Moonset over the autumn prairie

With delightful autumn weather forecast for the day, we headed out before sunrise this morning to Wild River State Park.  This Minnesota park is north of the Twin Cities and is located on the St. Croix River. Although there was the promise of afternoon temps in the upper 70’s, the morning had a cool feel to it.  We drove down to the canoe landing on the river and could see the fingers of fog stretching into the air and creating a veil over the fall colors on the Wisconsin shoreline.  As we turned the opposite direction facing away from the river, we were greeted by the full moon as it was making its way behind the hillside.  The prairie stretched out before us filled with golden grasses;  the birdhouses were empty at this early time of the morning.  The hillside was brilliant with the colors of fall – golds, oranges, reds – all in a hush before the sunlight brought them out into a blaze of bright color.  Silently we watched the moon descend behind the hill and turned our attentions back to the river, accompanied by the geese and the ducks that were flying by.

11 thoughts on “Moonset over the autumn prairie

  1. Rhyann September 30, 2012 / 9:02 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I love autumn and the wonderful colors that it brings!

    • lindastaatsphoto October 2, 2012 / 5:55 am

      Thanks, Rhyann. Autumn is a gorgeous burst of colors before we slip into winter.

  2. chrisfloyd1 September 30, 2012 / 9:02 pm

    Love the photo. Well done.

  3. joani October 1, 2012 / 10:27 am

    You captured the MN colors as they are some of the best. The bird houses are known as Peterson bluebird houses developed by a MN birder. The design is to proatect preditation of the nesting family. Looking for color in WA.

    • lindastaatsphoto October 1, 2012 / 8:52 pm

      Thanks for the info on the bluebird houses – learned something new there, Joani! Hope you find some color there in Washington. Don’t forget about the tamarack/larch trees – they’re always lovely with their golden colors again the other deep evergreens.

  4. Tammy October 1, 2012 / 6:42 pm

    beautiful picture Linda! what a wonderful morning you must have had 🙂

    • lindastaatsphoto October 1, 2012 / 8:49 pm

      Thanks, Tammy – it was gorgeous. Fall has its own special smells, sounds, textures, and colors.

  5. happyandsimple October 7, 2012 / 1:52 am

    Wonderful photo! Looks much like the prairie at Chester Woods Park (SE MN)… also a great place to canoe if you ever journey south.

    • lindastaatsphoto October 7, 2012 / 1:22 pm

      Thanks, Heather. I haven’t been to Chester Woods Park yet, but I’ll put it on my list. And I love to canoe, so it sounds like the perfect place!

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