My favorite color is October

I can’t take credit for that phrase, but I agree with it wholeheartedly. Especially this October, which has been widely credited as one of the prettiest anyone can remember. Nearly every day has featured bright blue skies to match the brightly colored leaves.

We made many weekend trips across the state to enjoy the many phases of fall. I’ll admit that the first two photos were taken in September, though the autumn sentiment remains.

The newly replaced swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park:

swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park

At the lake in northwest Minnesota:

at the lake

The first weekend of October, the only colorful trees on the Minnesota side of Interstate State Park were at the visitors center:

sign at the entrance of Interstate State Park, with colorful oaks in the background

Snail Lake Regional Park in Shoreview:

oak trees along a walking path

Lake Bemidji – pretty even on a cloudy day:

dock and yellow tree on the edge of Lake Bemidji

Tamaracks – deciduous conifers that lose their needles after they change color – at Itasca State Park:

a row of yellow tamarack trees

A walk in the woods in northwest Minnesota – even with most leaves already down, it’s still beautiful:

a leaf-covered walking path

Canoeing on a lake in northwest Minnesota:

a canoe on a lake with brown oak trees in the background

Peak color reaches the Twin Cities last. Downtown St. Paul:

bright red maples outside George Latimer Central Library

The West River Parkway in Minneapolis was so gorgeous with so many different colors at once:

green, yellow, orange, red leaves near a streetlight

Driving through Bluff Country in southeast Minnesota – past peak but the oaks are still vibrant:

a bluff covered with red oak trees beyond the highway

584 steps up to the top of the bluff at John A. Latsch State Park:

overlooking Highway 61, the Mississippi River, and lots of oak trees

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