exploring our amazing natural spaces

Outdoor Wisconsin Fall

Ice duck

Walking beaches provides all kinds of surprises like this duck frozen in the ice at the edge of Allouez Bay. I think I muttered “hey little guy need some help?” before I realized it was a plastic decoy probably lost this fall. In my defense it did look REAL in the moment.

lost mallard

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Superior beach

I can happily report the access road on Wisconsin Point has been resurfaced! No development on this portion of the world’s longest freshwater sand bar just a beautiful mix of beach, pines and wildlife. Wisconsin Point is in the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and can be accessed just south of the city of Superior from Hwy 53 / 2 via Moccasin Mike Road.

WP resurfacedWP lighthouseWP beach


Happy trails

Dry conditions and gusty north winds have pulled fall colors to the ground leaving patchy pale yellows and rusty reds in the canopy as we approach November.

leaves down take a walk


Sunset on autumn

The oak leaves have browned. Ducks, geese, swans and other waterfowl are ditching Canada for warmer ponds. It’s time to brace for winter though officially that’s not for another two months.

Autumn leaving


Color!

It’s a pleasure to witness autumn foliage on a warm sunny day. A mature sugar maple with its shaggy gray trunk displays bright shades of red with full fall gusto.

Shaggy sugar maple


Good wood

The sight, sounds and smell of a small fire in the wood stove is an inviting treat this time of year as the wind cuts to the bone leaving us with a runny nose, foggy glasses and very rosy cheeks!

first firedry and ready to go


Frozen edges

The colors of fall lay quietly in the cold water and in the grasses that line the shore. Shallow ponds cool quickly even freezing at the edges. And migrating waterfowl rest in the bigger, warmer ponds and lakes hopscotching their way south some as far as Central and South America. migration resting spotfreezing outside in


Bear crossing

A walk in the woods on your favorite ski trail is an opportunity to see who else enjoys the change of seasons. This female black bear was traveling with three cubs, two spaniel sized puff balls from the spring and a one year old who climbed his way to safety as we walked quickly by.

trial bear1 yr oldtrail heaven


Autumn hints

The bright colors of autumn are beginning to show with brilliant oranges, yellows and reds sneaking into the canopy in small brush strokes almost overnight little by little our summer green fades away.

new colors over the pond2 maple red transitions


Autumn trinity

Turning leaves, mushrooms poking through the understory and acorns aplenty; a sure sign of fall if ever there was one!

fall on the way