Tag Archives: fall colors

Walking Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery

When researching places to go in a big city, the cemetery is not a place that readily comes to mind. After making a couple of visits to Oakland Cemetery in the Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta, I’ve completely changed my tune.

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery represents the Old South. It takes you back into history when within. It’s the oldest cemetery in Atlanta founded in 1850. It sits on six acres and has roughly 70,000 graves. Past mayors, governors of Georgia and famous Atlantans rest here, along with many soldiers dating back to the Civil War era. The famous golfer Bobby Jones and Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With The Mind, also reside here.

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Marvel at all the various architecture featured throughout. Oakland Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places which helps with the upkeep and preserving.

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Along with being a cemetery it’s also a vast botanical garden and park with beautiful colors all year long. I was lucky to make a trip here in Autumn and being able to experience the Fall colors throughout.

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

This Grant Park neighborhood cemetery is also a beautiful spot to capture the downtown Atlanta skyline from. Always keep the camera out when walking the grounds!

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Grab a coffee from Octane Coffee across the street and head in in the early morning hours. The park has many entrances, I recommend going in from Oakland Avenue. Your feet will take you onto the red bricked paths of many named narrow streets throughout. I walked around on my own, but guided tours are also available.

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Some additional info:

  • Being a public park, Oakland cemetery is open dawn to dusk every day of the year.
  • No fees to enter.
  • Go on an official self-guided tour. Download the Android or iPhone app.
  • Guided tours are available every weekend during the warmer months and for tour groups and schools.

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Tip: When on the Northeast end of the cemetery checkout the Fulton Bag & Cotton Mills plant off in the distance.

What other historic cemeteries would you recommend checking out?

The 2015 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan.

Every October in Michigan brings the end of summer, cooler temperatures and shorter days. With that though comes cider, donuts, corn mazes and most of all the colors of Autumn.

Over the last few weeks I’ve spent a lot of time driving around Ann Arbor, Brighton, Fenton and everywhere in between in lower Michigan with my camera ready to go. Below are some of my favorite shots of what the Fall season is like in Pure Michigan.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Can’t wrap myself around how beautiful Autumn is in Michigan.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The colors of Kensington Metropark in Milford.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The colors of Kensington Metropark in Milford.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The color is all around Kent Lake at Kensington Metropark in Milford.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The color is all around Kent Lake at Kensington Metropark in Milford.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Out on the open Autumn road at Kensington Metropark in Milford.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

An Autumn picnic at Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton anyone?

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Overlooking the dock and Maltby Lake at Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The colors of Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Finding random Autumn beauty in Fenton.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Dawn and the start of a new Autumn day at Appleton Lake in Brighton.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Ann Arbor Autumn beauty from up-top the Republic Parking structure.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Finding random Autumn colors while driving around the Ann Arbor area.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The Huron River and Barton Nature Area are showing off in Ann Arbor.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Out on the open Autumn road in Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The leaves of Parker Mill Park in Ann Arbor.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The rainbow of Autumn colors at Parker Mill Park in Ann Arbor.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor is a must drive in Fall.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The colors are jumping out at Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Autumn is guarding the woods at Kensington Metropark in Milford.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Looking up at the bright orange within Kensington Metropark in Milford.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Autumn colors across the way at Kensington Metropark in Milford.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Out on the open corn maze at Chambers Farm in Pinckney.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Out on the open corn maze at Chambers Farm in Pinckney.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Chambers Farm pumpkin patch in Pinckney.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

The pumpkin is posing at the Chambers Farm pumpkin patch in Pinckney.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Autumn above the Parshallville River at Tom Walker’s Grist Mill.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Historic Tom Walker’s Grist Mill in Parshallville.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Pumpkins, cider, donuts and family fun at Spicer Orchards in Fenton.

Autumn - PureMichigan - 2015

Cider and donuts and Spicer Orchards in Fenton.

Do you have any places around home or that you have come across in your travels that you like to photograph in Autumn?

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?

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. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

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?

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. πŸ™‚ Off in the distance and within the park is the historic Parker Mill Grist Mill which gets to see this scene every year.

ann-arbor-leaves-05

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