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Color Tour

The color in northern Michigan is near or at the peak, depending on where you are looking.  We have taken a couple drives the last couple days to see the color and were not disappointed.  Along the way we stopped at a scenic spot in the Florey’s Ranch Estates, the Mayfield Pond Park in Mayfield, Brown Bridge Pond, now simply the Boardman River, and the […]

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Dahlia Hill Society of Midland

A couple weeks ago, we visited Midland and the Dahlia Hill Society.  WOW! What a display of dahlias.  All kinds of dahlias.  Amazing colors and textures.  I didn’t realize that dahlias came in so many forms.  I took LOTS of pictures and am just going to present them here in no particular order so you can get a sense of the variety we saw. Click […]

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Color, Reflections, and Things that Fly

Finally got back on the lake this morning after a long absence.  The lake was very flat making for some interesting reflections and easy kayaking. I’ll start with color.  Yes, the color is starting to change up here.  Not very widespread, yet, but you can see it coming. Although the sky was quite overcast when we started, the sun did finally come out, leaving some […]

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Calm Waters

We went for an evening paddle yesterday with a good friend.  She hadn’t been out in a couple weeks and, actually, neither had we.  The breeze was dying down and the water was getting calmer.  A great evening for a paddle. We were pleased to see the pair of loons out.     We chased this kingfisher down the shoreline until it decided to fly back […]

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TART Trail to Suttons Bay

What a beautiful morning for a bike ride along the TART trail to Suttons Bay!  The TART trail starts in Traverse City, but we chose a trail head closer to Suttons Bay, at Fouch Rd, only 11 miles each way.  The trail winds through farm land, hay fields, and orchards.  It is paved smooth and is off the busy roads, ideal for families and all […]

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Perseids Meteor Shower

Rose and I went in search of the meteor shower last night.  We went to the Interlochen State Park boat launch on Green Lake and sat on the dock.  We had moderate success.  We saw about 5 in an hour.  We were looking southwest, perhaps not the best direction, but that was where the sky was the darkest.  Northeast points us directly at Traverse City […]

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Bohemian Lavender Farm

It was a lovely day to visit the Bohemian Lavender Farm just outside Maple City.  The farm is off Shimek Rd, down a dirt drive to the  barn.  It was a lovely setting for lavender.   The French lavender was in full bloom.  Bees were everywhere, but so busy with the lavender they had no time to bother anyone.  Small artistic details were scattered around the […]

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A Lovely Morning Paddle

We headed out to the lake last weekend with a couple friends from OCC.  Neither had been out yet this year, so it was great they joined us.  Here are some of the things we saw. A pair of ducks feeding along the shore.   This tern was looking for breakfast. The water lilies are magnificent this year.   Lots of shore birds   Even an […]

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Quiet Morning on the Lake

We’ve been away for a couple weeks.  We finally got out on the lake yesterday morning and found it to be very quiet.  Gone were all the boats of the holiday weekend, but gone, too, was much wildlife.  It was later in the morning than our usual time, so maybe that was it.  Still, there was a lot of beauty to be seen. The water […]

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Treat Farm Trail – Sleeping Bear Dunes

The Treat Farm Trail is not one of the highly publicized trails in Sleeping Bear Dunes, but one of my favorites.  The link above takes you to the SBD site describing the trail. At the trail head, there is another farm that is always very neat and tidy.  Here are some of the barns and out-buildings. After walking 0.7 mile or so through the woods […]

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