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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?

Taking in Another Field of Pure Michigan Sunflowers

UPDATE: The sunflower field below is not in bloom in 2019. Checkout my newest post from August 2019 about another sunflower field option in the area, Schell Family Farm in Pinckney, Back to Capture More Pure Michigan Sunflowers 🌻🌻🌻

The calendar has flipped to August in Michigan, the days are starting to get shorter and we are on the back half of summer. That must mean it’s sunflower season! 🌻🌻🌻 This season brought me to Fowlerville in Livingston County and the sunflower field at Munsell Farms. Sunflowers galore!

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

You will find this sunflower field and Munsell Farms off W. Mason Rd. just east of Fowlerville Rd. It’s just a few miles off of Exit 129 on I-96 to the south.

Pure Michigan sunflowers

I parked alongside Mason to grab a few shots without going into the field itself. Like with my previous sunflower adventures, I choose to check them out early in the day against the early morning light.

Pure Michigan sunflowers

Pure Michigan sunflowers

Pure Michigan sunflowers

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower beauty

field of sunflowers

field of sunflowers

Michigan sunflower garden - Fowlerville - Munsell Farms

Michigan sunflower beauty

Michigan sunflower beauty

From my experience Michigan sunflowers don’t stay fully bloomed for long. If it’s late summer get out there as soon as you have the chance. 🌻🌻🌻

Pure Michigan sunflowers in late summer

Pure Michigan sunflowers in late summer

Pure Michigan sunflowers in late summer

Pure Michigan sunflowers in late summer

Another sunflower excursion is in the books. So beautiful to see up close as always. I would contact Munsell Farms directly to inquire about grabbing a few shots from within the field itself. You can find them on Facebook.

Checkout my Michigan sunflower excursion last year near Ann Arbor in Pure Michigan Sunflowers as Far as the Eye Can See.

Where else would you recommend checking out Michigan sunflowers? Where have you come across them in your travels?

My Little Man is Starting to Experience the World

This is the first Spring and summer season where our little man is actively walking, running and wanting to be outside constantly. He also says “car ride, car ride” because he knows it probably will lead to somewhere new and fun.

Family travel time! My little man experiencing his first airport and flight.

My little man experiencing his first airport and flight.

Lots of family travel and fun has been had in the last few months. Our little man seems to be taking in something for the first time every day. He has experienced his first ocean and true beach, carnival, parade, water park, fruit farm picking, flight, museum and more just to name a few things. I know I am forgetting a lot. Per usual I will let the pictures do most of the talking.

My little man loves wide open spaces. In Punta Gorda, Florida.

My little man loves wide open spaces. More running and me chasing opportunities.

Kid travel! My little man getting his first taste of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico (ocean).

My little man getting his first taste of the Gulf of Mexico and ocean.

My little man and his first pool experience.

My little man and his first pool experience.

Kid travel. My little man and his first hands-on museum in Florida.

My little man and his first hands-on museum in Florida.

My little man will make music sounds every chance he gets.

My little man will make music sounds every chance he gets.

My little mans first carnival ride.

My little mans first carnival ride. He wanted to keep going-and-going ha!

My little man at the water park.

He was hesitant at first. Now every time we get in the car he asks if we are going to the water park.

Seeing him smile and his face light up as he takes in something new is the best feeling in the world as a parent. Family travel is exciting for us too because we are going to a lot of places we wouldn’t normally if it was just us. It’s cool seeing how he reacts to things, learning about what he likes and doesn’t.

My little man experiencing his first fruit farm and blueberry picking experience. Family fun at its best.

My little man experiencing his first fruit farm and blueberry picking experience.

My little man is experiencing true Pure Michigan summer and family travel every weekend

My little man is taking in true Pure Michigan summer fun every weekend.

My little man just wants to explore and see what lies ahead.

My little man just wants to explore and see what lies ahead in Ft. Myers, Florida. Heart this!

My little man being curious.

My little man being curious at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

I love seeing my little man start to discover everything Pure Michigan, Florida and the world has to offer. Can’t wait to see what’s next! #prouddaddy

Out on the Open Road Ann Arbor Winter Style

Being “Out on the Open Road” can be a challenge in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the Midwest during the winter months. Road conditions and the resulting slow times in the car can get on my nerves like many at times. It is was worth it though when I’m able to see the beautiful snow scenes that this time of year produces. This was especially true on some recent drives on and around Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor. Well without further ado.

Huron River Drive in winter, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Out on the open road, Ann Arbor winter style.

Huron River Drive in winter, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The early morning brings with it the same scenic feeling.

Huron River Drive in winter, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Playing on the wintry road, to capture the scenes of winter.

Huron River Drive in winter, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Rinse, repeat. More Ann Arbor Huron River Drive beauty.

Huron River Drive in winter, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Huron River is a must Ann Arbor drive no matter the time of the year.

Huron River Drive in winter, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Blue winter skies. The warmer temperatures causing all the heavy snow and branches to start falling onto the road.

Pedestrian bridge over Huron River, Barton Nature Area, Ann Arbor

Out on the open Barton Nature Area pedestrian bridge.

Pedestrian bridge over Huron River, Barton Nature Area, Ann Arbor

Out on the open Barton Nature Area snow-covered trail.

Pedestrian bridge over Huron River, Barton Nature Area, Ann Arbor

The wet and heavy snow clings on to everything on the pedestrian bridge over the Huron River.

Pedestrian bridge over Huron River, Barton Nature Area, Ann Arbor

The wet and heavy snow clings on to everything on the pedestrian bridge over the Huron River.

Pedestrian bridge over Huron River, Barton Nature Area, Ann Arbor

The wet and heavy snow clings on to everything in the Barton Nature Area.

Huron River and snow covered hills of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Looking out at the Huron River and wintry hills of Ann Arbor.

Huron River Drive in winter, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Out on the open road true Ann Arbor winter style.

Bird Rd. - Ann Arbor winter scene

A new dirt road find, the hilly Bird Road in Ann Arbor.

Do you have a favorite drive you like to road trip on over-and-over again during the winter months?

Capturing a Michigan Winter Storms Beauty in the Moment

Having to be in Brighton, Michigan right in the middle of a winter storm (Mateo) randomly gave me the idea to capture the snowy scene the only way I know how.

I walked and laid down on Main Street and nearby Huron Meadows Metro Park and Hammel Road. There was ample white to capture without a sole around. I wanted to get out on the open roads before it was disturbed with salt, plows and lots of vehicle traffic.

This post was put together right in the moment as I captured some Pure Michigan winter beauty. Well without further ado.

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Tip: I recommend capturing Hammel Road, a dirt road just outside Brighton, no matter the season. Fall and winter though take this spot to an even greater level.

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, Michigan

Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, Michigan

Again to the Michigan beauty that winter and snow can bring. Cheers!

Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, Michigan

Has there been a scene you randomly decided to capture right as a winter or other type of storm was happening?