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Almost-winter views near the north shore of Lake Superior

Although the leaves fell weeks ago, there’s a surprising amount of color evident in the grasses and lichens in the forests near the lake.

I spent a lot of time on the north shore of Lake Superior as a kid in the ’50s and ’60s. But my only memories are of summer, and mostly of the 50-mile stretch between Duluth and Gooseberry Falls.

Last weekend I drove to Grand Marais and experienced the almost-winter of late November. Although the leaves had fallen many weeks ago, there was a surprising amount of color evident in the grasses and lichens on rocks and in the forests near the lake. The winds of November blow cold, but haven’t erased the beauty of the rugged shoreline.