Clifton Gorge and John Bryan State Park

About an hour due west of Columbus is one of the prettiest spots in Ohio. Even on a fall day when the color is past it’s peak.

It’s a particularly nice days outing to do the ten mile hike from Clifton Mill, through the gorge, John Bryan State Park and Glen Helen Nature Preserve, to Yellow Springs and back not forgetting that Yellow Springs is a great spot for lunch!

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As if to say: “look now, tomorrow I will be gone” the late autumn color splashes the landscape.

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The Last Nice Autumn Day?

Tomorrow’s forecast is for stormy weather so we are always wondering if today could be the last good day for fall color.

Sunny days always seem to make colors pop but a little overexposure can make cloudy day pictures quite pleasant.

Our walk along Griggs Reservoir today didn’t disappoint.

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My favorite Stump (take 2)

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Stained Glass

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Color on Both Shores

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Along the park road

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A View in the Woods

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Park Road

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Lone Tree

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Patterns of Color

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Park Path

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Ducks

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Tree

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Creek into Griggs

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Grapes?

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Leaves

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Looking Across

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Red and Orange

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An Autumn Day on Griggs Reservoir

October 28th, sunny, high @ 60 F, and little wind, maybe we should take the canoe and paddle Griggs Reservoir. It might be the last truly enjoyable canoe of the season. The colors still look pretty good and who knows what they might be like in a couple of days.

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Reflections

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Griggs Cove

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Entering the cove

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The cove served as refuge for some deer.

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View from “Wood Duck” Island

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Western shore

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Taking a break at the north end of Griggs

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Looking across the reservoir

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At water’s edge

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Fallen tree

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Western shore

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An Autumn Walk Along Alum Creek Reservoir

The forecast for the next few days was cold and rainy so we thought today might be a good day to walk a portion of the Bridal Path that runs along the shore Alum Creek Reservoir. The colors, still mixed with the greens of trees not quite ready to acknowledge autumn, were not the rich Maple reds of the north woods but were beautiful nonetheless. In spots we were greeted by flocks of Robins, Rufous-sided Towhees, White throated Sparrows, and an occasional Yellow-rumped Warbler. The air warmed and a steady breeze in the trees overhead meant that at times we walked through flurries of colorful falling leaves. Heading back after lunch we saw a Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle sunning itself on a log and wondered if it to had heard the forecast.

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Oak leaves

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Along the path

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View towards the reservoir

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The trail

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Flower and leaves

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Pool

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Colors

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Driftwood cove

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Distant shore

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Autumn cove

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The view at lunch

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Autumn Along The Reservoir

Early autumn is my favorite time. Colors are just beginning to break the green flow of the Griggs Reservoir shoreline. A branch with just a few red leaves will cause you to wonder. Animals are still about, butterflies, dragonflies, herons, and warblers.

As fall progresses, particularly along Griggs, greens, yellows and reds give way to more browns and the colors seem  just a bit more muted.

Today we walked below the dam and, along with the fall colors, were rewarded with views of Nuthatches, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Green Herons and Kingfishers.

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