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Back to Capture More Pure Michigan Sunflowers

It’s late August. Summer is on the downswing here in Michigan and the Midwest. That meant it was time to go hunting for some Pure Michigan sunflowers. Through a friend I learned about the Schell Family Farm just outside Downtown Pinckney. Sunflower score! 🌻🌻🌻

Pure Michigan sunflowers - Schell Family Farm

Upon arriving at the entrance along Dexter-Pinckney Road, I took the hilly, lengthy dirt road until arriving at a tent just in front of the sunflowers.

A preview of what awaited me.

Hours for viewing the sunflowers are Friday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It costs $4 dollars, which includes being able to snip and take one home. You can take more sunflowers for an additional charge. Cutters and a bucket filled with water are provided to help you carry them. I learned how quickly sunflowers need water upon cutting or else they will wilt.

Pure Michigan sunflowers - Schell Family Farm

Pure Michigan sunflowers - Schell Family Farm

Pure Michigan sunflower field - Schell Family Farm

I kept the camera ready as I started out taking scores of pictures. They allow you to walk right into the sunflower field, pathway or not. I took advantage, also taking a few of the narrow pathways that cut out.

Pure Michigan yellow sunflower field - Schell Family Farm

Michigan orange sunflower field - Schell Family Farm

Sunflowers of all heights and colors will await you. There was a shorter yellow sunflower field, alongside a much taller orange themed one.

Michigan sunflower farm

Orange sunflower farm

I found time to take a nap amongst the sunflower beauty. 🌻🌻🌻

Taking in the sunflowers

Based on previous sunflower visits, I know sunflowers don’t stay in full bloom for very long, a few weeks at the most. The growers did say this is the peak week to visit (late August).

I spent about an hour navigating the Pure Michigan sunflower beauty. I will let the rest of my pictures do the talking.

Pure Michigan sunflowers in Pinckney

Pure Michigan sunflowers in Pinckney, Shrill Family Farm

Pure Michigan sunflowers in Pinckney, Shrill Family Farm

Pure Michigan sunflowers in Pinckney, Shrill Family Farm

Pure Michigan sunflowers in Pinckney, Shrill Family Farm

Pure Michigan sunflowers in Pinckney, Shrill Family Farm

Pure Michigan sunflowers in Pinckney, Shrill Family Farm

Pure Michigan sunflowers in Pinckney, Shrill Family Farm

Orange sunflowers in Michigan

Orange sunflowers in Michigan

yellow sunflower field

orange sunflower

bee on a sunflower

Michigan sunflowers at Shrill Family Farm

Michigan sunflowers at Shrill Family Farm

Michigan sunflowers at Shrill Family Farm

Michigan sunflowers at Shrill Family Farm

Michigan sunflowers at Shrill Family Farm

Michigan sunflowers at Shrill Family Farm

Schell Family Farm is not going to be just a sunflower farm. They are in the process of becoming an orchard and Christmas tree farm as well. You can even roam through a corn maze right now! At Halloween, you will be able to navigate a haunted forest, visit a pumpkin patch, and much, much more. It’s going to become a fun place to bring the kids and hang out. I saw a family eating at one of the nearby picnic tables after picking a bunch of sunflowers.

What a great first visit to Schell Family Farm. You can find them on Facebook.

Michigan sunflowers at Shrill Family Farm

Michigan sunflowers at Shrill Family Farm

Where else would you recommend going to see some Pure Michigan sunflowers? Where else have you come across them in your travels? 🌻🌻🌻

An Ann Arbor Coffee and A Drive During the Polar Vortex

We just escaped what was deemed the “Polar Vortex” here in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the Midwest. Temperatures were brutally cold never getting close to 0 degrees Fahrenheit for two days. You add in the wind and it was pure misery. That didn’t stop me from capturing the scene at dawn during an Ann Arbor coffee and a drive.

A lot of shops and places were closed during this time for good reason, but Roos Roast, a popular Ann Arbor coffee shop and roaster, was open. It was a great thing in that it gave people a place to come in and warm up and have some hot caffeinated beverages.

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Roos Roast coffee shop

You could tell how cold it was based on the ice on the windows which you can normally see right through.

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Roos Roast coffee shop

I absolutely love the Roos Roast coffee mugs. The coffee of choice to put in it on this morning was some basic drip coffee made from their signature Lobster Butter Love coffee beans. I always wanted to capture this mug with a Main Street backdrop. It took -16 degree (actual temperature) conditions for me to do so.

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Roos Roast morning coffee - Main Street

Magical. While I was capturing about a block away from the shop, I directed a couple of police officers that were looking for an open coffee shop. They had wondered where I got this cup of coffee.

No worries as I did not drink any coffee out here. My gloves were also on stand by. I took these shots and I was quickly back inside warming up. The good thing is that the bitter cold lad to a lot less traffic which enabled me to stand right in the middle of Main Street to capture.

Ann Arbor bucket list item, check!!!

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Roos Roast morning coffee - Main Street

After freezing with my cup of coffee, then warming up, it was time for a drive. I headed for quick stroll down Huron River Drive. I’ve mentioned this route on nultiple occassions as it is beautiful no matter what time of year. That certainly holds true in arctic like conditions.

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive - sunrise

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

The sun coming out in full swing did nothing for the temperature. It just magnified the winter beauty that this part of Ann Arbor and Huron River Drive gives off. Again -16 degrees, brrrr.

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

Ann Arbor Polar Vortex 2019 - Huron River Drive

It was a shivering but fun morning doing one of favorite Ann Arbor activities, getting a coffee and going for a drive down Huron River Drive.

Have you ever found yourself in bitter cold conditions in your travels? Ever come into contact with a Polar Vortex?

The 2018 Coffee Moment(s) for Me

Happy Holidays to all! 2018 is almost in the books. It’s been another coffee filled year. Shocking I know! I’ve enjoyed numerous coffees via the AeroPress, French Press and various pour over devices along with an endless number and variety of specialty lattes. That is just the tip of the iceberg.

Ann Arbor coffee in 2018, Michigan coffee experiences

My coffee experiences this year have been confined to mostly the Ann Arbor area in Michigan. Traveling has been infrequent as we got ready for and brought another little future coffee drinker into the world.

2018 in coffee is highlighted by the Pixgram Video below. The background song choice this year is “Waking Up” by Dexter Britain. How fitting since I tend to drink a lot of my coffee in the waking hours of the day!

The cover photo honor and most memorable moment this year goes to a summer experience I had at Comet Coffee. I took part in a Japanese iced coffee tasting as part of Ann Arbor’s first Caffeine Crawl. What a day bouncing between shops, mingling with shop owners, baristas and other fellow coffee lovers. It was also memorable because it increased my interest for learning about cold coffee. In fact you have to love any coffee experience at this shop because it sits right within the architecturally beautiful Nickels Arcade right across from the University of Michigan.

All of the coffee photos in the video came from my Coffee Ann Arbor Instagram account. The memorable experiences in this little part of the world for coffee lovers seems to be endless.

Too many more coffee moments in 2019! I look forward to seeing you all in Ann Arbor and beyond out on the caffeinated open road. Cheers! Aaron

Check out the great coffee moments from last year in The 2017 Coffee Moment(s) for Me.

Experiencing Ann Arbor Fall Colors in Nichols Arboretum

In all my time around Ann Arbor I had never gone on a stroll through the vast and hilly Nichols Arboretum, “the Arb”, in the Fall. I had the chance to walk the western end of the park the other day alongside University of Michigan Hospital. It sure did not disappoint.

Ann Arbor Fall, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

I found myself looking up, up, up at the taller than life trees as I captured Ann Arbor Fall colors. I walked amongst 100-year-old native and exotic trees in a 123-acre landscaped masterpiece which is co-owned by the University of Michigan and the City of Ann Arbor.

Nichols Arboretum is a highly recommended spot for photographers, going for a walk or run or just getting away from it all for a few.

Ann Arbor Fall colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Autumn colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Autumn colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Autumn colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

The Huron riverfront, vast hills and subsequent climbing, along with all of the walking trails made for a memorable Autumn experience.

Ann Arbor Fall, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Autumn colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Autumn colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Autumn colors, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall leaves, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Up-top the tallest of the hills I exited the Autumn beauty finding myself on E. Medical Center Drive at the hospital.

Tip: Don’t put the camera away if exiting here. I was able to capture beautiful views of the surrounding area just outside “the Arb” as I walked alongside the hospital entrances.

Ann Arbor Fall leaves, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor Fall leaves, Nichols Arboretum, Michigan

Ann Arbor overlook from University of Michigan hospital, Fall colors

Ann Arbor overlook from University of Michigan hospital, Fall colors

Where else would you recommend capturing Ann Arbor Fall colors from?

The 2018 Edition of Pure Michigan Fall Colors

This year’s edition of Autumn is almost done in Pure Michigan and the Midwest.

To be honest you really can’t go wrong anywhere this time of year in Michigan. The beautiful red, yellow and orange Michigan fall colors will pop out at you at a moment’s notice. What makes it exciting is that every year is different due to the weather. Things will change earlier or later and in different patterns then you expect. I kind of like the Fall colors mixed in with the greens of summer. The more colors to capture in one spot I say the better!

Most of my Fall color exploration was confined again to the Ann Arbor area. Well without further ado:

Parker Mill County Park, Ann Arbor Fall colors

A go to Fall spot, Parker Mill County Park on the east end of Ann Arbor.

Island Park, Ann Arbor

A scenic place for children to run and play in Ann Arbor at Island Park.

Fuller Park, Ann Arbor

Fall leaves dot the landscape at Fuller Park in Ann Arbor. The world-renowned University of Michigan hospital straight ahead.

Fall colors in Ann Arbor

Go-to Ann Arbor neighborhood spot to capture Fall colors. Argo Drive alongside Beckley Park.

Ann Arbor Autumn colors

Go-to Ann Arbor neighborhood spot to capture Fall colors. Argo Drive alongside Beckley Park.

Looking up, up, up for the bright colors of the season

Looking up, up, up for the bright colors of the season.

Frosty morning at Beckley Park in Ann Arbor

Frosty morning at Beckley Park in Ann Arbor.

Frosts, hard freezes and Fall colors work beautifully together

Frosts, hard freezes and Fall colors work beautifully together.

Hard freezes and frosts are beautiful to capture at dawn amongst the colors

Hard freezes and frosts are beautiful to capture at dawn amongst the colors.

Out on the open dirt road trail at Huron Meadows Metropark

Out on the open dirt road trail at Huron Meadows Metropark.

Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, Michigan fall foliage

I might like spending time at Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton in Fall.

Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, Michigan

My favorite Fall tree which changes color before all the others. Fall has begun in Huron Meadows Metro Park in Brighton.

I head out on that Michigan dirt road once a week in Fall every year to capture Huron Meadows Metropark Fall colors.

Fall Roadtrip along Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor

A Fall drive along Huron River Drive is a must Ann Arbor and Michigan experience.

Fall Roadtrip along Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Always have the camera out and ready along Ann Arbor’s Huron River Drive.

Pure Michigan fall colors coming to life in Livingston County

Pure Michigan fall colors coming to life in Livingston County.

The colors of summer and Fall work beautifully together

The colors of summer and Fall work beautifully together.

Romantic Fall picnic anyone

Romantic Fall picnic anyone?!

Hanging out alongside the Huron River at dawn just outside Ann Arbor

Hanging out alongside the Huron River at dawn just outside Ann Arbor.

Historic Delhi road bridge, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Recommended stop. A drive or walk across the historic Delhi road bridge over the Huron River.

Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor Fall colors

Delhi Road at Huron River Drive just west of Ann Arbor.

Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, Michigan

You never know where you’ll find Michigan Fall color magic. At Huron Meadows Metropark.

The bright reds, oranges and yellows of the season

The bright reds, oranges and yellows of the season.

Love going into trees and looking straight up

Love going into trees and looking straight up.

Fall colors at Mount Brighton, Michigan

Colors popping at Mount Brighton. That means skiing down those hills is coming soon!

Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Strolling Kensington Metropark in Milford at dawn.

Autumn sunrise, Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Watching an Autumn sunrise over Kent Lake in Kensington Metropark.

Out on the open Kensington Metropark trail in Milford.

Out on the open Kensington Metropark trail in Milford.

Out on the open Pure Michigan Fall color trail, road trip

Out on the open Pure Michigan Fall color trail.

Random Washtenaw County dirt road Fall color exploration

Random Washtenaw County dirt road Fall color exploration.

Dirt road Fall color exploration

Random Washtenaw County dirt road Fall color exploration.

Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor

A spot to just stare out without a care in the world. The bridge at Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor.

Fuller Park, Ann Arbor

A scenic backdrop for kids to play at. At Fuller Park in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor Fall colors, Fuller Park

A scenic backdrop for kids to play at. At Fuller Park in Ann Arbor.

Island Park Fall goodness in Ann Arbor

Island Park Fall goodness in Ann Arbor.

Random dirt road exploration in Washtenaw County, Michigan

Random dirt road exploration in Washtenaw County.

Brighton and Livingston County, Michigan fall colors

Get out on Winans Lake Road in Brighton and Livingston County during the Fall season.

Corn maze at Chamber Farm on Farley, Pinckney, Michigan

Corn maze fun amongst the colors at Chambers Farm on Farley in Pinckney.

Check out some of the Michigan fall colors I captured last year in The 2017 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan.

Where have you gone around home or in your travels to capture this years Fall colors?