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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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Macro Monday: Underground Icicles

Today school was cancelled due to the snow that’s been pouring over Traverse City pretty much non-stop for days and days. Home-bound-Jackson’s spirit grew restless as he waited for us parents to put business to bed on this first day of consistent sun in what must easily be two weeks, so after pressing work matters were resolved, we ventured out into the afternoon light.

When we’re hankering for new scenery, Old Mission Peninsula is the closest slice of Northern Michigan heaven, so we made our customary trip up the narrow stretch of land to traipse around the snow-clad shoreline while we still had sun. We weren’t out long, and the sun didn’t linger much longer, but it was nice to see the snow under something other than gray skies.

While we were out, I got my photography fix capturing these shots of icicle formations under the sand shelf on Haserot Beach. We’ll likely be back to dull skies again tomorrow, and that’s okay, but today we briefly basked in the sun.

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A Simple Sunset on OMP

After several long days of cabin-fever-inducing rain, the sun’s final appearance this afternoon was a warm and welcome reprieve. Nothing can melt away the Monday blues like a sweet and simple sunset and tonight Old Mission Peninsula delivered the perfect kind of Fall evening.

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