We arrived on the southern shores of Lake Superior in Michigan and set up camp in a town named Munising. After doing a little research I found out there was an interesting waterfall somewhere on Miner’s Beach where the water falls onto layers of sandstone before sliding into the lake.
Since I didn’t know exactly where it was, we left our campsite a couple of hours before sunset to allow enough time to drive there and find the location before the sweet light came.
Except we took the wrong turn and ended up way off track. Finally we backtracked and found the beach, but we were about an hour later than I wanted to be.
The beach was a gorgeous white sand almost like Mexico. The trail led us to the middle and I didn’t know which direction the waterfall would be. A couple approached the trail head from one end of the beach so I asked them if there was a waterfall down there. No.
Since my elderly dog could not walk very fast, I went off by myself in the other direction on a trail above the shore which appeared easier to traverse than walking in the soft sand with all my photo gear. This was one of those occasions like when you are in Las Vegas and you just want to go to the hotel next door and it looks like it is right there, but after you walk for half an hour you are still not there. But it looks like if you just go a little farther …
So I went a little farther and a little farther and the sun got lower and lower and I walked faster and faster. At every turn it looked like the end of the beach was going to be at the next turn. Finally I was there, and yes there was a path down to the beach, and yes there was a waterfall.
I had only enough time to snap off about ten frames while constantly looking over to see the position of the sun. I had go back or I would be on the narrow trail in the dark. Returning to the parking lot, I walked as fast as I possibly could with all my stuff and was completely exhausted by the time I got there. My legs ached the next day. It was worth it.
I made this image using my Singh-Ray 4 stop neutral density filter to filter out enough light to allow the long shutter speed which blurred the water.