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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?

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?

The 2017 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Another Autumn has come and gone here in Pure Michigan and the Midwestern US. Most of Fall was unusually warm. Between that and being out of town during the heart of the season, I wasn’t able to experience the fall colors as much as in years past.

I did have a chance to sneak out and venture around Ann Arbor, Brighton and the western suburbs of Detroit a little bit. It doesn’t matter where you are in the state, it seems the beautiful colors will be right in front of you. Well without further ado:

n 2017 - Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton

Huron Meadows Metro Park in Brighton. An annual stop.

n 2017 - Out on the open Livingston County dirt road

You never know the scenes that await while driving random dirt roads. From Livingston County.

n 2017 - Out on the open Ann Arbor area dirt road

Off to the dirt roads it is around Ann Arbor.

n 2017 - Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor

Out on the open Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor. My recommended Fall drive in these parts.

n 2017 - Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor

Out on the open Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor. My recommended Fall drive in these parts.

n 2017 - Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor

Out on the open Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor. I’m repeating myself. I just this drive!

n 2017 - Out on the open Livingston County dirt road

You never know the scenes that await while driving random dirt roads. From Livingston County.

n 2017 - Early morning frost

The leaves and I are taking in the early morning frost.

n 2017 - Early morning frost

The leaves and I are taking in the early morning frost.

n 2017 - Early morning frost

The colors were really popping out in Brighton, Michigan.

n 2017 - Huron River, Ann Arbor

The Huron River is on the move to capture Fall in Ann Arbor.

n 2017 - Huron River, Ann Arbor

Argo Park Autumn views along the Huron River in Ann Arbor.

n 2017 - Huron River, Ann Arbor

Argo Park Autumn views along the Huron River in Ann Arbor.

n 2017 - Ann Arbor residential fall scene

Residentaial drives are a must this time of the year in collegetown Ann Arbor.

n 2017

Random dirt road driving is a must during the Fall season.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Brighton State Recreation Area

Reflecting on the season at the Brighton State Rrecreation Area.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Brighton State Recreation Area

Reflecting on the season at the Brighton State Rrecreation Area.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Brighton State Recreation Area

The colors and I are taking in the dawn sky at Bishop Lake.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Brighton State Recreation Area

The colors and I are taking in the dawn sky at the Brighton State Recreation Area.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Huron River in Ann Arbor

Looking down the Huron River at Ann Arbor’s Bandemer Park.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Huron River in Ann Arbor

Looking down the Huron River at Ann Arbor’s Bandemer Park.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Ann Arbor, Michigan Stadium

Michigan Stadium straight ahead. It only take one Fall tree or two to make a beautiful scene.

n 2017 - Hines Drive in Metro Detroit

It’s a great time for the kids to hit the playground like here in western Wayne county.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Hines Drive in Metro Detroit

Out on the open Hines Drive in Northville.

n 2017 - Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor

Back to Huron River Drive I go. The route takes you from Ann Arbor to Dexter.

n 2017 - Barton Nature Area, Huron River, Ann Arbor

Starring out down the Huron River at the Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Hines Drive in Metro Detroit

Reflecting on the colors of Newburgh Lake in Livonia.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Hines Drive in Metro Detroit

The Autumn leaves of Hines Drive in Metro Detroit.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Hines Drive in Metro Detroit

The Autumn leaves of Hines Drive in Metro Detroit.

Check some scenes I captured last year in The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan.

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