The colors have come alive with magic this weekend in Northern Minnesota reminding me of all the fall weekend trips I did as a child up north. It was a family tradition that was so special that I’ve continued it with my own children.

This weekend we drove about five hours north of Minneapolis to Ely, one of the launching off points to the Boundary Waters Wilderness and Canoe Area. The pristine air, lakes and forests is breathtaking and reminds me so much of my youth growing up in Minnesota.

Fall is the time of year I feel so alive with energy as the light graces the changing colors of the leaves and the deep blue sky is vibrant and pure. The fresh scent of the air or even the smoke of a campfire fills me with warmth and nostalgia.

Here are a few photos from our weekend up north. Many more will come soon. It is way too beautiful here not to share.

“Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower” -Albert Camus

My daughter and I went paddling to the beaver dam at the end of the lake. It was so incredibly serene. All we heard was the sound of the birds. 

And the sunsets were mesmerizing. 

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic.


  1. It’s amazing how much more the leaves have changed color way up there! I’m back in Chicago for the weekend and everything is still green here (and, of course, in DC nothing has turned yet). But I do feel fall is on its way in the air and, like you, feel nostalgic for the autumns of my own youth. Glad you had a great time in that beautiful setting.

    1. Yes our leaves in Minneapolis are just starting too which is late. The peak is usually the first weekend in August. There were even some areas way up north that hardly had changed! Crazy. But so beautiful!!!

    1. Yes it is amazing sometimes I don’t need to travel too far to see incredible beauty! It is very beautiful in northern Minnesota. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

      1. Things are well but busy. I see you’ve been putting out some posts again! I have them stored in my inbox and will check them out. Hope all is well for you too! πŸ™‚

  2. When I came back from Philadelphia last weekend, the tree in Pennsylvania were just starting to change, just barely. As mentioned above, the Chicago area is still hanging on to the green of summer, while giving us fall temperatures, which is a great combination for me, although I love fall, too. Beautiful gallery you shared.


    1. Yes we are pretty green here too in Minneapolis which is so late. The leaves are just starting. It is amazing how five hours north how much more the leaves have turned yet there were a few lakes we hiked around and the leaves had hardly started which was strange. It is so incredibly beautiful in northern MN! Thanks for stopping by Janet!

    1. Thanks so much! Our leaves here in Minneapolis are just starting to turn and only five hours north on the border of Canada where I took these photos, the leaves are at their peak. Can’t wait to get fall here!

  3. Simply beautiful! We’re headed up the N. Shore of Superior to the Lutsen/Grand Marais areas next weekend… hoping to catch the fall colors as we hike the SHT. You definitely hit the colors near Ely! Great shots!

    1. Thanks so much Sue! It was so beautiful! All these were taken on my cellphone too. I haven’t even downloaded them off my camera yet but I can hardly wait. It was surreal up there!

  4. Magnificent pictures!! One of your best indeed. I must appreciate how much you are taking care to create such lovely memories for your children

  5. All of your photos are incredible this week, but the first one is my favorite. The color of the sky, the clouds, the reflections in the water and the lush fall leaves create a desire in me to be there and see it for myself. Well done!

    1. Thank you so much! That first photo was taken in the morning. The light had just come out from the clouds and if I didn’t run out to snap the photo I would have missed it. thanks so much!!!

  6. Oh my goodness, – I don’t think I’ve ever seen such beautiful sunset photographs or pictures of the trees… Wow – spectacular! I loved canoeing with my dad and then with our sons but never somewhere quite so spectacular as these pictures reflect.. x

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