Due to a warm September, the colors peaked a week or so later than usual. Our first trip was to Holy Hill Basilica on Monday, October 12. We have not been there during fall’s peak before. It was Columbus Day so it was quite crowded when we arrived around noon. Holy Hill offers a great view anytime you go. Be sure you pick a good weather day, since they close the tower if there are high winds or other inclement weather.
We climbed up the 128 stairs to the top of the right steeple to take in the countryside colors. They were brilliant!
It was just as beautiful from the bottom looking up. We found an especially good view with a horse in someone’s yard.
And the view from Erin, we got both points of view here!
A stand of beautiful trees to the right of this view on the road below.
A beautiful hill we found on the way.
Earlier in the morning we went to Richfield Historic and Nature Park, just a few miles from Holy Hill.
We saw the historic Messer/Mayer Mill. They are raising funds for restoration of the mill.
Other views in the park.
We were in Jefferson for a wedding photo shoot but came early to get some fall color pictures. They have some beautiful trees and views here. This is the river from the bridge.
The view on the right side of the bridge, Rotary Park.
Downtown the tree by the clock was looking especially pretty, it was barely leafing out when we visited in May.
There are many beautiful houses in Jefferson, many of them with beautiful trees setting them off in a blaze of yellow and orange. Some had ivy too, adding a special touch.
Finished up the month with color at my workplace grounds and near our home.
Our neighborhood looked especially pretty this year. Our red maple was really showing off (the one on the left)! A couple leaves were not so happy about the end of summer.
My favorite view was at the train track that goes by our condo community. The colors were peaking the day I got a picture of the Canada Pacific train that runs from Portage to Madison. Here is some video of that train in Portage.
Quite a beautiful and long autumn this year. One for the books!