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it’s the last day of october. we had one of the most colorful falls in memory here in minnesota. but the north winds rolled down from canada this week and like the glaciers several hundred thousand years before them, they haven’t left much in their wake. we have some really nice soil, some piles of terminal moraine, and these damaged mementos of a colorful past. now it’s time to square our shoulders and face northward with stiff nordic upper lips.

late october leaves

grass lake, saint paul, minnesota

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  1. Perfect green+red colour combination!

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invariably these little black fungus spots are called “unsightly.” i find them sort of adorable. like the prints our dog makes on the white floor unknowingly when he’s just come in from trying to dig something up out of the back yard.

tar spot fungus on silver maple leaves

island lake trail, saint paul, minnesota

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  1. Traci says:

    This image isn’t showing up for me for some reason. I’ll have to check back. :]

  2. Charo says:

    Cuanta belleza en la composicion y en los contrastes. !!

  3. Carol Sommers says:

    I agree – adorable!

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we minnesotans talk about the weather because it is the most dramatic thing about our landscape. we don’t have oceans or gorges or mountains or the big sky of the western plains and southwestern deserts. we have lakes, which are pretty and placid but which are not, with the exception of lake superior, dramatic. we are, however, on the 45th parallel in the middle of our continent and we can have 130 degree temperature swings between high summer and low winter. all of which helps explain our weather obsession, and the reason  behind this photo, which stands as a marker of the day when a brief, gorgeous period of equilibrium between warm green summer and colorful fall tipped irreversibly in the direction of the latter. a chilly day blew down most of the remaining leaves today, and in 24 hours it went from color-on-color october to gray-on-brown november in my back yard.

a collection of late october finds: crabapples, nest, turkey feather, bracket fungus, pinecone, birdseye knot, dried leaves and weeds

shoreview, minnesota

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  1. Manisha says:

    That was a perfect description of the drama here in Minnesota. With such a lovely autumn, I’m ready to switch gears, at least that’s what I’m telling myself today.

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the very hungry caterpillar

between my husband and me, i believe we read the book “the very hungry caterpiller” to our two kids between 367,594 times and 367, 632 times. that is why i know the book begins with the words, “in the light of the moon, a little egg lay on a leaf.” if you read my instagram today, you will understand that the egg was lying on a leaf, and had probably lain on the leaf since its mother had laid it, and left it lying there, laid bare for birds lying in wait to lay claim to both the lying egg and its laying mother.

beetle eaten leaves on an unidentified vine

grass lake regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

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  2. LW says:

    i really dislike seeing my leaves like this…but it is nature!

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i got back from the grocery store this afternoon, and for some reason, today was the day i reached a saturation point with gargantuan blemish-free grocery store fruit. let me start by acknowledging what a first-world problem this is. but we bought a bag of petite and delicious pears at a natural foods store about a week ago, and they served as perfect, pointedly sweet snacks and lunch box treats all week long. then today i found myself in our local traditional grocery store produce section, and i saw grapes the size of plums and pears the size of dinner bells and honeycrisp apples the size of grapefruits and grapefruits the size of melons, and melons the size of toyotas. i couldn’t do it. it all looked just a little bit frankensteinian and unappetizing. then on an afternoon walk, i passed a forgotten crabapple tree along an obscure side trail, and its correctly sized, perfectly imperfect fruit made my mouth water and my heart skip a beat.

crab apples in october

grass lake regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

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  1. margie says:

    i feel the same way in the grocery store , even in the organic section.

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everything is in motion right now. eva took the ACT today, which is step one toward leaving home in a couple of years. all the leaves are falling. my husband just realized that his book is going to take another year-plus, instead of another 2 months. that means i will have to spend this winter not finding him agents, but actually deciding what what to do next with my life. it was going to be way easier to find steve an agent.

beech leaves in october

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

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  1. Charmian McLellan says:

    The leaves look like Glimmer!

  2. Dianne says:

    All the best with your decision making!

  3. margie says:

    exciting that he is writing a book and also that you have a choice as what to do next with your life. I find the uncertainty to be a wonderful thing.

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my husband just finished a two day writing seminar. he came back after day one to describe an ice breaking exercise, during which all the people in class were forced to say one interesting thing about themselves. in a group made up of 50 or so very typical and mostly nondescript upper midwesterners, steve came home confirmed in his recent conviction that “everyone is interesting. everyone.” on a related topic, i found these leaves on a lowly little nondescript weed in an unremarkable trail-side thicket. they left me wanting to know more.

lowly weed leaves in late october

sucker lake regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

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  1. margie says:

    i believe everyone has a story to tell and of course in my profession I hear many of those daily. Humans of new york really illustrates this well.

  2. Kendra says:

    I was hopinh you would end this with an interesting fact about yourself!

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i have three favorite color pairs: black & white, navy blue and white, and my current crush, yellow and gray. here is what color psychologists have to say about the classic yellow and gray combination: gray is practical, timeless, solid.  yellow is sunshine, laughter, happiness and good times. i’ll take that in a favorite color pair. in fact, i’ll take that in a best friend.

yellow hawthorn leaf on gray wasp nest paper

island lake trail, shoreview, minnesota

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  1. margie says:

    yellow and grey is one of my favourite combinations too.

  2. And mine as well … add a splash of navy & I love it even more ! Have a great weekend, Mary-Jo & family ! oxox

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it was the color of those leaves that caught my attention. but it was the single little striped fruit that kept me interested. like making small talk at a party with someone in a great dress, only to find out they also have a wicked sense of humor.

false solomon’s seal with red fruit in october

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

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  1. it makes me think of a Seuss illustration somehow, the great big stripy leaves, crooked stalk, and the itty-bitty berry…Love it.

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sure, these leaves are pretty. and technically they each serve the purpose of identifying a particular species. but their value to me is not their perfect colors or their diagnostic qualities. i picked these up in 24 different places, and i just need to look at each one to remember the location, the time of day, and even the weather. the leaves themselves don’t even exist anymore in many cases. but those places do.

a collection of found autumn leaves

all from minnesota

 

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  1. margie says:

    i heard on the radio that photographing an event reduces your memory of that event but i experience the opposite. When i look back at photographs it triggers all sorts of memories and details that I might otherwise have forgotten. This is especially true for very old photographs of my childhood.

    • That’s interesting Margie. For me personally,I think both explanations can be true. If someone is simply snapping photos without much intention or consideration, then the camera is very much a distraction to the actual event. But I rarely take snapshots any more, and usually only take photos when I am being my most present. So, for me, it is the being present that gets burned into my memory. The camera, and photo, are incidental. So, as in most things in life, it all depends on the intentionality you bring to it.

  2. LW says:

    some photos i’d rather forget were taken (you know, the ones of you when you weren’t camera ready…) but i truly love this collection!

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