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Pure Michigan Sunflowers as Far as the Eye Can See

We are on the backside of the summer season here in Michigan and the Midwest. That meant when I was out on the open road this week, I came across a field of Pure Michigan sunflowers as far as the eye can see.

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

I got as close to the never-ending field in Whitmore Lake, just outside Ann Arbor, as I could without going in. The early morning light just beamed off the sunflowers that were as tall as me. All of the bright blue sky served as the perfect backdrop. Dawn is my recommended time to experience sunflowers.

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

With sunflowers usually come some bees, but I was lucky enough only to see a few. Can you spot the one below? 🙂

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

You will find this field on the northwest corner of North Territorial and Whitmore Lake roads. I parked alongside Whitmore Lake road watching the morning dew soak my jeans and shoes. It was well worth it to see the summertime beauty that is sunflowers. I will let the rest of the pictures do the talking.

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

From my experience sunflowers don’t seem to stay in full bloom for very long. I was so happy that I drove through this intersection this week. 🙂

Where else would you recommend checking out sunflowers in Michigan? Where have you come across them in your travels?

Cruising Along Lake Michigan in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Is the Michigan summer open road taking you to Mackinac Island or just into the Upper Peninsula and St. Ignace? If so, take some time to drive westbound U.S. Route 2, one of the major east-west drives in the U.P. Once you are about ten miles off I-75 and the Mackinac Bridge you will find yourself along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

You will be on a part of the official Lake Michigan Circle Tour. For miles and miles it will be just lake, beach, sand dunes and brush straight ahead. The brush along the road is narrow, along with the beach that snugs the northern shore of the Great Lake.

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

There are plenty of places to park the car alongside the road to walk the beach. Despite being here in the middle of the summer, I had the scenery all to myself.

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Well without further ado, some more pics of my time out on the open road in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan:

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

U.S. Route 2, Lake Michigan shoreline - Upper Peninsula, Michigan

What lake side drives are your favorites? Any in Michigan?

Little Man is Now Chasing the Coffee, Coffee and Coffee

2017 is in full swing. I’m still trying to put my arms around the fact that my son is almost one already. Where has the time gone?! It seems like yesterday I was Introducing Travel and Coffee, Coffee and Coffee to Someone. We have visited numerous shops, though confined to just Michigan. He smells the home brewing pretty much continuously.

The little man still heads with me to the coffee shop in his car seat, though now with his eyes always open. He loves looking at Biggby Coffee. Graduation to the next car seat, thus I having to carry him in is upcoming in the weeks ahead.

Son smiling at the Biggby Coffee

I’d also like to think he is crawling towards and chasing the cup now because it is filled with coffee deliciousness. ☕☕☕

Son heading towards the coffee

Son crawling towards the coffee

This year will bring the two of us walking into coffee shops together and further away ventures. I look forward to him being more inquisitive as to what the coffee cups and drinks are. I’m sure he will get into anything and everything at the coffee shop as he is now doing at home ha-ha. Still hoping for that first word outside of dada and mama to be coffee!

To all of the coffee adventures that lie ahead. We hope to see you out on the open coffee shop road.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Another Autumn has rolled around here in Michigan and the Midwest. With that brings the usual plethora of Fall colors and beauty everywhere you look.

Below are just some of the scenes I’ve captured around Ann Arbor, Brighton, Fenton and the western Detroit area over the last few weeks. Pure Michigan Autumn beauty at its finest!

Hines Drive - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Picnic table hanging out amongst the Autumn backdrop of Hines Drive in Plymouth.

Hines Drive - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Hines Drive in Plymouth Autumn beauty.

Hines Drive - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Fall colors await along Hines Drive in Northville.

Hines Drive - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Fall colors await along Hines Drive in Northville.

Hines Drive - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

The morning frost is enjoying the Fall backdrop.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open rural Autumn road in Pure Michigan.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Colorful leaves dotting the ground are aplenty.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

The Fall leaves are hanging along the Shiawassee River in Fenton.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Checking out andom dirt roads in Livingston County.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Huron Meadows Metropark is the place to be around Brighton this time of year.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Huron Meadows Metropark is the place to be around Brighton this time of year.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open Fall road around Pinckney.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open Fall road around Pinckney.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open Fall road around Pinckney.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Autumn Ann Arbor neighborhood style.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Huron Meadows Metropark is the place to be around Brighton this time of year.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Huron Meadows Metropark is the place to be around Brighton this time of year.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

You’ll find a vast number of Autumn colors every year at Parker Mill Park in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

You’ll find a vast number of Autumn colors every year at Parker Mill Park in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

You’ll find a vast number of Autumn colors every year at Parker Mill Park in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

You’ll find a vast number of Autumn colors every year at Parker Mill Park in Ann Arbor.

Hell, Michigan - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Autumn is in the foreground at Hell Dam in Hell, Michigan.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open country dirt road outside Ann Arbor.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open country dirt road outside Ann Arbor.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

The Fall scene anywhere along the Huron RIver in Ann Arbor is worth checking out.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

The Fall scene anywhere along the Huron RIver in Ann Arbor is worth checking out.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Looking up Bird Road at Fall beauty in Ann Arbor.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Make sure to look not just straight ahead, but upwards to capture the beauty of the season.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Make sure to look not just straight ahead, but upwards to capture the beauty of the season.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

The shadows of Autumn are on full display at the Argo Nature Area in Ann Arbor.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Make sure to look not just straight ahead, but upwards to capture the beauty of the season.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Colorful leaves dotting the ground are aplenty.

Check some scenes I captured last year in The 2015 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan.

Where have you gone around home or in your travels to capture Fall colors this season?

A Sunrise and Beginning to Another Pure Michigan Autumn

As I write this Autumn has officially arrived (September 21st at 10:21 a.m. EST) here in Michigan and the Midwest. With that the days are really starting to get shorter and the sun is rising a little bit later each day. On the plus side, it is getting easier for me to capture the sunrise after I leave the homestead in the morning.

I took advantage working my way over to the campground at Brighton State Recreation Area and Bishop Lake. The photos below are what stood right in front of me as I got out of the car and started facing east. The sun was reflecting off Bishop Lake, with lots of morning fog and mist rising off the same water. The air had a crisp feel to it.

To the beginnings of another beautiful Pure Michigan Autumn!

Pure Michigan sunrise, lake, Brighton State Recreation Area

Pure Michigan sunrise, lake, Brighton State Recreation Area

Pure Michigan sunrise, lake, Brighton State Recreation Area

Pure Michigan sunrise, lake, Brighton State Recreation Area

Pure Michigan sunrise, lake, Brighton State Recreation Area

Pure Michigan sunrise, lake, Brighton State Recreation Area