Black and white horses in a field

Autumn in Rural Minnesota

Wood rail fence post with fall foliage and a orange sugar maple tree in the background.

Autumn in Minnesota

There is nothing I love more than driving around the rural Minnesota countryside in the midst of Autumn. I feel this year’s foliage has been particularly beautiful, and hanging around much longer than I remember in years past.

Every day I am amazed at how much the beauty changes. When I think the color cannot get any brighter, or better, it somehow does. I hang on to these moments. Fill my soul with them, so that when the winter comes, as it always does, I can pull these images up from deep within me, and revel in how lucky I am to live somewhere where every few months there is a new beginning.

Change is inevitable

White church with oak leaves in their fall splendor.

Our lives are not always that predictable unfortunately, yet, knowing that just like the seasons change is possible and just around the corner, gives me hope to make it through the days that are not so beautiful.

I stumbled across this little beauty when I had an appointment in the Osakis area. It was one of those moments where my head snapped as I drove by and I made a mental note that this was a moment I had to capture so I would never forget.

From here I drove down another road I had never traveled before to find a little park, with a parking lot full of pick-up trucks and boat trailers as fisherman/woman were out enjoying what could be one of the last gorgeous fall days.

Black horse facing the camera in a green pasture with fall foliage in the background.

And from there, I traveled down yet another dirt road where I met a photogenic horse, who made me laugh with his “smiling”.

Once I was on the road to home, I made a point to stop in other areas where I have been meaning to and snapped a photo or two.

Nature provides reminders

Not only have I set these images to memory, but I’ve captured them with my camera too. A beautiful reminder when the days are cold, and I feel lonely, to pull out and remind myself of how lucky I am to live where constant change is a daily reminder of how to live life.

At 50 years old I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I am currently NED (no evidence of disease), and trying to spend every day reviewing the world through the new lens I wear as a breast cancer survivor.

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