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A busy weekend, but chock-full of beauty too:

     On Saturday I headed out early at 6:20 am so I could drive up to Mille Lacs Lake (one of the biggest in MInnesota, 536 square km). Had a bald eagle fly over the road near the end of my drive, which was a treat. I visited two state parks up there that I haven't been to since childhood, if ever. It was a beautiful morning, lots of frost to be seen as I drove, nice and cool and sunny, and the autumn colors up there were spectacular and near their peak. Did about 3 miles (4.8 km) of walking at Father Hennepin State Park, and was delighted to see a pileated woodpecker pretty close up--my second time this year! Later drove to Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, which is as huge as Father Hennepin is tiny, did a 3.5 mile (5.6 km) walk there and got to see swans on one of the lakes in the park. Had my lunch there, then the 2 hour drive back home. Took way too many photos, and started my fall 2011 collection, for those who are interested.

     And then on Sunday was Cavalia! Headed over to Minneapolis a couple hours early, so I could get lunch at Chipotle on the way, pick up my tickets at the box office without being rushed, do my women's study homework in my car...and I had plenty of time so I could go find parking 1/3 mile away instead of paying their ridiculous $10 parking fees. The show itself was quite beautiful, and completely packed. The horses were exquisite and the acrobatics amazing, and live music as well.

     Despite all that busyness, I'm grateful I managed a tiny bit of writing Sunday morning, and things are progressing well with my 'Wildfire' illustration. Hopefully more time for real work next weekend!
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On October 3rd, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC), silvanime commented:
What a fantastic weekend! I love the photos--the one of the lady bugs was particularly interesting (though I felt a little sorry that they were so cold!).

I'm glad to hear that you are making the most of autumn. I feel a little envious, since our displays here aren't nearly so spectacular.
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On October 3rd, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Thanks! I thought it was pretty smart of them, since that rock would probably stay warm part of the evening, and the afternoons are warm enough for them to move around again.

Some years it seems it rains every weekend, so I try to take advantage of any weekends that are nice--autumn is just far too short! I'm blessed to live in a state with such lovely color, though it can't compare to the Appalachians out east.
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On October 7th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC), brezzydal commented:
What wonderful fall photos. Sure enjoyed looking at them. Looks like
you are having wonderful color this fall. What a treat to have a great
weekend to enjoy them.

I am jealous about the horse show. I am so glad you got to go. Maybe they will come this area
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On October 7th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
I'm grumpy right now because it's super warm and windy and tearing the leaves down! This weekend should be peak color but it's supposed to be cloudy/rainy. Oh well.

I hope they come to your area too! Some of those acts were truly incredible.