As is typical of Traverse City, the ghosts and goblins have been busy decorating their yards for this holiday. Be safe and have fun today.
We’re past peak fall color now, but I couldn’t resist one more outside foray to capture the season’s waning beauty.
Trumpeter Swans were flying in too and I caught this family with a juvenile making its first migration from Alaska and British Columbia to the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and North Carolina.
A week ago Tuesday, the color hadn’t popped but when I went to church Sunday, I could see a lot had changed in five days. While the skies were gray and light rain fell continuously, the weather forecast was for more rain, possibly snow, and high winds. I wanted to catch the peak fall color before the winds blew it away so I set out around the Leelanau Peninsula on M-22. Despite the conditions, the vibrant colors did not disappoint.
Just outside of Traverse City
It was nearing sunset and I’d come to Logan’s Landing to show Northport friends the new Boardman Lake Loop Trail. We stood on the bridge as the sky reflected golden sunset hues.
I heard them before I saw them, two Sandhill Cranes bugling loudly as they flew overhead, their legs straight out behind their bodies.
As the pair dropped lower in the sky, they began to fly into the orange tones of the sunset. They looked down, as if seeking a landing spot. I madly clicked away, hoping I was tracking them accurately with my camera.
With Tuesday supposedly being the last day of sunshine, and ten days of rain and clouds forecast, I headed out to see how the fall color was coming along. The color was spotty, vibrant in places, drab in others. Peak appeared to be a week away. I wondered what the cold and rain would do to the remaining colors. Could this be as good as it gets?