Rural fall hiking
The other day I was out exploring and I found a new park, it's very close to other parks I regular, easy to find, great trails and natural features, I want to tell you about this park, but I won't.
I know, I know, that's rude, but hear me out.
With the arrival of fall comes a wide variety of ever changing weather. While hiking on warm sunny days is lovely there's something to be said about cool dark drizzel-y days; the colors seem to be so much more saturated, the tree trunks darker, and the smell of damp leaves surrounds you. I especially like these sorts of days to photograph running water - no blown out highlights and I can get my shutter speed slow enough to exaggerate the flow! This photo was taken yesterday at Wooster Memorial Park just before the rain started.
Although it's been a rainy week, take some time to explore the outdoors in the rain, with proper boots and a jacket you'll find rain hiking is just as nice as hiking on clear sunny days!
March - October on the Trillium Trail
Beginning in March I have been taking a photo of the same spot along the Trillium Trail in Wooster Memorial Park at more or less the same time of the month. Below you can see each photo and observe just how dynamically the trail, trees, plants, etc change each month. October begins putting the forest to rest covering it with a layer of colorful leaves, letting go and relaxing is a good lesson for this month.
Beechdrops (Epifagus virginiana)
Reaching out from the ground, leafless stems spotted with tiny purple flowers can be spotted in damp wooded areas with a large concentration of beech trees. These "beechdrops" are parasitic and feed off the roots of the beech tree. Flowers can be found blooming August - October, but stems will remain all winter long.
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.