Au Train Falls and Weeping Wall, Alger County Michigan

There are numerous waterfalls in Alger County Michigan, also home of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

It’s an easy drive to Au Train Falls from Munising. The hike is about 5 minutes.

Much of the time there is so much water there is no formation at all to the falls.

That was the case when I photographed what I call the “Weeping Wall” at the base of road that takes you to the falls.

Weeping Wall

I used a Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens at 42mm for 0.8 seconds at ISO 100.

There was light rain when I took that image in May. Numerous people were photographing the falls. I worked with this scene instead.

I went back to that location last Autumn and the water on the wall was but a trickle. The falls looked great with the reduced flow.

Au Train Falls 

When the water is high you cannot see any of the rock ledges or even the drop off.


  1. Waterfalls photograph best on cloudy days.
  2. Leaves photograph best when wet. A polarizer enhances colors and removes glare.
  3. I use polarizers far more on cloudy days than sunny ones.

For an excellent example of point #2 please see the wet paint look of Zion National Park – Subway Trek Part Two – The Crack

As of July, I am no longer in the Midwest. We moved to Southern Utah, happy to be out of Illinois, but I will miss some of my favorite spots in the Midwest.

I took the above image last October.

More Michigan Upper Peninsula Images

  1. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Elliot Falls Sunset.
  2. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Late Spring Trilliums
  3. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Sable Falls
  4. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Chapel Falls in Autumn

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5 thoughts on “Au Train Falls and Weeping Wall, Alger County Michigan

    1. Hi Ted – Thanks – I will soon have a way to buy prints on my site.
      They will be on aluminum (dyes heated and infused in aluminum, not paper attached to aluminum).

      Very beautiful!
      I just got some 40×35 for my wall.

      Working on the website now

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