On Sunday, Brad asked if I wanted to go out for breakfast and stop at Pewit's Nest afterwards. Why YES!! He must have read my related blogpost .
We took the shorter route to Peewee's (local name for Pewit's) and crossed Lake Wisconsin via ferry. Devils Lake State Park is in route, and provided a gorgeous looong canopy of color to drive through. Color candy as far as the eye can see!
When we arrived, I was happy to find plenty of spots left to park in the small lot.
We hiked up to the top first. I knew the gorge had been restricted, but was shocked at what little was visible from the main trail. At least, the walk up and view is still pretty.
People were rock hopping across the creek down below, inside the gorge. I assume to get to the other unrestricted side. Many folks could be seen walking on the top of the gorge, across from us. Wading 'er rock hopping in the shallow water, is allowed.
top of the gorge
looking down into the gorge
It was a short adventure. We walked back down to the bottom of the gorge. my terrible two-see photo
(while trying to make Brad smile)
There was a little girl wading in her rain boots making leaf piles in the water. It was pretty cute, but I kept her out of my camera's view.
distant view, bottom of gorge
Brad started down one of many winding wooded trails, leading away from the gorge.
trail to the end of Skillet Creek
I have never explored anything at this park, but the gorge. I am SO thankful we did. The creek bend was stunning, in so many ways.
the hollow across from the creek bend was glowing
creating beautiful tree reflections
everything was a picture
the leaves captured my attentionI was in my kinda photography heaven!!
When the wind kicked up, leaves were whip-dropping into the water. It created fleeting ripples. I was determined to capture a leaf hitting the water. Ha haa!!! Easier said than done. Good thing we had the area to ourselves. I am sure
we I sounded silly.
We had us a good laugh! I think Brad was getting tired of me missing leaves as they hit willy-nilly in random spots. I was hoping for a colorful leaf to float gently onto the yellow tree reflection part of the water. Is that too much to ask?
Apparently, because at one point Brad tried throwing leaves into the water LOL! That does not count!!I could have stayed there all day.
enlarge photos to see natures subtle beauty
I got one! Now to try for a colorful leaf.
leaf two was close, if only it landed to the right
my favorite leaf shot
This is why I haul my heavy camera & fav mid-range lens on road trips. You just never know when an unforgettable opportunity might present itself.
While I was shooting leaves, birds were flying everywhere. Chirping away and enjoying the unseasonably warm Summer-like weather.
creek ends towards the right
Skillet Creek angry rock face (profile)
at the very end of the creekMost likely yelling at those who disrespect this precious land.
It has been a while since Brad & I rambled along country roads together. It has been even longer since we explored nature's trails away from home together. Needless to say, Sunday was a Funday!
It made my heart happy and surpassed my yearning for Fall photography.