One Last Look at Fabulous Fall Colors

The changing seasons always bring some incredible visual displays in the preserves

The leaves may be long gone, and with a few rounds of snow under our belts already, it feels more like winter than fall. 

But technically, we have a few more weeks before winter comes storming in on December 21, so now seems like the perfect time to take a look back at some of the powerful color displays we saw throughout Will County's forest preserves in 2018.

If you ventured out on the trails at places like Hickory Creek Preserve, Messenger Woods Nature Preserve and Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve in early November, we hope you took a moment to break from your routine and just soak it all in.

Here's a look back at some of our favorite scenes, starting with a 360-degree trail tour at Hickory Creek Preserve. An early-morning trip down the trail yielded some beautiful colors with the sun beaming through the forest. 


And here's further proof that it always pays off to look up when out at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve.

(Photo courtesy of Mandy Bellamy)


Early in the transition to autumn, a little green provides some nice contrast. 

That was very much evident in this photo at Hammel Woods.

(Photo courtesy of Dana Patterson)


In this case at Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve, the beauty is in the details.

(Photo courtesy of Michael Fagan)


Sometimes, fall colors provide a perfect backdrop such as in this beautiful photo of a dark-eyed junco.

(Photo courtesy of Barbara Riggs Parisi)


We'll just dangle this beauty in front of you.

(Photo courtesy of Jackie Novak)


Another look at the amazing tree canopy at Hickory Creek Preserve.

(Photos courtesy of Michael Fagan)


Great fall color doesn't only include trees. 

For example, this New England aster is one of the last flowers of fall and surely adds some additonal pop to the landscape.

(Photo by Suzy Lyttle)


It only seems fitting to close out with a fall photo that looks more like winter than fall, thanks to this very colorful starling on a crabapple tree.

(Photo courtesy of Barbara Riggs Parisi)

(Lead image courtesy of Mandy Bellamy)


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