Fall and autumn colors are really trying to hang on. Last Friday morning I got out early with a plan to ride Lebanon Hills. As I was heading over, I got distracted by a small lake on the side of the road. I’ve not bothered on stopping because it is on a part of the park that is off limits to bike. But this time, I stopped. Looked at it. Leaned my bike up against the gate and hiked down to it. I am glad I did. Check out the warm morning light bringing the colors out on the lake. I would not have seen this without getting off my bike and walking down to the water.
That brief stop set the tone for the rest of the ride. It was morning and I had Lebanon Hills to myself. There was not another car in the lot. I only stopped once to take a picture and that is when I ran across one tree that could not hold it’s leaves any longer.
I love that we get 4 very different and unique seasons here in MN. That said, I am hanging on to every bit of fall we have as I’m not quite ready for the next season yet. C’mon fall. Hang on just a bit longer.
I had planned on a second installment of Random Thoughts on Gear today, but yesterdays ride was too good not to share. The images below are all from yesterday. It was one of those perfect fall days that started out well before sunrise. In prepping for an upcoming trip, I also decided to carry some of my gear and make coffee somewhere en route. I love these morning rides where I am out there surrounded by darkness until sun up. It is my personal time and it gives me the opportunity to focus on the path, both trail and life, in front of me. They give me time to think. Sometimes my thoughts are very random and all over the place. Yesterday, I was focused for much of the ride pondering a comment someone made to me the other day. This person declared something followed by a question. “Blogs are dead. Why do you keep doing it?” Well, let me tell you.
It certainly isn’t because I’m paid to do it. In fact, this blog costs me money to keep open and operate. I don’t get paid to do it for work either. Despite having a link to my work just to the right of this post, this isn’t advertising like some have said to me. Nope, this blog is me and me alone. If some of the imagery has a resemblance to what I do professionally it is because I am doing what I love and sometimes work is blurred with my personal life. It’s a choice. It doesn’t always come easy. In fact it is hard sometimes, but I have chosen this life. I am thankful for it and I am the only person responsible for my actions.
Why do I keep this blog going? It certainly would be easier at times to simply let it go and not do it, but that just doesn’t seem to work for me. I keep up with this blog because somewhere deep inside of me I hope my images and words occasionally get people fired up to go out into this incredible world we live in and live life to the fullest. I also have a relentless pursuit of learning going on here. Over the past few years some of you that have been around that long have seen me progress quite a ways in my photography. I just love learning. This blog helps me stay inspired to try new things and it keeps me moving forward.
So that is why I do it. And with that, I want to share some images I really love from yesterday. They have meaning to me. Heck, maybe they only mean something to me. That’s OK as this is my blog and I get to write and share about what I am personally passionate about. But maybe they will inspire just one person that lands here on this page to get out there. Try something different. Pursue your passion. Do what you love.
I don’t know entirely where this blog is taking me but I hope you stick around for the ride. Maybe you will be inspired. That is why I do it.
Sunshine on Friday. Rain on Saturday. What will Sunday bring?
I wrote yesterday how I was home with the kids. Perfect day with two bike rides. Early AM ride at Leb followed by a great ride at Murphy with my kiddos! Glad we got out because today looks gloomy. Hope your weekend is off to a great start.
Time for coffee………
No words needed. Get out and ride folks. Have a great weekend.
I’ve written before how I like to try to sum up a ride, an event or a place in a single picture. Today I bring you Autumn Gravel.
This is why I love to live where I live. 2 wheels. 4 seasons. That right there says it all.