The oaks’ turn to shine

With snow scheduled to bring an end to autumn — at least temporarily — I decided to get up early to head to Jensen Lake for one more colorful sunny morning.

Alas, a deer hunt in Lebanon Hills Regional Park meant no trip to Jensen today. But Eagan’s Thomas Lake Park was not far away.

oaks at Thomas Lake Park

The morning was crisp after a thick frost, but the oak trees couldn’t be more beautiful.

oaks at Thomas Lake Park

A few were still green, but the rest are all shades of orange, red, and brown, reminding me of crayon names: maize, chestnut, copper, maroon, goldenrod, sepia, tan, yellow orange, orange yellow, mahogany, brick red, and even more colors that haven’t been turned into crayons yet.

oaks at Thomas Lake Park

I also have a memory of a color called “burnt umber,” but I must be combining “burnt sienna” and “raw umber.”

oaks at Thomas Lake Park

It was worth staying at work an hour later than normal to make up for such a gorgeous morning in the park.

oaks at Thomas Lake Park

> More photos from Thomas Lake Park


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