Minnesota in Autumn

Fall colours are a special time in Minnesota.  The display starts up north and spreads south.  It can vary from season to season.  These pictures show the colours as recent as 2005 in areas near Minneapolis a well as 2000 and 2001 in Banning State Park near Sandstone, Minnesota as well as Ft. Snelling and Wirth Park; both near or in Minneapolis. 

 

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A quiet path in Banning State Park - October, 2000.  The leaves have all but fallen but there are enough left to show off their colors..

 

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The Kettle River is in the background in this scene from Banning Park's forest.  Notice the interesting rocks.

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On top of the ridge one can see across the Kettle River and the valley and look at the forest.  

The pines arch up and reach towards the sky - Banning State Park. 

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The Kettle River rapids seen through the birch trees in Banning State Park.  This is a place where one can find peace and quiet and simply get away from it all. 

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Another view of the Kettle River rapids at Banning State Park. 

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Tranquility on the Kettle River.  Just down stream are the rapids that will take the river down to the St. Croix.

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Part of the rapids on the Kettle River at Banning State Park.  Even during low water there's a lot of thrust in the current.

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Huge boulders are found through out the park as seen along the rapids.
Away from the river these large boulders are everywhere - in this case partly covered with moss.

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These steps blend with the forest and take one from the river level up to the top of the ridge.  Just beautiful.

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Another view of the rapids.  A ledge on the other side of the Kettle River blends with the background of autumn colors.

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Another forest scene in Banning State Park.

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The path along the Kettle River at Banning State Park.

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Another view of the ledge along the Kettle River Rapids at Banning State Park showing off the colors of the trees. 

The flaming colors of a Red Maple in Banning State Park.

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A final look at the path winding around in Banning State Park.

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A flaming array of color at Ft. Snelling State Park - 2000.

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minnriver 2 w.jpg (70990 bytes) The Minnesota River at Snelling State Park near the Mendota High Level Bridge.

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The poetry of arches on the Mendota High Bridge crossing over the Minnesota River Valley at Snelling State Park.

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A wood based monument at Fr. Snelling Park near the Information  Center.
The quiet waters of Lake Snelling with lilies floating on the surface and the early autumn colors in the background.

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 Another view of Lake Snelling    at one of the tranquil sections in Ft. Snelling State Park. 

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One doesn't have to leave Minneapolis to see beauty.  This is a section in Wirth Park not far from Highway 394.

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The brilliant colors of the wild prairie at Wirth Park. October, 2000.

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Even a tree stump can be an object of beauty.  Wirth Park - Minneapolis, Oct., 2000.

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The brilliant colors of autumn blend together in Wirth Park, October, 2000.
A tranquil scene on a quiet lake near Minnetonka - October, 2005

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 A quiet scene showing the brilliant fall colours on a small lake west of Minneapolis - 10/2005 

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A paintbrush of colour in a quiet park near Minnetonka - 10/25

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Another view of a calm and peaceful lake reflecting the fall colours

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water lilies float on top of a calm lake.  10/2005

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A small pond in a park in Columbia Heights - 10/2005

 

2005-14 - updated: 20 January, 2014 16:46

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