The Covered Bridge
One of my favorite places in Michigan is Traverse City. My wife and I try to go there at least once a year, usually in the Fall. There are great shops, restaurants, and wineries, and it is a perfect little Fall getaway---typically during Michigan Football's bye week. Last year we decided to take a more scenic route to Traverse City, shooting over to Ludington and hugging the coast on the way up. We were fortunate that our trip aligned nicely with the tail end of peak fall colors up north, so I wanted to get in some photos along the way. With just a little bit of research, I discovered the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, which is a part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. It is a 7 mile loop with about a dozen marked stops along the way. The first of these stops was this beautiful old covered bridge. With the colorful fall leaves in the background, it made for a really cool shot. I used a trip-pod so that I could close down the aperture all the way to f/22 to keep the foreground and background more in focus and dropped the shutter speed to 1/4 second. The rest of the scenic drive was really nice too, with great look-out points to Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes. If you are planning a trip up to Traverse City, I definitely recommend this little detour.
Keywords: Pure Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes, covered bridge, photography
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