Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road looking north towards Ladd Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road looking north towards Ladd Road | Jane Boursaw Photo

It’s been one heck of a year, hasn’t it? Lots of plot twists. But one thing we can always count on is that the fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula will be glorious, and this year is no exception.

In fact, I’d go so far as to say the colors this year are even more stunning than usual. Maybe that’s actually true, or maybe it just seems that way because of everything we’ve been through this year.

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Well, the year’s not over yet, so let’s all bask in the beautiful fall colors before the wind whips the leaves off the trees and we see what else the year has in store for us.

Below are a few photos from around the OMP this past week – a photographic journey, if you will. I love taking fall color photos when the skies are a bit overcast, because quite often that makes for the richest colors and best photographic lighting, in my view. And you also get those magnificent fall clouds. Also, that’s just how it turned out for me weather-wise this week. 🙂

First up are a few photos from The Cut-Across, the little jog between Smokey Hollow Road and Center Road. An iconic locale on the Old Mission Peninsula. You might remember this is where my Mom and I pulled off after church one fine day five years ago and sang “In the Sweet By and By.” Mom passed away in January of 2020, and I miss her dreadfully, but am bolstered by these lovely memories from this lovely place.

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; The Cut-Across from Smokey Hollow Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; The Cut-Across from Smokey Hollow Road | Jane Boursaw Photo

The photo below is looking south from The Cut-Across. Check out those clouds! My brother Ward Johnson’s farm is on the left and also across Center Road to the right. Nick Kroupa owns the parcel in the triangle.

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road looking south from the Cut-Across | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road looking south from the Cut-Across | Jane Boursaw Photo

And below, that same location looking south towards The Cut-Across. I love the tree-line along here. Those big trees on the left look very Halloweeny.

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road looking south from the Cut-Across | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road looking south from the Cut-Across | Jane Boursaw Photo

Below is another one from the intersection of Smokey Hollow Road and Center Road, looking north towards the Hogsback. Looks a little different from the cherry blossom photo at this same spot in the spring.

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking north from the Smokey Hollow intersection | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking north from the Smokey Hollow intersection | Jane Boursaw Photo

We’re back at The Cut-Across, only looking north towards Danny Fouch’s farm. I realized how picturesque this spot is after seeing an artist painting it one day. I believe it was one of those one-day art projects where the artists went out, painted a scene in one day, then took it back (to Crooked Tree Arts?) to sell it.

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road looking north towards Danny Fouch's farm | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road looking north towards Danny Fouch’s farm | Jane Boursaw Photo

The following set of photos is taken at the intersection of Smokey Hollow Road and Boursaw Road. I love that the school bus drove into the shot – perfect. I always think of my friends Jim and Lucy Heller, who owned the old Schavey house with the big barn just to the left of this tree. And of course, the Schavey family, too. They were a little before my time, but I met Jan Schavey Goodman, who now lives out west, at a Boursaw summer reunion a few years back. Love her. And she sends along cool historical photos, too.

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Looking west from Smokey Hollow Road and Boursaw Road intersection | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Looking west from Smokey Hollow Road and Boursaw Road intersection | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Looking west from Smokey Hollow Road and Boursaw Road intersection | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Looking west from Smokey Hollow Road and Boursaw Road intersection | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road from Boursaw Road intersection | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road from Boursaw Road intersection | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road from the Bluff Road intersection | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road from the Boursaw Road intersection | Jane Boursaw Photo

Still in that same spot, but do you notice that little gray speck in the tree? I got a little closer and discovered a very cool wasp’s nest there. See second photo below. It was cold enough that no one was moving around there. Otherwise, I would not have gotten so close.

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road looking north from Boursaw Road intersection | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road looking north from Boursaw Road intersection | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road (featuring wasp's nest) from Boursaw Road intersection | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road (featuring wasp’s nest) from Boursaw Road intersection | Jane Boursaw Photo

Here we are still on Smokey Hollow Road looking north towards the Ladd Road intersection, with Rocko Fouch’s orchard on the left and the old Leighton house on the right. Tim and I lived in that big house for a few years in the last century. I wrote a little about the history of this spot and the Leighton family here.

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road looking north towards Ladd Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow Road looking north towards Ladd Road | Jane Boursaw Photo

Below, we’re still on Smokey Hollow Road in that beautiful line of trees down by the water, looking north towards the Weatherholt’s farm.

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow road looking north towards Weatherholt's Farm | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Smokey Hollow road looking north towards Weatherholt’s Farm | Jane Boursaw Photo

Below, we’re on Mission Road looking north towards the Old Mission General Store. I grew up in the house to the right of this photo down by the shore. Best childhood ever. We had East Bay on one side and Bob DeVol’s penny candy box just up the road. (Thank you, Gary Noteware, for that thought from your Facebook post.)

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Mission Road looking north towards the Old Mission General Store | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Mission Road looking north towards the Old Mission General Store | Jane Boursaw Photo

Below is a little travelogue around the little village of Old Mission: Bay Street, Ridgewood Road, Bagley Lake and Swaney Road.

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Bay Street from the Haserot Beach side | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Bay Street from the Haserot Beach side | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Ridgewood Road looking north | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Ridgewood Road looking north | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Bagley Lake from Ridgewood Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Bagley Lake from Ridgewood Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Swaney Road looking west-ish | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Swaney Road looking west-ish | Jane Boursaw Photo

Below is a series of photos from Center Road: Looking north towards Swaney Road (you can see the Manigold’s farm stand on the right); looking north from the Old Mission Tavern; and looking north from Old Mission Flowers (corner of Ladd Road and Center Road). Ginny Coulter says she’s wrapping things up at Old Mission Flowers, but there are still a few blooms to be had there, so hop over and pick a fall bouquet.

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking north towards Swaney Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking north towards Swaney Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking north from Old Mission Tavern | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking north from Old Mission Tavern | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking north from Old Mission Flowers, corner of Center Road and Ladd Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking north from Old Mission Flowers, corner of Center Road and Ladd Road | Jane Boursaw Photo

Below are a few photos from Chateau Chantal, looking east (you can see their solar panels and boxes for grape harvest; it smelled like lovely wine there when I took the photos) and west towards Power Island and my brother Dean Johnson’s farm across the road. Sometimes you can see their horses Sugar and Summer in the pasture, but it looks like my sister-in-law Laura had already tucked them into the barn for the night.

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Chateau Chantal looking east | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Chateau Chantal looking east | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Chateau Chantal looking east | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Chateau Chantal looking east | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Chateau Chantal looking west towards Power Island | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Chateau Chantal looking west towards Power Island | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Chateau Chantal looking west | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Chateau Chantal looking west towards Dean and Laura Johnson’s farm | Jane Boursaw Photo

This set of photos below is from the Hogsback, located on Center Road just north of the Smokey Hollow Road intersection. My brother Dean Johnson’s farm is on the west side of the road, and Danny Fouch’s farm is on the east and west side of the road. We’ve circled back around to where we started this photologue near The Cut-Across.

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking east from the Hogsback | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking east from the Hogsback | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking west from the Hogsback | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking west from the Hogsback | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking west from the Hogsback | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking west from the Hogsback | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking west from the Hogsback | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking west from the Hogsback | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking west from the Hogsback | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road looking west from the Hogsback | Jane Boursaw Photo

The photos below are on Center Road from Winery Hill (Chateau Grand Traverse). The iconic scenic turn-off where everyone stops to take photos. Always an amazing view any time of year.

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road at Winery Hill (Chateau Grand Traverse) looking west towards Power Island | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road at Winery Hill (Chateau Grand Traverse) looking west towards Power Island | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road at Winery Hill (Chateau Grand Traverse) looking west towards Power Island | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Center Road at Winery Hill (Chateau Grand Traverse) looking west towards Power Island | Jane Boursaw Photo

But there’s another beautiful view of Power Island from the top of Wilson Road – see photos below. Thank you to the gentleman walking his dog on the westerly side of Wilson Road who kindly said I could publish a photo of them in Old Mission Gazette.

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Top of Wilson Road looking towards Power Island | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Top of Wilson Road looking towards Power Island | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Top of Wilson Road looking east | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Top of Wilson Road looking east | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Wilson Road looking west | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Wilson Road looking west | Jane Boursaw Photo

Below are photos of Blue Water Road and Bluff Road. On the right of Blue Water Road is Luke Dobron’s fun Labyrinth I wrote about a couple weeks ago.

Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Blue Water Road looking east | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Blue Water Road looking east | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Bluff Road about a half-mile south of Blue Water Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fall Colors on the Old Mission Peninsula; Bluff Road about a half-mile south of Blue Water Road | Jane Boursaw Photo

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  1. Absolutely Beautiful images my friend! Bravo. Thanks so much for offering them. Maybe next year……
    Best wishes for a healthy and safe autumn, from northern Indiana!

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