Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fall at Maplewood State Park

I spent the morning yesterday getting reacquinted with Maplewood. It's been too many years since I've visited, but like an old friend, it was easy to catch up. I spent many weekends camping here and in other state parks around Minnesota when I was growing up. I may be biased, but if you are ever in my lovely state, please pay a visit to one of the many parks.

After some thought, I decided I'm going to make this a mostly visual tour. I will state right now that I missed the best days to view the fall colors here by a week or so. Add in the 50 mph winds we had for a few days and that leaves the trees pretty bare. I did find a few spots of gold and some other things of interest. With my macro setting I was able to capture these so I can share with you.


Maplewood State Park

I was trying for a friendlier, more direct self-portrait, but a month or so of very little sleep is starting to show on my face. This was taken after my mile-long hike up and down a steep hill. Not advised if you are already tired.

My canine companions...



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Maplewood State Park

To say the least, Jameson loved visiting the park. Angus did too, but he didn't feel the need to roll around in the grass every few feet.


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Maplewood State Park


My new friend. (No, I am not scared of bees. I live by the "if I don't bother them, they won't bother me philosophy". So far, no stings.)



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Maplewood State Park

7 comments:

piecemealquilts said...

Great photos - they make me want to be there. I especially like the close up of the lichen on the bark. It's a fantastic color inspiration.

Sana Saroti said...

Beautiful pictures Katie! Thank you so much for the tour. I bet you had a great sleep after that tour ;-)

Pam said...

Beautiful photos, especially the trees with bright coloured 'fall' leaves.

Kelli said...

Gorgeous colors! Love it. We don't get so much of that in CA. :( Have always wanted to take a trip to see the fall colors in the east.

Cindy said...

Thanks for the beautiful reminder of what the change in seasons is like. I grew up in the northeast, but have lived in North Texas for over thirty years now. Seasons here are something less than spectacular.

Toni said...

Looks like a fun day trip! Your photos are awesome! I really like the ones of the sumac and the lichen. My husband and I are always talking about taking a trip to Minnesota. Looks like fall would be a great time to go!

Craft Couture by T.C. said...

Beautiful photos! Thank you very much for sharing with us.
I lived in the states for many years and remember how beautiful it was in Fall. Your pictures brought back good memories. :)