A stunning autumn scene from Bushaway Road in Wayzata with maple trees ablaze in vibrant shades of orange, creating a captivating display of nature’s beauty..
Elisha and I like to drive to the Dairy Queen in Navarre for a treat during the summer as we wind our way around Lake Minnetonka. When we were headed home last evening, we saw some spectacular colors we wanted to share with you.
I love the neon colors in contrast to the color in the sky. This almost looks like it belongs in Florida. Photo Dan Gustafson. Sunset over Lake Minnetonka. Photo Dan Gustafson.
More photos: July sunset over Lake Minnetonka
1932 Ford Deuce Coupes on Lake Street. Photo Dan Gustafson.
More photos: 1932 Ford Deuce Coupes on Lake Street
Wayzata.com reader and neighbor Guy Grafius sent over these photos of a different fox with this note:
I saw your photo of the fox that I had seen in the neighborhood the past few weeks. Just now I heard an odd animal noise looked out my front window and there were TWO foxes on my front steps. By the time I grabbed my camera they had moved to the back yard and I only got a photo of the mangy looking one. Hopefully they are eating those nasty red squirrels in my yard and a few of the loud crows.
Fox on the deck. Photo by Guy Grafius. Fox on the move. Note the lack of hair! Photo by Guy Grafius. Fox sitting down. Photo by Guy Grafius.Thanks for sending these over Guy! If you have photos of any animals in the Wayzata area, send them over as we would love to share them with the community!
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Saturday night lights. Photo Dan Gustafson. Saturday night on Lake Street. Photo Dan Gustafson.
The last couple of nights in Wayzata have been marked with temperatures in the the low 60’s, with lots of humidity hanging in the air. Take a look at these two photos from Saturday night as I tried to capture some of that moisture and light on our beautiful mainstreet.
Wanna see more of the experiment with moisture and light? Click this link: Saturday night lights on Lake Street in downtown Wayzata.
This fox has been roaming around the old Holdridge neighborhood, trying to eat all the rabbits in mine and my neighbor’s yards.
Red fox in the old Holdridge neighborhood. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Have you seen him, or his brothers and sisters? Did you get any photos of the fox or any other animals you would like to share with the community? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will publish the best ones!
Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your red fox in the old Holdridge neighborhood leader.
Yesterday when I was out photographing a turtle that was crossing the road, who should run past but a rascally rabbit!?
My mind instantly raced to the classic tale we all know and love. Now for your enjoyment, the Tortoise and the Hare from Aesop’s fables:
Once upon a time there was a hare who, boasting how he could run faster than anyone else, was forever teasing tortoise for its slowness. Then one day, the irate tortoise answered back: “Who do you think you are? There’s no denying you’re swift, but even you can be beaten!” The hare squealed with laughter.
Youngsters marvel at the size of a snapping turtle crossing the road in Wayzata. Photo Dan Gustafson.
“Beaten in a race? By whom? Not you, surely! I bet there’s nobody in the world that can win against me, I’m so speedy. Now, why don’t you try?”
The rabbit runs past at lightening speed. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Annoyed by such bragging, the tortoise accepted the challenge. A course was planned, and the next day at dawn they stood at the starting line. The hare yawned sleepily as the meek tortoise trudged slowly off. When the hare saw how painfully slow his rival was, he decided, half asleep on his feet, to have a quick nap. “Take your time!” he said. “I’ll have forty winks and catch up with you in a minute.”
The hare woke with a start from a fitful sleep and gazed round, looking for the tortoise. But the creature was only a short distance away, having barely covered a third of the course. Breathing a sigh of relief, the hare decided he might as well have breakfast too, and off he went to munch some cabbages he had noticed in a nearby field. But the heavy meal and the hot sun made his eyelids droop. With a careless glance at the tortoise, now halfway along the course, he decided to have another snooze before flashing past the winning post. And smiling at the thought of the look on the tortoise’s face when it saw the hare speed by, he fell fast asleep and was soon snoring happily. The sun started to sink, below the horizon, and the tortoise, who had been plodding towards the winning post since morning, was scarcely a yard from the finish. At that very point, the hare woke with a jolt. He could see the tortoise a speck in the distance and away he dashed. He leapt and bounded at a great rate, his tongue lolling, and gasping for breath. Just a little more and he’d be first at the finish. But the hare’s last leap was just too late, for the tortoise had beaten him to the winning post. Poor hare! Tired and in disgrace, he slumped down beside the tortoise who was silently smiling at him.
“Slowly does it every time!” he said.
Wayzata Bay at dusk. Photo Dan Gustafson.
The Wayzata Boat Works at sunset over the weekend. Photo Dan Gustafson.
If you haven’t walked around the Wayzata Depot, the Wayzata Boardwalk, and the Wayzata Boat Works at night when the sun is setting, it really is a must do if you live in or are visiting the area. Here is a Photo of a 40 foot Sea Reay moored in its slip as the sun is setting.
For even more photos, visit this link: 2011 April Sunset on Lake Minnetonka
Wild Turkeys in Wayzata. Photo by Dan Gustafson.
Check out these photos of the wild turkeys wondering Wayzata the other day: http://photos.wayzata.com/Nature/Wild-Turkeys-in-Wayzata
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