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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Gnarled Cedars and Falls

Besides the falls and Lake Superior, the exposed roots of the many riverfront cedars are one of Gooseberry Falls State Park's most signature natural wonders. It seems as though the roots grow directly out of rock, but among their tangled mess, most of the roots are indeed somehow entrenched in moisture-holding soil.

Having hiked most of the lower Gooseberry River valley, I really think this may be one of the most interesting and distinct scenes I have encountered there. I like to think of the big old cedar as "grandpa cedar" and the smaller ones as "the children." There are surely some parallels.

I first debuted this photograph at the Lemonade Art Fair in St. Cloud last month with a very positive response. Few people seem to know that this is Gooseberry Falls at first glance since the falls seen behind the cedars is the much-less photographed Lower Falls of the Gooseberry.

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