This trek to beautiful Elizabeth Park happened on November 6, 2021 and followed a rather meh trot around the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge earlier that morning.
This island park is filled with hundreds of trees, Maples and Oaks mostly. In order to glimpse the peak Fall foliage you might want to make a trip or two during October – the Maples usually turn their vibrant shades of red and orange, followed by the Oaks with their golden hues. However, leaf peeping in 2021 came with an asterisk because, due to an abundance of rain in the Spring, coupled with a hot-and-steamy Summer, many of Michigan’s trees started dropping their leaves in August. I heard and/or read multiple interviews with arborists who confirmed climate change was the culprit. Sigh.
We had several rainy weekends in October, so I decided to just wait until after Halloween to make my foliage-glimpsing visit because the local folks often take their discarded carved pumpkins to Elizabeth Park for the critters to enjoy. In the past, I’ve either watched, or been lucky enough to get a few shots of, squirrels cavorting in these orange orbs, so I was hopeful for a cute photo op. Even without any pumpkin shots, there are always squirrels, geese and ducks a’plenty. This time I was prepared for my fat friend on the Boardwalk and tucked a couple of cookies in my pocket for the always-begging groundhog, but he/she must’ve been tucked away in its burrow.
Because I’m a believer in the adage that every picture tells a story and because I will concede that I am wordy, today, instead of a long post, I’ll let the photos collected on this trek do most of the talkin’.