Bond Falls, Michigan UP, Autumn

I took these shots of Bond Falls about a year ago on my final farewell Autumn photography tour of the Midwest.

Bond Falls is a scenic waterfall created as the middle branch of the Ontonagon river tumbles over a thick belt of fractured rock, dividing it into numerous small cascades. Roadside parking and picnic tables are available near the top of the falls. An accessible boardwalk with six viewing locations.

It takes four things to get a good Autumn image of Bond Falls: Good color, good flows, good technique, clouds. Images of Bond Falls do not look good in the sun.

Bond Falls

I used a Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens at 35mm at ISO 100 and ISO 1000.

I took two images and blended them. ISO 100 purposely blurred the water to make it smooth. ISO 1000 was to prevent motion in the leaves. I did a manual blend in Photoshop.

Additional Images


  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 images 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
  5. Au Train Falls and Weeping Wall, Alger County Michigan

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This wraps up my Midwest farewell.

Next Up: White Pocket Milky Way in Southern Utah


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