Waterfalls In Winter

Over the past week, I’ve visited Big Manitou Falls and Little Manitou Falls on the Black River in Pattison State Park in northern Wisconsin. It’s been freezing at night long enough for ice to accumulate around the waterfalls. The ice takes on strange, bulbous shapes. The orange/brown color in the ice and water is from tannin. “Streams that flow through watersheds dominated by conifers have a characteristic brown tea color that is the result of tannins leaching out of decomposing conifer needles.” *

It’s a fine time for hiking – no people, no bugs, no foliage blocking sight lines for photography. It hasn’t snowed much; not enough to prevent hiking.

Little Manitou Falls, Pattison State Park
Big Manitou Falls
Black River Rocks and Ice (1)
Black River Rocks and Ice (2)
Black River Downstream From Big Manitou Falls

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* U.S. Forest Service Web Site (https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/ethnobotany/tannins.shtml)

Ice Out

Bollards and Chains
Bollards and Chains

The ice is out on the St. Croix.  Just a couple days ago the first open water appeared, and now the ice is all gone.  Here are a few of my first pictures this year of the ice-free river plus some other shots I took while wandering about the levee in downtown Stillwater.

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