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Itasca State Park: Colors of Minnesota

This state park is located in NW Minnesota. I was born and raised thirty miles north of the park and spent many childhood hours walking the trails and grouse hunting the nearby state forests. It's one of my favorite places and I spend several weeks each fall in Itasca fishing, hiking, and photographing little slices of this 100 square mile park. It's big claim to fame is The "Headwaters" of the Mississippi river, it's a popular spot with visitors and is featured several times in this gallery. Hope you enjoy!

*UPDATE* "Itasca State Park" was released over the 4th of July weekend(2009). The hardcover book is fifty-eight pages and has sixty-three images of the park and it's wildlife. Sales have been good at the park and surrounding area book stores. I'm presently trying to get it in some stores in the Minneapolis area. The book can be previewed on my commercial site. http://www.callofthewildnaturephotography.com

UPDATE: Fall 2011 Another great year at the Park for book sales and excitment. Fall colors were some of the most vivid in memory. Swans were migrating through and several pairs were on each lake in the park. We had a beautifully warm 12 days in the park this fall. Thanks Itasca :)

UPDATE: Fall 2012 Year 3 of the book and sales continue strong, thanks to all park personnel involved! I got chased this fall by a snowstorm and high winds and had to cut my trip short by a week. Planning on some wintertime sessions at the park.

UPDATE: Fall 2013 My second book on Itasca State Park released on September 28th, "Loons and Lady's Slippers of Itasca State Park" Thanks to all park personnel involved in the promotions and signings, it was a lot of fun and exciting!
Migrating swans in fog copy.jpg
Migrating swans in fog copy.jpg
Tamarac bog copy.jpg
Tamarac bog copy.jpg
Magic hour at Preachers Grove copy.jpg
Magic hour at Preachers Grove copy.jpg
Itasca sunrise 2020 copy.jpg
Itasca sunrise 2020 copy.jpg
Brower trail near Preachers Grove copy.jpg
Brower trail near Preachers Grove copy.jpg
Mary_lake_shoreline_copy.jpg
Mary_lake_shoreline_copy.jpg
Pond_off_Deer_Park_Trail_copy.jpg
Pond_off_Deer_Park_Trail_copy.jpg
Swans_in_Fall_Color_copy.jpg
Swans_in_Fall_Color_copy.jpg
Flushing_from_the_wild_rice_copy.jpg
Flushing_from_the_wild_rice_copy.jpg
Swans_on_Lake_Itasca_copy.jpg
Swans_on_Lake_Itasca_copy.jpg
Signing_TV_screen_copy.jpg
Signing_TV_screen_copy.jpg
Itasca_peaking_copy.jpg
Itasca_peaking_copy.jpg
Fall_splendor_copy.jpg
Fall_splendor_copy.jpg
Mary_Lake_on_fire_copy.jpg
Mary_Lake_on_fire_copy.jpg
Arco_Lake_swans.jpg
Arco_Lake_swans.jpg
Vert_Arco_Lake_swan_copy.jpg
Vert_Arco_Lake_swan_copy.jpg
Scenic_Pines_copy.jpg
Scenic_Pines_copy.jpg
Frosty_Headwaters_II_copy.jpg
Frosty_Headwaters_II_copy.jpg
Lake_Josphine_ISP_copy.jpg
Lake_Josphine_ISP_copy.jpg
Through_the_Norways_copy.jpg
Through_the_Norways_copy.jpg
Swans on Coffee Pot lake copy.jpg
Swans on Coffee Pot lake copy.jpg
Myrtle Lake scene copy.jpg
Myrtle Lake scene copy.jpg
Otter clan copy.jpg
Otter clan copy.jpg
Seagulls feeding on perch copy.jpg
Seagulls feeding on perch copy.jpg
Eagle bay fall shoreline copy.jpg
Eagle bay fall shoreline copy.jpg
Pine Ridge Rd copy.jpg
Pine Ridge Rd copy.jpg
Fawns on County Rd 2 copy.jpg
Fawns on County Rd 2 copy.jpg
Buck in velvet copy.jpg
Buck in velvet copy.jpg
Headwaters New Year 2015 DG copy.jpg
Headwaters New Year 2015 DG copy.jpg
Itasca winter trail copy.jpg
Itasca winter trail copy.jpg
150 yards from the Headwaters copy.jpg
150 yards from the Headwaters copy.jpg
Young loons in the mist copy.jpg
Young loons in the mist copy.jpg
Lake Itasca shrouded in Fog copy.jpg
Lake Itasca shrouded in Fog copy.jpg
Eagle on perch copy.jpg
Eagle on perch copy.jpg
Chambers Creek copy.jpg
Chambers Creek copy.jpg
Eagle along fall shoreline copy.jpg
Eagle along fall shoreline copy.jpg
Pine Ridge campground road copy.jpg
Pine Ridge campground road copy.jpg
Fall sunset over Itasca copy.jpg
Fall sunset over Itasca copy.jpg
Early morning light on Itasca shoreline copy.jpg
Early morning light on Itasca shoreline copy.jpg
The Chester Charles from Peace Pipe Vista copy.jpg
The Chester Charles from Peace Pipe Vista copy.jpg
Super moon on June 23rd copy.jpg
Super moon on June 23rd copy.jpg
Loon pair Lake Itasca copy.jpg
Loon pair Lake Itasca copy.jpg
Loon pair on color reflection copy.jpg
Loon pair on color reflection copy.jpg
Little Green Heron and ferns copy.jpg
Little Green Heron and ferns copy.jpg
Foggy sunrise on Douglas Lodge arm of Itasca copy.jpg
Foggy sunrise on Douglas Lodge arm of Itasca copy.jpg
Lake Itasca reflection copy.jpg
Lake Itasca reflection copy.jpg
Swan in fall colors-Lake Itasca copy.jpg
Swan in fall colors-Lake Itasca copy.jpg
Swans on Itasca II copy.jpg
Swans on Itasca II copy.jpg
Fire tree copy.jpg
Fire tree copy.jpg
Swans on Mary Lake.jpg
Swans on Mary Lake.jpg
Swans along fall shoreline copy.jpg
Swans along fall shoreline copy.jpg
Swan shoreline activity copy.jpg
Swan shoreline activity copy.jpg
Lake Itasca from Peace Pipe vista copy.jpg
Lake Itasca from Peace Pipe vista copy.jpg
Swans in fall colors near Headwaters copy.jpg
Swans in fall colors near Headwaters copy.jpg
Swan in fall colors copy.jpg
Swan in fall colors copy.jpg
Arriving in fall splendor copy.jpg
Arriving in fall splendor copy.jpg
Lake George sunset copy.jpg
Lake George sunset copy.jpg
Swans in morning light Mary Lake.jpg
Swans in morning light Mary Lake.jpg
Loon in natures spotlight copy.jpg
Loon in natures spotlight copy.jpg
Loon shower II copy.jpg
Loon shower II copy.jpg
Mary Lake Swan II copy.jpg
Mary Lake Swan II copy.jpg
Green Heron copy.jpg
Green Heron copy.jpg
Eagle sentry copy.jpg
Eagle sentry copy.jpg
Wildlife sunrise on Itasca copy.jpg
Wildlife sunrise on Itasca copy.jpg
Young eagle on ice II copy.jpg
Young eagle on ice II copy.jpg
Headwaters thawing copy.jpg
Headwaters thawing copy.jpg
Sentinels of Preachers Grove copy.jpg
Sentinels of Preachers Grove copy.jpg
Preachers Grove shoreline in spring copy.jpg
Preachers Grove shoreline in spring copy.jpg
Porcupine copy.jpg
Porcupine copy.jpg
Aspen grove copy.jpg
Aspen grove copy.jpg
East Entrance copy.jpg
East Entrance copy.jpg
Headwaters Sunrise fall 2011 II copy.jpg
Headwaters Sunrise fall 2011 II copy.jpg
Headwaters Sunrise fall 2011 copy.jpg
Headwaters Sunrise fall 2011 copy.jpg
Douglas Lodge arm of Lake Itasca copy.jpg
Douglas Lodge arm of Lake Itasca copy.jpg
East entrance drive copy.jpg
East entrance drive copy.jpg
HWs 100 Bike tour copy.jpg
HWs 100 Bike tour copy.jpg
Itasca Shoreline II copy.jpg
Itasca Shoreline II copy.jpg
Fall shoreline with wild rice copy.jpg
Fall shoreline with wild rice copy.jpg
Foggy morning 1 mile from the Headwaters copy.jpg
Foggy morning 1 mile from the Headwaters copy.jpg
Bear Paw campground peaking copy.jpg
Bear Paw campground peaking copy.jpg
Wall of color copy.jpg
Wall of color copy.jpg
Swans and fall scene - Mary Lake copy.jpg
Swans and fall scene - Mary Lake copy.jpg
Mary Lake shoreline copy.jpg
Mary Lake shoreline copy.jpg
Fire Tower view in fall II copy.jpg
Fire Tower view in fall II copy.jpg
Fire Tower view in fall copy.jpg
Fire Tower view in fall copy.jpg
Birch clump copy.jpg
Birch clump copy.jpg
Winderness drive fall scene copy.jpg
Winderness drive fall scene copy.jpg
The only thing older than this ride is the Park copy.jpg
The only thing older than this ride is the Park copy.jpg
Fire Tower view copy.jpg
Fire Tower view copy.jpg
Beaver in the Lily pads copy.jpg
Beaver in the Lily pads copy.jpg
Beaver eye copy.jpg
Beaver eye copy.jpg
Beaver tongue copy.jpg
Beaver tongue copy.jpg
Wilderness Drive peaking copy.jpg
Wilderness Drive peaking copy.jpg
Wilderness drive colors copy.jpg
Wilderness drive colors copy.jpg
Backcountry lake - Northland Trail copy.jpg
Backcountry lake - Northland Trail copy.jpg
Swan Fan copy.jpg
Swan Fan copy.jpg
Swan Fan II copy.jpg
Swan Fan II copy.jpg
Swan taking flight from Lake Itasca.jpg
Swan taking flight from Lake Itasca.jpg
Swan pair copy.jpg
Swan pair copy.jpg
Swan silhouette copy.jpg
Swan silhouette copy.jpg
Swan pano copy.jpg
Swan pano copy.jpg
Swan pano II copy.jpg
Swan pano II copy.jpg
Lake Josephine foggy sunrise copy.jpg
Lake Josephine foggy sunrise copy.jpg
Bohall Lake trail copy.jpg
Bohall Lake trail copy.jpg
Scenic Pines sunrise copy.jpg
Scenic Pines sunrise copy.jpg
Itasca Sunrise copy.jpg
Itasca Sunrise copy.jpg
Lake Ozawindib fall colors copy.jpg
Lake Ozawindib fall colors copy.jpg
Mary Lake Swan morning copy.jpg
Mary Lake Swan morning copy.jpg
Itasca Peaking II copy.jpg
Itasca Peaking II copy.jpg
Headwaters foggy sunrise fall 2011 copy.jpg
Headwaters foggy sunrise fall 2011 copy.jpg
Whitetail Fawn in flowers Mary Lake copy.jpg
Whitetail Fawn in flowers Mary Lake copy.jpg
Juvenile Green Heron copy.jpg
Juvenile Green Heron copy.jpg
Green heron pair copy.jpg
Green heron pair copy.jpg
Mississippi River Boardwalk in fall colors II copy.jpg
Mississippi River Boardwalk in fall colors II copy.jpg
Mississippi River after 200 feet copy.jpg
Mississippi River after 200 feet copy.jpg
Crossing the Headwaters II copy.jpg
Crossing the Headwaters II copy.jpg
Tucker striking a pose at the Headwaters copy.jpg
Tucker striking a pose at the Headwaters copy.jpg
Headwaters in full sun copy.jpg
Headwaters in full sun copy.jpg
Headwaters in fall copy.jpg
Headwaters in fall copy.jpg
Headwaters up-close copy.jpg
Headwaters up-close copy.jpg
Headwaters up-close III copy.jpg
Headwaters up-close III copy.jpg
East entrance drive copy.jpg
East entrance drive copy.jpg
Eagles at the top of a Norway pine copy.jpg
Eagles at the top of a Norway pine copy.jpg
Eagle flying with pike copy.jpg
Eagle flying with pike copy.jpg
Eagle lunch III copy.jpg
Eagle lunch III copy.jpg
Itasca fall shoreline II copy.jpg
Itasca fall shoreline II copy.jpg
Frosty sunrise copy.jpg
Frosty sunrise copy.jpg
Tamarac shoreline copy.jpg
Tamarac shoreline copy.jpg
Itasca fall shoreline in fog II copy.jpg
Itasca fall shoreline in fog II copy.jpg
Trumpeter swans flying in fog copy.jpg
Trumpeter swans flying in fog copy.jpg
Douglas lodge endpaper.jpg
Douglas lodge endpaper.jpg
Green heron copy.jpg
Green heron copy.jpg
Old Timers cabin II endpaper.jpg
Old Timers cabin II endpaper.jpg
Mary Lake reflection DB 50 copy.jpg
Mary Lake reflection DB 50 copy.jpg
Loon sunrise II copy.jpg
Loon sunrise II copy.jpg
Loon in gold II copy.jpg
Loon in gold II copy.jpg
Loon in flight IV copy.jpg
Loon in flight IV copy.jpg
Loon circle IV copy.jpg
Loon circle IV copy.jpg
Snapping Turtle II copy.jpg
Snapping Turtle II copy.jpg
Snapping Turtle copy.jpg
Snapping Turtle copy.jpg
Snapping Turtle III copy.jpg
Snapping Turtle III copy.jpg
Swans V copy.jpg
Swans V copy.jpg
Swans III copy.jpg
Swans III copy.jpg
Loons XVI copy.jpg
Loons XVI copy.jpg
Loons XIII copy.jpg
Loons XIII copy.jpg
Loons IV copy.jpg
Loons IV copy.jpg
Lady XIII copy.jpg
Lady XIII copy.jpg
HW II copy.jpg
HW II copy.jpg
Lady III copy.jpg
Lady III copy.jpg
Douglas lodge.jpg
Douglas lodge.jpg
Douglas lodge dining room.jpg
Douglas lodge dining room.jpg
Douglas Lodge back dining room.jpg
Douglas Lodge back dining room.jpg
Spring Loon.jpg
Spring Loon.jpg
Loon reflection in BW copy.jpg
Loon reflection in BW copy.jpg
Trumpeter swans in flight II.jpg
Trumpeter swans in flight II.jpg
Blue heron in flight II.jpg
Blue heron in flight II.jpg
Storm clouds copy.jpg
Storm clouds copy.jpg
Opening Morning of Bass Fishing.jpg
Opening Morning of Bass Fishing.jpg
Lake Itasca fog Pano copy.jpg
Lake Itasca fog Pano copy.jpg
Peace Pipe Vista foggy morning copy.jpg
Peace Pipe Vista foggy morning copy.jpg
Foggy morning II copy.jpg
Foggy morning II copy.jpg
Foggy morning copy.jpg
Foggy morning copy.jpg
Yellow Lady Slipper IV.jpg
Yellow Lady Slipper IV.jpg
Yellow Lady Slipper XIV.jpg
Yellow Lady Slipper XIV.jpg
Yellow Lady Slipper V.jpg
Yellow Lady Slipper V.jpg
Sunrise on Pine Ridge Road III.jpg
Sunrise on Pine Ridge Road III.jpg
Sunrise on Pine Ridge Road VIII.jpg
Sunrise on Pine Ridge Road VIII.jpg
Sunrise on Pine Ridge Road VII 2.jpg
Sunrise on Pine Ridge Road VII 2.jpg
Sunrise on Pine Ridge Road V.jpg
Sunrise on Pine Ridge Road V.jpg
Sunrise on Pine Ridge Road.jpg
Sunrise on Pine Ridge Road.jpg
Scenic Pines - Wilderness Drive.jpg
Scenic Pines - Wilderness Drive.jpg
Guardians of the park copy.jpg
Guardians of the park copy.jpg
Loon Impressionism.jpg
Loon Impressionism.jpg
Heron at sunset- Lake Itasca harbor.jpg
Heron at sunset- Lake Itasca harbor.jpg
Headwaters fog II.jpg
Headwaters fog II.jpg
Headwaters fog.jpg
Headwaters fog.jpg
Friends fishing in the fog.jpg
Friends fishing in the fog.jpg
Foggy shore sunrise.jpg
Foggy shore sunrise.jpg
Mothers and Fawns.jpg
Mothers and Fawns.jpg
Chicks at the headwaters.jpg
Chicks at the headwaters.jpg
Beaver warning.jpg
Beaver warning.jpg
Headwaters II.jpg
Headwaters II.jpg
Headwaters I.jpg
Headwaters I.jpg
East Entrance 1.jpg
East Entrance 1.jpg
Pine Ridge woods scene.jpg
Pine Ridge woods scene.jpg
Itascas Finest.jpg
Itascas Finest.jpg
Itasca Sunset.jpg
Itasca Sunset.jpg
Headwaters moonrise II.jpg
Headwaters moonrise II.jpg
Headwaters glowing gold.jpg
Headwaters glowing gold.jpg
Headwaters morning fog 2.jpg
Headwaters morning fog 2.jpg
Tight Headwaters.jpg
Tight Headwaters.jpg
Full Moon over Pine Ridge campground.jpg
Full Moon over Pine Ridge campground.jpg
Lake Itasca Sunset III.jpg
Lake Itasca Sunset III.jpg
Sunset fishermen copy.jpg
Sunset fishermen copy.jpg
Fog lifting from Bear Paw Bay.jpg
Fog lifting from Bear Paw Bay.jpg
Doe at 400mm.jpg
Doe at 400mm.jpg
Foggy morning 3.jpg
Foggy morning 3.jpg
Mr Beaver.jpg
Mr Beaver.jpg
Early Morning Heron 3.jpg
Early Morning Heron 3.jpg
HeronPike 1.jpg
HeronPike 1.jpg
Lake Itasca Sunset I.jpg
Lake Itasca Sunset I.jpg
Moon over Lake Itasca.jpg
Moon over Lake Itasca.jpg
Itasca Sunrise.jpg
Itasca Sunrise.jpg
Lake Itasca Sunset II.jpg
Lake Itasca Sunset II.jpg
Aspens.jpg
Aspens.jpg
Hiking trail lake shoreline copy.jpg
Hiking trail lake shoreline copy.jpg
Dueling colors.jpg
Dueling colors.jpg
Fall colors 3.jpg
Fall colors 3.jpg
North Woods Sunset.jpg
North Woods Sunset.jpg
Itasca Sunrise 2 .jpg
Itasca Sunrise 2 .jpg
Headwaters Sunset with moon.jpg
Headwaters Sunset with moon.jpg
Oaks and Maples.jpg
Oaks and Maples.jpg
Foggy morning 10.jpg
Foggy morning 10.jpg
Red Squirrel.jpg
Red Squirrel.jpg
Squirrel and cone copy.jpg
Squirrel and cone copy.jpg
Doe up close.jpg
Doe up close.jpg
Spike buck.jpg
Spike buck.jpg
Aspens.jpg
Aspens.jpg
Otter hiding in Wild Rice II.jpg
Otter hiding in Wild Rice II.jpg
Mother Otter  pups.jpg
Mother Otter pups.jpg
Itasca Loon 4.jpg
Itasca Loon 4.jpg
Itasca Loon 3.jpg
Itasca Loon 3.jpg
Whitetail doe across from Wegman cabin.jpg
Whitetail doe across from Wegman cabin.jpg
Hiding Whitetail.jpg
Hiding Whitetail.jpg
5#12oz Itasca  LM bass.jpg
5#12oz Itasca LM bass.jpg
Early Sugar Maple.jpg
Early Sugar Maple.jpg
Young Maple.jpg
Young Maple.jpg
Douglas Lodge Lobby II.jpg
Douglas Lodge Lobby II.jpg
Foggy morning 7.jpg
Foggy morning 7.jpg
Preachers Grove.jpg
Preachers Grove.jpg
Fall foggy shoreline.jpg
Fall foggy shoreline.jpg
Itasca sunrise II.jpg
Itasca sunrise II.jpg
Headwaters Fall 2007.jpg
Headwaters Fall 2007.jpg
Chambers Creek.jpg
Chambers Creek.jpg
Chambers Creek-Clearing Storm.jpg
Chambers Creek-Clearing Storm.jpg
Harvest Moon Lake Itasca.jpg
Harvest Moon Lake Itasca.jpg
Harvest Moon Lake Itasca 2.jpg
Harvest Moon Lake Itasca 2.jpg
Fall leaves.jpg
Fall leaves.jpg
Just off Main drive.jpg
Just off Main drive.jpg
Pioneer Cemetary.jpg
Pioneer Cemetary.jpg
Sunrise 2.jpg
Sunrise 2.jpg
Sunrise 5.jpg
Sunrise 5.jpg
Norways towering 2.jpg
Norways towering 2.jpg
Headwaters boardwalk.jpg
Headwaters boardwalk.jpg
Doe near North Entrance.jpg
Doe near North Entrance.jpg
Swan family Lake Itasca.jpg
Swan family Lake Itasca.jpg
Deep in the forrest 3.jpg
Deep in the forrest 3.jpg
Deep in the forrest 4.jpg
Deep in the forrest 4.jpg
Foggy Sunrise 3.jpg
Foggy Sunrise 3.jpg