I think I know why the University of Minnesota picked maroon and gold as their team colors — they mimic the fall scenery so nicely. It was especially obvious yesterday when we visited the Lost Valley Prairie Scientific and Natural Area late in the day. Red sumac and the gold of the prairie grasses were a beautiful contrast.
Indian grass was 5 feet tall with long spikes of seed waving in the wind.
Red leaves combined with the rich, velvety redness of the seed heads of Sumac really lit up the landscape.
Lost Valley SNA is a bluff prairie in southeastern Minnesota, where limestone outcrops (foreground) made it impossible to farm, and only the hardiest, dry adapted prairie plants can survive.