"NORTHERN HARDWOOD AUTUMN"
# MNNE 113

I visited two mountain ranges with the name "Sawtooth" in 2003. The one I was familiar with previously is the dramatic Sawtooth Range in Idaho. It was not until I was exploring the Superior National Forest that I stumbled upon the Sawtooth Range in Minnesota. This range parallels the shore of Lake Superior in northeast Minnesota and has a character more rolling than jagged. The typical northern hardwood forest of maple, beech and birch dominates here. I have been to New England previously once in autumn, but that year was not a good one for color. This was the most dramatic expanse of red autumn color I've ever seen. Soft light from an overcast sky provided great light but the wind howled constantly. I managed only about seven sheets of film in my five hours time here and some of these were not sharp due to wind blurring the foreground trees. Even if the subject wasn't blowing, wind can easily shake a view camera making sharp images difficult.

SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST, MINNESOTA
Toyo 45 AII camera with Schneider APO 210/5.6 lens and Fuji Velvia 50 film - 1/4 sec at f/36

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