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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

Buckley_High_ Rollaway_Horizon

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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Learning to Leave Well Enough Alone

Today I had the unfortunate pleasure (unfortunate because my effort proved fruitless, but pleasurable thanks to good company) of dragging my family downstate in pursuit of sunshine and a Fall overlook, which proved to be a total bust. Long story short, map-user error (mine) landed us miles from our intended destination point. Oops!

No tragic loss (give or take several lost hours and my injured pride) because, fortunately, my guys are forgiving and we still got in good family time. (Rest assured I’ll re-attempt my venture again soon, now that I’ve recalibrated.) 😉

The thing is, waking up to sunny skies (a rarity here lately) and a lovely morning walk earlier in the day seriously whet my appetite for new scenery and sunbeams. It wasn’t long after being dumped on by Mother Nature (re-emerging rain – boo!) and landing in elsewhere-ville that I came to realize the err of my ways: I need to learn when to leave well enough alone.

Dial it back to that “lovely morning walk”.

Both the sun and moon accompanied Chance (the puppy) and I on our 8am traipse through Hickory Meadows, the rising mist signaling the former’s success at melting away the frost that had accumulated over night.

Given the sun’s relatively recent unveiling, there was still an ample assortment of specimens left encased in crystallized dew to fawn over. I’m sure Chance just loved my frequent stops.

By the time we got home, we’d been gone an hour and a half and Chance was whooped. He snuggled in for a warm nap in the sun as I geared up for the aforementioned downward spiral that was to be the rest of our day.

Like I said, not a huge deal, but I still think I’ll just pretend that after that gorgeous walk I stayed on that couch, too – snuggled up, coffee in hand, content at home for the rest of the day. Lesson learned: Just leave well enough alone. 🙂

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