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Fall Colors

This fall hasn’t been the most spectacular display of color leaves blanketing the entire landscape in Minnesota this year. There are still some pockets of amazingly vibrant leaves to take in on a sunny, autumn afternoon. At least until the rain and wind separate them from their branches and they become a part of the forest floor.

A squirrel enjoying a snack on the forest floor covered with freshly fallen leaves

Everything in the forest is preparing for the winter, including this squirrel taking time to eat before continuing to find food to store. In many areas the leaves didn’t really turn colors much. They just browned up or fell from the trees as there has been a lot of rain during the summer and fall so far with relatively warm temperatures. It’s almost as if the trees decided they’ve grown enough this year and determined it time for winter and shed their leaves.

Sun shining through the red leaves of an oak tree

A vibrant fallen maple leaf ready to join the others laying on the forest floor

Fortunately there were still a few areas where the trees headed into all of their autumn glory provided beautiful red, orange, and yellow colors to enjoy. It may take a little exploring to find these areas but the sights are worth the effort but they only last a few days before wind and rain erase the colors from the trees.

Sun peaking through the leaves rustling in the breeze

The golden glow of a Tamarack among the sparsly covered oaks and maples

These pockets of fall colors on a nice, sunny day help distract from the realization of soon approaching snowflakes. At least for a short time. It won’t be long now so enjoying the suns warmth is a nice treat while viewing sights like this bright gold Tamarack tree.

Colors of the autumn forest floor

Red and yellow leaves showing their full glory before falling away

 Mossed covered log holding a bright red maple leaf

Even the lakes, ponds, and rivers bask in autumn colors as the leaves continue on their fall journey. While out photographing vibrant fall colors I attempted to leave the forest many times but kept getting delayed by another beautiful fall scene requiring a reach for my camera in an attempt to capture these amazing colors.

Leaves covering the waters of this saturated pond hidden in the forest

A single red and orange oak leaf floating away

Red leaves holding on while the rest have fallen