Wayback Wednesday: Sunlight through the autumn trees

Sunlight through the autumn trees by TP Mann

Sunlight through the autumn trees by T P Mann

Fall color remains in full swing across much of Michigan. Here’s hoping you have a chance to enjoy it before it’s gone!

T P took this photo way back on October 20, 2007. See more in his Michigan Autumn Colors gallery on Flickr.

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The Weather & Fall Color

Mirror Lake in Autumn by Julie Chapa

Mirror Lake in Autumn by Julie Chapa

In their excellent article on The Science of Fall Color, the US Forest Service explains the role of the weather in the annual seasonal show:

The amount and brilliance of the colors that develop in any particular autumn season are related to weather conditions that occur before and during the time the chlorophyll in the leaves is dwindling. Temperature and moisture are the main influences.

A succession of warm, sunny days and cool, crisp but not freezing nights seems to bring about the most spectacular color displays. During these days, lots of sugars are produced in the leaf but the cool nights and the gradual closing of veins going into the leaf prevent these sugars from moving out. These conditions – lots of sugar and light – spur production of the brilliant anthocyanin pigments, which tint reds, purples, and crimson. Because carotenoids are always present in leaves, the yellow and gold colors remain fairly constant from year to year.

The amount of moisture in the soil also affects autumn colors. Like the weather, soil moisture varies greatly from year to year. The countless combinations of these two highly variable factors assure that no two autumns can be exactly alike. A late spring, or a severe summer drought, can delay the onset of fall color by a few weeks. A warm period during fall will also lower the intensity of autumn colors. A warm wet spring, favorable summer weather, and warm sunny fall days with cool nights should produce the most brilliant autumn colors.

Julie took this photo at a small lake near Fife Lake back in 2014. See more in her Michigan gallery & follow Julie Chapa Photography on Facebook.

TONS more fall color on Michigan in Pictures!

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Waterfall Wednesday: September 22nd at Overlooked Falls

Overlooked Falls by Jim Sorbie

Overlooked Falls by Jim Sorbie

GoWaterfalling’s page on Minor Waterfalls has this to say about this pretty little waterfall in Porcupine Mountains State Park:

Overlooked Falls is a small falls on the Little Carp River. The scenic falls consists of two drops, each about 5′ in height. This is the most easily accessed of the falls on the Little Carp River, big or small. It is only a few hundred feet from the parking area. The trailhead to the falls is at the end of Little Carp River road. This is also the trailhead to Greenstone Falls, which is about 1/2 mile away. The trail also leads to the much larger Trappers Falls, which is three miles away.

I found this great shot by Jim this morning in the Absolute Michigan group on Flickr which just happens to be from September 22nd way back in 2014! See more in Jim’s Color Tour 2014 (UP & Ontario) gallery.

Many (many) more Michigan waterfalls on Michigan in Pictures!

Weird Wednesday: Tic Tac Timber!

Tic Tac Toe in the Woods by Laurent Fady

Tic Tac Toe in the Woods by Laurent Fady

One of the nice things about drone photos is that they can reveal cool things that are lurking just beyond our perception. Laurent shares that he asked his brother who “makes” trees for a living as a biology engineer, and his brother said that it could be an effort to mark growing areas for growers.

Laurent says that the next time he drives by, he’ll investigate. Stay tuned & see more in his Aerial Photos of Northern Michigan gallery on Flickr & follow Laurent Fady Photography on Facebook!

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Cedar(eflection)

Cedar by Thomas Michael

Cedar by Thomas Michael

Just love this photo from Thomas – see more in his April 21 gallery on Flickr!

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Sunset over Munising Bay

Sunset over Munising Bay by Michigan Nut Photography

Sunset over Munising Bay by Michigan Nut Photography

The hits just keep coming from Michigan Nut!! See lots more from John on his Facebook page and view & purchase his work at michigannutphotography.com.

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2021 Cherry Blossoms: Any Day Now Edition

Any Day Now by Mark Smith

Any Day Now by Mark Smith

Mark took this the other day of a cherry orchard on the high hills of Leelanau County. Won’t be long before cherry blossoms return to Michigan!

Head over to Downstreamer on Flickr for Mark’s latest!

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Smooth

Smooth by Ron DeHaan

Smooth by Ron DeHaan

Ron says that the only way this ice could have been smoother is with a Zamboni! Head over to his Flickr for more!

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Sap Season in Michigan

Maple Sap Harvesting by Davd Marvin

Maple Sap Harvesting by David Marvin

Our recent weather has been perfect for maple sugaring! You can dig into the process at the maple syrup tag on Michigan in Pictures!

Dig into David’s Flickr for more!

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The Apple Tree in Winter

The Apple Tree in Winter by Allan L McFarlane

The Apple Tree in Winter by Allan L McFarlane

Today would have been my dad’s 83rd birthday. Though he’s been gone more of my life than he was in it, I still miss him every day. He was a hell of a photographer who sparked my lifelong passion for photography. While my scan of this photo of the apple tree in our backyard years ago isn’t the best, I had to share it.

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