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Copyright Date: 1994
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 80
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    Book Description:

    Nature photographers Craig and Nadine Blacklock communicate the essence of Gooseberry Falls State Park-from the powerful waterfalls to the subtle beauty of the Gooseberry River, the woods that surround it, and the shore of Lake Superior into which it empties.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-9978-0
    Subjects: Art & Art History

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  1. River
    (pp. 9-22)

    In winter, the moving pictures become static. Tracks in the snow tell many stories. You can follow the stitch-like tracks of a mouse to the spot where an owl snatched it, or examine the zigzagging steps of wolves around a deer carcass on the frozen river. A closer look reveals marks of smaller animals and birds that shared in the feast.

    On a still January day deep snow dampens the river’s music. The whoosh of a raven’s flight draws your eyes to the sky. A slight breeze wafting through balsam boughs sifts snow to the ground. Over the rasp of...

  2. Woods
    (pp. 23-40)

    The woods of Gooseberry Falls State Park away from the waterfalls and lakeshore are the least explored feature of the park. Here you can find solitude to contemplate the larger issues of life as represented in the forest microcosms. Neat rows of young balsams sprout on moss-covered nurse logs. Last year’s deciduous leaves blend with fallen pine needles to form a rich, spongy humus. Bunchberries bloom where trees, now fallen, once blocked the sun. Throughout the woods life spirals up from decay.

    Trees, plants, animals, and sounds fill the forest—more than you can experience in any one visit. Each...

  3. Waterfalls
    (pp. 41-56)

    Gooseberry Falls State Park takes its name from the waterfalls on either side of the Highway 61 bridge. The Upper Falls and Lower Falls, clearly the park’s biggest draw, attract thousands of people each year. On a summer’s day, the nearby parking lots fill quickly and visitors swarm over the area like bees over a honeycomb.

    Most visitors are content to view only the two large falls. Not many hike inland to Fifth Falls, nor do many explore the “minifalls” along the river, where tiny cascades mimic trickling water in Japanese gardens. But no matter which waterfall you visit, the...

  4. Shore
    (pp. 57-78)

    Approximately one-and-one-half miles of Lake Superior shoreline forms the southeastern edge of the park. Those who stand on it gaze intently into the distance, mesmerized by the vast expanse of water and sky. This massive body of water has the largest surface area of any freshwater lake in the world. Its many moods intrigue visitors. Its power is consummate. During a raging winter storm, walls of water slam against the shore, shaking the ground in a steady percussion under the whining wind. Rolling waves rival ocean breakers. The wind hurls stinging snow and freezing spray on your face. In March,...