I can never decide whether I love spring or autumn the most. I mean, there’s no denying that I LOVE spring. To see a flower poke it’s way up through the ground after months of snow and bitter cold is pretty much like watching a miracle happen right before your eyes. (And seriously, even if not one single flower bloomed, just being done with the snow would be enough of a miracle.) But then autumn rolls around and I’m in awe Every. Single. Year. by the sheer beauty that shows up right outside my window.
A little over a week ago I was driving up the hill to our house soaking in the reds, yellows, oranges and greens that lined the street. I was leaving the next day for a trip out west to attend my nephew’s wedding and I actually got a little teary-eyed thinking it might all be gone before I returned home five days later. And yes, I do realize this is a bit overdramatic but seriously people, autumn in Minnesota is a stunningly gorgeous but amazingly short little season. In five days time autumn can come to an abrupt halt. Though I was excited to see my family I was just a little sad to think I might miss the last few days of God’s amazing artistry.
But, as my plane was landing last Wednesday night I looked out the window and noticed that the trees were even prettier than when I left. (Oh me of little faith.) And that’s when I decided that this week’s blog simply had to have some fall photos. I hope you don’t mind. Let’s just start with the ones in our neighborhood.
And this place – no wonder people are dying to go there! I don’t think there is a cemetery any where else in the world that has so many people walk through it on a daily basis just to enjoy the view.
On Sunday I convinced my husband to take a little drive to an area I’ve always thought was particularly stunning in autumn. On our drive we ended up at what I thought was a little county park. I’ve driven past it dozens of times but I’ve never stopped. But at that moment in time I figured we had no where else to be so why not explore? And I’m so glad we did. It’s a magical area and not nearly as little as it appears at first glance. The first thing you see when you get out of the car is this:Does that view not just beckon you to explore? It’s as though God threw the leaves on the ground to carpet our path. And just when I thought the park was going to come to an end I saw these steps that screamed, “Come on down, there’s more down here!”And I went . . . even though I knew it was going to be a lot more effort coming back up. But it was totally worth it, because look!
And though I might have had to stop once or twice coming up those steps there was a reward for my efforts.
It certainly is a beautiful spot, but then again, it’s pretty hard to turn around in these fleeting autumn days and not see something that makes you say WOW! I hope wherever you live you take the time to spend a few minutes enjoying God’s incredible creation. He’s an amazing artist! The Best, I’d say!