Autumn can be an intense time. There is an instinct to gather food and firewood and reading material and hunker down for the long winter ahead...but at the same time there is much beauty yet to explore. The leaves have turned and fallen, altering and opening our views; the shortened days give a whole new experience of the light that's left. Here are some images from the Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society that capture that fall feeling.
This rural scene was painted in oil by John Banvard, circa 1870. Banvard was famous for large panorama paintings of the Mississippi River Valley, which he started in the 1840; his largest was about half a mile long.