ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Southern Ohio, Mid-October

Updated on August 21, 2013
Fall comes to Southern Ohio
Fall comes to Southern Ohio | Source

From the very heart of downtown Cleveland, running southward through the state, to the eastern fringe of Marietta — Ohio's oldest city — the winding expressway ribbons of Interstate Highway 77 bend and roll through the foothills of Appalachia. This highway route provides direct access from Cleveland to such southern destinations as Charleston, WV, Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA, and Jacksonville, FL.

Begin this journey beneath the big sign of Progressive Field, Home of the Cleveland Indians, and enter the snakes' nest of on- and off-ramps, merge and exit lanes to move toward Cleveland's southern suburbs. After a short while, Cleveland, Brooklyn, Garfield Heights, Macedonia, Independence, Bath, and eventually Akron fade in the rear-view mirror. Akron-Canton Regional Airport whizzes past and the city of Canton approaches. Soon, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with it's iconic and distinctive football-shaped memorial hall passes on the right. One then reaches Navarre, and urbanized Northeastern Ohio fades.

Continuing along this route, one next traverses the remaining agricultural fields and dairy farms of exurban and rural Ohio. The terrain increasingly trades its flatness for gentle rising swells and broad valleys. You are now paralleling much of the Ohio and Erie Canalway of the 1800s, long since abandoned for rail and doubled bands of asphalt. Slopes and peaks are peppered with family farms, tending varied crops and scatterings of livestock, as they have since settlement in the first decades of the 19th Century.

Slowly the blanketed hills of dun and ochre and rust and viridian give way to ever-encroaching stands of timber. Steeper terrain fosters dense stands of deciduous and evergreen, fighting the farmers' efforts to clear the land. These regions are much more likely to foster coal or gas extraction or timber farming or syrup production than livestock, dairy or crops.

As one moves farther and farther south, one passes the turn-offs west toward Columbus and east toward the casinos of West Virginia's northernmost cusp. Steel and coal country lies to the east and increasingly to the south. There are no large cities along this stretch of road. Dover and Cambridge and Athens lie this way and that, close enough to sense but not necessarily to see. One is left to enjoy the colorful changing and relatively unbroken scenery of Southern Ohio's wooded rolling hills in mid-October, from New Philadelphia to Marietta.

Each arcing bend of the highway presents another vista, another hillock or mound or rising slope layered in multi-colored trees running to the horizon. Reds and purples and oranges and limes and browns and deep dark greens compete for attention, dazzling the eyes. Yes, it is prime leaf-peeping season, when each unfolding panorama is every bit as interesting as the last.

Presented here for you is a selection of views of the striking fall raiment of the Buckeye State's southerly reaches.

Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • rickzimmerman profile imageAUTHOR

      rickzimmerman 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Glad you like them, Peggy. The longer I live here — and the more I visit places like Miami, Phoenix, Charlotte, etc. — the more I've come to appreciate the rich pageantry of seasonal change here in the Midwest.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for showing us these gorgeous photos from your neck of the woods. I remember lovely autumn scenery like that when we lived in Wisconsin. We do get some color in Houston but nothing like what you have up there!

    • rickzimmerman profile imageAUTHOR

      rickzimmerman 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks, RW! It's a beautiful, beautiful state!

    • Resident Weevil profile image

      Resident Weevil 

      5 years ago

      Beautiful, beautiful pictures.

    • rickzimmerman profile imageAUTHOR

      rickzimmerman 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      You are very welcome, Suzette! (Just wait a few months until I post all the pictures of the deep deep snow.)

    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Gorgeous, stunning photos, Rick. I haven't gotten out and taken any autumn photos. This are just wonderful. Ohio is having such a great autumn - I've never seen the color so beautiful! Thanks for sharing these with us. Voted up and shared!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)