Recently, on my commute to school, it was hard to not to notice the changing landscape. As uncovered in my previous post, the seasons have shifted. Hello Autumn! As there are many things to get excited about including Halloween, Thanksgiving, a trip to the apple orchard and other fall favorites, there’s always one thing that can be passed up during this time of year…. the color.
Here in southeastern Minnesota as we scale back the daylight hours, a natural phenomenon begins to take place. The solid green landscape shifts into a collage of reds, yellows, oranges, and many shades in between. This change is so anticipated by tourists from out of the region that it is not uncommon for local businesses to receive phone calls inquiring when the change will occur. Although we who work in the area do not claim to biologists, dendrologists (one who studies trees), or any other scientific guru, you could say that we have it down to a timed science, as we experience it every year.
But if you are looking for a more expert opinion you may want to consult the DNR. As you can see in the graphic, Minnesota’s colors are reaching peak or are past peak for this season. So if you are interested in seeing the colors, get out now as they most likely will not make it past the rest of the week. And if you cross-country, plan on next season, as by the time you arrive, you may just be out of luck. If you would like more information on the fall foliage in our area you can visit the DNR’s website at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fall_colors/index.html.
As you can see just south of Rochester, we are 75% to 100% to peak. Although pictures cannot capture the full effect of the beauty, here are a few images from the local area.