Saturday I took off with my camera and a cooler and headed North. My intent was to climb the fire watch tower in Gordon. I had started up this tower on Wednesday but got wobbly knees so chickened out.
My first stop was the Red Cedar River right up the road from where I live.
|Red Cedar River|
The trip North was really colorful.
|Driving North on Highway 53|
Once I got to the tower, I put on my camera bag backpack and started up the steps.
I counted 18 steps between landings and stopped at the 5th landing.
I am guessing I was about 60 feet from the ground and the tower is located on a ridge, so I was far above these trees below.
|Looking North from platform #5, Fire Watch Tower, Gordon ,WI|
I had not really thought about seeing any birds on this trip, it was mostly about the fall color.
Then I saw a little bit of bright white off to my right.
|This guy was perched in a spot that was almost out of my view.|
|Patience is easy for an eagle|
I waited for almost an hour before he flew off.
This was pretty exciting, I have never been higher than an eagle before.
|I was pretty excited, happy I could remember to click the shutter button.|
|Off he went|
Out to the West, this guy teamed up with a pal, and the two of them came back and did a fly over.
|Nice bank turn|
|Downtown Gordon, WI|
|St. Croix River Flowage West of Gordon|
|Steps back down to terra firma|
|A little closer on these pointy pines and bright colors|
|I wonder what is in these cars. The hopper cars could be barley or malt I suppose.|
|View East from tower|
From the tower, I went West on County Road Y, to the Gordon Dam.
Nice park and fun that you can walk out on the dam.
There were two fishermen there, but I saw no catches.
|Red sled at Gordon Dam parking lot|
|The road out of the Gordon Dam Park area.|
I stopped at the Sandcastle to switch the memory cards on my trail cam,
then took a new route home on County Road G.
|This pretty girl was standing on a side road, and patiently waited for me to stop, back up and snap her portrait.|
Lots of buzz about Harvest Moon this week.
I was heading South and saw this "moon over fall trees over water" and had to stop.
|The sun was hitting the trees as the moon was rising.|
And the reflection on the water was a bonus.
It was a very nice day and I enjoyed spending the time with only my camera.