My Dad and I took a trip to Mt. Oberg (yes, the definition of mountain in Minnesota is a relative thing) on the north shore of Lake Superior. It's one of his favorite hikes and I can see why. Sammy seemed to enjoy it also. It's basically a loop around the top of the mountain and this was one of the first views we saw:
Looking towards the lake, the aspen and birch have just started to change:
Continuing around the loop:
The mandatory sunrise shot:
Leaving my Dad and Lake Superior behind, Sammy and I headed inland through Superior National Forest. Below are a couple shots along Forest Service Road 166:
Working our way west, the maples become very sparse leaving aspen and birch to mingle with the different kinds of pine.
Sammy and I didn't do much grouse hunting on this trip. With the leaves still up it's pretty tough to get a shot at a bird if you're actually in the woods. I'll take the color for now though, it'll be gone too quickly as it is. We're in the low part of the cycle for grouse and I read a report that hunters weren't having much luck yet. Sammy did scare up two though when Dad and I were out walking and I was very pleased with that. As the leaves drop over the next two weeks we'll get out again and see what happens.