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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?

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?

Out on the Open Michigan Autumn Dirt Road.

Every year, around this same time, I make the trek over to Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton, Michigan. Each time I head out onto the open dirt road, with oak-hickory forest on either side, to capture Autumn and the changing of the colors. This multi-mile stretch of road leads to the main parking area and Huron River on the south end of the park.

The variety of Fall colors, the remote feel, being able to see what lies way ahead, I don’t know what it is about this stretch of road. It’s just one of those places that I find myself compelled to return to every year. Well without further ado.

Micihigan, Autumn, Huron Meadows Metro Park

Micihigan, Autumn, Huron Meadows Metro Park

Micihigan, Autumn, Huron Meadows Metro Park

Micihigan, Autumn, Huron Meadows Metro Park

Micihigan, Autumn, Huron Meadows Metro Park

Micihigan, Autumn, Huron Meadows Metro Park

Micihigan, Autumn, Huron Meadows Metro Park

Micihigan, Autumn, Huron Meadows Metro Park

Micihigan, Autumn, Huron Meadows Metro Park

Micihigan, Autumn, Huron Meadows Metro Park

Micihigan, Autumn, Huron Meadows Metro Park

If you get off the dirt road and head into the woods this time of year, this is what awaits! 🙂

Is there a place you return to every Autumn to capture and soak in the colors of the season?

A First Taste of Autumn Color in Ohio.

The calendar has flipped to October. Cooler air has definitely taken hold in Ohio, the Midwest and around the Great Lakes. With that the color green is being replaced all around by red, yellow, orange and the other colors of Fall.

My first taste of Autumn color came while walking the meadow trails of Wildwood Preserve Metropark in Toledo.

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

The colors of Autumn also started dotting the landscape as I walked in Side Cut Metropark and along the Maumee River in Maumee.

Side Cut Metropark, Maumee, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Side Cut Metropark, Maumee, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Side Cut Metropark, Maumee, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

A couple of small waterfalls and the colors of the season make for a scenic backdrop. It looks like I stumbled upon an upcoming wedding.

Side Cut Metropark, Maumee, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Side Cut Metropark, Maumee, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Side Cut Metropark, Maumee, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Side Cut Metropark, Maumee, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Have you gotten that first taste of Autumn color yet? Where are your favorite places to see the colors of Fall?

The Autumn Leaves Up Close in Michigan.

It’s Autumn in Pure Michigan. Corn mazes are forming, apple cider is pouring, college football is in full swing and the transition from summer to winter has begun in earnest. Autumn in Michigan also brings the changing and falling of the leaves. While out-and-about in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas, I’ve had the chance to see the leaves of Autumn up close.

Why not start out with the best of the best. I came across this tree randomly while driving around the small-town of Rochester. The bright orange and other colors caused to me to get out of the car and just walk back-and-forth, park underneath and enjoy what this time of year brings.

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

You never know what colors and Autumn beauty you’ll come up to when your out on the open sidewalk, trail and dirt road. 🙂

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Two skylines, two cities, two countries, the open water and Autumn straight ahead on Belle Isle in the Detroit River. Not bad! Hello Windsor, Ontario, Canada and Detroit, Michigan, United States!

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn, Detroit, Windsor skyline

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn, Detroit, Windsor skyline

On another part of Belle Isle I came across the unique trio of Autumn, beach and skyline.

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn, Detroit skyline

Some Autumn joy was to found in Michigan’s second biggest-city, Grand Rapids, too along the Grand River opposite the skyline.

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn, Grand Rapids skyline

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn, Grand Rapids skyline

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn, Grand Rapids skyline

The colorful leaves and the open water formed a relaxing duo.

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Unfortunately the leaves can’t stay on the trees forever. After a short time and/or a gust of wind they make their way to the ground. Their beauty doesn’t disappear right away though. I felt like a kid, ready to just jump in any pile I came across. On grass that is.

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

More beauty of the season. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Winter and cold weather may be coming, the warm air of summer may be in the rear view mirror, but to see the Autumn leaves up close in Michigan, that’s a great price to pay.

Where have you come across Autumn beauty in your travels? Do you have the chance to experience the changing of the seasons where you live?