119 Minnesota’s North Shore with Lisa Crayford

I LOVE waterfalls. And today I’m talking with photographer and author, Lisa Crayford, about the beautiful Minnesota North Shore area and all the wonders of nature that can be found up there. Welcome to Latitude Photography Podcast, Episode 119 for June 20, 2021 Happy Father’s Day!

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b. it has a print option for selling prints with lab fulfillment. 

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Waterfalls is one of my favorite subjects to photograph. There’s motion, energy, and the refreshing opportunity to dip the feet into the cool running water, at least sometimes anyway.

Today we’re focusing on Minnesota’s North Shore and Lisa Crayford is joining me. Lisa, Welcome to the show.

Talking points:

  1. Tell us about you and your photography, start wherever you’d like to.
  2. You wrote the book on photographing Minnesota’s beautiful waterfalls. Tell us a bit about the book and what it takes to put such a project together.
  3. Tips for photographing waterfalls.
  4. Let’s talk specifically about Minnesota’s North Shore area. Which top 3–5 falls simply can’t be missed by someone visiting for a week.
    1. High Falls on Pigeon River (Grand Portage), on the border with Canada. MN. claims 121 ft. Canada claims 92 ft.
    2. Devil’s Kettle, gradual mile, then down 177 steps. 45ft. Drop. Half splits into a hole, have tried to track where it goes and no one knows where 
    3. Caribou Falls, Mile Marker 70. 151 miles from Duluth. They just put in a bathroom at the parking area. ½ mile easy hike. 70ft. Fall. Get down in the river. Looks tiny from the steps. Feeds down, fans out. 
    4. Portage Brook Falls. 13.1 miles up the arrowhead trail. Park on the left, trail in the ditch. A hop, skip and a jump to the falls. Had seen a female moose one time in October.
    5. Partridge Falls, also on Pigeon River. Grand Portage Reservation. Rough gravel roads. Take a spare tire. Bring Water. Roads are narrow. From Hwy 61, allow 45 minutes. Walk .3 miles from parking spot. Will be grabbing roots on the way down so be careful.
    6. Gooseberry, 5 total, two areas of lower falls. Middle falls, upper falls. 5th falls is a mile further up river. Bridge above 5th falls.
    7. Falls at Temperance, six or seven waterfalls in less than a mile. Nature’s drill bits.
    8. Tetegouche High Falls, 60+ feet high. In lower water you can walk across the baptism river. Very open, and lots of steps.
      Two steps falls, access east or west side, 222 steps or so on either side. Start out in the morning, when you have energy.
      The Cascades
    9. Prettiest Hike, Hidden Falls, upriver at cascade river state park.
    10. Evening picnic, onion river falls.
    11. Thompson Falls. On Cascade River. In the book. Is a huge waterfall, In Your Face. Good any time of the day. Wide open area, off the beaten path.
    12. Upper Falls on Two Island River. .3 mile hike, beautiful in the fall. Triple Falls. By Schroder MN.
    13. Penn Creek Falls. By Bean Lake. Tettegouche State Park. Challenging, more strenuous. By Silver Bay, little mossy grotto. 
    14. Definitely do the Oberg Mountain Trail. Leaves are gorgeous. 
    15. Ride the Gondola at the ski lodge. Lutsen Mountain. Poplar River.
  5. I’m planning to be there in mid-September. I imagine the crowds will be there too. What can we expect?

Links to find Lisa online: https://www.instagram.com/countrygalleryphotography/


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