere.

Fall colors in a state park in Wisconsin, the trees are mostly bare but the smaller plants have bright colored leaves.

Independence Mine

Independence Mine State Historical Park is located in Hatcher Pass, a beautiful region located in Alaska, north of Anchorage. What would become the mine was discovered by Robert Hatcher in 1906 and by the early 1940s the mine employed over 200 men, who lived at the mine complex with their families, producing over $1 million a year in gold. But as a result of World War II, a ban on gold mining was enacted and when mining was allowed to resume after the war, the price of gold was so low that the mine was forced to close permanently shortly thereafter. Today, what remains of the mine is part of a state park, with a self-guided tour of the rusted machinery and slowly decaying buildings of the mine nestled in a valley with mountain peaks dominating three of the four directions. The old mine and stunning scenery are in stark contrast to each other but somehow they fit together wonderfully. Despite the fact that we visited in August, the mountain peaks were already topped with snow.

Independence Mine State Historical Park in Hatcher Pass, Alaska with snow-capped mountains in the background.

The one red tree at Copper Falls State Park

The waterfalls in Wisconsin may not be as impressive as those in Iceland or Hawaii but there are some that are worth seeing. Copper Falls State Park is a beautiful state park in northern Wisconsin at the intersection of two rivers. The park has a couple waterfalls (spoiler alert: one of them is named Copper Falls), trails with great views of the rivers and surrounding forest, and interesting geology. We visited on a fall day several years ago to see the waterfalls and enjoy the fall colors. The hiking was great due to the beautiful fall weather but the fall colors were just a little before their peak. While many of the trees in the park had leaves that had turned yellow, those that turn red and orange had not really started changing their color yet. Fortunately, the few trees that had started turning already just happened to be right next to Copper Falls.

Copper Falls surrounded by fall colors

Running to the sunset

This photo was taken at Potawatomi State Park, located just outside Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. After a day of exploring further north in Door County, we finished our day with a hike along one of the trails of Potawatomi State Park. We started our hike from where this photo was taken a little over an hour before sunset, thinking we would be back before the sun disappeared below the horizon. However, we underestimated the distance of the hike and it was getting pretty dark in the woods near the end of our hike. Our hike turned into a run for the last few minutes and we made it back to where we started just in time to catch the end of a beautiful sunset.

Sunset with a fence in the foreground at Potawatomi State Park.