Autumn in the Keweenaw A Peninsula on Lake Superior

The Keweenaw Peninsula is Michigan's Top of the World, an area of rich natural beauty jutting into cold, clear Lake Superior, the greatest of the Great Lakes.

Beginning as early as seven thousand years ago and peaking around 3000 B.C., native Americans dug copper from the southern shore of Lake Superior.

This far north, autumn comes early and late September finds the dense forest floor carpeted with needles of pine and cedar.

As maples, oaks, birch and aspens begin their transformation into a blaze of rich, intense color.

It's lonesome in the Keweenaw Peninsula; that good kind of lonesome.

Thimbleberry plants are not immune to the change of color. Thimbleberries are larger, flatter, and softer than raspberries, and have many small seeds. In the Keweenaw, wild thimbleberries are made into a rich, red jam which is sold as a local delicacy.

The Thimbleberry in late summer

An autumn leaf mingles with shoreline rocks of basalt, rhyolite, granite and slate.

The shore rocks were formed by volcanic and glacial activity and smoothed by millennia of waves.

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