Nature’s Almanac At The Dawn Of Autumn

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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Forget for a moment the temperature soaring into the 80s all week; today is the first full day of autumn. Summer officially ended at the exact moment the sun crossed the “celestial equator”, and the crossing of that line in space only occurs twice a year.  The September equinox happened at 10:21 EST yesterday.  Get ready to celebrate the season of apples, pumpkins, hayrides, fall festivals and hikes under kaleidoscopes of color.  Oakland County Parks, our Huron-Clinton Metroparks, and dozens of other parks in our towns and cities are ready for outdoor autumn adventure.

Even with our unseasonable warmth, seasonal changes of autumn are easy to see, and sometimes hear, in the parklands, wildlands and trails that span the county. One of the most noticeable signs is the wide array of fantastic fall fungi that is spreading their spores to expand their kingdom. Moist woodlands are spawning the rapid growth of the stunningly beautiful Fly Agaric, better known by its scientific name Amanita muscaria, a toxic species, and The Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus), a delectable edible delight.

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The Chill of Fall & Cider Mill Frills for All

Temps are chilly, and the flavors of fall are crisp. It’s the season that brings friends and families together on breezy days and cooler nights.

Colorful trees make the perfect backdrop for a trip to a local cider mill. Regardless of what strikes your fall fancy, Oakland County is home to several cider mills that produce locally grown apples.

Other fall goodies like fresh apple cider, donuts, pumpkin pie and even ice cream can be purchased and enjoyed. Visit a cider mill in and around Oakland County for the best fall treats. Check out our full list of locations or use our interactive map for Oakland County cider mills.

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Fall in Oakland County

The next best thing to the Fall colors Up North? Fall in Oakland County! With more than 65 miles of parks and trails, there is plenty of autumn leaves to crunch through, and activities for everyone. Oakland County consists of 910 square miles of cities, watersheds, lakes, golf courses, homes, schools, and so much more. It is the premier place to live, work, play, and raise a family.

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Stay Safe This Halloween

Little girl carving pumpkin at Halloween.

It’s almost time for the scariest, and sweetest, time of the year! Halloween is this Saturday, and people from across Oakland County will be participating. While dressing up and running around the neighborhood collecting goodies is fun, it’s important to keep safe while you do. Find your city’s trick-or-treating hours here. Use these tips to make sure your Halloween trick-or-treating goes smoothly. Continue reading