Fish Lake Trails 2012
I woke up on a Saturday in the autumn of 2012 and heard a voice. Nature seemed to call out to me, “Today is the day. Come find me before the changing of the seasons.” I instinctively knew where to go. I had been there before. The Chain of Lakes. Fish Lake Trails. Elm Creek Park.
It’d be a long day, but the mission couldn’t wait. I donned my cycling gear and camera and set out to spend the start of my weekend under the leaves. Accessing these three nature parks was a lot of work – about 1,500 calories as I biked over 50 miles of state trails. From late morning to sunset, nature provided a continuous spectacle of color and shape. When the day was over, I ended right where I began and with a smile said goodnight.
Fish Lake Trails
The “Fish Lake Trails” that I refer to in this post are a 4+ mile stretch of trails starting at Fish Lake Park off of Bass Lake Road in Maple Grove, and following the Three Rivers Park District trail system all the way to Rice Lake. In truth, this is part of the Medicine Lake Trail system, but due to the fact that it travels through the entrance of Fish Lake Regional Park, I hence refer to this as Fish Lake Trails.
The trails are a beautiful secluded winding path through a deep and shaded wood. In autumn, the entire forest turns vibrant yellow, orange, red, maroon, and glows in the afternoon sun as if God himself was painting the colors anew.
Here is my photo journey of an autumn day unlike any other. Unfortunately, my original photos were lost. These here are compressed files of the originals that I loaded to a Facebook album and re-downloaded to be reproduced here.
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‘Good morning!’ says the street lamp.
Walkway under the beautiful trees at Lake of the Isles.
Even the water wants to paint the colors.
A soothing bend under the yellow leaves of NW Lake Calhoun.
Dreaming of the sky at Lake Harriet.
The beautiful western Lake Harriet Parkway.
The trees bend toward Lake Harriet on the eastern shore.
The shadows tell me the sun is moving on with the morning.
A wonderful autumn afternoon.
This tree masterfully remains green and keeps its gorgeous arching shapes.
A celebration of summer’s end.
The leaves glow under the sunlight.
After the morning escapades and lunch, I headed north and found this beautiful pond. All the photos you are about to see are from a new area near Maple Grove. I saved this next section for later in the day hoping the sun’s angle would light up my westerly path, but it was a race against time. I had to cover 30 miles before the sun got too low. Let the race begin!
Choices. I went left.
Entrance to Fish Lake park reserve.
Riding through the trees is exhilarating. Such a flurry of colors.
A unique blend of colors.
The key to everything was timing. The sun had to be in the right place to reveal the colors of this path. It helped that there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
Cool Brad, but you need to get moving. You’re only on mile 1 of 35 this afternoon. Remember, this is a race.
Weee, a hill!
Going down the hill!
I swear that this picture, and all the pictures of the album are real and unedited. Straight from my camera. These next pictures in the sequence were created by a perfect culmination of nature. I was just happy that I was here to capture it.
Imagine riding your bike down this path…just imagine…
…going really fast, things turn into an impressionist painting.
…going really slow, well, you just have to appreciate every step. You might even just sit down ’cause you never want to leave. You might even pop out your aisle and begin to paint your own.
Only if every ride through the woods was this magical.
Aglow in the forest!
A change of scenery! Cleansing your palette.
Pedal Brad! Mile 8 of 35.
Slam on the breaks. Must…take…another picture..
This bridge means we’re close to Elm Creek Park!
Aaand I’m there! But it didn’t greet me with the same colors that I was previously ‘used to’. I maaay have taken too long getting here, so I hoped the sun wasn’t out of position. Elm Creek Park is a huge park (about 18 miles), so I know that the sun wouldn’t be perfect each and every turn. I hope I would find new photo opportunities.
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This tree was pretty awesome.
Just need to get closer.
It’s so pretty under the canopy!
I didn’t take any more pictures until I got to the eastern part of the park. The forest was too dense on the west side for the setting sun to find the trees I needed to light up.
Such a cool tree.
Standard autumn colors.
Just the sun casting shadows.
There’s light peeking around the corner!
A path into the woods. Normally the woods are too dark to take pictures, but as you’ll see it worked out!
And then I went back to the beginning of the path and sprinted on my bike through this twister.
And climbed out of the woods.
Remember the really magical sequence of photos earlier? Here’s what the area looks at the inopportune time. Still pretty.
Not as vibrant, but still colorful.
Glowing yellow at sunset.
This bunch of sumac looks really cool!
‘Good night’ says the street lamp.
Widescreen to get the entire shape of the left tree’s silhouette.
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