Schumacher Valley Metro Park

by Kevin April. 25, 2010 1833 views

Named for Sherman and Mary Schumacher, who donated 171 acres to Metro Parks in 1968, Schumacher Valley remains one of the most rugged areas within the city of Akron.

Located in the valley's pre-glacial bedrock canyon are steep-cut ravines indicative of the Cuyahoga River's tributary streams. A canopy of oak, American beech, sassafras and black cherry provides cover for smaller shrubs. There are herbs and wildflowers, including spring beauty, Jack-in-the-pulpit, rue anemone and jewelweed. Great horned owls, chickadees and six species of woodpecker take cover here.

This was a very challenging hike, but I couldn't find a ton of stuff to shoot.

Photos taken 04/23/2010.

I like the contrast of the white limestone path vs. the dark grass, woods, and polarized sky…

I thought the white bark of this sycamore really popped out against the blue sky.

Headin' down river…

The backlighting on these young ferns made for an interesting effect…

Please enlarge… :)


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