An Atlanta Coffee, Skyline View and More at Condesa.

On an Autumn day in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood of Atlanta it was time to hit up the local coffee shop with my dad. As I was capturing the outside look of Condesa Coffee, he was capturing something himself. More on that in a minute. You can see where I get my love of photography from. :)

Condesa Coffee, Atlanta, Georgia

Condesa Coffee has an industrial look, with open ceilings inside. Upon entering the goosebumps came because I was crossing off one of the top places on my Atlanta coffee bucket list. It was the heart of the day so there were lots of laptops open and lots of conversation taking place. The baristas were extremely knowledgeable and helpful throughout the ordering process.

Condesa Coffee, Atlanta, Georgia

After we sat down I got a little Instagram photo happy haha, taking pictures some of which would make my feed. At the time I hoped we weren’t eighth in line to get our caffeine.

Condesa Coffee, Atlanta, Georgia

Condesa Coffee, Atlanta, Georgia

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Condesa offers tea, wine, cocktails and craft beer, but coffee was the choice, as it usually is with me. Two basic lattes were ordered and consumed, made with their roaster of choice, Counter Culture Coffee.

Condesa Coffee, Atlanta, Georgia

Upon exiting the coffee shop, the Midtown skyline is right there for the taking. That’s what my dad was capturing and what I soon would be!

Condesa Coffee, Atlanta, Georgia, skyline

Looking straight ahead, you also got a taste of Autumn and some history with the Martin Luther King Jr. bronze sculpture. King was born, lived and is buried in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood of the ATL. If you like going for a stroll the Freedom Parkway Bike Trail is alongside as well.

Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta, Georgia, Autumn, MLK

We had a great time at Condesa Coffee, enjoying some Atlanta coffee, seeing beautiful skyline views and a whole lot more!

Are there any coffee shops that you have come across, where you found yourself capturing the scene both inside and out?

An Atlanta Autumn Stroll Through Piedmont Park.

The time to see the colors of Fall usually stretches well into November in the Deep South. Piedmont Park in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, Georgia was no exception.

Checkout the Autumn colors to expect when taking a stroll through one of the biggest city parks around. Walking alongside Lake Clara Meer and the Active Oval is highly recommended. Atlanta’s Midtown and Downtown skylines will be in view for a lot of the ride. Well without further ado.

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

Autumn, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, ATL

View my post Midtown Atlanta: Relaxing in Piedmont Park for more information on the park itself.

What big city parks would you recommend checking out in Autumn?

At Peace Along the Findlay Reservoir.

Just outside of Findlay, Ohio in the summertime you’re out on the deserted, country open road amongst the corn on one side and on the other…

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

you’ll see a big hill, with staircases leading up to the top from time-to-time.

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Heading up the stairs, with the corn behind you, upon reaching the top…

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

…you’ll be at peace immediately, with the vast Findlay Reservoir #2 right in front of you.

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

You’ll find five miles of shoreline walking opportunities along both of the reservoirs (the other being Findlay Reservoir #1) that supply water to the city of Findlay, Hancock County and the surrounding area.

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

The reason you climb up is because they are upground reservoirs with water coming in from the nearly wells and Blanchard River. The two reservoirs will built-in 1950 and 1968 respectively and range for the most part in-depth between 20 and 30 feet.

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Despite being manmade there are fishing and boating opportunities available for visitors, along with the lengthy walking trail option. :)

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

A couple of months later in late Fall I returned. The tall corn stalks were missing, the first signs of winter hung along the wooden posts and rails, the cold wind was howling off the water and there wasn’t a person to be found.

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Once at the top, the same beauty was in place though. I’ll let the rest of pictures tell the story. :)

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Back to the park bench I go and being at peace along the Findlay Reservoir.

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Tip: While you’re visiting the Findlay Reservoir, visit the Riverbend Recreation Area right next door for walking trails and lots of greenery in the summer and majestic colors in Autumn.

Have you ever visited a vast reservoir in your travels or around home?

Overlooking Two Skylines, Cities and Countries in Autumn.

Back to Belle Isle Park in Detroit I go! I’ve posted photos and written about this spot before during the heart of the summer and in the dead of winter. It’s a place I get to once a season, so below is how it looked on a recent trip in Autumm. Beautiful every time.

The Detroit River is right in front of you with Detroit’s skyline, the state of Michigan and the United States on the right. Turn to the left side of the river and you have the city of Windsor and it’s skyline, the province of Ontario and Canada.

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Time to relax and enjoy the view amongst the fallen leaves.

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

It looks like I have lots of company. :)

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

One spot, two skylines, two cities and two countries. See you again in winter my friend!

Have you visited a spot overlooking multiple skylines, cities, states/provinces and/or countries at the same time?

The Fallen Autumn Goodness of Findlay, Ohio.

Early November in Ohio and the Midwest means the temperatures are more winter than summer-like. The clouds seem to be taking over more than the sun. It’s getting dark way to early and lasting way to long. The peak Autumn color has passed, with more leaves having fallen to the ground then left on the trees.

Keeping that last point in mind my Findlay park exploration started out on the leafy open road along the Findlay Reservoir…

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

…and onto the leaf covered bike paths, bridges and horse trails of Riverbend Recreation Area. You’ll find floodplain, forest, corn stalks and farmland as you make your way through the park.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Surprise, surprise. If you roam around long enough, good things will happen. :) I found full color still up in the air of a few trees.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

It was windy that morning, so leaves were flying off, though still keeping their beauty as they sit on the ground.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

The red leafed tree with all its leaves quickly falling to the ground really caught the eye. What immediately came into to my head being a traveler was the red colors that make up the Office of TourismOhio logo.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

I put my thinking cap on, kneeled to the ground and became for moment in time an Autumn artist. Hi Ohio! Hi DiscoverOhio! :)

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors, Discover Ohio

The open road brought me next to Riverside Park, the oldest park in the area. It was time to hang out along the Blanchard River which flows through the heart of Findlay.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

A different park brought different colors on the ground, mainly bright yellow and orange.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

I felt like a kid working my way through huge pile after huge pile of leaves.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

The piles are going to get even bigger with these trees really fighting the temperatures and changing of the seasons.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

In general this time of year is a photographers dream even when there is just a speck of color left like here further along the Blanchard River.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Now roaming around the countryside of Hancock County just west of Findlay, I randomly came up to Litzenberg Memorial Woods and its 110 acres of wooded forest preserve and meadow. More bike paths, horse trails and bridges covered in fallen Autumn goodness…

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

…along with my favorite romantic park bench spot of the season.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

The early darkness of the season ended my late Autumn day exploration. The leaves of the Midwest, Ohio and Findlay are holding onto the trees with everything they have. Even if they are not on the trees anymore there is always the fallen Autumn goodness you can still check out.

The parks in-and-around Findlay and Hancock County are definitely worth a walk in Autumn or any time of the year if your ever driving along I-75 in northern Ohio.

Are there any spots around home or in your travels that you would recommend checking out the late Autumn and leaf scene?

Enjoying the Gulf Coast Day at Clearwater Beach.

Miles of sugar white sand with the turquoise Gulf of Mexico waters on one side and an award-winning Florida beach town on the other, that’s Clearwater Beach.

Approaching the beach all that separates you from the sand are scores of palm trees.

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

We avoided the crowds and parking issues that can arise, by visiting on a weekday right after a holiday. Yes it is a popular tourist spot, but for good reason. :) We were hooked as soon as the car went into park.

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Amongst the heart of the beachfront is Pier 60. Across its length you’ll find a souvenir shop and a lot of fisherman. In the evening it’s the place to be as “Sunsets at Pier 60″ takes over. You’ll find street performers, music and people selling gifts every day as the sun is setting over the gulf.

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Pier 60 #LoveFL

It was hot and humid with the sun coming down directly on us. That’s par for the course on a summer day in Florida. We managed to score some $1 waters and spent some time hiding under palm trees and in shops to cool down. They do have beach umbrellas available for rent as well as chairs.

Tip: Another option for cooling down is to look for the turtle statues. They all sit up-top the showers just off the beach used to clean the salt and sand off. The icy cold waters also make for a great way to cool down in a hurry.

Whether we were on the pier or beach, a beautiful view always stood in front of us. I’ll let the rest of the pictures tell the story. Anyone game for some bungee trampoline jumping?!

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Clearwater Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico #LoveFL

Make sure to make the short trip over to Clearwater Beach if your going to be around Tampa and St. Petersburg.

There is more to Clearwater Beach then just hanging on the sand and pier. Stay tuned for stories on some of the fun we had on the water that day.

What other beaches would you recommend checking out along the gulf coast of Florida?

Ann Arbor: Hanging with the Autumn Leaves at Parker Mill.

The annual Fall foliage has reached its peak in many parts of the Midwestern United States, Ann Arbor in Michigan being no exception. Parker Mill County Park on the east-end of town got most of my attention. Every few days at different times of the day I went to hangout in the park and along Fleming Creek to capture the Autumn leaves.

Parker Mill County Park, Autumn color, fall foilage, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Parker Mill County Park, Autumn color, fall foilage, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Parker Mill County Park, Autumn color, fall foilage, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Parker Mill County Park, Autumn color, fall foilage, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Parker Mill County Park, Autumn color, fall foilage, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Parker Mill County Park, Autumn color, fall foilage, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Parker Mill County Park, Autumn color, fall foilage, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Parker Mill County Park, Autumn color, fall foilage, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Parker Mill County Park, Autumn color, fall foilage, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Parker Mill County Park, Autumn color, fall foilage, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Parker Mill County Park, Autumn color, fall foilage, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Parker Mill County Park, Autumn color, fall foilage, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Parker Mill County Park, Autumn color, fall foilage, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Decided to give some love to the fallen leaves and hangout with them. :) Off in the distance and within the park is the historic Parker Mill Grist Mill which gets to see this scene every year.

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Where are some memorable spots that you captured and hung out with the Fall colors?