Autumn Hike in Wisconsin

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Let’s Take an Autumn Walk ©2012 Bo Mackison

A Colorful Autumn Hike in Wisconsin

One of the urban parks in Madison, Wisconsin – Owen Conservation Park – has a maze of hiking trails. There are dozens of paths, views of the city, prairie remnants, trails through hardwood forests, and a small pond for water fowl. The park seems specially designed for a colorful hike in autumn.

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View Across the Prairie ©2012 Bo Mackison

Prairie view. Most of the golden-rods and asters – the last blooms in autumn – have now gone to seed. The prairie is filled with fluffs of white blowing seeds.

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Autumn Colors in the Woods ©2012 Bo Mackison

The forests, though small, have a fine variety of hardwoods. Maples, oaks, hickory are the predominant species, and together produce a fine color mix of yellows, oranges, reds and browns.

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Leafy Shadows in Autumn ©2012 Bo Mackison

I love to hike when the sun is still low enough in the morning to cast leafy shadows on the tree trunks in the more open spaces.

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Reds and Yellows in Autumn ©2012 Bo Mackison

Sumacs give the park’s open spaces a deep red glow. More whites in the prairie — fluffy seeds. Yellow ashes still have some of their leaves.

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Autumn Walk in the Forest ©2012 Bo Mackison

Another path through the woods and I’m back to the parking area.

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Owen Park Road ©2012 Bo Mackison

Even while leaving the park, there are so many trees in bright colors. I pulled along the side of the road a half-dozen times for that “one last shot.”


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. Thankful for the opportunity for a nature walk today.

She is attending the Filter Festival in Chicago the week of October 15. Workshops, lecture series, gallery walks, portfolio reviews, and much more. But no opportunities for walks in the autumn woods.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. It’s really pretty there now and nice to see all of the deciduous trees turning color. It looks as though we may have some nice colors after all this year too. Quite a few trees are beginning to show colors now.

  2. It seems to be a beautiful weather time of year the world over Bo, you with your colourful autumn leaves and here in Australia with the new growth of spring just beginning. 🙂

  3. Gorgeous walk, Bo! Thank you. 🙂

  4. Lovely pictures of the trees on your walk.

  5. I’ve dropped over from Robin’s blog to share your walk, so glad I did, you’ve captured some great colours. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  6. Ahhhh….lovely. I feel so refreshed. Thanks, Bo.

  7. Hi Bo – popped over from Robin’s page. Beautiful autumn color you’ve captured. Looks like a great spot for walking.

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