Autumn Reflections

Autumn Colors 2018

We received more than 12" of snow here in Central Wisconsin yesterday! We cannot wait to get out and snowshoe this weekend! The snowfall also means that traveling has been difficult - so many accidents throughout the state! A reminder to everyone to slow down, turn on your lights, and "drive defensively" as my driver's education instructor would say over and over.

Because we haven't been able to travel anywhere new, we are again going to reflect on one of our favorite trips this past year. The fall colors in Wisconsin are rival to none, and 2018 was an especially vibrant year for autumn beauty. We had the opportunity to travel up north to the Phillips area, where my grandparents have a cabin. We also took our annual fall trip to Door County to celebrate our anniversary. Both trips boasted spectacular fall foliage.

In Phillips, we spent the day with Breanna's parents - even Rosie got to tag along for the adventure.

Autumn Colors 2018

It was absolutely beautiful walking through the rural area around Musser Lake. Dad took us out on the boat and it was really cool to see the colors reflected in the still lake water.

Autumn Colors 2018

Many locals and visitors said these were some of the best fall colors they could ever remember seeing. According to some Googling, the weather conditions in the summer were perfect for a fall color burst. The ideal situation is "moisture followed by a dry, cool and sunny autumn with warm days and cool but frostless nights. Heavy wind or rain can cause the leaves to fall before they fully develop color. (read more)"

Autumn Colors 2018

According to the University of Vermont, Anthocyanins are the pigments responsible for red and purple fall leaf colors. These are only produced in the fall when sugars are trapped in the leaves. ... Abundant dry weather and sunlight lead to more sugars in leaves, which in turn leads to brighter fall reds.

Autumn Colors 2018

There's something really peaceful about being out on the water anyway - add in some crazy vibrant colors and the experience is almost surreal. We tried to grab a few photos to capture the sights, but it's really difficult to capture just how beautiful it is.

Autumn Colors 2018

Autumn Colors 2018

Autumn Colors 2018

Autumn Colors 2018

Autumn Colors 2018

Autumn Colors 2018

Autumn Colors 2018

Autumn Colors 2018

Autumn Colors 2018