The summer flew by so quickly, and the fall seems to be doing likewise. I know time flies faster as we age – I’ve experienced it. I realize that is not consistent with scientific fact, but several friends agree with me! Others might call it ‘fake news.’ 😉
Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny day, and I just had to get out of town and take a walk in the woods. However, my time was limited. I decided to head out to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum -for a few hours of mid-day hiking, thus avoiding morning and evening rush-hour traffic. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is part of the University of Minnesota, and it was named the #1 Botanical Garden experience, by a USA Today Readers’ Choice Poll earlier this year -beating out the New York Botanical Garden and the Chicago Botanic Garden. It boasts over 5,000 plant varieties.
The Arboretum is about 30 miles west of Minneapolis, in Chaska, MN, and it encompasses just over 1200 acres. There are exceptional gardens, many of which change with the seasons, and a new addition this year is the Chinese Garden. But I didn’t go to see the gardens. I went out to simply hike several trails around the outer-reaches of the property -visiting deciduous trees sporting their bright, fall colors; grassy prairie-meadows with seed pods bursting; and several boggy wetlands, ripe with mature cattails and other wetland reeds -and, yes, red-wing blackbirds, as you might expect. I may stop out again in a week or so just to check the gardens with my wife, before they disappear and get covered over for the winter.
Without question, most visitors to the Arboretum come to see the beautiful flower gardens, with relatively few finding their way to the more distant outer-trails and meadows. The photos below will provide a sampling of what I found on my Fall visit.
This little fella was easy to spot on the tree trunk, but hard to follow through the brush. He/she was a welcome surprise, but a good 50 yds distant. I snapped about a dozen shots and these two were the best. I use a small pocket camera – a Nikon Coolpix S7000. I like traveling light on any trail, but such a camera does pose problems on occasion.
Yes, the Arboretum is a great resource, and it is not far from home. I’ll likely get back again in a few months and do some snow-shoeing, and take some winter photos. Watch for them here in December, January or February -maybe a couple of snow-shoeing posts from a variety of locations. Maybe even some cold-weather radio!
Now I must get back to some radio work… my attic install of the Alpha Delta DX-EE dipole antenna, and the slow but sure prepping for my FCC General Radio License exam.
73 de Mike, KEØGZT