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November 17, 2017

There were definitely some odd things about Autumn in Michigan\'s lower Peninsula this year.

We had an unusually dry August and September. As a result, the leaves, when they finally started to change color, looked crunched, as if someone had wadded them all together before they left the trees.

I did not go out of my way to photograph "crunched" trees, but some of them showed up in my wallpapers. The best example of it is the yellow tree in the wallpaper directly below. But even the leaves of the trees by this lake look pretty dry.

Another thing that was odd about Autumn, was that most trees either turned color all at once--- or they didn\'t turn at all. This photo that I took only 9 days ago, shows it perfectly. The tree in front was totally turned, while the one behind it hadn\'t even gotten started yet!

For the most part, however, trees changed color very slowly this year, because the weather was so mild. I began to wonder if I would ever be able to get photos of Autumn 2017 to upload to Desktop Nexus. I was sure that the trees were going to change momentarily. One good cold night would do it! But we never seemed to get that cold night.

My husband and I took a church bus trip to Pinconning Michigan in mid October. Pinconning is 3 hours north of where we live, and the further north you get, the more rapidly Michigan\'s leaves change. So I took my camera along, thinking that at last I\'d get colorful tree photographs.

We arrived there to find the trees only slightly more colorful than those in our area. I took pictures of the most colorful trees I could find. Then we took a very bumpy hayride through some forestland that looked a bit more Autumny. I started snapping pictures like crazy, bumps and all.

I shot about 150 pictures during that bumpy half hour ride. They came out surprisingly well. Here are a couple of them. I took the first one while the tractor was moving, and the 2nd one when it stopped for a few minutes.

During the 1st week of November, I visited a nature preserve in my area for the first time. This time I had much better luck at getting some Autumn photos. These are a couple of my favorites.

As of today, November 17, there are still some trees in my area that have barely changed color. Here are a couple of happy exceptions to that.

At last we are starting to get some cold days. Bitterly cold, as a matter of fact. On November 9th, it got so cold that we broke a temperature record set in 1913! But then we had a few mild days with rain and a rare November thunderstorm. (The trees around here probably don\'t know what to think!)

One thing for sure... Autumn has been very unique in Michigan this year. I\'ll never forget this one.

Happy Autumn, (or Spring!) wherever you live! :D

Elaine :)

PS. If your Autumn season has been unusual/weird, I\'d love to hear about it. :D
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