Enjoying Fall on the Prairie

This is my fourth year living in Morris.

This is the first year that I’ve realized how beautiful fall out on the prairie can be. Maybe it’s because it’s senior year and I’m appreciating everything about Morris a little bit more and maybe it’s because  Fall 2014 has been exceptionally beautiful out here on the prairie. It’s probably a little bit of both.

It’s the first day of November and I know that that means fall will be over sooner than later. It’s another perfect day out today, but it’s hard to tell how many more of those we’ll have, especially since the last two days were really, really cold and sort of dreary. You can never tell in Minnesota. One day it’ll be 70 degrees outside and the next day it will be 30 degrees out. Mother Nature offers no guarantees in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes.

Regardless, this is the type of fall people dream about. The type of fall you see on postcards and travel brochures. The number of clear, blue sky days with the sun shining at full force that we’ve had out here in Morris is more than I can count on two hands. It doesn’t even seem real. To make it more dreamlike, the temperature has been absolutely perfect. Most days, a sweatshirt or light jacket have been sufficient outside. Sometimes the wind gets to be a bit much, but that’s pretty much expected out on the prairie, so it isn’t too much of a burden. I’m loving this weather and I’m trying to enjoy it for as long as possible before our typical, cold and grueling Minnesota winter hits us at full force (oh, why am I reminding myself of this???).

I took the below picture while on a bike ride a few weeks ago. I intentionally brought my phone with me because it was so gorgeous and I knew I would want to stop and take pictures. I absolutely love this shot. I did add a filter to it, which I think brings out the fall colors rather well.

There is possibly no better place to enjoy fall than on the Minnesota prairie.

Pomme de Terre Park, Morris, Minnesota, October 2014

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