Autumn in Kalamazoo

In the city of Kalamazoo, there are many places to escape and enjoy nature.

Kalamazoo Nature Center

One of those places is the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

Kalamazoo Nature Center

This is a good example of what the trails are like.

Kalamazoo Nature Center
Kalamazoo Nature Center

The above two pictures are exhibits they have outside their learning center building.

This is inside a building. The Kalamazoo Nature Center is for Adults and kids to learn about nature and to enjoy the outdoors.

In addition to the Kalamazoo Nature Center, we went to the Asylum Lake Preserve and the Bow in the Clouds Preserve; all in Kalamazoo.

Gull Lake at sunrise

I made two two-day trips to Kalamazoo this fall. On one of the trips I left to go home while it was still dark. As I was passing Gull Lake, I saw brilliant colors through the trees. I pulled off into a parking lot, walked across the road, snuck into a park – don’t tell anyone (it was still closed) to take these pictures.

Gull Lake

Look at the fog coming off the water, those colors in the sky and the reflections in the water. I just stood there in amazement – after getting my pictures of course!

Some people like to zip to their destination and back. For me, the journey is just as special as the destination. I drove home on back-roads. The above picture and the next ones were taken when I headed north from Kalamazoo and then east.

If you like driving country roads and seeing fields, woods and farms; head towards Hickory Corners and pick roads that look like they’ll take you to beautiful places. That’s what I did. Great views.

If you get up early enough, you can see the fields when they’re still frosted.

I think we were on Highway 66 when we saw this. Linda saw the cow and we had to stop.

I’m glad she made me stop. They make their own ice-cream, butter, etc. here and it’s great! I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s the best ice-cream I’ve ever tasted. Support our local businesses! And get out there and enjoy God’s beautiful creations!

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