30 Amazing Photos of Fall in Michigan

 

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Fall in Michigan is not for the faint of heart, it can get pretty emotional. After weeks and weeks of hunting breathtaking reds, blinging oranges, and shimmering yellows, it’s kind of sad to see all those bare trees and leaves on the ground when it’s over. At least that’s how I look at it! Fortunately, this year, I quite my desk job in October to ensure I’d be able to honor my favorite season’s memory in pictures.

It can be a bit tricky as far as timing goes; different areas peak at different times so the struggle was real when I’d drive three hours north and saw bare trees instead of brilliant colors. All-in-all, it was a very rewarding experience, and here’s a photo tour of the places I saw this past Autumn.

GRAND LEDGE

I had heard of Grand Ledge, it wasn’t too far away, relatively speaking. A quick 90 minute jaunt to Fitzgerald park on a Tuesday yielded SO MANY incredible scenes… including the railway bridge pictured above. When you talk about “peak” conditions, this was it. Nary a green leaf was to be found and the mighty grand river and limestone walls provided some super backdrops.

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CLOSE TO HOME/ SE MICHIGAN

I live in a suburban area in Southeast Michigan, north of Detroit.  What I love about where I live is the proximity of Metroparks and Forest trails within a very short drive. Early in the fall, we experienced some foggy conditions. it was challenging, at first, but once I changed up the settings on my camera, things began to click! While there aren’t many scenic vistas, I was able to catch a number of mature trees in full explosion, and the foggy weather along with remaining green produced some of my most eye-catching photos

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RIVER ROAD NATIONAL SCENIC ROUTE/OSCODA

Remember about driving 3+ hours and being “late”? I did research, and more research, and more research… thinking I could time each peak perfectly. But what I couldn’t predict (or just missed), were high winds in the days prior to leaving on a Friday.  Virtually ALL the red leaves had already tumbled to the ground by the time I had arrived. Thankfully, there was plenty of yellow and some orange to keep me satisfied… not to mention the amazing landscapes of the Au Sable River valley.

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SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL PARK/TRAVERSE CITY

The photos from here might have turned out better if the colors weren’t so sunbleached, and it helped solidify my new found love for foggy/overcast days in regards to capturing the colors in the trees.  Anyhow, I still managed some pretty cool shots in what is one of the most visited places in our state.

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How to Become Video Savvy in 2015

 

Online video content is nothing new. User-generated videos featuring sassy cats and the next big pop star have been part of Internet culture since YouTube burst on the scene on Valentine’s Day, 2005.

The amount of video that people are consuming, however, is in the midst of a growth explosion, thanks in big part Video Savvyto the amount of video that people are watching on mobile devices. Sixty-seven percent of global video consumers prefer to watch movies, TV shows and music videos on mobile devices, and 80 percent watch a mobile video at least once every few days.

So what can your small business do to capture the video-watching market, but do it efficiently and on a budget? Take a look at a few simple suggestions:

Create your own videos. This can be an intimidating step for small business owners who may not feel tech-savvy or camera-ready. The truth is that video content does not need to be perfect to garner an audience. Think about the topics that you know best and what may be interesting or useful to your customers. From there, plan video content using your Webcam, smartphone or other recording device and upload it to a popular site like YouTube then share the link. You can do profiles of employees, tutorials, or even fun music videos that are relevant to your brand. Think outside the typical video constraints, and you could come up with some pretty creative material.

Share other videos. Any engagement with your social media accounts is positive, even if that engagement is not directly related to your own content. A Facebook fan, for example, is more likely to see your content if he or she has recently interacted with you by liking or commenting on one of your posts. If you see a video post that you think fits your target audience, click the “share” button on Facebook or retweet it on Twitter. You can even pin video content on Pinterest, or upload videos to Instagram.

Watch other videos. Particularly the video content of your competitors. This is especially important if you are in an industry that does not necessarily lend itself naturally to video content. Glean some creative ideas by seeing what seems to be working for other companies that have the same target audience as you. You can also watch popular video content on any topic or from any industry to inform your own material. Of course you never want to copy or plagiarize the material of someone else, but getting inspiration from others is a smart move.

What is your favorite kind of video content to consume online?