2011 October 11 We were looking for fall color and while the sun was shining we found color. What a difference the sun can make. These two photos are with the early morning sun still low in the sky just lighting up the leaves, and the sky was quite blue, later it was a bit more hazy.
Long Lake (13747 Krauskopf NE Sparta, MI 49345)
is in Kent County Michigan, remember http://www.accesskent.com/CultureLeisureAndTransit/Parks/park_directory.htm
Kent County has many wonderful parks and a very good website. When using a GPS it helps to have an address, addresses are included on this site, as are maps and a list of what you will find at each park.
Near the playground where there are maple trees with golden leaves, even if the sun isn't shining, it looks like sunshine.
Maybe we should call them Sunshine Maples.
Marie found one Nodding Ladies' Tresses still blooming!
We identified these asters as Heath Aster (Aster ericoides), there were lots of busy bumble bees.
This little Wood Frog was curious.