Lorey Kroupa's Harbor Station at the corner of Peninsula Drive and Bowers Harbor Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Lorey Kroupa's Harbor Station at the corner of Peninsula Drive and Bowers Harbor Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
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It seems like we’re a few weeks behind on this year’s fall colors. Halloween has come and gone and here we are into November already. But we didn’t really start to see a lot of color until the past week or so, and then suddenly, overnight it was a brilliant tapestry of color around the Old Mission Peninsula.

Also, I had one of those “Facebook Memories” pop up a few days ago – a video of Mom and I chatting at Orchard Creek Assisted Living two years ago. It was actually just a few months before she passed away, right before all heck broke lose with the pandemic (which … if you were ready to go, Mom, that was probably a good time to go!).

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Anyway, in our video chat two years ago, I mentioned to Mom that Dean and Ward (my brothers/her sons) still had 500 boxes of apples to get off the trees. This year, they are all done with apples. You just never know what each season will bring on the farm.

Here’s a mish-mash of photos over the past few weeks – a few pics of apples, pumpkins, leaves and water, with a few sunflowers thrown in for good measure. And, of course, an island. As I post this today (Monday, Nov. 8, 2021), there’s still lots of color out there, although the wind is whooshing them away.

See the captions on each photo for more details and locations. Here’s a funny story – I had taken lots of photos of the Gorman’s Halloween decorations during the day (first photos below), and when Tim and I went by there a few nights ago, I yelled, “Go back! There are witches on the barn!” They’d set it up so the witches’ shadows were on the side of the barn. So creative!

Gorman's fun Halloween decorations on Peninsula Drive near the Kroupa Road intersection; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Gorman’s fun Halloween decorations on Peninsula Drive near the Kroupa Road intersection; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Gorman's fun Halloween decorations on Peninsula Drive near the Kroupa Road intersection; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Gorman’s fun Halloween decorations on Peninsula Drive near the Kroupa Road intersection; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Gorman Farm on Peninsula Drive; Halloween on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Gorman Farm on Peninsula Drive; Halloween on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Township Cemetery on Peninsula Drive; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Township Cemetery on Peninsula Drive; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Looking west from Peninsula Drive near the Eimen Road intersection; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Looking west from Peninsula Drive near the Eimen Road intersection; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Looking south from the intersection of Center Road and Old Mission Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Looking south from the intersection of Center Road and Old Mission Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission General Store: Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission General Store; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula (the walkers were totally ok with me taking their photo – Hi, Walkers!) | Jane Boursaw Photo
Brinkman Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Brinkman Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Murray Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Murray Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Tompkins Road with the Tester's Horse Farm on the right; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Tompkins Road with the Tester’s Horse Farm on the right; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Looking north on Center Road near Old Mission Tavern; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Looking north on Center Road near Old Mission Tavern; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Looking south on Smokey Hollow Road near the Ladd Road intersection; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Looking south on Smokey Hollow Road near the Ladd Road intersection; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Smokey Hollow Road near the Boursaw Road intersection; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Smokey Hollow Road near the Boursaw Road intersection; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
The Cut-Across between Smokey Hollow Road and Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
The Cut-Across between Smokey Hollow Road and Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
East end of Blue Water Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
East end of Blue Water Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Dean and Laura Johnson's sunflowers at the corner of Center Road and Kroupa Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Dean and Laura Johnson’s sunflowers at the corner of Center Road and Kroupa Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Bern Kroupa's apple stand on Center Road across from Old Mission Tavern; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Bern and Cheryl Kroupa’s apple stand on Center Road across from Old Mission Tavern; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Edmondson's Cherry Connection on Center Road near the Island View Road intersection; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Edmondson’s Cherry Connection on Center Road near the Island View Road intersection; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Cory Holman's Pumpkin Patch on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Cory Holman’s Pumpkin Patch on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Cory Holman's Pumpkin Patch on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Cory Holman’s Pumpkin Patch on Center Road (his grandma, Georgia Holman, painted the cute shed); Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Cory Holman's Pumpkin Patch on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Cory Holman’s Pumpkin Patch on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Local Yokels Farm Stand on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Local Yokels Farm Stand on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Local Yokels Farm Stand on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Local Yokels Farm Stand on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Local Yokels Farm Stand on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Local Yokels Farm Stand on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Kelly Hill on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Kelly Hill on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Power Island from Winery Hill (Chateau Grand Traverse); Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Power Island from Winery Hill (Chateau Grand Traverse); Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
West from the Hogsback on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
West from the Hogsback on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
West from the Hogsback on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
West from the Hogsback on Center Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Power Island from Peninsula Drive; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Power Island from Peninsula Drive (those are snow clouds – it snowed that day); Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Power Island from Wilson Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Power Island from Wilson Road; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Bowers Harbor Boat Launch; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Bowers Harbor Boat Launch; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Bowers Harbor; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Bowers Harbor; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Kelley Park in Old Mission; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Kelley Park in Old Mission; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Point; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Point; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

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