Being out on the open road in Autumn in Ann Arbor means there is a good chance you will find me on Huron River Drive.
A Fall in Ann Arbor is not complete unless a few trips is had on this roughly ten mile route between Ann Arbor and Dexter.
A good portion of the route snugs the Huron River. I found a few random spots to stop along the road to capture Autumn’s beauty. I was very careful when taking a lot these photos, as the speed is 35 mph throughout, but a lot of cars go flying through here.
I made sure to take some time, put the camera down and just reflect on what I was seeing. I just had to say it that way haha. Due to the sun angle this time of year, it can be hard to find spots with lots of light at times. I found this area by Barton Dam to be especially beautiful when it is lit up right after dawn.
My favorite part of this drive is from the Barton Nature Area parking area near Main Street until you reach Delhi Metropark. I will let the rest of the pictures do the talking. Cheers to Fall in Ann Arbor! 🍂🍂🍂
Checkout another Fall in Ann Arbor experience I love going to every year in Hello Ann Arbor Autumn! Time to Return to Parker Mill.
What Fall color drive do you like to take every year in Ann Arbor? Michigan? Or wherever you live?
It’s mid-October in Michigan, which means it was time for some Ann Arbor Autumn color exploration. The first place I usually head to is Parker Mill County Park on the east end of town. The park reaches its peak early on while most everything else is still green, so there was no time to waste.
My spot is on the south end of the park right alongside the wooden fence which separates the parking lot from Geddes Road. I don’t know what it is. The variety of orange, yellow, red and purple leaves plays a part. The change in elevation along the park plays a role, as does the historic Parker Mill Grist Mill in the background.
The overhanging tree limbs and the way the fallen leaves collect on the ground also paints this as an Ann Arbor Fall spot for me.
I’ll let the rest of the Michigan Fall colors to the talking.
Check out my post from this very spot five years ago in Ann Arbor: Hanging with the Autumn Leaves at Parker Mill. Til we meet again next year!
Where do you go to capture Fall in Ann Arbor? Or wherever you live?
Traveling around in the Midwestern United States in Autumn can lead to this kind of scenery. Out on the open road in Northville and Parshallville, Michigan.
It’s a time of transition in the Midwestern United States and other cooler climates. The transition between summer and winter, warm weather and cold, frappuccinos and hot apple cider, baseball and football and leaving and going to work in the sun to in the dark. It’s Autumn.
Another thing that is changing is deciduous trees are going from green and lively to bare. One of the things that makes me and many others happy is what happens in-between. Let’s call it the colors of Autumn.
Recently I’ve gone around parts of Michigan and Ohio to capture these Autumn colors. Now that’s what a hard frost looks like!
A close up shot of the previous tree. Orange and yellow, beautiful.
Along with frost on the ground (and car windows ahhhh) comes a cool Autumn mist hovering over the water. Well unfortunately after the leaves changing color, the time will come for them to start falling. 😦
It’s time to reflect on the colors. Sorry I had to say it. 🙂
Please windy days stay away. All that’s left will be lots of raking.
Before that enjoy the variety of colors even on the ground…
…and watch them collect along curbs on the street.
Hope this squirrel can navigate the leaves to gather its nuts.
In all seriousness, until all the leaves are on the ground, the trees are bare and winter is upon us, enjoy the colors of Autumn.
Go for walk, hike, drive or bicycle ride and soak it all in. Gotta go! Time to get back out on the open trail and capture some more color.
Where in the Midwest or elsewhere would you recommend going to capture the colors of Autumn?