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Red Burst

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I made this photograph of maple tree leaves because of its color. But upon taking a second glance, I thought it kind of resembled the burst of fireworks when they explode, sending flames of bright color in every direction.

Ah, the joy of having an active imagination. To paraphrase Dr. Seuss, imagine the things that you will see that others do not.

This tree was photographed in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.


Written by csanders429

May 15, 2018 at 8:51 am

Autumn in the Cuyahoga Valley

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It’s a warm day in early November. The fall foliage is past its peak, but there is still a lot of color to be seen and photographed.

I’m walking on the towpath trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Brecksville, Ohio, looking for color.

To my delight there is still quite a bit to be seen, particularly along the remnants of the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Here is a selection of what I found that day.

Other Colors of Fall

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We all know about fall foliage when tree leaves turn to hues of red, gold and orange as the seasons turn. Autumn is not usually known as a season for the colors of flowers, but there all of the images shown here I captured in September in Vermilion, Ohio. In so many ways autumn is nature’s most colorful season.

Written by csanders429

November 16, 2017 at 7:08 am

Fall Foliage in Pennsylvania

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I was headed home on U.S. Route 22 in western Pennsylvania and had just passed the summit of the Laurel Highlands.

As the road descended on the west slope of the mountain I had just crested, I was treated to the best autumn foliage display I had seen all day.

I flipped back around to retrace my path and pulled over to get some photographs.

I wish I knew this region better as there must be many good vantage points from which to record the fall foliage.

An Autumn Day Along the Canal

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The Ohio & Erie Canal was built in the 19th century to link the Ohio River with Lake Erie. The coming of railroads doomed the canal as a viable transportation artery, particularly through the Cuyahoga River Valley between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio.

Today the canal survives in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, its former towpath having been transformed into a hiking and biking trail that is used by thousands every year.

In this series of photographs, it is early November on a Saturday afternoon. I’m going for a walk with my camera along the trail north of Brecksville to capture what is still a substantial amount of fall foliage.

It may have been past peak, but there was still plenty of color to admire.

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.

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.