Trip to the North Woods

So my Dad and I went to the North woods of lower Northern Michigan with a couple of friends (Mike, Mike, Tom, and Tom) – specifically, the Manistee National Forest, to do some fly fishing.  The fishing was good, but we also did a lot of hiking around the woods.

It’s a really gorgeous place this time of year!  Almost al of these were taken with my very flexible Canon EF-S 17-55mm F/2.8 lens (unless labeled otherwise).  It’s not an L-series, but boy, it’s sweet!  All photos were under natural sunlight except where otherwise labeled.

A crabapple tree is so full of color this time of year. 


The forest floor is covered in ferns, most of which don’t receive much sunlight, due to the hundred-foot pines and oaks towering over them.


Some signs are older than others…


This is a hunting “tree stand”, signs notwithstanding.


Some sunlight through the trees at f/2.8.

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Some fungus on a tree (at f/4.0 with a little bit of fill flash).

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One of about 40 different fungi I saw on our walks (taken at f/2.8).

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Pine needles with some dew.



An old birdhouse, slightly weathered. 🙂



The bark of a healthy birch tree.


An actual road, with an actual street sign (this was taken with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens wide open, focused somewhere around mid-frame)


Some trees and sky (this was taken with the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L.


And we ate some great food – no mozzarella handy, so we did Caprese salad with tomato, provolone, basil, and fresh garlic.  Taken under typical tungsten home lighting with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens at f/1.8).



Great trip!  I hope you enjoy the pictures.


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