Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Trees and color and sky oh my!


I drove down a side road to turn around and look what I found.

People go north around here to ‘leaf peek;’ to drive and wander while enjoying the fall colors that are usually stupendous in northern Michigan each year.

Looking for color, but can’t ignore the lake!

This year the color is a bit muted, a bit late, sometimes not there at all. Everyone has a theory about why that is.

Still pretty green back in the woods.

Maybe it’s the lack of rain earlier in the year. Or the above normal temperatures.

I found these way back on a dirt road while looking for a lake. Never found the lake but that was OK.

Maybe it’s because we haven’t had a frost yet.

Even without a lot of color I just had to stop at this field.

Maybe it’s all of that and more.

These maple trees made us stop and take notice.

For me, heading up north is usually about the Lake, and last week was no exception. But we did spend one day wandering the interior of the peninsula, looking for color where we could find it.

Color hides everywhere, even underfoot.

If you look you’ll see it’s there. Sometimes brilliant…


..sometimes more demure.

Shades of neutral fungus.

But it’s definitely there.

I hope you have the opportunity to get out and enjoy whatever’s around you too. Take a wander and share what you find with us!

Around here it won’t be long until winter descends. We need to make the best of these warmer temperatures while we still can!

A little blushing pink tucked underneath.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

21 thoughts on “Trees and color and sky oh my!

  1. Even if the color isn’t great this year you still managed to find some beautiful spots!


  2. Our color is rapidly disappearing and I don’t want it to go. Thank you for sharing yours.


  3. The Weather Channel keeps telling us where “peak” color is; sadly, it’s not here. This might be the dullest Fall I can remember. Sure, we see spots of brilliance, but nothing like past years. Thanks for sharing yours here!


  4. You found some beautiful colors, Dawn. I wrote something similar today about finding color if you go out and look for it. This might not be the best or most colorful autumn on record, but beauty is out there, as we can see from your photos. 🙂


  5. Gorgeous photos of fall! We have had fall for nearly six weeks by moving from Park City to Grand Junction to Moab.


    • Haha. I did that in the spring. Started out in Alabama which had an early spring in February, came home to lower Michigan in March and had spring, then went up to northern Michigan in April and had spring again!


  6. Just lovely, Dawn! Are people really saying the color is muted this year? Have they looked at the sumac?!


  7. Oh Dawn. Those pictures are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing some of Michigans beautiful colors! Including the lake.


  8. Beautiful pictures of fall colors. Our area does not get much of this so I love looking at other peoples pictures. I could easily be a leaf peeker photographer lol.


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