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…
…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.
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.
It was windy that morning, so leaves were flying off, though still keeping their beauty as they sit on the ground.
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.
I put my thinking cap on, kneeled to the ground and became for moment in time an Autumn artist. Hi Ohio! Hi DiscoverOhio! :)
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.
A different park brought different colors on the ground, mainly bright yellow and orange.
I felt like a kid working my way through huge pile after huge pile of leaves.
The piles are going to get even bigger with these trees really fighting the temperatures and changing of the seasons.
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.
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…
…along with my favorite romantic park bench spot of the season.
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?