I scout photo shoot locations year round. I look for dynamic light and shadow potential. I aim for locations where I can position families with their back to the sun and still shoot onto something interesting. Benches, walls and/or fences are a major bonus. Sometimes I am looking for flowers and other times I am hoping for a view. I hope for restrooms, public parking and land that does not require a permit (must have for mini shoots). The DREAM is that this wonderful site is also not crowded and remains largely undiscovered by fellow photographers. All this and I want it within 20 miles of my house.
This is an example site I have been enjoying for the last few years. GREAT year round and meets all my requirements.
Many more where this came from!