Chippewa Valley Will Reach Peak Autumn Color in Early October

Walter Rhein

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There is nothing quite so beautiful as taking a stroll through the forest on a brisk autumn afternoon in the Chippewa Valley. Our woods are filled with deciduous trees. This means the leaves will change color and fall to the ground before the winter arrives.

We’re fortunate to live in a part of the world where Mother Nature provides us with such a stunning and amazing show. We don’t have to do anything more than look out our windows to witness and admire the changing leaves.

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Even though the autumn colors happen right on our doorstep, it’s easy to let the peak season pass by without fully taking advantage of it. This is a special time of year when families like to arrange to have portraits taken. The falling leaves and comfortable temperatures make for a perfect combination. Keep in mind that appointments fill up quickly, and if you don’t schedule soon you’ll miss out on the peak season.

The other factor that makes the autumn feel like it slips away is that, even within a family, it can be hard to align schedules. Families have the greatest amount of free time on the weekends. Beware of postponing an activity for a week in autumn because the fall season can change fast.

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In late September, the early leaves are set against a backdrop of the green leaves that haven’t changed. When you go for a walk, you can find trees that have multiple shades of colors ranging from green to red to yellow.

It’s rare to walk into the forest and find that all the leaves are a uniform color. Keep in mind that as it gets later in the fall season, many of the leaves will have fallen and the foliage will look less full than it did in previous weeks.

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The best way to fully experience the fall season in Wisconsin is to get outside as much as possible in the next few weeks. In the era of digital cameras, there’s no longer a concern about wasting film. Take your kids out into the park and get some photos. Sometimes you don’t realize how much the colors have changed until you actually get out in the woods and you’re stunned by the display of color.

This is also a good time of year to plan a drive. If you take a day trip up to Lake Superior, it will allow you to see the whole fall season play out in a matter of hours. You’ll notice that the season seems to advance the further north you go.

Fall is the time of year when you get a vibrant reminder of how quickly time passes. It’s the most beautiful time of the Wisconsin year, and it’s an ideal moment to enjoy a walk in the woods with family and friends. Don’t try to schedule your walk for the “peak” day of autumn. Instead, get out as often as you can and enjoy your special day to the fullest.

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Walter Rhein is an author with Perseid Press. He also does a weekly column for The Writing Cooperative on Medium.

Chippewa Falls, WI
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