Take Time To View Nature's Fireworks

Badger View

Get out and enjoy the colorful leaves this week before it's too late.

Published on: October 8, 2012

I know it's a busy time of year. We're in the middle of the fall harvest and everyone has lots of fall projects to get done – calves to move, machinery to grease, and yard work to complete – before the snow starts flying. But if you can spare a day or two, or even an hour, now would be a great time to get out and see the leaves. The colors are just spectacular.

When I was driving back and forth to World Dairy Expo in Madison last week, it seemed like a Kodak moment awaited around every twist and turn of Highway 151. One clump of multicolored trees was brighter than the next – a true feast for the eyes.

Experts warned a month ago the fall colors in Wisconsin would be diminished this year because of the drought. So I was bracing for trees to be filled with a lot of green and brown leaves. But they were wrong! I can't remember the leaves looking more colorful – lots of yellow, orange and red everywhere.

BLAST OF COLOR: Get out and enjoy the colorful leaves this week before its too late.
BLAST OF COLOR: Get out and enjoy the colorful leaves this week before it's too late.

But you'll have to act quickly. Cold, freezing nights combined with wind and a little rain will have those leaves dropping in no time. The window to view nature's fireworks is brief – probably only another week to 10 days – so make the most of it now.

Find an excuse to go for a drive. It could be something as simple as getting parts for the combine, but this time take the scenic route. If you can afford a day or two, visit a nearby park or forest preserve. Park the car and go for a walk.

It won't be long before the leaves are gone and winter is knocking at the door and the chance to witness the scenic show will have passed.