Fish Lake Trails 2013
In 2012, I made a trip to Fish Lake and Elm Creek Park in Maple Grove. The sights were so spectacular that I wanted to make it an annual event! There is something to be said however for arriving at the right time. The light needs to be just right (usually early afternoon) and the leaves and trees also need to be readying for winter just the right amount.
This year, I wanted to lead a small group bike ride into the beautiful woodlands, however no one quite knew the secret wonders of nature they’d be missing. And so, I set out by myself to show them. These pictures are but a fraction of the real life experience. There is nothing like standing in the 3-dimensional space of color in a hollowed tunnel underneath a canopy of colored trees. This year I rode my bike on a 30 mile loop starting at the Fish Lake Park entrance all the way north to the short loop in Elm Creek park and back.
I took photos in a lot of the same spots as the prior year, so it’s fun to see nature in similar seasons! Perhaps in future years you’ll join me! Enjoy!
Good morning says the street lamp. I took a similar photo during the morning of the Twin Cities marathon. Here’s that same photo this time with the autumn color!
Trees glow in just the right light. Can you tell I like street lamps?
Ah…welcome back to Fish Lake’s trails!
This is an awesome hill to come down from the other side!
Shadows and colors down a windy path.
And I’m back to the picturesque corridor. The forest is open to the sun at the west, so the colors light up in the afternoon! Not quite as full as last year, likely due to the season and wind, but still an amazing section!
Colors as tall as the eye can see.
Green, yellow, pink!
Look at all those leaves on the ground! I can barely see the trail.
So I think I’ll lay in the leaves and look at the sky!
Getting close to Elm Creek Park!
An ancient tree.
Zooming through the trails!
A field of grasses with the moon creating an awesome landscape with a touch of science fiction.
Cool cotton seed pods…or something.
One of the lakes in Elm Creek Park!
And heading back home through the dense forest!
A forest full of beauty. And so the sun sets on my autumn adventure!
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