WITH OCTOBER NEARING mid-month and days until winter here in Minnesota dwindling, I feel a sense of urgency to observe and experience every nuance of autumn. That often means ignoring outdoor fall chores for a road trip or a walk in the woods or a stop at the apple orchard.
This past Sunday took Randy and me east toward the Mississippi River town of Wabasha, one of my favorite southeastern Minnesota communities. This city knows how to welcome visitors via two months of celebration, coined SeptOberfest. I’ll share two aspects of Wabasha’s focus on fall in upcoming posts. But for today, here’s a photo peak at those nuances of autumn which so endear me to this season in Minnesota.
I love the vistas of drying corn and soybean fields sweeping across the land.
I love the flashes of red farm buildings in a muting landscape.
I love the fall décor that infuses townscapes and gardens.
I love the seasonal boutiques offering handcrafted gifts and the scent of pumpkin and apple crisp.
I love the hillsides of trees transitioning from green to yellow, orange and red.
I love, too, the individual leaves that wave color in the wind.
I love drying milkweed pods bursting with seeds.
There’s so much to love about October, except the prospect of winter edging closer.
TELL ME: What do you like most about autumn? Feel free to share details about favorite fall destinations.
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