Fall Colors Reach Near Peak in Northwest Suburbs
October got off to a chilly and soggy start this year, putting a damper on the pursuit of fall colors.
“I was kind of bummed,” said Dominque Thompson of Maple Grove. “I thought we were having an early winter, a long winter.”
But despite the rainy conditions, autumn magic was on display. For instance, near the Target Campus in Brooklyn Park, there was a cluster of trees that had a mixture of autumn fire and lush shades of green.
“People said that we’re not going to have any fall colors,” said Pam Hesch of New Hope. “But this is probably the most amazing colors that I’ve seen for a few years.”
A Noticeable Change This Week
When the northwest suburbs finally got some sunlit days earlier this week, things began to explode.
“This feels really good,” Hesch said. “Re-energizes me.”
“The colors pop,” Thompson said, “and it’s amazing.”
The sights of colorful Crayola-like trees were everywhere. Radiant red, blaze orange and bright yellow now dot the landscape.
“You don’t really remember how bright the colors are and that’s always amazing, the mix of the trees altogether,” Thompson said. “There’s the reds, the greens and the yellows. There’s nothing like it.”
Next to a highway in Maple Grove, prairie grass with white tops give the scenery a snowy look. At Fish Lake Regional Park, water, royal blue sky and colorful trees, created a Kodak moment for visitors. There is also a dog park where the canines can soak up autumn too.
“That’s why I love Maple Grove,” Thompson said. “That’s why I love living here. There’s stuff to do everywhere. Were out in the woods kind of, but then we can go over to Arbor Lakes.”
Yes, the technicolor days of fall are reaching a peak. It’s the perfect time to take a spin on a back road. Go to a lake. Or check out a legendary river.
“Anything along the Mississippi really makes you feel like you’re away from the city,” Hesch said. “Even Fort Snelling Park, I go there often. You wouldn’t know you are right next to an international airport.”