Michigan Fall Foliage Photo Collection

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Miles and miles of trees dressed in their ballgowns!  It is the only way I can describe the fall beauty of northern lower Michigan.

Fall Foliage PhotosThe oranges, yellows and reds intertwined with the greens on a sunny autumn day is breathtaking.

Fall Foliage Photo CollectionAll you have to do is get in your car and drive to the transformation of the countryside.

Fall Foliage PicturesMeandering down Highway 131 between Gaylord and Traverse City is an artist palate come to life.

Michigan Fall Foliage

Covered BridgeNot only were we fortunate enough to see the beauty of nature in the trees, we were lucky enough to stumble upon Cherry Street Market in Kalkaska. It could be called  a roadside market, but it is much more than that. With its abundance of fruit and vegetable displayed so appealing we had turn the car around and wander through it in amazement.  The colors here were as vibrant as on the trees surrounding it.

Farmers MarketAs we approached Traverse City, the Bay is a real enticement.  They have developed their waterfront with the tourist in mind.  The harbor downtown even in an early October evening was busy with sailboats and people milling around. The many hotels, restaurants, and stores were all thriving.

Traverse City BayThe last stop on our two day journey was Sleeping Bear Dunes, voted “The Most Beautiful Place in America” by Good Morning America. Ii had never been there and I can truly say the park needs to be experienced.

There are many different ways in which you can see the park, from bicycles, to hiking, to canoing and driving. We chose to drive the loop. The $10 park fee is worth every penny to see something so unique. A place where sand dunes, forest and a Great Lake all merge to form a vista that in unforgettable.

Sleeping Bear DunesYou can stand on a lookout and see almost a straight line where the greenery of the forest ends and the starkness of the dunes emerge.  The whiteness of the sand just calls you to play, even though that is so appealing there are signs warning that the dunes are constantly changing and therefore unstable.  While that prevents you from building a sandcastle it does make it exciting knowing the the view is always in transition.

Even though we humans are discouraged from climbing on the dunes it does not prevent wildlife from doing so.  We saw the proof.  Bear paw prints next to the walkway.

Sl;eeping Bear Dunes MichiganAs we walked along, I found the dune grasses amazing. How can a seed cast about by the wind drop into a pile of sand, set its  roots and grow? What a commentary on persistence.

Dunes GrassWe achieved what we set out to do, find Michigan burning with color.

*Photo Credits: Randy Heath

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  2. saminder gumer says:

    i did not think michigan had all this great foliage. these pictures are amazing.

  3. Pretty pictures! I love the colors of fall!

  4. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Beautiful Photos! Love The Covered Bridge Photo !:)

  5. We have been to Michigan in the summer but never in the fall. The colors are amazing.

  6. It’s getting to be that time of year again! I miss living in Michigan during this time of the year!

  7. I’m from Michigan, too! I moved to Cali 13 years ago, and this really made me miss home. We don’t have much a fall on the west coast. That was always was my favorite time on year growing up. Sleeping Bears Dunes is awesome! Thank you so much for the gorgeous photos and the trip down memory lane. :)

  8. Janice Cooper says:

    I live in Michigan. Your pictures are so pretty. Fall is my favorite time of year.

  9. Stephanie Phelps says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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