May 8, 2014
Winter has not been kind this year—nearby Duluth had their seventh snowiest winter and second coldest winter ever. But while we can’t promise a complete end to the snow, it is officially the start of waterfall season here. This year’s unusually long-lingering snowpack is starting to melt down, sending an incredible quantity of water down rivers and then down waterfalls.
It’s powerful, seeing such a torrent of water. It may make you forget the selfies and the Snapchat and just stare out into nature. Then again, maybe you’ll have the camera out even more to take photos. We highly recommend a waterfall tour at this time of year for photographers who want to capture nature’s grandeur.
Waterfall season is a little unpredictable. Very cold weather can slow things down and warm weather can speed them up. This week’s temperatures are predicted to be just above freezing for a steady and prolonged chance to see the waterfalls in action.
This weekend, the Duluth News-Tribune reported on Gooseberry Falls’ ice out, where the mighty waterfall shook off winter in a powerful show of waterworks. Other North Shore rivers mentioned in the article were the Beaver, Baptism, Caribou, Cross, Temperance, Cascade, Brule and Pigeon Rivers.
Enjoy the season. There’s a certain majesty to spring that you just don’t find any other time of year.