leaf drop

©Lisa Johnson

The "gales of November came early" Wednesday.  Duluth's lakewalk became a casualty for the third time this year and the National Weather Service reports we've already had more precipitation by October 10 than we usually get in a whole month.

Still, Larry Weber says he wouldn't miss it for the world.

October's Bright Blue Weather

When comrades seek sweet country haunts,
        By twos and twos together,
    And count like misers, hour by hour,
        October's bright blue weather.

O suns and skies and flowers of June,
        Count all your boasts together,
    Love loveth best of all the year
        October's bright blue weather.

         ~Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)

Lisa Johnson

Phase one is the showy fall color of September trees.

Phase two is the yellow gold of the aspens at the beginning of October.

Last but not least: phase three.  The tamaracks show up everyone else with their show mid-October. 

Thorsburg Photography

This week's wind and rain resulted in the big leaf drop Larry Weber's been predicting ... but it's also made for a good week at Hawk Ridge with over a thousand raptors migrating through.