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Fall’s Final Hurrah

Last week peak color finally rolled across the Northern Michigan lake shore, and the sun it brought with it bathed Traverse City in resplendent color. Had I been nay-saying the intensity of this year’s Autumnal hues compared to last? Perhaps. Did my husband bid me to hold my tongue? Maybe. Was he right? Naturally. 🙂

After a spell of consecutive rainy days, the clouds finally cracked early last week. The sun beckoned me out for a mid-day jaunt up Old Mission Peninsula, where it’s rays set the Chateau Grand Traverse vineyard ablaze. I reveled in fortuitous timing, nabbing as many shots as I could before dragging myself back to work.

Better still (IMHO), was the little slice of heaven that yesterday’s sun brought right to my own front door. We’re in the fortunate position of living right across the street from a little wooded park. Though its flanked by neighborhood streets and the elementary school, it’s trails feel remarkably secluded. Meandering through the park when it’s back-lit by afternoon sun feels otherworldly.

Alas, the color is fading fast. We’re even slated for possible snow flurries on Halloween. Honestly, I’m okay with it. The brevity of the North Country’s Fall (Spring and Summer) beauty is always a salient reminder to get out while the getting is good. I appreciate the way Shauna Niequist puts it (in Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way):

“The leaves as they spark into wild color just before they die are the world’s oldest performance art, and everything we see is celebrating one last violently hued hurrah before the black and white and silence of winter. Fall is begging for us to dance and sing and write with just the same drama and blaze.”

Blaze on, my friends. Winter is coming. 😉

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

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In an effort to make good on my recent failed attempt to visit the High Roll-Away Scenic Overlook in Buckley, MI (thanks to the similarly-named High-Bank Rollaway further South on the Manistee River), I re-attempted my venture early this past Wednesday. I ended up with the place entirely to myself and this handful of pictures – appropriate for this week’s Horizon photo theme.

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Absolute Autumn: Orchard Day in Pictures

After a week’s worth of Indian Summer, seventy degree days, yesterday’s temps hovered in the fifties, ushering in what finally felt like Fall. That Autumn weather was all the motivation we needed to decide the day was ripe for some apple picking and pumpkin selecting, so we teamed up with the Highams and headed to Rennie Orchards.

We didn’t get the bright and sunny day we had when last we made the venture, but the overcast skies still made for a seasonally appropriate backdrop. After our apple, pumpkin and cider selections were made, the kid’s hay maze defeated, teepee explored, and coffee consumed along the way home, we ventured back to our place for a hike through Hickory Meadows.

The still-cloudy skies mixed with peeking sun, lending a luminescance to the fall color currently blossoming in Traverse City. As our friends headed out post-hike, I got a text from Heather hinting at some anticipated sunset action (thanks to those cracks in the clouds) that she would unfortunately miss due to a dinner date they had to keep. With the guys settled in comfortably after dinner and more cider, I made the quick walk down to West Bay alone, and wasn’t disappointed with what I found. Quintessential Fall day contentment: check!

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