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October 28th, 2018
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Timing is Everything: Autumn 2018
This was not the best of autumns. Weeks of gloomy, cloudy, then rainy weather starting at the end of September, meant that most of the poplars (cottonwoods, quaking aspens, and bigtooth aspens) had their leaves turn greyish brown and die on the trees in too many cases. The ash trees looked strange, with a combination of green, yellow, and shriveled dead brown leaves on their boughs. Then, as the skies finally cleared, the winds came in and tried to rip the leaves down as soon as they got colorful. Or so it felt.

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!


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Date:October 29th, 2018 01:11 am (UTC)
Neat photos so nice to get to enjoy them. The eagle one is really good.
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Date:October 29th, 2018 01:46 am (UTC)
Thanks again for the wonderful camera! Couldn't have managed that eagle shot without that wonderful zoom. =)
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