The fall colors have generally yet to come to our area in West Michigan. We are in the midst of a mini-drought (the third driest September since 1892). We are seeing a lot of leaves simply dry up and fall off the trees with revealing their spectacular colors.
Still there are signs of fall. The morning air has turned much cooler with lows dipping into the low forties and high thirties. This causes fog to form in low lying fields and especially around bodies of water, which still retain some of the warmth from our 80 and 90 degree temperatures from just a couple of weeks ago.
Yesterday morning, in my wanderings, I drove across the Grand River in Ada and saw the mist rising from the water. I turned around and found a boat launch where I could park and explore the waters edge. Here are some photos.
From the shores of the Grand it was just a short trip to Seidman Park and Honey Creek. I brought along my waders so I could get down into the creek and get closer to the rocks.
Once more to the north to shoot photos. Since the sun rises earlier each day, I had to get up even earlier to make the three hour drive and get to my shooting location before sunrise. Up at 3:00 a.m. and out the door by 3:15.
I started shooting on Good Harbor Bay, where Shalda Creek enters Lake Michigan. I had to share the area with a beaver, who was none too happy with my presence. I enjoyed shooting in “blue hour” before sunrise . . .
and the “golden hour” immediately after sunrise.
All that was missing, besides a good cup of coffee, was some clouds to make the sky more interesting.
From there, I headed back towards Glen Arbor, stopping at the Olsen Farm and along Thorosen Road to take a shot I envisioned a couple of weeks ago, when I was scouting the territory.
I next put on my waders and set up my tripod in the middle of the Crystal River, a meandering river that winds back and forth for seven miles from its origin on Fisher Lake to where it enters Lake Michigan.
The final stop was the Empire Bluff Trail, which offered a spectacular view of Sleeping Bear Dune.
Up at what my friend Mel calls “O dark early,” to travel to the Leelanau Peninsula to take some photos. I wanted to be there before sunrise, which was about 7:15 a.m. So, I was up at 3:40 a.m. and out the door by 4:00 a.m. It was 3 degrees when I set up my tripod in a field overlooking Glen Lake. I was rewarded with this photo. Not a bad start to the day.
From there, I headed to Glen Haven to walk along the shore of Sleeping Bear Bay to the point. But first, I stopped to take a couple of photos along D.H. Day Farm Road.
Photos from along Sleeping Bear Bay:
Headed toward Sleeping Bear Point.
The lighthouse on South Manitou Island is just visible in this photo.
The north end of Sleeping Bear Dune.
The sun rising over the dune at Sleeping Bear Point.
Next to Shalda Creek where it flows into Good Harbor Bay.
Along M-72, on my way to Traverse City, I spotted these fruit trees and had to stop.