Happy Fall Y’all! Well not really…but it’s cold enough to wear a sweater in the morning finally and I will call that fall-enough for me! This change of the weather has me buying new jeans and digging out my ankle boots and scarves. But it’s not just my closet that is changing over. I’m trading in my iced cold brews for pumpkin spice lattes and I’m trading florals and neons for leaves and jewel tones. It’s a whole new season full of different ways to be inspired and I’m excited to share a few of those with you. Maybe you will be inspired in your own creative endeavors to embrace the change in seasons!
Part 1 will be all about…Nature!
Nature is always an easy muse, and fall is a great time to return to your roots (see what I did there?). Nature provides not only fabulous Instagram photos, but great shapes and colors to incorporate into your creativity. Changing leaves, sunflowers and mums, pumpkins, apple orchards, all great for color and shape inspirations. Something about being in nature and marveling at the effects that the different seasons have on our environment gets the creative juices flowing. Fall in Ohio is absolutely breathtaking. Even the most urban neighborhoods take on this natural beauty.
A mission to seek inspiration from nature gives you an excellent reason to get out of the house and to take some trips both inside and outside the Columbus. Here are a few of my favorite natural destinations as well as some places that I have not been, but are on my Fall Travel Bucket List:
- Tecumseh Land Trust – Sunflowers! a whole field of em! If that doesn’t get you excited, maybe nature just is not your thing.
2. Lynd Fruit Farms – Apple Picking and an adorable farmer’s market. As well as some delicious cider and pumpkin donuts. Makes for a great day trip which turns into an evening full of fantastic apple baked goods.
3. Goodale Park – Its a fabulous natural oasis right in the middle of downtown. It is full of ginkgo trees, which are my favorite shade of yellow when they turn colors. There is also a nice pond with a great fountain. There are many places to put down a blanket and pull out a sketchbook. There are also, often, a lot of dogs around if you’re out on a weekend. I love a good fluff butt interruption while I’m out. Something about petting a dog just instantly lifts the spirits.
4. The OSU Oval – The best view of the famed “Oval” on the OSU campus is from the top floor of the Thompson Library. Did you know, you don’t have to be an OSU student to use the OSU library system? That also goes for using the top floor study lounge for snapping gorgeous pics. It would also be a great place to sit and sketch, letter, or read. It’s a quiet study floor, so you can have complete concentration and a killer view. Grab a PSL and spend an afternoon soaking it all in.
5. Hocking Hills – This one is a bucket lister right here. I feel awful for saying that I haven’t been to the biggest Fall attraction in Ohio. I am hoping to take a visit out this fall. I have only heard amazing things and the photos on the travel websites are also phenomenal. I cannot wait to see the beauty first hand. If you’ve been – please let me know your favorite stops!
What are your favorite fall nature destinations? Have you ever gone leafpeeping? What has the fall foliage inspired you to create?
Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of my Fall inspiration series!