I have fallen in love with the Minnesota State Parks. Really I don’t know how someone couldn’t fall in love with the MN state parks. They’re beautiful. Living in the cities has given me a new appreciation for nature. There’s nothing more peaceful than getting up before the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning and driving 100 miles to catch the sunrising over the St. Croix River (or at least attempt to, that particular trip was delayed due to snow…in October). Or walking along the path at Fort Snelling, just a couple miles down river from both downtowns and sharing your morning with a family of deer.
One of my favorite parts of growing up and living in the Midwest are the seasons. I just can’t imagine a life without fall leaves, snowmen, spring buds, or glistening lakes in the summer. Each season has its own personality, its own gifts it gives us. My goal over the next year is to spend some quality time in the MN state parks and capture as much of these seasons as I can and then combine it all into a book of some sort. So stay tuned for updates as the year progresses.
Here are a couple of my fall favorites from this year.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf’s a flower.” – Albert Camus
Sunrise on the Mississippi-Fort Snelling State Park
Along the Mississippi River at Fort Snelling State Park
Mother nature was playing catch with herself. Fort Snelling State Park
A morning walk. Fort Snelling State Park.
Beautiful decay. Fort Snelling State Park.
Mississippi River at Fort Snelling State Park
Fall hits St. Croix State Park
As does Winter. St. Croix State Park
St. Croix River at St. Croix State Park
…did I say a few favorites? Ok so a few times a couple. I started this little project late this fall so fall will end up being a combination of 2009 and 2010.
Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Thanksgiving!