Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons (1/2)

This week’s photo challenge is thinking about how you see changing seasons. I went to graduate school in Illinois and the transition from summer to fall was (and still is) one of my favorite times of the year. I would go as far as to say that in the Midwest, this time period is probably the most visually arresting time of the year. There are still residual summer annuals and perennials coloring landscapes.
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Leaves start falling off trees, resulting in gradient colors of yellow, red, and green coloring the ground.
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And as far as the eye can see, tall stalks of corn, wheat, and in the picture below, tall prairie grass stretch out for acres and acres.
IMG_0610To be clear, if you are driving down I-57, there are long stretches of land where really, all you can see is corn, wheat, soy, etc. However, these pictures were taken at Meadowbrook Park, a local initiative to highlight and preserve flora and fauna that is native to Central Illinois (thus the tree break ahead). Regardless, if you ever find yourself in Champaign-Urbana, IL in the fall, a great way to spend a quiet afternoon is walking around Meadowbrook, coffee or tea in one hand and good companion at your side. 

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