With Fall approaching I look forward to new and unique subject matter, and Fall is my second favorite time of year behind Spring. Summer flowers are fading, and frost will start killing off all the plant life. Living in Southeast Michigan I know I have different subject matter then people that live in different environments throughout the US, but I'll show you some of the stuff I will be looking for.
In my area Mushrooms really start to pop in the fall, and hopefully I catch them before the deer and other critters get to them first.
In mid September the first leaves I find with color are the Largetooth Aspen leaves, and they are the first to start falling from the trees.
Next colors to change are the Sumac bushes glowing in bright reds.
While I'm out shooting the first colors of the Largetooth Aspens, and the Sumac, I'll make sure to head on over to the open fields of Milkweeds plants and shoot the seedpods that are exploding with seeds.
While I'm in the open fields shooting the Milkweeds, I'll takes some shots of the dying Foxtails and deadheads of the Black Eyed Susan flowers.
With summer ended, the beaches at Stony Creek lake are void of beach goers, so I can go out and wander the beaches in search of feathers in the sand, all alone.
The Teasel plants have lost their vibrant green color, and tiny pink rows of flowers, and have turn brown.
As we move into late October, all leaves go into full color mode.
November, the brilliant colors fade and turn to a rich brown color.
The Ferns are falling to the ground from where they stood all summer, creating interesting designs as they wither, and turn brown.
End of November, frost will start to appear in the mornings. Frost adds a nice touch to the leaves on the ground.
If I'm really lucky and get an early frost while some of the flowers are still present, I will end up with something really special like this Black Eyed Susan covered in frost.
As you can see there are some great opportunities from September through November to find new subject matter, that only happens in the Fall. So get off the couch and visit the local forests and fields.