Upper Peninsula Michigan

2020

The 2020 pandemic limited travel to places drivable from my home and socially distanced from others. Michigan's Upper Peninsula was a new discovery for me. I went in search of waterfalls and autumn foliage and found both. The center of my travels was the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore overlooking Lake Superior.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore overlooking Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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Laughing Whitefish Falls
Laughing Whitefish Falls

Laughing Whitefish Falls in Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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Elliot Falls
Elliot Falls

Elliot Falls spills into Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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Shores of Lake Superior
Shores of Lake Superior

Elliot Falls spills into Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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Forest Upper Peninsula
Forest Upper Peninsula

Hiking through the autumn forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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Castle Rock
Castle Rock

Castle Rock on the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore juts into Lake Superior.

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Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls winds down the hillside in Munising, Michigan. Upper Peninsula

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Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls

Red autumn leaves bring a bright spot of color to Horseshoe Falls in Munishing, Michigan. Upper Peninsula.

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Whitefish Falls
Whitefish Falls

Autumn colors at Whitefish Falls near Munising, Michigan.

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Tree Lake Michigan
Tree Lake Michigan

This lone tree reaches out to the waters of Lake Michigan. The long exposure softens the water and the reflection.

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Au Train Falls
Au Train Falls

A small section of Au Train Falls showing autumn color. Near Munising, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula.

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Whitefish Falls
Whitefish Falls

Relatively lazy stream below Whitefish Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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Munising Falls
Munising Falls

Roadside falls in the city limits of Munising, Michigan. Upper Peninsula.

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Autumn Stillness
Autumn Stillness

The upper peninsula of Michigan was about waterfalls, but there were also some quiet moments. The color of autumn met the upcoming winter.

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Beach Au Train River
Beach Au Train River

The upper peninsula of Michigan was about waterfalls, but there were also some quiet moments. The color of autumn met the upcoming winter.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

The discoloration in the stone is what makes the edge of Lake Superior the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

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Munising Color
Munising Color

Autumn colors above Munising, Michigan. Upper Peninsula.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Waves crash along the edge of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Trees grow where they may down the face of the cliff.

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Waterfall Pictured Rocks
Waterfall Pictured Rocks

Waterfall flows out of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and into Lake Superior.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Detail of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along Lake Superior. Trees and rocks eventually crash into the waters below.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Forest drive reflected in puddles after rain. Autumn in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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Dock on the Lake
Dock on the Lake

Pier on small lake in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. A ranger told me about this set of lakes and I saw no one as I explored. The pier in disrepair is a reminder of boating and fishing of long ago.

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Autumn Scene
Autumn Scene

Shoreline of small lake in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It began to rain as I arrived at this small picturesque lake. The shape of the bent tree caught my eye as it was surrounded by trees of different textures and colors. All reflected in the still water.

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Lighthouse Grand Island
Lighthouse Grand Island

Lighthouse on Grand Island, Upper Peninsula, Michigan in autumn colors.

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Seven Bridges Trail
Seven Bridges Trail

The end of the trail at Seven Bridges near Milwaukee is Lake Michigan.

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Au Sable Falls
Au Sable Falls

Au Sable Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

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Miners Beach Sunset
Miners Beach Sunset

Enjoyed a sunset from Miners Beach along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

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Au Train Bay
Au Train Bay

Most days in the Upper Peninsula were cloudy when I was there. As was this day. But for just a moment, the sun peaked through a layer of clouds. It disappeared as quickly as it came. This is a reminder to always be hopeful on a new day.

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Autumn Grand Island
Autumn Grand Island

Autumn colors top the lakeshore along Grand Island near Munising, Michigan. Part of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

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Jens Jensen Road
Jens Jensen Road

Jens Jensen Road in Door County Michigan is famously windy. Especially spectacular in autumn colors.

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Tree detail
Tree detail

The autumn colors were brilliant in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, but I also loved to see the tree structure. Especially as it was reflected in a still pond.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Lake Superior at the base of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

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