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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Autumn This and That....

Today, I decided to gather some various pictures I have taken as the autumn has progresed across the U.P. of Michigan.

These were taken over the last month as the leaves began to change in our area.

There is a pond we drive by almost every day. I was waiting for the leaves to change so I could grab a photo of this pond. A few days ago, the air was colder than the water, which remained warm, and it sent up this delightful mist in the early morning. I was lucky enough to catch it that day on camera:

This was taken about a month ago when just a few of the leaves were starting to change in our area. I loved this overlook, and noticed just one branch in color:

When traveling in the woods, some trees had barely any color, and some trees had full branches of lovely yellows, oranges and reds:

Time progressed over the last few weeks, and over time, we got in high autumn colors, in all its glory!:

We went to look for moose along this railroad track and found several footprints, but did not see the moose. A wasp did find my hand and I got stung pretty badly.
But look at the colors starting to show in the area:

And within two weeks,

Here is another one of that misty pond again!:

And the color EXPLODED on our lake!:

A clear day with NO wind and all that color waiting to be reflected on the water!
It was a photographer's dream!:

I will be sharing some more autumn pictures soon, but I just HAD to show you these now.
Because, we got SNOW all three of the last three days.
We are supposed to be back up in the 50's by Sunday, but just in case we stay white here with snow, I wanted you to see our autumn now.


Wanda said...

Beautiful autumn trees, reflecting lake and perfect clouds...what more could a photographer want! Oh I forgot the dreamy mist!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

How absolutely beautiful these pictures are! What a photographer you are! Thanks for them.

sweet bay said...

Gorgeous fall colors!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Spectacular images! I don't know what else to say, these are absolutely stunning photographs! I take off my hat!

Bernie said...

Your weather sounds so much like ours, snowing now and more to come overnight and tomorrow but it is suppose to warm up this weekend. oh I hope so.....
Beautiful photos Joan, I especially like the railway tracks, so beautiful.....:-) Hugs

~Cheryl said...

Fabulous series of photos! What a riot of color!

Alan Burnett said...

A great new look to the blog. But still the same fantastic photographs. Such quality, such vision.

Ratty said...

Between the mist and the fall colors these are just spectacular pictures. How can I not mention the railroad tracks though. I want to travel a place like that.

Sue said...

Great photos, Joan.
We missed fall in the U.P. this year, and vowed that NEXT YEAR we're spending a week up there. We sure missed it-glad we have you to keep us satisfied with your beautiful pictures!

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Lovely pics... Reflections are too good...
My Travelogue, Savoir-Faire

Loree said...

Snow al ready? Incredible. The first photo is just perfect IMO.

Ginnymo said...

Absolutely beautiful photos Joan!!! I love that train track one too!!

Lesley said...

Gorgeous!! Your lake pictures are amazing. Let us know when your coffee table book comes out!

The Retired One said...

Wanda: I was lucky to get the lighting and misty conditions when I did for those photos.

Sandy: Thanks so much for your nice comments. It is my pleasure to bring them to you.

Sweet Bay: I am very lucky to have experienced them in person, They were glorious.

Tatyana:thanks so much! That is quite a compliment coming from such a good photographer as you!

Bernie: thanks so much..the railroad track really was pretty to be there that day (except for the nasty bee sting I got!)

Cheryl:It WAS a riot of color! good way to describe it!

Alan: Thanks so much. I just enlarged the layout so the pictures would show better. Glad you liked the new layout and photos!

Ratty: There are miles and miles of RR tracks up here that are in desolate areas, you would love it.

Sue: Call me next year when you come up..we can meet! I will post some more fall pictures yet, so enjoy them when you see them.

Mitr: Thanks alot, glad you liked them!

Loree: I loved the mist on the pond..I hope to get another when it is all white with snow if I get there when the temps. are right!

Gaston Studio said...

LOVE that mist over the lake! The explosion of color is so dramatic and you've captured it all perfectly.

grannyann said...

You are right about the colors. I love Fall. Those are gorgeous pics!!

ashley folkema said...

Stunning! You do have color up by you. And the pictures of your lake are just incrediable. What awesome captures. :)

DJan said...

As usual, Joan, your pictures are incredible. I have run out of superlatives, but I just love the mist coming off the water, and the awesome reds and oranges of fall. I enjoy them so much, and I am thrilled that you are so talented with a camera and that I get to enjoy it!

Sara said...

Love teh gorgeous pictures! The railroad pic was my favorite, i kept picturing how calm and serene your area is. You take astounding pics!

J.J. in L.A. said...

That first picture is fantastic! I've never seen anything like it.

Insanitykim said...

I miss water sooooooo much! I get the colors like that now, but no water...I tell ya, having both like that is amazing! Thank you again and again and again for sharing!!!

Aria said...

This is the one time of year that I'm absolutely SICK that I don't live in NJ anymore... the COLORS! What fantastic pics, Lady!
"within two weeks THIS happened" is my new desktop background. Seriously, should look into selling some of your stuff to Hallmark or a poster company or something. Really.

RainGardener said...

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I've been looking over everything I've been missing - love the police reports! I'll be here for days catching up - love it!

Kearsie said...

I love me some pretty fall pics.

L. D. Burgus said...

I was looking to see which picture I liked best and I like them all. Some are more striking than others but all of them are wonderful. What a beautiful fall you are having. Our dry weather a month ago is messing up our color changes. Some are turning brown and just dropping leaves.

The Retired One said...

Ginnymo: Thanks! I was surprised to see how many people liked the train track one.

Lesley: I would LOVE to do a book, but would probably have to self publish and then have boxes of unsold ones laying around. ha

Gaston: Thanks so much! It is is such a compliment coming from you, because you KNOW how I admire your talents!

Grannyann: Yes, I love fall too. It is just too bad it precedes winter. ha

Ashley: The sun was just perfect that day on the lake to capture them and with no wind to help reflections, I could not NOT take the pictures then. ha

DJan: you are so sweet and always such a cheerleader for me! Thanks so much.

Sara: Thanks. Yes our area is calm and serene in so many can always find a place close to home to get away into nature quickly.

JJ: Thank you!! I love it when the mist comes off water in the fall. It happens quite often here in the early, early morning, but you have to be in the right place at the right time. This morning, we had another HARD frost and our lake did the same thing..I haven't looked at the pictures much yet to see if they captured it right or stay tuned!

Insanity: Again, you are welcome..I love LOVE taking autumn splendor pictures, so it my pleasure to post them for you!

Aria: Thanks, Sweetie! Wow, what confidence you give me (and encouragement!) I would love to sell some of my photos, and will be looking into it this winter. Wanna be my agent??? :-}

RainGardener: I love that you are taking time to "catch up" on all my posts..that is such a nice compliment! Thanks so much.

Kearsie: Me, too! I can't get enough of the fall colors this year!

Motherwise said...

Oh, that misty lake in full color! Breathtaking.

Joanie M said...

The leaves are just beginning to change here in Pottstown, PA.

Lovely photos!

The Retired One said...

L.D.: yes, our fall has been wonderful..however we got snow for a few days now and I am afraid it really affected our leaves...I was outside yesterday and the LEAVES were pouring down like rain after a really hard frost.

Motherwise: Thanks so much! I LOVE it when that pond or our lake sends up look surreal when it does that.

Joannie M: Just starting to change?? Well, grab your camera, woman..I want to see! ha

Brittany said...

Again...gorgeous! You amaze me every time I see your blog!

The Retired One said...

Brittany: Thanks so much, what a nice compliment, girl!

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