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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Our Heavenly Weekend Part One: Fall Splendor


Joel and I took a road trip to Chicago this weekend to attend the temple and the symphony and to spend time with each other.  Our weekend was, in a word, heavenly.  I hope you don't mind the rehashing of it for a few days, because I definitely had my camera out plenty.

Fall came fast and furious here in the Upper Peninsula and we're in the thick of the colors.  It is so gorgeous it makes me cry.  Autumn has always been my favorite, but nothing compares to autumn up here.  We're not quite in full blown color changes in town, but as we drove down toward Wisconsin, it took our breath away as it got more and more beautiful.

Here are lots of pictures, but just know that they really don't do the whole scene justice.

It was rainy and cold the day we left.  This is the Quincy mine across the canal from our house, right before we left town on Friday morning.

Quincy Mine

About an hour or so from our house is this little town.  I always love driving down the hill and seeing the cute white church.

A churchStormy Autumn

Across the street from the church.


Also, we saw some wild turkeys along the side of the road.  I thought they were kind of cute, although they weren't too keen on having their picture taken.

Gobble Gobble

Coming back home today, the weather was much nicer, and we could see the brilliant blue sky that has always been my one of my favorite parts of fall (see, I like blue just fine!).

Orange Tree

Proof that The Maestro was there, poofy hair and all.

Joel in yellow

I made Joel stop at a few places on the way. I especially loved Lake Plumbago (I think that's what it's called), but there are a few pictures here of other places too.

A bench, some water, and the fall leavesFall BeautyRed LeafOn FireReflected

And more proof of our presence amongst the leaves...I was there too!

We were both there

More of our heavenly weekend coming soon...


  1. Oh, this just makes me ACHE! In a good way, but a very bittersweet way, too.

  2. Love love love the fall colors. And your photos are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous photography, love the beautiful colors. The postcard perfect photo of the fall colors and the church is darling.


  4. Um, I'm pretty sure I can convince Greg to move us back to the states after I show him these pictures. (And BTW, I told the family yesterday about your Summer of No Paycheck and some of the amazing experiences you had and then showed the kids the post about Little Chippy.)

  5. Those pictures are SO beautiful, I cannot possibly imagine what it looked like in real life. wow! INSPIRING :) It makes me think of the scripture in D&C 59:18 "...all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart."

  6. Ok, now I have to move. Those images are amazing and (like you said) are making me want to cry. Is there any way I can buy some prints from you? That first one is amazing. Fall is really the most heavenly time of year. I just get a whiff of that cool air coming on and I feel so peaceful and calm. Love love love fall.

  7. Just breathtaking. We don't so much get the oranges here (which I so desperately miss!)—lots of reds, browns, yellows...and never-ending green.

    Sigh. Oh, to have that orange again!

  8. Yep truly depressed...Az well Santan Valley is UGLY! hahha! I have no desire to decorate for Halloween or fall. It is too hot! And no feeling that it is fall!

  9. Wow, that is just breathtaking! I can't wait for part two.

  10. It's def. something I really miss living here. LEaves just seem to die, no fancy colors here. :)

  11. JEALOUS! I'm typing this knowing that the temps here in Az will reach 100 all week long!! I want to cry! Enjoy your fall!

  12. Fall is my most favorite time of year. Beautiful photos!

  13. The pics are STUNNING! I can't believe the colors. We are getting some color here in UT - but NOTHING like that!

  14. Wow. Gorgeous. We haven't gotten even close to that foliage yet.

  15. Hmmm...fall in Phoenix is much less colorful, and much more hot. Sure love our winters, though! :)

  16. I am intensely jealous of your foliage! Seriously, that is breathtaking, and I can see why it makes you cry. I took a drive up in the mountains last week, and it was beautiful, but pales in comparison to your heaven.

  17. Gorgeous, so picturesque as to appear like a Maxfield Parrish landscape, vivid colors, crisp images, I'm swooning.

    Such pictures drew me to your blog in the first place, I was So In Awe (and still am).

  18. You have so many gifts. Thank you for sharing this. I can't imagine what it's like to be surrounded by that kind of wild beauty.