Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Tapestry of Fall Color in Ham Lake, Minnesota

Sunday was a perfect day for an autumn walk down our Ham Lake road. We are blessed to live on a quiet road with nature all around us. It is amazing that just a few minutes north of the bustle of city life in the communities of Blaine and Shoreview there is an Anoka County community with acreage lots that allow residents to escape every evening to a natural paradise. Ham Lake still has a farm or two. Horses are allowed and many families have riding rings in their yards. Another common sight are the huge fields of Kentucky Blue Grass that stretch across many acres throughout the area as Ham Lake is known for its lush green sod farms.

We are fortunate to live in an area where it is common to see raccoons and fox; a family of deer romping through the yard is a daily sight! We can look out our back window anytime of day and see wild turkeys wandering around in the grass. And let me tell you those birds are more fun to watch than the gaggles of Canadian Geese that have overtaken many Twin Cities parks. In addition to the squirrels, bunnies and chipmunks that are common in most residential communities, eagles, hawks, turtles, and even an occasional bear have been known to live in our neighborhood.

Though the natural beauty is wonderful year round, capturing the beauty of Ham Lake on a crisp October afternoon was a joy that needed to be shared. Here are a few snapshots of the tapestry of color that I experienced last Sunday as I walked through my neighborhood.


Apple, oak and aspens in our side yard to the north.



Catalpa, aspen, red oak, white oak and pines in our side yard to the south.




A bank of beautiful oaks across the prairie to the east.


Colorful beauty across a Ham Lake sod field.



Amazing burst of golds, oranges, crimsons, and greens accented by the white bark of the birches that have already lost their leaves.


Autumn beauty upclose!

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