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Matt Marsh
10-06-2012, 3:09 AM
Although terribly dry here in Northern Minnesota, the colors were very good this fall. Thought it would be fun to share a few of the pictures I took during a couple walkabouts around the property with Wilson, my best furry friend over the last couple weeks.

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Paul Saffold
10-06-2012, 6:17 AM
Very nice, Matt. Pretty country. Thanks for sharing.

Jerry Bruette
10-06-2012, 9:36 AM
I noticed the same thing here in Northeast Wisconsin. Thought the reds of the maples were exceptionally bright this year. Despite the dry conditions I prefer to have a dry fall, I think it's more enjoyable and seems to extend my favorite although too short time of year.

Nice shooting bench, your design or made from plans?

Jerry

Matt Marsh
10-06-2012, 10:19 AM
Thanks Guys. The snow we received here overnight all but ended our fall colors. The sticky-wet stuff all but stripped all the branches clean.

Jerry, the bench is modified from plans. I am a big guy, so I made this one larger than the plans called for. I also modified the seats, so the shooter can slide them around to fit your stature. One day I plan on doing a lot more shooting.... that is if we still can, and I can still afford components when that time comes. Its kind of nice having the shooting bench right next to the deer stand ;-)

Andrew Joiner
10-06-2012, 12:47 PM
Thanks Matt. I lived in Minnesota for my first 40 years. I moved to Oregon 20 years ago. We get a little fall color in my area,but what I miss is the aroma of the autumn forest in Minnesota. It could be the lack of Birch trees out here. Your photos brought back the memories of walking and breathing in the glorious fall smell of the woods near Duluth.

Matt Marsh
10-06-2012, 3:57 PM
Andrew, we still need to get to the Northwest area for a visit. Whenever we go on long vacations its usually to escape the cold MN winters, so its usually some place South.

Duluth and the North Shore area is some of the most beautiful country on Earth. Its one of our favorite places to visit. I know exactly what you mean about that wonderful aroma. It is especially good on those warm and sunny indian summer days, when the cool breeze gently moves through the trees. It is intoxicating. It is as though it arouses something primal from deep within. Breathing that cool, clean, fresh air is so fullfilling and invigorating.

Our home is actually in the Lake George area, near Itasca State Park. My wife and I both work in Bemidji. I was born and raised in Bemidji, and have lived in the area all but for 6 of my 55 years when I went to electrical school out of the area and also in the Twin Cities area when I did my apprenticeship back in the late 70s, early 80s. This is home. :)

Rich Riddle
10-07-2012, 7:15 AM
Do you think fall leaves changed earlier this year than they normally do? For some reason it seems to have happened sooner down in Kentucky this year.

Matt Marsh
10-07-2012, 9:18 AM
Rich, I think the drought definitely shortened the time that it took for the leaves to turn once they began in this area, but as far as when they began to change it was about normal. They didn't last long, but they went out with a bang. I'm sure the drought took its toll on quite a few trees. The experts say that its the decreasing amount of daylight/increasing amount of darkness that triggers the change. Maybe shutting down a bit early is nature's way of conserving moisture?

Ken Fitzgerald
10-07-2012, 10:50 PM
Beautiful fall colors and photos! Thanks for sharing!

Matt Marsh
10-08-2012, 3:57 AM
Thank You Ken! You're welcome!

Belinda Williamson
10-10-2012, 1:37 PM
Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing them. We don't get that kind of color here in the South.

Matt Marsh
10-11-2012, 5:57 AM
Thanks Belinda and Ken. Boy those leaves didn't last long this year. We have a fresh skimming of white everywhere this morning.

Joe Kieve
10-12-2012, 8:01 AM
Not quite as spectacular but we do have a little color down south. Took this 2 days ago just outside Atlanta...my front yard.

joe


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Matt Marsh
10-12-2012, 10:18 PM
Looks like you guys are about 3-4 weeks later there Joe!

Ole Anderson
10-13-2012, 10:36 AM
Great pics! We headed north for a color tour on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here is a shot from a scenic overlook west of Traverse City MI, near the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, along with 2 more interesting pics:

Matt Marsh
10-13-2012, 1:24 PM
Beautiful Ole! I love the old church! Do you know anyone named Sven?

Ole Anderson
10-14-2012, 1:21 PM
Ya, Sven, he's quite da charactor. My vife, Lena, at least tinks so.

Ya know, he's got a boy, Sven Junior, who came home one day and asked, "Papa, I have da biggest feet in da third grade. Is dat becoss I'm Norvegian?" "No," said Sven, "It's because you're NINETEEN."

Matt Marsh
10-14-2012, 2:46 PM
LOL!

Yah, Lars Larssen, my neighbor down da road married an Arab girl don't cha know. Yah dey had a little baby boy and named him Yassir You betcha!

Joe Mioux
10-15-2012, 12:18 PM
Beautiful images! Looks like Southern IL will have nice fall color also. Our maple trees are spectacular.