Fall foliage (1) (640x427)I’ve been spending lots of time outdoors lately, trying to soak up as much of the autumn beauty as possible while it’s still here. The other day I went for a drive in a rural area about 25 miles away and spent a couple hours taking photographs of the pretty scenery. So often I found myself in awe of the stunning beauty — leaves quivering in the breeze with sunlight shining through all shades of golds, reds, and browns. It’s a struggle to come up with words to express how much I love this season. Places that wouldn’t draw a second glance for the rest of the year are magically transformed into art. Just look at the leaves floating on the water in this lake. See how the sunlight was filtering through to the rocks below? It was mesmerizing, with the leaves bobbing up and down on water stirred by a soft breeze, and the light patterns dancing around below.
Leaves floating on water with dappled sunlight and rocks (640x427)
I stumbled upon this little hidden lake and stopped to check for migrating waterfowl. I didn’t see any ducks there, but this view was worth the stop anyway.

Algoe Lake in Ortonville SRA - with fall foliage w sig

I was thrilled to come across a few Sandhill Cranes, and then some sheep sharing their pasture with a curious donkey.
Sandhill Crane on gravel road

Sheep through a fence
This road was typical of the scenery all afternoon, just one “feast for the eyes” after another. I’m not ashamed to say that I got teary-eyed more than once as I contemplated all the beauty around me that day. I experience autumn this way every year, with heightened awareness of the cycles of nature as well as appreciation of its beauty.

Curving rural road with fall foliage and sunlight w sig

But this year I can’t help but view autumn through a more personal lens. Just as the trees must shed their leaves to survive the winter, I had some letting go of my own to do. Just as those dead leaves will nourish the soil that keeps the tree standing, I believe the lessons I learned from the breakup of my marriage will help build a stronger foundation for the rest of my life. And just as new leaves will emerge on the trees when conditions are more favorable, it’s my hope that I’ll have a similar rejuvenation after a necessary period of dormancy.

Rural road in Lapeer county with fall foliage w sig

I’m learning to rely on myself and not to fear the unknown. I don’t know what lies ahead for me but I’m ready to start my journey and find out.


  1. Kim, your images are gorgeous! Spending time in nature is indeed, therapy. It feeds our souls, and give a sense of peace that heals us. My thoughts are with you as you navigate this new transition in your life. Wishing you peace!


  2. Hello Kim,
    I loved this post, and your entire blog, it’s really nice. Seems like we think alike because I feel the same way you do about the healing power of nature, and life in general. Those lessons we’re here to learn are so darn difficult sometimes. 🙂 The donkey picture reminded me of our own donkey at our ranch. His name is Filimon. They’re so sweet arent they. Take care, and I’ll be looking forward to reading more of your lovely posts. Beautiful photos too.


    • Hi Caroline,
      I just explored a little bit of your blog and am envious of your life on Rancho La Bellota! It seems you have many opportunities to be out in nature in a beautiful setting. Thanks for the nice comments.


      • Your welcome Kim 🙂 It was a pleasure to read your blog. Have a nice weekend,


  3. Another wonderful post, Kim. Your words are magical, much like the beautiful photos that you take. You seem to have a firm grasp on your life, and I’m thinking that great things lie ahead for you.


  4. What an inspiring post Kim! I too think of so much transition with the seasonal changes. I feel it is an exciting time for you… Your words indicate great courage and strength. Your photographs are phenomenal! I’m envious as our trees are just now turning a few reds and yellows.


    • Thanks, Lori. Our trees are past peak color now, with many leaves coming down fast. It’s always so depressing when the trees are bare for months at a time. I’m glad there are so many evergreen trees around my apartment community though…that should help a bit.


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