But, blessed by the loan of the wonderful Towner's minivan, I got out a few times. Down to Red Wing for the Fall Festival of the Arts before peak color, grateful the sun broke out for a little while as I was hiking around the top of Barn Bluff. Then I hit perfect timing the morning of the 21st, to get to Lebanon Hills just a little after dawn and capture that wonderful golden light. Visited Thomas Lake Park the next evening to try to enjoy more color from the oaks (and tamaracks!). Not much left for leaves by the 28th after more rain and crazy winds--but the oaks were stubborn and held on, and seeing a not-quite-mature bald eagle sitting in a tree made up for the sparseness of remaining autumn color. Some adult bald eagles and other raptors were soaring about as well, but I was too far away to get good photos of the migrating swans, coots, and various ducks on the river.
Barn Bluff, Red Wing
Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Thomas Lake Park
Minnesota River National Wildlife Refuge
Fading too fast, as always, but so glad I was able to get out a few times and enjoy it!