Absolutely Michigan: Capitol Color

Michigan State Capitol by David Marvin

Michigan State Capitol by David Marvin

Most of the photos on Michigan in Pictures come from the Absolute Michigan group on the photo-sharing website Flickr. The group has nearly 300,000 photos in it, and this morning it is positively on FIRE with photos of fall color from all over the state.

David’s photo of the Capitol was the first I saw this morning & is absolutely perfect for this post. See more in his Michigan State Capitol gallery & have a wonderful week!

PS: You can also share photos in the Michigan in Pictures group on Facebook or @michpics on Twitter!

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M-119, Michigan’s Tunnel of Trees

M-119 - Michigan’s Tunnel of Trees by Dan Gaken

M-119 – Michigan’s Tunnel of Trees by Dan Gaken

A couple of weeks ago a shared a photo of a tunnel of trees. Several commenters informed me that it wasn’t the Tunnel of Trees. They are of course right as the M-119 Tunnel of Trees has long been one of Michigan’s best fall drives. It begins just north of Harbor Springs & continues for much of the 20 miles to Cross Village. Fall color remains really strong up north, so if you want to explore, head over to Pure Michigan for some great stops along the route!

Dan took this yesterday. See more shots on his Flickr & have a great day!

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Fall into the mirror

Untitled by Etzel Noble

Untitled by Etzel Noble

Simply wonderful shot from Etzel. See more in his Fall/Autumn gallery on Flickr.

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The name is Falls, Bond Falls

Misty Bond Falls by Yanbing Shi

Misty Bond Falls by Yanbing Shi

The GoWaterfalling entry for Bond Falls near Paulding in the Upper Peninsula, says (in part):

Bond Falls is in the western U.P. on Bond Falls Rd, east of Pauding MI. This is the most impressive waterfall in Michigan with the possible exception of Tahquamenon Falls. The main drop is 40 feet high and 100+ feet wide. Above the main falls are a series of cascades and rapids that must drop a total of 20 feet.

The water level is controlled by a dam, and a steady flow over the falls is maintained for scenic reasons. Of course during the spring melt the flow is much higher.

Bond Fall is a Michigan State Scenic Site. The site was renovated around 2003. The old parking area was upstream of the falls, and a steep concrete stairway led to the base of the falls. The new parking area is near the base of the falls, and a level boardwalk leads you to prime views of the falls. The area is not quite as wild looking as it once was, but it is accessible to everyone. The trail on the east side of the falls is still wild with some steep rocky climbs. There are other trails that go off into the woods, and there are campsites nearby.

In addition to being very picturesque, this is a very popular waterfall, and unless you visit early in the morning or in winter, you are going to have a lot of company.

Bringing back this November 2014 photo I featured of Bond Falls for another look! See more in Yanbing Shi’s Landscape gallery on Flickr.

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Mac & Trees

Mac & Trees by Noah Sorenson

Mac & Trees by Noah Sorensen Photo

Here’s a shot with a banger of title from Noah. Head over to Noah’s Instagram for the latest! 

PS: Dozens of photos & articles about the Mighty Mackinac Bridge on Michigan in Pictures.

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Farlane Friday: Fall Color from Sugar Loaf

Fall Color from Sugar Loaf

Fall Color from Sugar Loaf by Andrew McFarlane

Every so often I like to sprinkle in one of my own photos on Michigan in Pictures, and today is one of those days! I took this photo on October, 22, 2018 at the long-shuttered Sugar Loaf Resort on the Leelanau Peninsula. The ski run was called Devil’s Elbow, and you can see Little Traverse Lake, Lake Michigan, and South Manitou Island & Pyramid Point in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (shout out to the Lakeshore for yesterday’s 51st birthday!)

While the color isn’t as spectacular this year as 2018, it’s still pretty nice. Also, fun fact: when I was 11 years old an out of control man ran me off the left side of the Elbow. I slid over 100′ down a very steep hill, broke my arm & had to be pulled out by a rope with a snowmobile by the Ski Patrol. You know I was right back at it as soon as the arm healed!!

If you want to read the long & depressing saga of the ski area, head over to Sugar Loaf Resort on Leelanau.com!

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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.

More fall color on Michigan in Pictures!

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Peak Colors at the Cut River Bridge

Peak Colors at the Cut River Bridge by Michigan Nut Photography

Peak Colors at the Cut River Bridge by Michigan Nut Photography

John got a fantastic angle on one of my favorite Michigan bridges, the Cut River Bridge. He shares that when he was a kid it was known as “The Million Dollar Bridge Over the Ten Cent River” 😂 Historic Bridges says that the Heath Michael Robinson Cut River Memorial Bridge was built in 1947 by the Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Company: 

This bridge is large enough that MDOT actually has maintained this bridge as an area attraction. Surrounding the bridge is a roadside park and a series of trails around the bridge. The intent to make this bridge something more than just a crossing goes back before this bridge’s status as a historic bridge to its initial construction. The bridge was designed as an attraction even when it was built, since sidewalks above the bridge in this rural area are present. Also, a set of stairways, part of the original design, take pedestrians under the bridge where they can view the supporting trusses. The abutments and piers were also given unusually exceptional detail, in particular the use of decorative stone facing. The two main piers give the appearance are attractive cut stone arches.

The bridge includes a total of 888 tons of steel and its height over the Cut River is 147 feet. It offers views of Lake Michigan from its deck. The bridge was originally painted a silver color, but is today painted green. This bridge is a steel deck cantilever truss bridge. This structure type is much more common in more hilly states like Pennsylvania, but is extremely rare in Michigan. The structure has visual complexity as a result of the extensive lattice and v-lacing on its riveted, built-up members, which are all very massive, typical for both a bridge of its size and its age. The bridge retains original standard-plan metal guardrails (Michigan’s “signature” type R4 railings) on the sidewalks that flank the roadway on each side. It also retains standard Michigan State Highway Department plaques.

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Fall colors on the Peshekee River

Fall colors on the Peshekee River by Michigan Sea Grant

Fall colors on the Peshekee River by Michigan Sea Grant

Michigan Sea Grant is a cooperative program of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. I’m a huge fan of this program that funds research, education, and outreach projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of Great Lakes resources.

Todd recently took this photo of Highway 41 as it crosses the Peshekee River in the Upper Peninsula. He shares “I remember heading out early to catch some good morning light, but it was foggy, which made for some nice photos, but my main reason was to get some fall color near water. I had to wait a bit before the fog lifted, and it was worth it!”

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Autumn’s Rainbow at Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls on the Black River by Michigan Nut Photography

Rainbow Falls on the Black River by Michigan Nut Photography

Rainbow Falls is the last of five waterfalls on the Black River in the Upper Peninsula. You can read all about Rainbow Falls & the Black River (and see another shot of these falls by John) on Michigan in Pictures.

As you can see, the Yoop is looking pretty beautiful right now!! See more on the Michigan Nut Facebook & view and purchase prints at Michigan Nut Photography!

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