The Floridians do autumn in Minnesota

The Floridians do autumn in Minnesota

I'm going to take a stab at assuming the reason I haven't uploaded anything to this blog since spring is because—well, Minnesota summer is full of so much damn fun. Who has time for the internet?

I'm picking up where I left off I suppose and sharing photos that include some from the MN Landscape Arboretum, but this time full of rich oranges, reds, and yellows.

I want to note, for future self, that these pictures are the first I've taken with an affordable (I don't want to call it cheap because, look, it took great photos!) 27mm pancake lens on my new (to me) Fujifilm X-T1 camera. I bought the camera used back in June and have used it only a little, here and there, with a 35mm lens. The camera has a crop sensor and I just really needed that extra frame space so I opted to get the wider 27mm, which brings it closer to a “true” 35mm on what would be a full frame, although we all know there's nothing as good as film, or, lest I mention it, medium/large format. (If you're patient enough!)

Anyhow, I REALLY like the 27mm on my Fuji X-T1. Like, a lot. The clarity is impressive for the little mirrorless thing it is, and the contrast and color is just astounding. It helps that my subject was autumn foliage (it doesn't get more colorful than that, folks), but still, I need to give the camera some credit.

The Florida fam came for a visit and the weather was divine. Highs in the 70s, sunshine, clear skies. I don't know a better way to convince someone of how beautiful Minnesota can be than what we just did. Photos are from the Arb, our backyard, my parent's house, Fort Snelling State Park, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Minnehaha Falls, Afton Apple Orchard, and Richardson Nature Center. We did all this during the short-lived period of peak colors (according to the DNR map). It was pretty amazing their visit coincided with the best week of fall. I can hardly believe we fit so much in in only five days.

In the mix I tried to take as many family photos as I could because last year I discovered we had so few together. I'm really happy with what came of it. I took around 600 photos, here are about 70 to enjoy.

Come visit us in autumn. We promise it's worth it.

Views from the street: Richfield in October

Views from the street: Richfield in October

Surrounded by spring at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Surrounded by spring at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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