However, it's been many years since I've seen an autumn as glorious as the one my area has been blessed with this year. So many Octobers are gloomy, rainy, damp, cold--except in the middle of the week when I'm stuck at work. This one has been remarkably sunny, and quite a bit warmer than normal as well.
This autumn has been magnificently coordinated as well. Most years, the vivid colors of the sumacs and amur maples are long gone before the oaks get to full brilliance. Some years the temperatures keep much color from forming at all, or violent winds rip the leaves down prematurely. There's been a bit more wind than I'd like, but it hasn't ruined everything.
Last week down south at Frontenac State Park it was still far from peak color, but this weekend it was peak, right in my area. So on Saturday I got out to Afton State Park and did over 9.5 miles of hiking, and then Sunday after church I made a brief stop at a small local park I discovered last year. And the views along the sides of the highways as I ride home on the bus each afternoon rival anything in my photos below--that is how stunning it is around here.
So since I cannot package up autumn and mail it to anyone reading this post, and since nobody has gotten around to inventing a teleporter/transporter yet to quickly come visit, I picked out a few of the massive abudance of photos I took this weekend. Enjoy! Too bad I cannot upload the smells, but at least try to imagine the breeze stirring in the branches...
Afton State Park
Looking over the St Croix into Wisconsin
The St Croix River
To me, the trees look like they're dancing...
99% Sugar Maples here
Lebanon Hills Regional Park (added Oct 26th)
Love to hear if anyone has a favorite photo!