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Photo essay: Autumn forays in the parks of Southeast Wisconsin

December 7, 2020  |  Topics: Spotlight, Stories

By Eddee Daniel

There was a teaser of snow yesterday, but no accumulation. Cold enough to penetrate to my bones, especially the bones of my feet. I guess I wasn’t walking fast enough to keep the blood flowing! With winter descending upon us, I thought I’d take a visual look back at autumn, much of which was unseasonably warm by contrast.

When it did turn colder and the leaves were gone—and the pandemic surged alarmingly in Wisconsin—the phenomenon I observed during the shutdown last spring returned: Clearly more people continue to be out in the parks than is normal for these conditions. Here, in chronological order, are a few of the places I’ve visited in the past two months, some of which I’d never been to before!

The links in the captions will take you to our park page for that park so that you can learn more about it, see additional photos, and further enjoy our wealth of nature!

Oak Leaf Trail, Menomonee River Parkway, Wauwatosa
Hidden Lake Park, Brookfield
The newly restored Kinnickinnic River and a brand-new KK River Trail in Pulaski Park, Milwaukee
Conjoined twins at Seno Woodland Center, Burlington
Angler, Thiensville Village Park, Thiensville
Disc golfing at Abendschein Park, Oak Creek
Natural fireworks at Warnimont Park, Cudahy
Oak Hill Mountain Bike Trail, Wauwatosa
Bugline Trail, Lannon
Kayaking the Menomonee River at Three Bridges Park, Milwaukee
West Bank Trail, Milwaukee River Greenway, Milwaukee
Root River, Root River Parkway, Franklin
Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, Dodge County
A wide-angle shot from these fallen logs makes the Lake Michigan shoreline look like an island.
Shorewood Nature Preserve, Shorewood
Two fishermen at the lagoon in Veterans Park, Milwaukee
Deer Creek Sanctuary, New Berlin
Doctors Park, Fox Point
The Lookout Tree at Simmons Woods Park, Pewaukee

But wait … there’s more! To see additional photos from all 34 parks and preserves in this autumn foray, go to my Flickr album.

The featured photo at the top is from Mound Zion Park in Brookfield.

Eddee Daniel is Project Director of A Wealth of Nature.