Autumn Fruit

By Greg Lecker Early Saturday morning, I stop at the Minneapolis Farmers Market to purchase a bushel of tomatoes with which to make marinara sauce.  Visiting the Arboretum afterwards, I am reminded that tomatoes and are not the only red fruit ripening in autumn.  A number of other red fruits augment the autumn colors within…

Fall Collage

By Mary Beth Pottratz Sunshine filters through almost-bare branches. A steadily drifting drape of puffy thin cloudlets plays like a kaleidoscope on the ground. A wide and short redbud tree still has some yellow leaves peaking between sun and shade. Its multiple stems are coated with an interesting shaggy bark. Clusters of red buds form…

Autumn Storm

By Boak Wiesner A touch of winter blew into Minnesota this past week with the northern edge of our state getting school-closing enough amounts of snow at the same moment as my friends and I were relaxing in my front yard on probably the last balmy evening of the year. And “blew in” is an…

Autumn Splendor

By Greg Lecker Like an investor consulting the stock ticker, I habitually refresh the web browser on the MN DNR Fall Color Reports website (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fall_colors/).  Over the past week, I’ve watched the pattern of peak color advance from Minnesota’s Arrowhead region towards the metro area like a glacial lobe.  We’ve enjoyed many favorable conditions for…