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Jed Carlson column: A secret spot at Pattison State Park

Little Manitou Falls was less crowded on a beautiful fall weekend than other parts of the park.

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A pair of hikers check their phone as they sit down along the banks of the Black River near the Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park Sunday, Oct. 11. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
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A little way down Highway 35, past the main entrance to Pattison State Park, past County Road B, is the road to Little Manitou Falls. I like to think of it as the secret Pattison State Park.

After a quick drive from Superior, I made it out to Pattison State Park Sunday, Oct. 11 . The main lot by Big Manitou Falls was packed, possibly due to the fact the Packers were on a bye week and the Vikings played Sunday night, so I continued on to the secret spot. I turned down the road and pulled into the parking lot to see only three other cars there.

Since there weren’t many people around, I grabbed my tripod and hiked down to get a few shots of the Black River flowing over Little Manitou Falls.

Locking the camera on a tripod allows for the photos to be taken at a slower shutter speed, which smooths the waters rushing over the falls. It's a fun technique that takes a little trial and error to get the right look.

It turned into a nice afternoon out in nature capturing the park's “secret” beauty.

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A couple stands on the edge of the Little Manitou Falls as the Black River flows through Pattison State Park Sunday, Oct. 11. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

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Leaves float over the rocks in the Black River just past the Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park Sunday, Oct. 11. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

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A tourist stands on the edge of the Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park Sunday, Oct. 11. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

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Leaves rest off a trail near the Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park Sunday, Oct. 11. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

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Water from the Black River flows over the Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park Sunday, Oct. 11. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

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A pair of hikers and their dog walk through the trails at Pattison State Park Sunday, Oct. 11. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

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Waters from the Black River flow over rocks near the Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park Sunday, Oct. 11. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

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A pair of hikers rest on some rocks along the Black River near the Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park Sunday, Oct. 11. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Jed Carlson joined the Superior Telegram in February 2001 as a photographer. He grew up in Willmar, Minnesota. He graduated from Ridgewater Community College in Willmar, then from Minnesota State Moorhead with a major in mass communications with an emphasis in photojournalism.
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