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Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Follow The Path To Miner's Falls

While on my trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula this fall, I had the opportunity to visit Miners Falls. The falls were great in their own right, but on the walk down to them from the parking lot I noticed how the path made an "S" shaped curve......and we all know to never pass up an "S" shape!

Walking along the path into the forest it felt sort of magical, so, in processing, I brightened the pathway to give it a "Follow The Yellow Brick Road" appearance. Because the trail dips down about halfway through the frame, you lose sight of it and really can't tell where it leads to. I felt that this too added an air of mystery.

 
Path To Miner's Falls    © Howard Grill

Path To Miner's Falls    © Howard Grill

 

Pete's Lake - Sometimes Things Stay The Same

I've just returned from a fantastic week long photography trip photographing fall colors in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with several of my "photo buddies". I have been to the Munising area of the Upper Peninsula to photograph four times, and it never fails to offer up a plethora of photographic opportunities. Even when I was there two years ago and we missed the fall colors with our timing, there was still plenty to photograph. I am glad to say that this year the colors did not disappoint.

I have not yet had the opportunity to download, keyword, or process any of the images. But while I was at one particular location I found myself fascinated by something. This image was made on my first trip to the Upper Peninsula in 2004, at a wonderful sunrise location called Pete's Lake.

Pete's Lake, Michigan's Upper Peninsula   © Howard Gril

Pete's Lake, Michigan's Upper Peninsula   © Howard Gril

I was able to photograph at Pete's Lake once again this year. Not only were the yellow trees on the left still there (I guess that really isn't all that surprising), but the same driftwood in the lake to the right of the trees was still there as well! It was like the scene had become frozen in time, and that made it feel like I was being transported back to 2004. Of course, once my shutter clicked, I was back in 2017. As Kurt Vonnegut Jr. used to say.....and so it goes.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula In Fall

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is one of THE places to see and photograph fall foliage.  I had the opportunity to visit the Upper Peninsula during fall about eight or nine years ago, but haven't been back since.  This is the year of my return!  In fact, by the time this is posted I may well be on my way back home. 

Timing is always somewhat hit or miss (like the time I showed up for spring wildflowers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park a few years ago when we had a very warm and early spring, only to be told that the wildflowers were gone, having bloomed three weeks earlier than usual). I am hoping that we will have arrived there in time for some great color.

In the meantime, I have posted some of my photographs from that trip I took eight or nine years ago.

I will let you know how the conditions were upon my return.

Addenda: I wrote the post above before actually taking my trip.  Unfortunately, I had to cancel the fall visit to Michigan.....but why not show the Upper Peninsula images anyway?  I am looking forward to rescheduling this adventure next year!

Fall colors at Council Lake in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Lake Superior shoreline at sunset in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

An autumn leaf at AuTrain Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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Pete's Lake And Red Rock Falls At Northland Adventurer

I am pleased that the website Northland Adventurer, the mission of which is "through illustrious photography, art and story we bring the awe of the Northland to you, wherever you may be", has recently written articles using three of my photographs from Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The site defines the Northland as Northwest Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, most of South Dakota, Noertheast Montana and Northern Iowa.

The three images used were among my favorites and are shown below.  Click on the link to read the two articles about the locations and while you are there check out the whole website. It's pretty neat, and a fun place to browse!

Autumn scene at Pete's Lake in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

 

Sunrise at Pete's Lake in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Rock River Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Here's the short article on Red Rock Falls from Northland Adventurer.

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One More From Michigan, 2004

One more image 'brought to life' from my hard drive from the 2004 Michigan Upper Peninsula workshop I spoke about in my last post.  In this one I was intrigued by the lines and shapes in the foreground made by the flow of the water during the long exposure.

Red Rock Falls

Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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