In 2007, we slowed the pace of travel. Well at least a little bit :-). We spent 2+ weeks every summer in late July or early August, visiting my wife’s family. For many years, one of those weeks was spent with a group of “in-laws” on the Atlantic Ocean, renting anywhere from Bethany Beach, Delaware, to the north, all the way south to Nags Head, N.C. This year marked some life changes for the family, and for the first time in many years, we did not go to the beach. We did do a short day trip to Shenandoah National Park.
I continued to look for imagery in my own back yard, whether canoeing on the nearby Tittabawassee River sailing in the Great Lakes with my partner and friend, who owns a nice, 36 foot rig, or traveling up over the bridge for short (long-weekend) jaunts.
In early July, I joined a couple of my law partners for a long-weekend sail. We did 2 overnight stays, one at Hessel, Michigan in the U.P.
On our return, we stopped at Mackinac Island, which vies with Frankenmuth, Michigan as our number one tourist attraction. Its easy to see the draw of Mackinac. Once a fortress for naval defense, it was settled early on (before lower Michigan was). The fort is still there and you can see most of the waters of the Straits of Mackinac from the towers there. It has been preserved and is now an admission-fee tourist attraction. The little main street is also replete with the usual suspects; fudge and trinket shops. There are also a few nice bars and restaurants, and the magnificent Grand Hotel, which sits uphill from the downtown area. Mackinac Island hosts a governor’s conference at The Grande each year, and served as the filming point for the Christopher Reeve movie, “Somewhere In Time.” The island is a rather steep hill and from the top, you have some magnificent views. M-185, the single road which goes around the 8 mile perimeter of the island is bereft of cars, as motorized vehicles are not permitted on the island. It is a great biking trail, if a little short.
Most tourists access the island by passenger ferry and the Sheppler Ferry company has a near monopoly on transport to the island.
During our regular summer vacation in Virginia, we made the day trip to Shenandoah National Park. My wife and I agreed that we would spend our anniversary weekend there later in October. During the early evening hours, I was able to capture a sunset up on one of the overlooks.
The next day, in the early morning light, I found a pathway with light shafts that was intriguing to me (it might look vaguely familiar to those regular readers here, who have looked at my banner image). I also saw a momma bear and her two cubs cross the road in front of me, and a couple of young stag deer sparring in the road a while later. Neither incident presented an appropriate opportunity to photograph them, but I will always remember these wonders of nature.
In late October, back in Michigan, I shot some fall foliage scenes in the nearby Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. The photographs here are from a footbridge in the refuge just 5 miles from my home. The images are “busy,” but show that you can find foliage images if you work at it. The “big picture” is kind of “eh.” But I was able to find two shots that I thought were worthy, by isolating areas. The leaf on the water reflection has resulted in several sales.
I was not ready to give up on fall color yet, this particular year. My sister and brother in law and I took a quick long-weekend trip at the end of October, to a small house he owned for a very short time in the town of Rapid River in the U.P. We did a waterfall tour, and at the end of our trip, visited an area I had not been to before: Fayette State Park. Fayette was a large, iron smelting encampment during the Michigan U.P.’s boom in iron ore production. There are some really nice image opportunities there.
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