Autumn colors turn, turn, turn

Fog and autumn colors

Fog and autumn colors

Lisa and I had to meet this morning at the Access Site to “exchange the goods”.

No, dear readers, it was not a drug deal.

We needed to accomplish our monthly switcheroo.  I gave her the township’s pin drive.  As many of you know, I am the treasurer.  She is the clerk.  Through the miracle of modern technology we both work on QuickBooks, yet must exchange our files to update our computers.

I brought the camera and, um, sorry Lisa, made her wait five extra minutes at the Access Site while snapping these two fog pictures.

Such a beautiful view

Such a beautiful view

Unfortunately, all my preoccupation with picture-taking led to a senior moment.


How embarrassing.

(We had exchanged other papers with a lively discussion about, well, boring township business which you probably don’t want to hear.)

Wagon wheels at Lisa's house

Wagon wheels at Lisa’s house

Fortunately, I found the disc before returning home.

That’s because I stopped to take more photos.

Mumbling what may have sounded like a curse word beneath my breath, I drove over to Lisa’s.

Old wagon

Old wagon

Of course, with camera in hand, one must beg permission to photograph her side yard.  Yes?  Especially with wagon wheels and old wagons and apples and turtles guarding late summer blooms.

Lisa said I should see the wagon wheel at night.  It’s all lit up with beautiful lights.

Rain drops on apples...

Rain drops on apples…

She was impressed that I noticed Turtle.

“Send a picture if it turns out,” she requested.

Do you think it turned out good enough to send?

Lisa's turtle wishes summer stayed forever...

Lisa’s turtle wishes summer stayed forever…

On the way home I stopped and tramped on a For Sale lot, contemplating purchase.

(Shhhh, just kidding.  I wasn’t thinking of buying.  Just wanted to take some photos.  That would have been my explanation if the owners arrived.)

Across the Huron Bay

Across the Huron Bay

It’s been a strange autumn.

It’s still warm!

Unheard of, as they say.

Usually we’ve experienced freezing nights and sometimes-warm sometimes cold days. This year it’s mostly been warm with only a handful of frost nights thus far.

How lucky are we?

Simple beauty

Simple beauty

Unfortunately, this warm pattern doesn’t make for the most vivid colors.

We rued this all September.

“Not going to be a good color year, is it?” we asked one another.

It’s starting to turn now.



Sometimes it surprises us and it’s a good color year after all.

Vivid fallen maple leaf

Vivid fallen maple leaf



Stunning colors!

Stunning colors!

Turn, turn, turn

Turn, turn, turn

Yellow river reflections

Yellow river reflections

A plethora of red berries

A plethora of red berries

Gentle leaning

Gentle leaning

More turning colors

More turning colors

Breathe it all in...

Breathe it all in…

Hope you enjoyed the autumn turning, my friends.

Thank you for inspiring me to get out with the camera.  If it wasn’t for you…I wonder if I would take many pictures at all.  Your encouragement and appreciation of our north woods beauty proves an impetus to take the Canon Rebel for a ride.

Have a colorful day!

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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40 Responses to Autumn colors turn, turn, turn

  1. Reggie says:

    Ohh! My favourite favourite colours, Kathy – I loooove how the trees change leaves in autumn. Definitely drinking it all in… So glad you haven’t had freezing cold nights yet – you’ve had a long enough winter this year, so I hope you’ll have some more wonderfully mild and mellow autumn days and nights.

  2. Susan D says:

    Oh, these are just wonderful, Kathy! Such softness and then “vivid” coming through. Delightful days and scenery. Thanks for the extra treat of photos of Lisa’s side yard!

  3. sybil says:

    Those first two shots with the road, colour and fog are lovely. Yes, the turtle is definitely good enough to share.

    We’re having a lovely mild autumn here too. Reading 20C (68-70F) some days. No hard frosts yet.

  4. Heather says:

    I happen to think your senior moment was instead a simple moment of being overawed by your surroundings. Those shots you captured are absolutely gorgeous!
    In July I was saddened by the early arrival of fall. Now that fall’s here, I feel like it’s late summer. It really is quite warm.

  5. A few trees in the neighbourhood caught my attention and tempted me to run and get my Canon Rebel, too, but I never did get out with the camera. Your photos are absolutely stunning. The first two with the mist hanging over the gorgeous trees with the winding road – fabulous! I loved the turtle peeking around the flowering plant and the orange maple leaf contrasting with the green grass. The simple stem against the grey background would make a pretty card. The still-as-glass river mirroring the autumn leaves is beautiful. You inspire me to grab my camera and take those pictures I’ve been dreaming about before the leaves all end up on the ground. 🙂

  6. I knew that I was a week early, thank you for showing me what I missed in your lovely photos!

  7. Kathy – It was fun to LEAF PEEP through your lens. Golly Moses, you captured some fantastic colors!

  8. Carol says:

    Beautiful examples of Mother Nature showing her flamboyant side before she dons her ice queen garb!


  9. Elisa says:

    lol The Raindrops on Apples is LUSCIOUS!! Just like perfectly mounded chicken noodle soup in the luscious red bowl that fits just perfectly in my hand and tastes like the good wishes of many and anticipation! I went to get them last night. The bowls are now fully spelled and already producing!! ahhh the things that fire my flame!

  10. And this is why we should never get in the cars without camera in hand — lovely collection of the season’s images. It is understandable how distracting they can be (laughed at the forgetting to exchange the drive after all that!)

  11. Great photos. Thank you for a peek at your fall colors and the ride through the countryside. I loved the old wagon. I think ours looked like this one.

  12. Brenda Hardie says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to capture these beautiful pictures and for sharing them with us! It is especially wonderful for those of us who are unable to get out and see the beauty of autumn. You are so thoughtful and generous ♥

  13. dawnkinster says:

    Always love it when your Cannon gets to go for a ride. I was out this weekend too…photos coming.

  14. Connie T says:

    I like the fog pictures. The red berries will be eaten by the birds. When I lived in TN we had red berries all over our bushes. The birds would dive into them and eat them all off in one day. They were Holley bushes. I love your pictures.

  15. Barb says:

    Kathy, Your photos helped me relive that glorious autumn I visited the UP several years ago. If only that magical place wasn’t 15 hours away from me. (Yes that’s how long the flight and drive took!) The fog shots are mystical. No use cursing on such a glorious day! Just think – you’d have missed the turtle…PS I forgive you for waking Sam.

  16. Loved your photos Kathy and the turtle is so cute! We are just now seeing some color change in New Mexico but not much yet. However it sure did get chilly last night! Always a surprise to me as I think of New Mexico as being very hot.

  17. msmcword says:

    As always, I enjoyed my “virtual” trip to the U.P. thanks to your photos.

  18. you are so far ahead of us–we have muted colours at this point with a little red–thanks for sharing the pics–just beautiful!

  19. Robin says:

    Your colors are amazing! Thank you for sharing all that beauty with us. It still feels like summer here (in the 90’s), albeit with a few fall colors, so it was especially wonderful to see your fog, your colors, and to think of cooler days and nights. 🙂

  20. Stacy says:

    It is still not colorful here, Kathy – unless the monochromatic green is “colorful.” I’m not complaining – just waiting for my tallow trees to burgeon so that one day my landscape is as colorful as yours.

    I really like those wagon wheels. I wonder where I could scrounge up a few? ❤

  21. Colleen says:

    You have captured something very lovely here, Kathy. I love how the fog softens edges and somehow invites a deeper seeing of familiar surroundings. Your inspiration inspires me, always.

  22. LOVE these colors, Kathy, SO beautiful!
    Everything is still very green here in TX, just a tiny hint of fall colors (and we probably win’t get much more than a hint)

  23. Karen says:

    Such wonderful photos, Kathy. Even though our trees are turning, the colors aren’t very vivid compared to other years so I throughly enjoyed seeing your colorful fall.

  24. coastalcrone says:

    You have real fall colors! Beautiful! Glad you had your camera – very good.

  25. lucindalines says:

    The pictures are all great, and sorry, but I am so glad you forgot the disc because I loved the picture of the turtle. It is just the sort of thing my family would give me for my birthday, that and another frog. I should show them the picture and send them on a chase for one like it. Oh by the way, we have been keeping that cold weather here for a bit.

  26. dorannrule says:

    All your photos are great Kathy but I especially love the one of Turtle! He looks so happy snuggling in summer foliage.

  27. Katie says:

    Your pictures are too good. I want to pack my knapsack and come live with you. I’ll be super quiet. You won’t even know I’m there. Promise. Only, wait– if you don’t have wi-fi I’m out.

  28. me2013 says:

    Lovely colours Kathy, it’s still warm here too and it’s not supposed to be, poor birds don’t know what they are doing, and the Turtle photo is delightful

  29. lisaspiral says:

    I took a drive in the rain in the country last weekend and managed to appreciate the colors and not take out the camera. I of course regret not having photos today. Yours are fabulous.

  30. A plethora of Kathy’s perfectly plummy photos just made my perfunctory morning peachy keen!

  31. jeffstroud says:

    I would have stopped too Kathy! The first photo is well worth taking the time. Hey and forgetting handoff was a blessing for my photo opportunities!
    A few leaves here are turning it is great to see a pop of color. The weather here has been very much summer, 80’s-90’s and humidity! Oy

  32. P.j. grath says:

    And see, wasn’t it worth “forgetting” to give her the drive, as it gave you the excuse for more driving through fall color?!

  33. sonali says:

    Beauty at its best! How can these many variations in colors even exist? I love the turtle pic, the way you have captured it. It looks to be shy… and those apples! I haven’t seen a real apple tree in my life, as yet,… Feels so not in this world when I see such beauty in your surroundings, Kathy.

  34. Lori D says:

    Thank you for allowing me to experience fall through your photos. I miss it an awful lot.

  35. Bonnie says:

    So glad you took the camera with you, and of course the turtle picture is well worth it. Fall, in the north woods-beautiful, Kathy’s blogs- priceless.

  36. Munira says:

    Lovely post, unbelievable colours, can’t believe how fast the year went by. Weren’t you chopping wood for winter just a few months ago?

  37. Beautiful colors! Ours are just beginning here. I’ve been trying to remember the camera when I go to town.

  38. Janet says:

    Beautiful photos. However, it seems like you just thawed out and now you’re heading back towards those cold, rainy, and snowy days.

  39. Sartenada says:

    Wonderful photos. Fog and fall colors are great combination.

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