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.
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.
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
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.
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.