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Brandywine Falls in the Fall

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Anytime is a good time to visit Brandywine Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, but autumn, in particular, is a popular time.

Last year I had to park down the road a ways and walk a trail to reach the falls.

There were, of course, crowds of people walking the stairways that lead to the waterfall, which is 65 feet and cuts through Berea Sandstone at its top through shale as the water descends in a bridal veil appearance.

In the 19th century earlier settlers in the Cuyahoga Valley used the falls to power grist and woolen mills. Those plus the village of Brandywine are gone now, but traces of them remain.

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Follow the Fallen Leaves

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Its autumn in Portage County and a wonderful day to go for a walk on the Portage Hike and Bike Trail. Yet there are “invitations” to go off trail, such as this road of fallen leaves. I’m not sure where it leads, perhaps back to private property or a dead end.

Nature Put it There

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Sometimes Mother Nature sets up a photograph for you. Such was the case when I was walking alongside the tracks of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. A fallen leaf had landed on one of the rails. Leaves on rails can be a major problem when they are wet and they mat together. But an isolated dry leaf won’t cause any problems.

Leaf and Asphalt

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Some things just catch your eye as you are out and about. Such was the case with this solitary leaf sitting on the asphalt of the Portage County Hike and Bike Trail.

Images such as this invite you to study detail that you would otherwise not see or view only casually.

The leaf itself seems to be a tale of two sides. On the right side the colors of autumn have given way to the browns of winter.

But the left side still has some color left, even some green. It wasn’t ready to give in to the inevitability of autumn death.

The asphalt also offers something to linger over. Paving is an aggregate made up of many different compounds, including petroleum products and gravel.

To the eye, asphalt appears to be a sea of black. But once the top coat wears away, it reveals its underlying parts, which themselves are of varying shapes and sizes.

My the things you can learn if you take the time to view it in detail.

Written by csanders429

September 11, 2017 at 7:06 am

It Won’t Be Long

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Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer in the minds of many. Officially, summer continues for a few more weeks, but with schools back in session it seems more like fall.

With the coming of fall is the autumn foliage season when leaves put on a colorful show before dropping for the winter and leaving the trees bare for a few months.

Although few people want to see summer end, at least we have scenes like this to look forward to seeing.

Shown is the remains of the Ohio & Erie Canal in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Brecksville, Ohio.

The trail on the right is built on the former towpath of the canal.

Casting a Long Shadow

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I was in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to photograph the spectacular fall foliage, which was at its peak color.

Intestate 271 and the Ohio Turnpike cross over the Cuyahoga Valley in close proximity and you get an expansive view if you stand beneath the bridges and look eastward.

The shadow crossing the image is the I-271 bridge. I wonder how many of the thousands of travelers who cross over this bridge every day notice or even know they are passing over Ohio’s only national park?

In the foreground below is the towpath trail, a popular path for joggers, walkers and bicyclists.

Late Colorful Fall Foliage

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Every year state tourism offices post on their websites the days of peak fall foliage color. In Northeast Ohio that tends to be around the middle of October.

Fall foliage is a funny thing. You can get good color as early as late September and as late as early November.

Last year was a good for colorful foliage in Northeast Ohio in early November. In fact, some of my best fall foliage images were made the weekend of Nov. 5-6.

As you can see by the colors or lack thereof on the other side of the Cuyahoga River in this image, the foliage is past its peak in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. But there was still plenty of color if you went looking for it.

This scene was captured near the Old Station Road bridge over the river. The bridge is out of sight to the left. It was replaced by the bridge in the background, which carries Ohio Route 82 over the Cuyahoga River valley and is one of the most iconic and photographed structures in the CVNP.