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Photo gallery: The fading colors of fall

A maple tree in full color contrasts the blue sky on Hawk Ridge near Skyline Parkway in Duluth. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com1 / 5
Early morning frost crystals flock a maple leaf and the carpet of grass it rests on in the Lakeside/Lester Park neighborhood of Duluth. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com2 / 5
An oak leaf is illuminated by late day sun at Bagley Nature Area on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com3 / 5
Backlight makes a maple leaf glow, showing areas of the leaf that are still producing chlorophyll. Most of the chlorophyll has broken down, allowing anthocyanins to concentrate, giving the leaf its red color. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com4 / 5
Hawthorn berries fill branches on Hawk Ridge along Skyline Parkway in Duluth. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com5 / 5

Fall color is past peak in Duluth during the final full week of October. Many trees have dropped all of their leaves and looking like they are ready to sleep through a long winter. I'm not sure that I am ready to see monochromatic bare branches dominate the landscape. In my attempt to make autumn last forever, I desperately seek out the red, orange and yellow colors of the season to only find them in the details of isolated areas that are slow to make the transition to winter. The colors are rapidly fading away, but if you hurry, you may be able to catch one final vibrant moment of fall.

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